Sri Lanka’s revenge in Daput victory

Sri Lanka’s revenge in Daput victory
Sri Lanka’s revenge in Daput victory

The current Asia Cup started with Afghanistan-Sri Lanka match. Yesterday, both teams faced each other in the first match of the Super Four. The match turned out to be a revenge match for Sri Lanka due to the initial loss. And the challenge of maintaining Afghanistan’s power. In the second match in such an equation, Sri Lanka took revenge by winning in Daput. Afghanistan batted first and scored 175 for 6. In response, Sri Lanka scored 179 for 6 in 19.1 overs and the island nation won by 4 wickets in the first match of the Super Four.
After Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field, Afghan openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmatullah Gurbaz came to bat. Madushanka separated them in 4.5 overs. By that time the party collection of Afghans was 46. And Jazai Bold scored 13 runs off 16 balls with two fours. However, the Sri Lankan fielder caught one of his flying balls on the boundary line. By that time his foot touched the boundary rope. Jazai gets 6 runs as soon as he saves. He could not increase the score by getting life. Then Rahmatullah and Ibrahim Zadran got off to a cautious start. Both of them kept the wheel of runs moving by batting intelligently. They scored 50 runs in 37 balls. And Rahmatullah scored a half-century in just 22 balls with three fours and four sixes, the second fastest in Afghanistan’s T20 cricket history. Before that, Mohammad Nabi scored a 21-ball half-century.
They both batted till 15.3 overs. During this period, he faced 64 balls and made a pair of 93 runs. The party’s collection crossed 139. Gurbaz scored 84 runs off just 45 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes. Ibrahim Zadran returned with 151 runs. He scored 40 runs off 38 balls with 2 fours and 1 six. After Najibullah’s 17 and Rashid Khan’s 9 runs, the Afghans scored 175 runs for 6 wickets. Dilshan Madushanka of Sri Lanka took 2 wickets with 37 runs in 4 overs. Mahish Thikshana and Asitha Fernando took 1 wicket each.
After winning the toss, Dasun Shanaka spoke of his comfort in chasing runs behind the fielding decision. Their match-winning feat of chasing a record 184 runs against Bangladesh at the UAE soil in the Super Four promotion match is fresh in their memory, so the target of 176 runs given by the Afghans is not at all intimidating for them. Even though there was a bit of tension at times, the members of the party were determined to keep the honor of the country. That’s why the Lankan batsmen came down the Afghan barrier without any fear towards the end.
In reply, the opening pair were separated by 62 runs. Kushal Mendez was dismissed for 36 runs by Naveen Ul Haq in 19 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes. Mujib ur Rahman sent Nishanka to the dressing room for the team’s 80 runs. He scored 35 runs off 28 balls with 3 fours and a six. Nabi dismissed Ashalanka for 8 runs, but Gunalithaka (33) and Shanaka (10) continued to lead the team. Rajapaksa and Hasaranga took over after the departure of the two. When Rajapaksa scored 31 runs off 14 balls, 4 fours and a six, Afghanistan basically crashed out of the match. With 5 balls left, Hasaranga (16*) left the field with Karunaratna (5*) leading the team to victory.


The article is in Bengali

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