Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Highlights: Afghanistan bundled out Sri Lanka for a paltry 105 after opting to bowl in a Group B Asia Cup match on Saturday. Bhanuka Rajapaksa top-scored for Sri Lanka with a 29-ball 38, while Chamika Karunaratne made 31.
Fazalhaq Farooqi (3/11), Mohammad Nabi (2/14) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/24) shared seven wickets among them for Afghanistan.
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Najibullah Zadran with the winning run and Hazratullah Zazai remains unbeaten on 37(28). Afghanistan won by 8 wkts
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Game Over! #Afghanistan beat #SriLanka by 8 wickets. They reach the target of 106 in just 10.1 overs
Total domination !
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Zadran departs against the run of play. Unlucky dismissal though but he should have been aware. The bowlers Theekshana managed to get a hand to shot down the ground and the ball hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Zadran run out for 15 off 13. Just three more to win
FOUR!! This one was on a length and with width on offer, Zadran had a go at the ball and the hard hands result in a thick outside edge that runs away quickly to the fence. 8 from the over. Matter of time now.
Gurbaz departs after smashing 40 off just 18 balls. Wanindu Hasaranga sheepishly does his unique celebration as he ends Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s breathtaking innings. Score after 7 overs, AFG: 86/1
6 L1 4 4 2 4 – Afghanistan are on fire. The authoritative and clean striking ability showcased by Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been the highlight so far.
6 6 4 0 1 4 – Hazratullah Zazai and Gurbaz are running riot in the middle with fours and sixes. Theekshana concedes 25 in two overs. Score after 5 overs, AFG: 62/0
Gurbaz on fire as he hits two fours and a six against Matheesha Pathirana. What a great start! He is in a haste to finish the game. AFG 31/0 after 3 overs.
Hazratullah Zazai and Gurbaz are in the middle and Dilshan Madushanka will bowl the first over for Sri Lanka. Hazratullah Zazai gets a boundary here. AFG 11/0 after 1 over.
Fazalhaq Farooqi comes to bowl the final over and Karunaratne hits him for a boundary. That’s a great shot to start the over. Sri Lanka are all out on 105 runs. SL 105/10 after 19.4 overs.
Sri Lanka are bowled out for 105 👀#SLvAFG | #AsiaCup2022 | 📝 Scorecard: https://t.co/YV4rkr5mLZ pic.twitter.com/aH2GmCmFZP
Karunaratne finally gets a six for his side. He hits it against Mujeeb this time. Good shot as he slogs this one over the mid-wicket and gets the result. SL 88/9 after 17 overs.
Nabi takes the wicket of Matheesha Pathirana and a great catch by Najibullah does the rest. What great bowling this is from Afghan bowlers. SL 75/9 after 15 overs.
Two balls, and two runouts. This is very poor communication from Sri Lankan batters. Afghanistan are dominating now. SL 70/8 after 13 overs.
Nabi starts the over with a wicket. He takes the wicket of Shanaka and an easy catch by Gurbaz does the rest. Sri Lankan team are in deep trouble. SL 66/6 after 11 overs.
Another blow for Sri Lanka as Mujeeb cleans up Hasaranga and Nabi takes an easy catch. Rajapaksa hits a boundary here. SL 64/5 after 10 overs.
Sri Lanka lose their fifth wicket in the 10th over 😱#SLvAFG | 📝 Scorecard: https://t.co/YV4rkrnw07 pic.twitter.com/Xt73aJ1o8e
Another one bites the dust as Gunathilaka is the latest batter to go back to the hut. Good hit but wrong placement as Karim Janat takes the catch. SL 54/4 after 8 overs
Azmatullah bowls the last over of the powerplay for Afghanistan. Sri Lanka get three boundaries in this over. Both the batters are batting well now and are taking on Azmatullah. SL are 41/3 after 6 overs.
Rajapaksa gets a six here against Naveen-ul-Haq. It’s a slower delivery and he deposits it into the stands. That’s a great shot. Gunathilaka ends the over with a boundary. SL are 18/3 after 4 overs.
Naveen-ul-Haq comes to bowl the second over. He picks the wicket of Nissanka, Gurbaz takes an easy catch at the end. Sri Lanka in trouble now. SL are 5/3 after 2 overs.
Nissanka and Kusal Mendis start the proceedings for Srilanka. Fazalhaq Farooqi will bowl the first over for Afghanistan and Sri Lanka lose their first wicket. Kusal Mendis departs. Two wickets in two balls for Fazalhaq Farooqi as he takes the wicket of Asalanka. SL are 3/2 after 1 over.
Dasun Shanaka: We would have bowled first as well. Six batters, two all-ronders and three genuine bowlers. We’ve got two new faces – Dilshan Madushanka and Matheesha Pathirana are making their debuts.
Mohammad Nabi: We want to bowl first here. It’s a fresh wicket, there’s cricket after a long time in Dubai. We have plenty of all-rounders.
“We must deliver to our countrymen.”
The words of Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka rang loud and clear ahead of Asia Cup 2022. The island nation was supposed to host the tournament but the sport hasn’t been the vortex of late for the country facing the worst economic crisis in its history. Cricket though has continued concurrently in the heat of it all.
When thousands took to the streets for protests condemning former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for mismanagement of the country’s finances, a few hundreds climbed the walls of the Galle Fort, just a few metres away from a Test match featuring players who wore their crest. The players, as Australia captain Steve Smith would later agree, could hear them ‘but it didn’t get to anyone or play a part in what was happening out here’. And so, the cricket continued. A month and a half later, just as Shanaka was addressing the media in Dubai ahead of the tournament, a delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is on their visit to Sri Lanka to continue discussions with the authorities on economic and financial reforms and policies. But cricket will continue. Almost as if it has to.