This is like sweet revenge. Sri Lanka lost badly to Afghanistan in the first match of the group stage. Today is his revenge. Energized by defeating Bangladesh, Sri Lanka defeated the Afghans by 4 wickets with 5 balls in hand.
There was intense tension in the match. The control of the match was changing again and again. Sri Lanka won in the end with fearless batting. And Afghanistan got their first taste of defeat in the tournament.
Pathum Nishanka hit a boundary on the first ball of the innings by Fazlhaq Farooqui in a run chase. The opening pair scored 62 runs in 6.2 overs. The pair ended when Kushal Mendis, who scored 36 off 19 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes, fell victim to Naveen Ul Haq. Pathum Nishanka returned to 35 off 28 balls. Despite the fall of wickets, the Sri Lankan batsmen did not waver from their attacking mentality. Almost everyone has gone down on the Afghan bowlers.
Danushka Gunathilaka scored 33 runs off 20 balls before being bowled by Rashid Khan. Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 31 off 14 balls is of immense importance. Hasranga’s devastating bat brought the scores level in the 19th over. Only 1 run is needed in the last over. Hasaranga took the team to the port of victory by 4 wickets with the first ball of the last over bowled by Fazal Haque Farooqui crossing the boundary. He remained unbeaten on 16* off 9 balls.
Before losing the toss and batting, Afghanistan collected 175 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs. Hazratullah Jazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave a good opening partnership of 46 runs. In the fifth over, Jazai, who scored 13 runs off 16 balls, broke the pair. Hunter Dilshan Madushanka. Rahmanullah completed his fifty in just 22 balls. His partnership with Ibrahim Zardan for the second wicket was solidified. The Afghan score touched three figures in the 13th over. Rahmanullah was moving towards the century with great batting. It was thought that the first century of the tournament will be seen today.
But it didn’t happen. Asitha scored 84 runs off 45 balls and was caught by Hasaranga while beating Fernando. His innings had 4 boundaries and 6 sixes. This ended the second wicket partnership of 93 runs off 64 balls. Najibullah Zardan, who made 17 off 10 balls, was run out. Mahish Thikshana hit a double in the 19th over. 40 runs (38 balls) back to Ibrahim Zardan in the fourth ball. Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi (1) returned cut and bold in the very next ball. Afghanistan’s 6th wicket fell on the last ball of the last over with a run-out by Rashid Khan (9). The collection stands at 175 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs. Madushanka took 2 wickets. 1 each by Mahish Thikshana and Asitha Fernando.