Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the opening match of the Asia Cup. The Lankans took revenge by defeating the Afghans by 4 wickets in the first match of the Super Four with 5 balls in hand.
Batting for a target of 196 runs, Sri Lanka scored 179 runs for 6 wickets in 19.1 overs. Pathuma Nisaska and Kushal Mendez created a storm in the opening to bat. The opening pair collected 62 runs in 6.3 overs. Mendez departed with 36 off 19 balls and Pathum Nisanka with 35 off 28 balls. Nenecharith Asalanka was dismissed with 8 individual runs at the head of the team’s 94 runs.
Then Charith Asalanka departed Rashid after scoring 33 runs off 20 balls with two four sixes. Sri Lanka’s team’s run was then 119 runs for 4 wickets in 14.1 overs.
In the end, Dasun Shanaka departed after playing a stormy innings of 31 runs off 14 balls with four boundaries and a six. However, Silva remained unbeaten with 16 and Chamika 5 runs. Mujeeb ur Rahman and Naveed ul Haque took two wickets each for the Afghans with the ball.
Earlier, in the first match of the Super Four at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Saturday (September 3), the Afghans lost the toss and lost 6 wickets in the scheduled 20 overs to bat and collected 175 runs. Afghanistan got off to a good start in batting. Gurbaz was making runs at one end by arranging great shots at one end. However, Hazratullah Zazai, the other opener, was a shadow of himself with the bat. He scored 13 runs off 16 balls before being bowled by Dilshan Madushankar in the sixth over of the innings.
After Jazai’s return, Gurbaz made a partnership of 93 runs for the second wicket with Ibrahim Zadran (40 from 38 balls) who was down for three. He scored a half-century in 22 balls by beating the Sri Lankan bowlers. In the 16th over of the match, he scored 84 runs off 45 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes before returning with a catch from Asitha Fernando. After Gurbaz went back to Sajghar, the Afghans kept losing wickets. In the end, Rashid Khan (7 balls 9*) got a respectable collection in a small cameo.