Sri Lanka took revenge against the Afghans
Business Hour Correspondent: Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the first match of the group stage in the Asia Cup. And the team confirmed the Super Four first by defeating Bangladesh. However, in the first match of the Super Four, the Afghans fell to the ground after losing by 6 wickets to Sri Lanka.
First with the bat, the Afghans lost four wickets and scored 175 runs. Sri Lanka got off to a great start chasing the target. The opening pair of Pathum Nissanka and Kushal Mendis scored 62 runs in 6.2 overs. Mendis, who has been beaten, returned to this run. He scored 36 runs off just 19 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes. Nissanka also returned with 80 runs for the team. 35 runs from 28 balls with 3 fours and 1 six came from his bat. Asalanka was dismissed for 94 runs. He scored 8 runs off 14 balls. Skipper Shanaka could not last long either. He returned to Sajghar after scoring only 10 runs of the team’s 119 runs. However, Danuska Gunathilaka and Vanuka Rajapakse sealed the match by scoring 32 runs off 15 balls in the fifth wicket. After 151 runs, Gunathilaka 2 returned with 33 runs with four equal number of sixes.
Then Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga scored 23 runs from 11 balls to take the team to the brink of victory. Rajapakse returned to be just 2 runs away from victory. He scored 31 runs off just 14 balls with 4 fours and 1 six. Then Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne won the match. Hasaranga remained unbeaten on 16 runs off 3 fours off 9 balls and Chamika remained unbeaten on 5 runs off 1 four off 2 balls.
Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz was the man of the match after playing an innings of 84 runs from 45 balls.
Before that, Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai batted from Marmukhi from the beginning. They scored 46 runs in 4.4 overs. However, Zazai returned to this run. 13 runs from 16 balls came from his bat.
Then Gurbaz tied the knot with Ibrahim Zadran. 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 returned to this run. He made 84 off just 45 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes. Before that, he scored a half century in just 22 balls. Which is the second fastest in Afghanistan’s T20 cricket history. Before that, Mohammad Nabi scored a 21-ball half-century.
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 collected 175 runs after losing 6 wickets.
Sri Lankan Dilshan Madushanka took 2 wickets with 37 runs in 4 overs. Mahish Thikshana and Asitha Fernando took 1 wicket each.
Business Hour/September 04, 2022/Comma