World Cup 2019, AFG vs SL: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

Sri Lanka brings in Nuwan Pradeep for Jeevan Mendis on a lively pitch in Cardiff as Afghanistan wins the toss and elects to bowl first.

Gulbadin Naib won the toss and elected to bowl first.   -  AP

Toss: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has won the toss and has opted to bowl first at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff in match 7 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Team news: Afghanistan is unchanged. Sri Lanka leaves out Jeevan Mendis and brings in pacer Nuwan Pradeep.

Pitch report: Its a lively pitch which will assist the seamers.

Weather: It's overcast in Cardiff. The kind nippy pacers will love walking out to.

Quotes:

Gulbadin Naib: It's suitable conditions for the bowlers with cloudy weather. It's a good toss to win. We got a lot of things from the last game, especially with the batters how we struggled in the middle. I'm not looking in the past how we played against Sri Lanka. They are a good, champion side.

Dimuth Karunaratne: Last game we batted first and now we know how the conditions will play. It's certainly not a 300 wicket but we know the best score on this wicket. It's not easy [being handed captaincy so soon before tournament] but I've got a couple of captains in the past who give me support.

Playing XIs:

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.