Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have not started off the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup quite as they would have hoped, but now there is a chance for them to move up. Both teams suffered losses in their opening bouts, and they desperately want the win when they face each other this weekend, and you can watch it streaming live online.
Sri Lanka was actually in the very first match of the Cricket World Cup and they ended up losing to New Zealand by 98 runs, per ICC-Cricket.
The team from Sri Lanka has had a number of issues in their middle order and their greatest concern is the attack. While it was very strong throughout much of 2014, it has becomes weak and flimsy and will need to improve to get a win over Afghanistan.
Afghanistan actually made history in Match 7 when they faced off with Bangladesh. Sure, they may have lost by 105 runs, but it was the first ever match in the Cricket World Cup, per The Star. While it was a big deal for the country, they were never truly in the match competitively.
“We’re disappointed with our performance today, that isn’t a true reflection of how we play,” Afghanistan’s English coach Andy Moles said. “But in any game of cricket, when you’re 3 for 3… not many teams can come back from that. We had a couple of good partnerships but then they didn’t go on long enough.”
There will need to be a lot of changes made if they’re going to get their first ever World Cup win because Sri Lanka won’t just give it to them. The excitement of the Afghanistan team for being in the World Cup is past now, and they are focusing on winning.
“I think we’ve moved past that,” Moles said. “We’re here to compete in the group games. We haven’t disgraced ourselves, but that wasn’t a true reflection of the work that we do in preparation and the way we play our cricket.”
The match between Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan is scheduled to begin at 11:00 local time, and 22:00 GMT, on Sunday, February 22, at the University Oval in Dunedin.
ESPN will begin online streaming at 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 21, but that is just one option to watch Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan live. ESPN does charge a fee to watch all of the matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, so be aware of that.
Some of the other options include CricHD, PTV Sports, Sky Sports 2, or Star Sports, and these will be good to check out Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. You will be able to enjoy any of these streaming options to watch the match live and not miss a moment of the action.
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