Sri Lanka after suffering a humiliating loss by 137 runs in their opening fixture of the Asia cup against Bangladesh will be looking to bounce back strongly against Afghanistan and keep their Super four hopes alive in the third match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 17.
Both teams have faced each other twice in the ODIS, with the Lankans get the better of Afghanistan by winning 2-0.
However in the ICC World Cup 2015 at Dunedin, where the two teams faced each other, the Islanders were set a target of 232 runs by Afghans and chased it down comfortably with 4 wickets to spare.
The Lankan fielding in the first match was left a lot to be desired as they spilled 2 catches.
The only bright spot for them was the return of their ace bowler Lasith Malinga who on his come back game claimed 4 wickets.
Afghanistan will be brimming with confidence after their 2-1 ODI series win against the host Ireland.
Their batting in the one dayers has not been up to the mark as they have failed on an regular basis.
They would be banking on the experience of Mohammad Shahzbad and the leading run getter and wicket taker in the ODI’s Mohammad Nabi to come good.
Their skipper Asghar Afghan has pulled his team out from an precarious positions in the past.
Their spin twins, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman will be their main threat as they are likely to create an impact on slow tracks in the UAE.