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AFG VS SL, ICC 2023 Match 30 – Full Scorecard, Commentary, Squad

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nd Innings Afghanistan
Right then, we witnessed an exciting chase here in Pune where Afghanistan has come out to be the more dominant team. Their campaign gets better and better with every match and we might just see them qualify for the semi-finals of this tournament. We have another exciting match on Tuesday, the 31st of October at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata where Pakistan will go up against Bangladesh. The game will begin at 2 pm IST (8.30 am GMT) but our build-up will begin much sooner. Do join us then. Until then, take care and goodbye!
Hashmatullah Shahidi, the skipper of Afghanistan starts by saying that he is very happy and proud of the team as they performed well in all three departments. Adds that the win over Pakistan gave them a lot of confidence to chase down any target and the way they started with the ball was excellent and it was a professional performance. Mentions that all the coaching staff and managing staff push them hard and rally them on and especially Jonathan Trott gave them a lot of confidence in the last game. On his knock, adds that he is the captain and he has to play his role well and is happy to have done that. On Rashid Khan playing his 100th ODI, he says that Rashid Khan is a special player and he brings joy to the team as well. Ends by thanking the people of Afghanistan for their support and applauds the Indian crowd as well for backing them throughout.
Sri Lanka's skipper Kusal Mendis says they were short of runs in the first innings and that 280 to 300 would have been a competitive score to put on the board. He adds that in the second innings, the bowlers bowled really well, especially in the first 10 overs, but after that, the dew started forming and it became tougher to bowl. He also adds that later in the match the pitch started to favour the Afghanistan batters as the ball came on to the bat much better. Ends by saying that Dilshan Madushanka has bowled well in recent times and he is young and learning day by day.
Fazalhaq Farooqi is the Player of the Match for his sensational spell of bowling. He starts by thanking the almighty and says that it is pretty good to get three wins in the tournament and it feels good to contribute to the win. Adds that he was looking for the swing but he didn't get that and hence got away from attacking the stumps and just looked to bowl in good areas. Mentions that they have struggled in the past in the death overs and he tried to use the variations and worked on the death overs in the off days.
The Presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the game we saw Pathum Nissanka give a strong start to the Lankan innings followed by some solid knocks from Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama but no batter could play a big innings and Sri Lanka leap-frogged to the 240-run mark. It was Fazalhaq Farooqi who impressed everyone with his bowling performance as he clinched four wickets for 34 runs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan weaved their spin magic and troubled the batters taking a wicket each along with one wicket from Azmatullah Omarzai. Afghanistan was the dominant team from the first innings itself with their strong bowling performance.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, will have a win to rejoice as an amazing performance by the batters has kept them alive in this tournament. It is a story of success for the Afghans from the last ODI World Cup where they were placed last on the table to this one where they have a chance to finish in the top 4. After an early setback with Rahmanullah Gurbaz getting dismissed pretty early it seemed a very difficult chase for the batters. Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah took things into their own hands and built a steady partnership and stabilized the innings. Afterwards, the skipper played a captain's knock as he kept the runs coming and didn't allow his team to face the pressure. In the end, Hashmatullah Shahidi along with a pumped-up Azmatullah Omarzai finished the innings in just over 45 overs and helped the team secure another victory. Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Azmatullah Omarzai all contributed with the bat, scoring half-centuries but not to take credit from Ibrahim Zadran who played a steady innings under pressure. It was an all-round performance from the Afghans and they will take home a lot of confidence for their next match to come.
Sri Lanka had to defend a meager score of 241 to clinch another win. Dilshan Madushanka gave them a very important breakthrough in the first over itself and put them on the strong foot but after that, the game started slipping out of their hands. They failed to bowl to their strength and allowed the Afghan batters to get used to the pitch and build strong partnerships. It was Dilshan Madushanka again providing them with another wicket and breaking the partnership as he dismissed Ibrahim Zadran. Kasun Rajitha got his first wicket in this match by dismissing Rahmat Shah but not after the latter had done the damage. After that none of the bowlers managed to take wickets and a lack of invention hurt them. Afghanistan managed to chase down the target in just over 45 overs and has put Sri Lanka in a tough spot and almost spoiled their chance to qualify in the top 4.
It was an amazing run-chase here in Pune. Afghanistan have powered their way to their third win and have registered back-to-back wins in any World Cup for the first time by beating the Lankans. Some very strong partnerships and sensible game style have helped the Afghans have a chance to finish in the top 4 and qualify for the semi-finals. The Lankan bowlers tried hard but were short of taking a few wickets. One dropped chance and some poor bowling didn’t go in their favor either. It was a day for the pacers as they proved strong on this surface. Overall, it was a good display of cricket from both the sides but Afghanistan were simply the better team.
45.2
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, DROPPED AND THAT IS IT! Afghanistan get their third win of the campaign and keep hopes alive of a semi-final berth. This is pitched up on middle and leg, attacking the toes, Azmatullah Omarzai clears the front leg and looks to end proceedings with a bang as he heaves it away toward mid-wicket. The connection isn't great and the ball goes straight to Charith Asalanka at the fence and he spills it. The batters cross for a single and Afghanistan win by 7 wickets!
45.1
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Scores are level! Full and outside off, driven square on the off side through the point region for a single by Hashmatullah Shahidi.
44.6
1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, 2000 ODI runs for Hashmatullah Shahidi and the skipper is on the verge of guiding his team to yet another historical win. Good length in the channel, tapped away in front of covers for a single.
44.5
1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Another short ball, this time from around the wicket and angled across off. Azmatullah Omarzai keeps the pull shot down to mid-wicket and collects a single. This is Omarzai's highest score now in ODI cricket.
44.4
4
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, FOUR! Just one hit away now! Banged in short again over middle, Azmatullah Omarzai is waiting for it and pulls it like a tennis forehand smash toward cow corner and picks up another boundary.
44.3
1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Slightly back of a length around off and angling in. Hashmatullah Shahidi has a slight shuffle across and tucks it away past square leg for one more.
44.2
1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, On a shortish length, wide of off, Azmatullah Omarzai hits it on the up and through the cover region for a single.
44.1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, On a hard length outside off, played away toward cover.
43.6
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Angled in from wider of the crease and on a hard length around off. Hashmatullah Shahidi hops back and drops it onto the deck.
43.5
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Full on middle, angled in from around the stumps, Hashmatullah Shahidi clips it straight to mid-wicket.
43.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Keeps it short and bowls it at the hips, Azmatullah Omarzai tucks it away down to fine leg for a single. Just 10 runs needed now for Afghanistan.
43.3
4
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, FOUR! Clubbed away for four more! Banged in short over middle and leg, Azmatullah Omarzai rides the bounce well and forces the pull shot aerially well in front of square on the leg side and finds the vacant mid-wicket fence.
43.2
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Omarzai looked to dispatch that onto the moon! Fuller in length and angling in from around middle, Omarzai has a wild slog across the line but only gets an inside edge into the pads.
43.1
4
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, EDGED AND FOUR! Hits the deck hard and keeps the line tight on off stump, generating some extra bounce off the deck as well. Azmatullah Omarzai stays leg side and looks to open the face of the bat but edges it past the keeper and into the third man fence for another boundary.
42.6
1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Back of length delivery just outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai lounges and punches the ball to the right of deep point, takes an easy single.
42.5
4
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, FOUR! Pulled away! Kasun Rajitha bowls it short and over off. Azmatullah Omarzai pulls this one with better timing and along the ground. The ball runs away to the deep mid-wicket fence for four runs. Afghanistan are looking to finish it early.
42.4
2
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Dropped! Kasun Rajitha drops it short and over middle. Azmatullah Omarzai pulls it but with no timing. The ball sails towards deep square leg as Pathum Nissanka runs in from the deep. It was a very difficult chance as he dives to reach it but fails to hold onto it. A very good effort from the fielder but maybe he timed his dive a bit too earlier than he needed to.
42.3
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, On a good length and just outside off. Azmatullah Omarzai tries to play it down the ground but the lack of bounce on the ball beats him.
42.2
1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Back of length on middle and leg, Hashmatullah Shahidi shuffles towards off and clips the ball to square leg for a run.
42.1
1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, FIFTY UP FOR Azmatullah Omarzai! Kasun Rajitha bowls it on the hard length and outside off. Azmatullah Omarzai punches it to the cover region and takes a single to complete his second fifty in this tournament. He has helped his team manage to stabilize their innings.
41.6
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, FOUR! Classy! Dilshan Madushanka overpitches this one outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi takes advantage of the room as he times his drive well and places it in the gap through covers. The ball races away to the fence for four runs to end the over.
41.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Fuller now straight on the off stump. Azmatullah Omarzai drives it towards mid off and takes a quick single. He is safe as the fielder scores a direct hit at the bowler's end.
41.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Another short ball around off. This one has been called a wide by the umpire.
41.4
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Short ball just outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai camps back and tries to cut the ball but couldn't connect.
41.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Banged in short and over off. Azmatullah Omarzai backs out of his shot and lets the ball go to the keeper.
41.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Back of length down the middle, Azmatullah Omarzai stays back and drives the ball to the hands of short cover.
41.1
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, FIFTY FOR Hashmatullah Shahidi! Dilshan Madushanka bowls it fuller and angling outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi drives it to deep point to complete his 18th half-century in ODIs. The skipper standing up when it matters and he has played a very mature innings.
40.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Floats this one, on off, Azmatullah Omarzai prods and works the ball to short mid-wicket.
40.5
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, FOUR! What a shot! Maheesh Theekshana goes full and on middle. Azmatullah Omarzai plays it low and scoops it over the fielder at short fine leg. He has a long chase and dives to stop the ball but the ball is out of his reach and Azmatullah Omarzai gets four runs.
40.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, IN THE AIR! BUT SAFE! Full-length delivery on off, Azmatullah Omarzai comes down the pitch driving the ball aerially towards mid-off, but just falls short in front of the fielder who dives to his right and collects it well on the bounce.
40.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Tossed up and on leg. Azmatullah Omarzai drives it to mid on where the fielder collects it.
40.2
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Fuller on off, Azmatullah Omarzai rests the ball down to the ground.
40.2
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, TWO WIDES! Fired in quicker but errs in his line, Maheesh Theekshana dishes out a wide down the leg side.
40.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Very full and outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi blocks it out on the off side.
39.6
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Takes pace off and floats it full on the pads, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
39.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Wide! Short again outside off and left alone. It is just a bit too short for the umpire's liking though.
39.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Back of a length around off, punched away sweetly off the back foot to deep cover for one. 200 up for Afghanistan!
39.4
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nicely bowled but doesn't carry through to the keeper. A slower bumper now, bowled from around the stumps and gets it in at a good height around off. Hashmatullah Shahidi looks to get on top of the bounce and pull but gets a faint edge that lands in front of a diving Kusal Mendis behind the stumps.
39.3
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Banged in short and outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai throws his hands at it looking to go over deep point but mistimes it to deep cover-point for a single.
39.2
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, FOUR! That has been timed to perfection! Sees the batter moving leg side and Dilshan Madushanka tries to fire in the yorker on off stump. Omarzai adjusts well, delays his shot and just punches it sweetly past the diving man at covers for a boundary.
39.1
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Back of a length around off and sitting up for the batter. Hashmatullah Shahidi punches it square on the off side and picks up a single toward deep cover-point.
38.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Short and over middle, Omarzai stays back and nudges it to mid-wicket.
38.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fuller and outside off, Hashmatullah Shahidi frees his arms and drives it square to deep point for a single. Less than 50 runs are now required for Afghanistan.
38.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fired in and attacking middle and leg, Hashmatullah Shahidi stays leg side of the ball and watchfully keeps it out.
38.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Floated up on middle and leg, Azmatullah Omarzai turns it to mid-wicket for one.
38.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Goes full and straight now, Hashmatullah Shahidi digs it out to mid on for a quick single.
38.1
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Good running! Tossed up on shortish length around middle, Hashmatullah Shahidi works it off the back foot past square leg and races back for the second.
37.6
6
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, SIX! Nothing going Sri Lanka's way at the moment as Azmatullah Omarzai breaks the shackles by sending the ball over the ropes and Afghanistan inch closer to the win. Another well-directed short ball, right over the shoulder and Omarzai just swings at it. The ball goes off the top edge and flies wide of fine leg for a maximum.
37.5
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Excellent bowling! Hurls across another short ball, this time following the batter and Azmatullah Omarzai gets himself into a tangle looking to play another ramp. The ball just beats the bat and goes through to the keeper.
37.4
2
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Another short ball, this time outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai attempts the ramp away from the body and mistimes it aerially to the right of third man. It is well wide and the batters get a brace.
37.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Falls in no man's land! banged in on a shorter length at the body and it is bowled slower too. Azmatullah Omarzai gets completely caught on the crease and tries to fend it away but ends up lobbing it over to the right of the bowler who cannot change direction and neither does the fielder from mid-wicket get to it. Omarzai had already started to walk back but will be very relieved.
37.2
2
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Fullish length on the legs, Azmatullah Omarzai flicks it away behind square leg and picks up a couple of runs. Well, that's one way to break the stumps as Kusal Mendis falls onto the stumps while attempting to collect the throw from the deep high to his right.
37.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, Starts the new spell with one down the leg side. Kusal Mendis does extremely well behind the stumps to get a glove on it and no wide is given either as the ball just flicked the back leg of the batter.
36.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, And again! This is even fuller and drifted on the pads, Azmatullah Omarzai leans on and works it well in front of mid-wicket for a single.
36.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, The attempted googly again, a touch fuller on middle and turning in. Azmatullah Omarzai nudges it to mid-wicket.
36.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fuller in length outside off, Hashmatullah Shahidi goes down to sweep and has to drag it uppishly through the vacant square leg region to pick up a single.
36.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Quicker one on middle, Hashmatullah Shahidi looks to clear the front leg but adjusts well and just punches it out to mid-wicket.
36.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Fuller and on off, Azmatullah Omarzai shows the full face of the bat and pushes it down to long off for a run.
36.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Flatter one around middle and off, hit away down the ground to long on for a single.
35.6
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Short ball angled at the body, Hashmatullah Shahidi gets inside the line and pulls it down to fine leg for one more. 68 needed now off 84 balls.
35.5
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Drags it down a bit and pushes it well outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai reaches out and toe ends it in front of covers for a run.
35.4
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Three dots in a row now after getting hit for a six on the first ball. Takes pace off and bowls it on a shortish length over middle, Azmatullah Omarzai pushes it down toward mid-wicket.
35.3
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Back of a length and outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai gets on top of the bounce and keeps it down toward backward point.
35.2
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Good comeback from Dushmantha Chameera! Banged in again but the line is much tighter as the ball zips past the outside edge of an awkwardly defending Azmatullah Omarzai. There's not much from the bowler but out of nowhere, the skipper takes the review in desperation. The replays roll in and there's nothing on UltraEdge.
35.1
6
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, SIX! BANG! Azmatullah Omarzai is turning on the heat here. Dushmantha Chameera steams in and bowls a short one outside off. Omarzai hangs back and bends his back before using the extra pace and ramping it over third man for another maximum.
34.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Full and fired in straight at 100.5 clicks. Hashmatullah Shahidi firms it back to the bowler.
34.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Flatter delivery around off, angled in as well, Hashmatullah Shahidi stays back and pushes it back to the bowler.
34.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Short again, looks to pull again but this is mistimed to the deep for just a single.
34.3
6
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, SIX! All the way and that will take a lot of pressure off Afghanistan. The attempted googly by Maheesh Theekshana, ends up being a drag down on leg stump. Azmatullah Omarzai goes deep in his crease and pulls it over the leaping man at deep square leg for a maximum.
34.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Comes from around the wicket and drops it short over middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi swivels and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one more.
34.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Azmatullah Omarzai, Serves it full and quick around off, Azmatullah Omarzai with a good-looking straight drive down to long off for just a single.
33.6
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Pitched a bit further up around off, Azmatullah Omarzai gets on the front foot and opens the bat face to drive it square on the off side for a single.
33.5
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Should have been put away! Way too short and wide from around the stumps, Hashmatullah Shahidi stays on his toes and cuts it off the toe end to deep cover-point for only a single.
33.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Shorter one around the hips, tucked away off the back foot down to deep backward square leg for a single.
33.3
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Gets a crucial hand on it! Fuller in length outside off and inviting the drive. Azmatullah Omarzai does so with good timing but the fielder at extra cover dives to his right and gets a hand on it, deflecting the ball to mid off. They try to go for the single but decide against it.
33.2
Dushmantha Chameera to Azmatullah Omarzai, Goes fuller now and looks to angle it into middle and leg, Azmatullah Omarzai drives it on the up but straight to mid on.
33.1
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Starts the new spell with a hard-length delivery outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi stands tall and hammers it square on the off side for a single.
32.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Speared in a nagging length around middle and leg, Hashmatullah Shahidi punches it down to long on for one more.
32.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Azmatullah Omarzai, Flatter and quicker on the stumps, tucked away behind square on the leg side for a run.
32.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nice use of feet from Hashmatullah Shahidi as he pushes this straight ball down to long on for a single.
32.3
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, A bit more round-arm and angling into the body, Hashmatullah Shahidi gets cramped for room and can only play it back to the bowler.
32.2
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Full and fired in on middle, Hashmatullah Shahidi jams this one out toward mid on.
32.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Azmatullah Omarzai, Floated up, shorter and around middle, Azmatullah Omarzai waits and works it past mid-wicket for a single. The 150 is now up for Afghanistan.
31.6
1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Overthrows and they do get the single eventually. Back of a length outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai stays back and dabs it to the left of backward point looking for the single but the fielder makes a good stop. The ball is flicked back at the striker's end but the throw is wide and both batters are alive to the situation as they cross over for a run.
31.6
1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Wide! Rajitha grunts and serves a high bumper over middle. Azmatullah Omarzai looks to take it on but the ball flies over his head.
31.5
2
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, The timing on that is sublime. Slightly back of a length and outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai stands tall and firms it on the up wide of deep cover. Pathum Nissanka is quick to run around to his right and keeps it down to a couple of runs.
Drinks are on the field as some saw dust is requested by the fielding team. It is anyone's game from here on. Afghanistan have done well to build steady partnerships but they are losing wickets during crucial times which may put them under pressure later in the innings. Sri Lanka too will want to take a few more wickets to strengthen their hold on this game. The game can turn in anyone's favour and both teams will need to play carefully and not let the pressure come back on them.
31.4
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Full and around off, Azmatullah Omarzai has a slash at it but miscues it toward cover.
31.3
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Bowled shorter and around off, Azmatullah Omarzai stays back and blocks it out in front of extra cover.
31.2
1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Back of length, on middle and leg, Hashmatullah Shahidi stays back and clips the ball to deep square for a run.
31.1
1
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Pitched up around off, Azmatullah Omarzai plays it with an open bat face and pushes it out through covers for a single.
30.6
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Holds it back a touch and drifts it onto off and middle, Hashmatullah Shahidi watchfully pushes it back to the bowler.
30.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Azmatullah Omarzai, Gives it some air and tosses it up on middle, Azmatullah Omarzai drills it down to long on for one.
30.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Looped outside off, goes fuller, Hashmatullah Shahidi reaches the ball lunging forward, and drives the ball to deep extra cover for a single.
30.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Azmatullah Omarzai, Much straighter on the stumps, clipped away wide of square leg for a single.
30.2
Dhananjaya de Silva to Azmatullah Omarzai, Quicker and a bit fuller around off, skidding on, Azmatullah Omarzai gets a leading edge onto the off side as he tries to play at it.
30.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fired in on a length and into the legs, Hashmatullah Shahidi tucks it away through wide mid on for a single.
29.6
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Good length outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai goes hard at this but ends up chopping it into the turf.
29.5
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Short ball wide outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai attempts to slap the ball through covers, but due to improper connection, the ball bounced to short cover.
29.4
Kasun Rajitha to Azmatullah Omarzai, Short ball pitches wide outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai lets the ball travel to the keeper.
29.3
1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, On the hard length and angling on the pads. Hashmatullah Shahidi nudges it away to square leg for a single.
29.2
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Length delivery, fires this one with a bit more pace on middle and leg, Hashmatullah Shahidi hops and dabs the ball to his legside.
29.1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fiery from Kasun Rajitha. He bangs it short and over off. Hashmatullah Shahidi evades it well and the ball is collected by the keeper.
28.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fuller delivery on off, Hashmatullah Shahidi sits on his knees and sweeps the ball to deep square leg, single done.
28.5
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Floated full and on off. Hashmatullah Shahidi drives it to the fielder at mid off.
28.4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Pitched up on off and middle, Hashmatullah Shahidi prods and drives the ball back to the bowler.
28.3
4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, FOUR! In the air….lands safe. Dhananjaya de Silva tossed this one up and on middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi had to take out a long stride to sweep it across the line. The ball lofts over Angelo Mathews' head and lands safe before running away to the deep square leg fence for four runs.
28.2
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Azmatullah Omarzai, Looped up around middle, Azmatullah Omarzai waits for the ball, stays back, and clips the ball to the right of mid-wicket for a run.
28.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Tossed up on off. Hashmatullah Shahidi drives it to long on for a single to begin the over.
Azmatullah Omarzai walks in at number 5.
27.6
W
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, OUT! TAKEN! Kasun Rajitha provides the breakthrough and Sadeera Samarawickrama will be a very relieved man. Rajitha bowls a cross-seamed delivery on length and on the pads and the ball holds up a touch in  the pitch. Rahmat Shah tries to play it across the line on the leg side but the leading edge sends the ball straight up in the air. Dimuth Karunaratne the fielder at mid on completes a safe catch and the drop on the previous ball did not prove fatal for the Lankans as a set Rahmat Shah is dismissed the very next ball.
27.5
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Dropped! Oh no! Kasun Rajitha goes a bit fuller and outside off. Rahmat Shah slices this one hitting it uppishly to the left of the fielder at point. Sadeera Samarawickrama there fails to hold onto it and spills a big chance. Sri Lanka have missed out on a big wicket.
27.4
1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Back of length outside off, Hashmatullah Shahidi stays back and slaps the ball to deep extra cover for an easy single.
27.3
1
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, On a good length and over leg. Rahmat Shah gets on top of it and nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
27.2
3
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Short ball straight above the middle, Hashmatullah Shahidi decides to charge by stepping out of the crease, pulls the ball over short mid-wicket, not getting a proper connection. The mid-on fielder races to the ball and the batters get back for the third run.
27.1
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, On the hard length and angling in on middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi flicks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
26.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Looped up and fuller, just outside off, Hashmatullah Shahidi drives the ball to deep extra cover for a single.
26.5
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Floated up around off. Hashmatullah Shahidi drives it to the right of the bowler.
26.4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Hashmatullah Shahidi, A flighted ball now, goes fuller on off, Hashmatullah Shahidi pushes the ball back to the bowler.
26.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up on off. Rahmat Shah drives it to long on and takes a single.
26.2
Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Short ball around the fourth stump, Rahmat Shah tries to cut it late but misses the shot.
26.1
4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Dhananjaya de Silva is welcomed with a boundary! He bowls it short and over off. Rahmat Shah creates room and rocks back to cut it well in the gap through point. He has timed the shot well as the ball races away to the fence for four runs. The fifty partnership comes up.
Dhananjaya de Silva to have a bowl now.
25.6
Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, On a length this one around off, and angling away, Hashmatullah Shahidi steers the ball towards backward point.
25.5
1
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, On the hard length around off. Rahmat Shah punches it away to deep cover for a single to get to the other end.
25.4
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Length delivery outside off again, Rahmat Shah attempts to drive the ball but misses again.
25.3
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Short again around off. Rahmat Shah punches it to the fielder at point.
25.2
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Good length delivery just outside off, Rahmat Shah tries to defend the ball to his off but doesn't connect, the ball just brushes past the outside edge. A stifled appeal from the keeper but no says the umpire.
25.1
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Full and outside off. Rahmat Shah drives it to the fielder at cover.
24.6
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fuller and on middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi blocks it back towards mid off to end the over.
24.5
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Short again this time outside off. Rahmat Shah reaches for it and slaps it to deep point for one more run.
24.4
4
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Class! Dushmantha Chameera bangs it short and over off. Rahmat Shah stands back and pulls it with perfect balance. He hit it along the ground in the gap through deep mid-wicket. The ball finds the fence for another four runs.
24.3
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Short and around leg. Hashmatullah Shahidi clips it to deep square leg for one run to get to the other end.
24.2
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, On length and angling onto the pads. Hashmatullah Shahidi nudges it away to the fielder at mid-wicket.
24.1
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, FIFTY FOR Rahmat Shah! Dushmantha Chameera goes full and straight on off. Rahmat Shah clips it in front mid-wicket for a single to complete his half-century. Another solid knock by this man.
23.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Pitched up around off from 'round the wicket. Hashmatullah Shahidi drives it back to the bowler.
23.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Flatter and quicker just outside off. Rahmat Shah drives it to the long off region and takes another single.
23.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, A bit short and over middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi punches it to mid on for one more run.
23.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Floated up on off. Rahmat Shah digs it out to the mid-wicket region for a single.
23.2
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up on off. Rahmat Shah clips it to mid-wicket where the fielder collects it.
23.1
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! What a way to start the over! Maheesh Theekshana goes very full and on off. Rahmat Shah creates room and drives it through the gap at cover. The ball runs away to the fence for a boundary to begin the over.
22.6
2
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Short and on off. Hashmatullah Shahidi pulls it to deep square leg fora couple of runs to end the over.
22.5
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, On the hard length and outside off taking the pace off. Rahmat Shah punches it to deep cover for a single.
22.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Short again this time over leg. Hashmatullah Shahidi pulls it and the ball goes to fine leg after deflecting off the gloves. The batters take a single.
22.3
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Short this time over middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi evades it safely and lets it go to the keeper.
22.2
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Full now and straight on middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi blocks it back to the bowler.
22.1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, On length and straight on middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi tries to block it but the ball deflects off the edge and rolls away to the off side.
21.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Flighted up an outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi slices it to point for one run to end the over.
21.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Fullish and outside off. Rahmat Shah drives it to deep point for a single. 100 runs up for Afghanistan.
21.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up and around leg. Rahmat Shah misses the sweep as the ball hits the pads. The appeal is turned down by the umpire.
21.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Errs in line. Maheesh Theekshana goes full but down the leg side. The umpire signals a wide.
21.3
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Floated up and on off. Rahmat Shah dances down the ground and plays it inside out over covers. The fielder chases it down as the batters get two.
21.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Pitched back and outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi punches it towards deep cover for one run.
21.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Full and on middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi punches it to the fielder at cover.
20.6
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Short again just around off. Rahmat Shah gets on top of it and plays it to short third with a light hand.
20.5
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Banged in short again outside off. Rahmat Shah leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.
20.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, On length and on off. Hashmatullah Shahidi drives it to cover for a single.
20.3
6
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, SIX! Oh Unlucky for Dushmantha Chameera! He bangs this one short and over middle. Hashmatullah Shahidi is taken by surprise as he tries to pull it away. Lucky for him, the ball catches the upper edge and sails over the keeper's head all the way beyond the fence for a biggie.
20.2
Dushmantha Chameera to Hashmatullah Shahidi, On the hard length and over off. Dushmantha Chameera plays it late and pushes it to the fielder at point.
20.1
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Short and over off. Rahmat Shah stays back and punches it to cover region for a single to begin the over.
19.6
Angelo Mathews to Hashmatullah Shahidi, An effort ball from around the stumps, bowled shorter and around off, curving away late. Hashmatullah Shahidi gets low and sways his head away from the line of the ball.
19.5
1
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, Back of a length outside off, Rahmat Shah looks to play it on the up but his feet don't move and the ball is edged down to third man for one more.
19.4
1
Angelo Mathews to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Bowled from around the stumps, on a hard length and angling in from well outside off. Hashmatullah Shahidi waits and plays it with an angled bat down to third man for another single.
19.3
1
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, Pitched up on middle, shaping it back in, Rahmat Shah gets on the front foot and drives it down to long on for a run.
19.2
1
Angelo Mathews to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Good awareness from Hashmatullah Shahidi but lazy from Maheesh Theekshana. Slower and shorter around off, punched away gently to short extra cover where Theekshana attacks the ball but fumbles it and the batters race across for the single.
19.1
Angelo Mathews to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Floated up on a shortish length but on a tight line around off. Hashmatullah Shahidi goes on the back foot and punches it square toward point.
18.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fuller one, angling into off, Hashmatullah Shahidi flicks it wide of mid on for a quick run.
18.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Banged in short at the body, Rahmat Shah doesn't quite get it under control but manages to pull it over the square leg region for a single.
18.4
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Unnecessary! Full and straight, Hashmatullah Shahidi drills it back to the bowler who sticks out a left hand and does well to gather it. Dilshan Madushanka then has a rush of blood and hurls in a wild throw at the stumps which beats everyone and goes down to fine leg. Just the single conceded.
18.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Keeps the length full on off and gets it to move away a bit. Hashmatullah Shahidi is pushed back in the crease but manages to dig it out.
18.2
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Pitches this one right up on the leg stump, getting it to nip away due to the cross-seam. Rahmat Shah looks to flick it off the front foot but gets an outside edge down to third man for a single.
18.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Good length on off, hitting the deck hard and angling it away. Rahmat Shah plays it late and defends it to backward point.
17.6
2
Angelo Mathews to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Back of a length around off, Hashmatullah Shahidi hops on his toes and punches it away through the cover region for a couple of quick runs. Good running!
17.5
Angelo Mathews to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Pitched up a bit in the channel around off and angles it across the left-hander. Hashmatullah Shahidi leans forward and shoulders his arms at it.
17.4
1
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, Slightly fuller and outside off, caressed on the up to sweeper cover for a single.
17.3
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, Bowled back of a length again around off, Rahmat Shah hesitates a bit going for the big shot and ends up mistiming the punch toward mid on.
17.2
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, Back of a length and in the channel, Rahmat Shah taps it out in front of cover-point.
17.1
2
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, Shorter one outside off and at a gentle pace as well. This one sits up and Rahmat Shah punches it sweetly down toward deep cover for a couple of runs.
16.6
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ends with another bouncer, this time around off and angling in. Hashmatullah Shahidi ducks under it with ease.
16.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Wide! Attempted bumper at the body from over the wicket but this is pushed well down leg for a wide.
It is time for drinks as the players get a breather. Sri Lanka had started well after taking an important wicket in the first over but the partnership between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah stabilized the game in the favour of Afghanistan. Now Sri Lanka have a chance to bounce back as they have dismissed Ibrahim Zadran. Afghanistan on the other hand needs a few more strong partnerships to chase down the target. Hashmatullah Shahidi is the new batter to walk in.
16.5
W
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, OUT! CAUGHT! Something had to give and Dilshan Madushanka has got the breakthrough for his side. A well-directed short ball, over off and angled in, cramping the batter for room. Ibrahim Zadran bends his back and lets the ball come on before attempting the ramp. There's not much pace on the bat and Zadran doesn't quite get it off the middle of the bat as well. The ball flies down to third man where Dimuth Karunaratne comes in and takes a good low catch in front of him. Sri Lanka right back in it now.
16.4
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Another one that in banged in short but well outside off this time. Rahmat Shah stays back and gives a tap on its head to get it wide of third man for one more.
16.3
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot toward backward point for a single.
16.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Oh, a bit of spice on it! Dilshan Madushanka bowls the bumper now over middle and gets it to just zip and shoot off the deck. Ibrahim Zadran can only watch it fly over his head.
16.1
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Hard length around off, Rahmat Shah stays back and guides it down to third man for a single.
15.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Full and quick on off, driven nicely to the left of mid off for a quick single. Something has to give here as neither side seems to be willing to take risks.
15.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller one around off, Ibrahim Zadran leans on and drives it wide of sweeper cover, looking for two but has to settle for the single.
15.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Floated up on a good length and on off, Ibrahim Zadran stands tall and pats it back to the bowler.
15.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Flighted delivery onto the stumps, worked away through mid-wicket for a single by Rahmat Shah.
15.2
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Another good stop! Full and outside off, driven along the ground but can't get it past extra cover.
15.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Good fielding! Tossed up full and middle, Rahmat Shah flicks it using his wrists to the right of silly mid on but Dhananjaya de Silva there makes a good diving stop.
14.6
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Pitched up a bit around off and middle, Ibrahim Zadran blocks it out.
14.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Banged in halfway down the track but a bit slower, Rahmat Shah has to wait before rolling his hands over the top of the bounce and pulling it through square leg for one.
14.4
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Pitched up and angled into the pads, flicked away through backward square leg for a single.
14.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, A bumper now, over the stumps and serving away after passing the batter. Ibrahim Zadran ducks under it.
14.2
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Switches to around the wicket and offers width on a hard length. Rahmat Shah reaches out and pings it away to the left of deep point. The fielder there is quick to get to it and keeps it down to just a single.
14.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Starts the new spell from over the wicket and serves it full in the blockhole around off. Rahmat Shah bunts it on the bounce dead-straight and past the bowler for no run.
13.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, The call is for two but they won't get it. Drops it short over middle, Rahmat Shah uses the depth of the crease to work it away toward deep mid-wicket and picks up another single.
13.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Throws it wider of the off stump and tries to spin it back in a long way but the ball goes straight on. Ibrahim Zadran chops it in front of covers for a run.
13.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Flatter and quicker around off, Rahmat Shah edges the drive off the back foot down to third man and collects another single.
13.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Nicely looped up, very full and around middle, Rahmat Shah looks to drive it through covers but only manages to push it to the bowler.
13.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Shorter this time outside off, Ibrahim Zadran looks to rock back and cut but the ball goes off the outer half wide of short third and they pick up a single.
13.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Nagging length, drifting into the pads, Ibrahim Zadran looks to have a swipe across the line but misses it completely and gets hit on the pads.
12.6
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Hard length outside off, Ibrahim Zadran lets the ball come on and just dabs it down late to third man for another single.
12.5
2
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Goes fuller now around off, looking to sneak one past the inside edge. Ibrahim Zadran is late on the drive and gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket and picks up a couple of runs.
12.4
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, On a hard length around the fifth stump line and at over 140 clicks. Ibrahim Zadran defends it down with soft hands and in front of covers.
12.3
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Good length again, hitting the top of off, Ibrahim Zadran stays there and blocks it back to the bowler.
12.2
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Short and at the body, Rahmat Shah gets hurried on but gets inside the line and hooks it down to fine leg for a single.
12.1
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Good length in the channel and hits the bat hard as Rahmat Shah blocks it in front of covers.
11.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Nicely looped up on off, Rahmat Shah leans on and strokes it down to long off for an easy single.
11.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Floated up on a shortish length outside off, Rahmat Shah plays it off the back foot but can't get it through cover-point.
11.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Wide! Tries another back-of-the-hand delivery but spills it full and down the leg side for an extra run.
11.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, A touch slower and floated full on the pads, this is worked away in front of mid-wicket for one more.
11.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Goes for the leggie and ends up dragging it down on middle and leg. The ball stays low and Rahmat Shah manages to drag the ball through mid-wicket for a run.
11.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, On a length again, this is punched down to long on for a single.
11.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Bowled flatter and on a length on off, Ibrahim Zadran stands tall and forces it on the bounce to mid on.
10.6
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Another dot to end and just the single comes off it. Hard length over off, Rahmat Shah stays put and solidly blocks it off.
10.5
Dushmantha Chameera to Rahmat Shah, Banged in on a shorter length at over 141 clicks. Rahmat Shah stays on the back foot and manages to fend it off.
10.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Bends his back and bowls a bumper outside off, Ibrahim Zadran tries to get inside the line and ramp it down to third man but mistimes it. The ball does go toward third man and they get a single.
10.3
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Bowls it back of a length and over off, Ibrahim Zadran is late to pick up the length and just blocks it back on the deck.
10.2
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, On a good length and in the channel, angling it in, Ibrahim Zadran blocks it under his eyes.
10.1
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and quick on off, tailing in a bit at 144.3 clicks. Ibrahim Zadran firms it back to the bowler.
Powerplay 2! Sri Lanka are now allowed as many as four fielders outside the 30-yard circle.
9.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flat and full on middle. Ibrahim Zadran drives it to long on for a single to end the over.
9.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Tossed up on leg. Ibrahim Zadran flicks it away to the fielder at mid-wicket.
9.4
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Ibrahim Zadran is in a good rhythm.! Maheesh Theekshana goes a bit full and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran drives it through the gap at covers and times it well. The ball runs away to the fence for four more runs.
9.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Floated up on leg. Rahmat Shah drives it to long on for a single.
9.2
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Pitched up and on off. Maheesh Theekshana blocks it solidly off his front foot.
9.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Maheesh Theekshana starts his spell with a full ball on the pads. Rahmat Shah miscues his flick as the ball rolls away to the off side.
8.6
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, On the hard length and over off. Ibrahim Zadran blocks it out towards the fielder at point for a dot to end the over.
8.5
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Full again, and this one swing into middle. Ibrahim Zadran defends it back towards the bowler.
8.4
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran blocks it out towards point. Good bowling from Dushmantha Chameera.
8.3
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Short again and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran gets on top of it and punches it to the fielder at point.
8.2
4
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Good shot! Dushmantha Chameera goes full and straight on the pads. Ibrahim Zadran stays back and uses the pace to flick it in the gap through square leg. The ball runs away to the fence for four runs off his bat.
8.1
Dushmantha Chameera to Ibrahim Zadran, Dushmantha Chameera starts his spell with a fast one pitched on the hard length and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran was completely beaten by the pace and the bounce. Even the keeper was pushed back by his pace.
7.6
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, On the hard length angling away outside off. Rahmat Shah blocks it towards point to end the over.
7.5
4
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Good shot! Kasun Rajitha pitches this slightly up and on the leg stump. Rahmat Shah picks it up well and flicks it over the infield. The ball runs away to the deep mid-wicket fence for four runs.
7.4
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Short and over off. Rahmat Shah clips it away to the fielder at mid-wicket.
7.3
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Goes a bit full and swings outside off. Rahmat Shah drives it down the ground to mid off.
7.2
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, On length and outside off. Rahmat Shah drives it to mid off where the fielder collects it.
7.1
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, On a good length and outside off. Rahmat Shah pats it towards point.
6.6
Angelo Mathews to Ibrahim Zadran, Short and over middle. Ibrahim Zadran blocks it out on the leg side. A good over for Afghanistan.
6.5
4
Angelo Mathews to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! The second of the over! Angelo Mathews drops it short and over off. Ibrahim Zadran punches it close to his body and through the gap at covers. The ball runs away to the fence for four more runs.
6.4
Angelo Mathews to Ibrahim Zadran, On a very good length just away from off. Ibrahim Zadran punches it to the left of the fielder at point who makes a very good stop.
6.3
1
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, On the hard length and outside off. Rahmat Shah guides it wide of point for a single.
6.2
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, Short again this time just outside off. Rahmat Shah defends it well off his front foot.
6.1
4
Angelo Mathews to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Angelo Mathews is welcomed with a boundary! He bowls it short and outside off. Rahmat Shah likes the room and he times the punch well in the gap through covers. The ball runs away to the fence for four runs to begin the over.
Angelo Mathews comes in as the first change in bowling.
5.6
6
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, SIX! Cracking shot! Kasun Rajitha goes a bit full and angling down the leg side. Ibrahim Zadran was ready for it as he went on the front foot and flicked it well over backward square leg and all the way into the stands for a biggie, the first of the innings.
5.5
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, On a good length again this time straight on off. Ibrahim Zadran pushes it to the left of the bowler who manages to stop it well.
5.4
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Full again with some movement. Ibrahim Zadran drives it on the full back to the bowler but can't get it past and his frustration seems to be growing with every dot ball.
5.3
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, On a good length and over leg. Ibrahim Zadran blocks it off towards mid-wicket.
5.3
1
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Errs in line. Kasun Rajitha bowls it short but way down the leg side. Ibrahim Zadran tries to flick it but fails to connect as the umpire signals a wide.
5.2
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and straight on middle. Ibrahim Zadran drives it directly to the fielder at mid on.
5.1
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, On the hard length and on the pads. Ibrahim Zadran drives it back to the right of the bowler.
4.6
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Ends the over in fine fashion! Dilshan Madushanka goes full and outside off. Rahmat Shah reaches it well and drives it through the gap at cover and point. The ball runs away to the fence for a boundary to end the over.
4.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, On the hard length and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran drives it towards mid off and sets off for a quick single.
4.4
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Short and over off. Ibrahim Zadran leaves this one alone for the keeper to collect.
4.3
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Very full and straight on middle. Rahmat Shah clips it away to mid-wicket for a single. Another good delivery.
4.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, Shortish and over off. Rahmat Shah stays back and punches it to the fielder at covers.
4.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, On length and angling towards off. Rahmat Shah defends it solidly on the off side.
3.6
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, On the good length and swinging away outside off. Ibrahim Zadran drives it to covers where the fielder collects it.
3.5
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Short and over off. Ibrahim Zadran punches it to the fielder at cover.
3.4
1
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, On the hard length in line with leg stump. Rahmat Shah tries to flick it away but it hits the pads and rolls away to the leg side. The batters take a single.
3.3
4
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Good shot! Kasun Rajitha goes too straight and full on the pads. Rahmat Shah stays back and clips it nicely off his pad with good timing. The ball is through the gap at mid-wicket and goes racing away for a four.
3.2
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Beaten! Kasun Rajitha goes a bit short with a hint of outswing. Rahmat Shah tries to get on top of it and cut it but is beaten by the bounce.
3.1
Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Full and swinging away outside off. Rahmat Shah defends it solidly on the off side.
2.6
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! What a way to end the over! Dilshan Madushanka bowls it on length and angling outside off. Ibrahim Zadran likes the room as he drives it with sweet timing through the gap at covers. The ball races away to the fence for the first boundary of the innings.
2.5
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Drops it short this time just over off. Ibrahim Zadran is takes by surprise by the bounce as he lets it go to the keeper.
2.4
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Full again swinging in onto leg. Ibrahim Zadran digs it out well towards the fielder at square leg who makes a good stop.
2.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, On the hard length and straight into the pads. Ibrahim Zadran defends it solidly down the track.
2.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Short now just over off. Ibrahim Zadran punches it to the fielder at covers from his crease.
2.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and angling in onto middle. Ibrahim Zadran defends it solidly towards covers.
1.6
3
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Kasun Rajitha goes full and in line with off stump just swinging outside. Ibrahim Zadran drives it through the gap at covers. Angelo Mathews chases it down as the batters run three. That is good running.
1.5
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Short now and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran punches it down the ground off his back foot.
1.4
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit full and swinging away from outside off. Ibrahim Zadran drives it towards the cover region where the fielder makes a good diving stop.
1.3
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Beaten! Pitched on the hard length with a hint of outswing. Ibrahim Zadran tries to reach for it but is beaten by the swing.
1.2
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, This ball was pitched up full and swung towards outside off. Ibrahim Zadran drives it to the fielder at cover.
1.1
Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Starts his spell with a good length delivery on middle and off. Ibrahim Zadran has just blocked it out down the track.
Kasun Rajitha to operate from the other end.
0.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Ibrahim Zadran, On a good length and on the off pole. Ibrahim Zadran drives it straight down to mid off and takes a single. A very good over from Dilshan Madushanka comes to an end.
0.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmat Shah, On length again angling back in on the pads. Rahmat Shah flicks it away to fine leg and gets off the mark with a single.
Rahmat Shah is in at number 3.
0.4
W
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, OUT! TIMBER! Dilshan Madushanka draws first blood! It is a perfect delivery from this man. He bowls this one up and the ball bounces on a length and swings in on the pads. Rahmanullah Gurbaz tries to play across the line but the ball hits his pads and is deflected onto the middle stump, uprooting it. Dilshan Madushanka was looking good this over and he has given the Lankans their first wicket in the first over as the dangerous Gurbaz departs for a duck.
0.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Short again this time just outside off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz stays back and punches this towards covers.
0.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fuller now in line with leg stump. Rahmanullah Gurbaz flicks it off to the fielder at square leg.
0.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Dilshan Madushanka starts off the innings with a shortish ball angling outside off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz blocks it off towards mid off from his back foot.
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st Innings Sri Lanka
We are back for the chase! The umpires are out in the middle as the Sri Lankan players are seen in a huddle on the boundary ropes before striding out to the middle as well. It will be the prolific pairing of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran to open the innings for Afghanistan. It will be the left-arm seam of Dilshan Madushanka to get proceedings underway with the ball here.
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, 242 is the number required for Afghanistan to rack up their third win of the campaign and add to their impressive run in this tournament. Sri Lanka have their task cut out but have the pace attack to challenge the opposition. It looks like a straightforward target but sometimes, scores of around 240-250 provide us with an enticing game. Do join us in a bit for the run chase.
Rashid Khan is down for a chat. He says it is a great achievement for him to play for his country and reach 100 ODI matches. Adds that the wicket is good to bat on but they bowled well. Tells that they assessed the conditions quickly and they wanted to restrict them under 250. Mentions that after the last game, the confidence is high and they just want to play positive cricket. Says that they had a couple of practice sessions and saw that India vs Bangladesh game here and knows that there could be dew under lights. Ends by hoping that they can win this one and make his 100th game a bit more special.
Afghanistan would have taken this score at the toss and the bowlers have backed their skipper's decision to bowl first. On a pitch that looked nice and hard, Fazalhaq Farooqi picked up an early wicket and along with Mujeeb Ur Rahman kept a check on the flow of runs as well. Azmatullah Omarzai then came in and got a big wicket, breaking the 2nd wicket partnership and after that Afghanistan were able to boss the middle overs. The likes of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi gave nothing away but it was Mujeeb who once again came in and got a couple of big wickets in quick succession. The fielding too was brilliant as the fielders consistently scored direct hits and that brought about a couple of run-outs as well. Naveen-ul-Haq had an off day as he took some pounding in the final ten overs but Farooqi justified his selection to the fullest as he ripped through that lower order and finished with 4 for 34, the second-best bowling figures by an Afghan bowler in a World Cup game.
End of an up-and-down first innings but at the halfway stage, Afghanistan will be more than happy with that effort, restricting Sri Lanka to just 241 runs. Sri Lanka were put into bat by Hashmatullah Shahidi and the change up top didn't work as Dimuth Karunaratne got out early. Two of their three most prolific batters in recent times, Pathum Nissanka and skipper Kusal Mendis put on a steady stand but were found guilty of being content with just the singles on offer. As they looked to shift gears, they just weren't ready and soon Nissanka fell. The skipper then added another stand with Sadeera Samarawickrama but once again they just didn't show enough intent and the settled pair fell in the space of a couple of overs. After that it was left upon Angelo Mathews and the tailenders to muster up some crucial runs and Maheesh Theekshana did just that as he scored a vital 29 and Matthews too scored 23 runs but they have fallen well short of what would have been a par score on this wicket.
49.4
over
49.4 | 2 Runs | HH: 241/10
49.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Dilshan Madushanka, OUT! RUN OUT! Another fine piece of effort in the field from Afghanistan! Naveen-ul-Haq bowls this on a good length but down the leg side, slower too, Dilshan Madushanka looks to heave it away but misses, Kasun Rajitha sets off for the bye run but Rahmanullah Gurbaz quickly gathers the ball and hits the stumps with the gloves on at the batter's end with Rajitha putting in a dive in. However, the square leg umpire signals out as the batter is well short. Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 241!
49.3
Naveen-ul-Haq to Dilshan Madushanka, Run out chance…missed! This is full again, on middle, Dilshan Madushanka drilss it down the pitch where Naveen-ul-Haq stops it with his leg, Madushanka sets off the run but turns back as Naveen-ul-Haq misses his shy at the batter's end. He is not happy with himself as all the stumps were visible.
49.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kasun Rajitha, Fuller one and on middle, angling in, Kasun Rajitha tucks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
49.1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kasun Rajitha, Naveen-ul-Haq nails the yorker as well, on off, angling in, Kasun Rajitha fails to dig it out.
49
over
49 | 1 Runs | HH: 239/9
48.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dilshan Madushanka, Fazalhaq Farooqi loses his grip and bowls a high full toss, on middle, Dilshan Madushanka looks to heave it away but misses as the ball goes over the stumps and Rahmanullah Gurbaz behind the stumps stops it well as the ball just bounces in front of him.
48.5
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dilshan Madushanka, Right in the blockhole, on middle, Dilshan Madushanka drills it towards mid off.
48.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dilshan Madushanka, Pulls his length back a bit and around off, Dilshan Madushanka pushes it towards short covers.
Dilshan Madushanka is the last man in for Sri Lanka.
48.3
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Angelo Mathews, OUT! TAKEN! A brilliant catch in the deep! Fazalhaq Farooqi serves this full and around middle, takes all the pace off the ball, Angelo Mathews stays deep in his crease and looks to slog it away but goes through his shot early and his bottom hand comes off as well. As a result, the ball goes high in the air towards long on where Mohammad Nabi judges it well and takes a fine catch just inches inside the ropes and keeps his balance nicely as well. Sri Lanka nine down now!
48.2
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kasun Rajitha, Fuller one and on middle, Kasun Rajitha flicks it towards deep square leg for a single.
48.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kasun Rajitha, Fazalhaq Farooqi lands this on a good length and outside off, angling in, Kasun Rajitha looks to cut it away but misses.
48
over
48 | 8 Runs | HH: 238/8
47.6
4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! Powered away! Naveen-ul-Haq bowls this slower again, full and around middle, Angelo Mathews gets to the pitch of it and smacks it wide of long on for a much-needed boundary.
47.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kasun Rajitha, A slower dipping yorker, on middle, Kasun Rajitha gets his bat down well and jams it out to the leg side for one.
47.4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kasun Rajitha, Pitches this one up, on off, Kasun Rajitha pushes it straight to short covers.
47.3
2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kasun Rajitha, Length again and around off, Kasun Rajitha opens the face of his bat and guides it wide of third man for a brace.
47.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, On a length and around middle, Angelo Mathews tucks it through mid-wicket for a single.
47.1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, A full toss, on off, Angelo Mathews drills it straight to extra covers.
Kasun Rajitha is the new man in.
47
over
47 | 8 Runs | HH: 230/8
46.6
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Maheesh Theekshana, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Fazalhaq Farooqi has three now! He absolutely nails the yorker this time, on middle, angling in, Maheesh Theekshana makes room and tries to squeeze it away but is too late to put his bat down and the ball goes through to shatter the stumps. A good little cameo from Maheesh Theekshana comes to an end and Lanka lose their eighth wicket.
46.5
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Angelo Mathews, Change of pace, back of a length and around off, Angelo Mathews drops it towards point for one.
46.4
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Maheesh Theekshana, Touch fuller and around off, Maheesh Theekshana stabs it towards point where a fumble allows the single. Afghanistan need to tidy up here.
46.3
6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Maheesh Theekshana, SIX! Into the stands! Fazalhaq Farooqi bangs this short and around middle, slower too, Maheesh Theekshana is already standing on his back foot and waits for it to hammer it over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
46.2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Maheesh Theekshana, Fazalhaq Farooqi takes pace off, on a length and on middle, Maheesh Theekshana knocks it down the pitch where Fazalhaq Farooqi sticks out his right leg and parries it towards mid on.
46.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Maheesh Theekshana, Fazalhaq Farooqi lands this back of a length and outside off, Maheesh Theekshana backs away and has a swing at it but misses.
46
over
46 | 10 Runs | HH: 222/7
45.6
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Maheesh Theekshana, Short of a length and on middle, Maheesh Theekshana nudges it towards deep square leg for one more. 10 runs off the over!
45.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, Another slower one, length again, on middle, Angelo Mathews clips it through square leg for one.
45.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Maheesh Theekshana, On a length and around off, Maheesh Theekshana pushes it through covers for a run.
45.3
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, A slower one now, full and on off, Angelo Mathews taps it towards point for a single.
45.2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, Fuller one and around off, Angelo Mathews uses his feet and drives it straight to mid off.
45.1
6
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, SIX! BANG! What a shot! Naveen-ul-Haq bangs this short but angling into the leg side, Angelo Mathews goes down a bit and scoops it without even looking at it over the fine leg fence for a biggie.
45
over
45 | 4 Runs | HH: 212/7
44.6
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Ends with a dot does Rashid Khan. Floated up full and outside off, Theekshana drives it away to extra cover.
44.5
1
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, On the pads, a bit fuller and this is tickled away down to short fine leg for another single.
44.4
1
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Drags the length back and bowls it outside off, Maheesh Theekshana makes a bit of room and cuts it late past backward point for a run.
44.3
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Play and a miss! Dishes out a full and wide one, it is the leg break and the ball turns away. Maheesh Theekshana looks to drive it through covers but is beaten on the outside edge.
44.2
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Tossed up a bit, around middle, Maheesh Theekshana defends it off the front foot.
44.2
1
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Wide! Quicker and flatter, looking to attack the pads but this is spilled down the leg side.
44.1
1
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Flatter delivery on the stumps, Angelo Mathews stays back and flicks it toward mid-wicket for a single.
44
over
44 | 6 Runs | HH: 208/7
43.6
Naveen-ul-Haq to Maheesh Theekshana, Almost carried! On a good length in the channel, angling in and straightening off the deck. Maheesh Theekshana is pushed back and plays at it with jarring hands on ly to get an outside edge. The ball goes to the right of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and goes down quickly as Gurbaz manages to pluck it on the bounce.
43.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Angelo Mathews, Leg bye! Shorter in length and at the body, Angelo Mathews fails to get it away off the back foot. The ball goes off the thigh pads toward backward square leg and they get a leg bye.
43.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Maheesh Theekshana, Another risky single! Pitched up around off, Maheesh Theekshana pushes it out to mid off and sets off for the single. Hashmatullah Shahidi picks up the ball and fires in a throw at the non-striker's end but misses and Theekshana dives in to make his ground.
43.3
Naveen-ul-Haq to Maheesh Theekshana, Back of a length in the channel, Theekshana hops back and tentatively nudges it away toward backward point.
43.2
4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Maheesh Theekshana, FOUR! Maheesh Theekshana is giving Sri Lanka a fighting chance here with some glorious strokes. Overpitched outside off, Theekshana drives it toward cover and the fielder over there just lets the ball through and gives away four extra runs. Not the time to get sloppy.
43.1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Maheesh Theekshana, Starts the new spell witnh a shortish ball around off, angling in and bouncing a tad extra as well. Maheesh Theekshana looks to fend it off but gets it off the handle of the bat into the ribs.
43
over
43 | 9 Runs | HH: 202/7
42.6
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, Excellent work this time by Rahmat Shah on the ropes! Short and wide, Maheesh Theekshana slaps this one away wide of third man but only picks up a single this time around.
42.5
4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, FOUR! Nicely played and the 200 comes up for Sri Lanka. Shortish length outside off, Maheesh Theekshana stays back and uses the pace to play it with an angled bat wide of third man. Rahmat Shah runs around and gets to the ball but his flick goes back onto the ropes.
42.4
4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, FOUR! A much-needed boundary for Sri Lanka! Misses the yorker and serves a full toss outside off, Maheesh Theekshana hammers it away through the cover region and picks up a boundary.
42.3
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, Another short ball that hits the deck hard and is bowled outside off. Maheesh Theekshana looks to stay back and uppercut it toward third man but is beaten for the pace and bounce.
42.2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, A well-directed bumper now, over middle and angling in. Maheesh Theekshana ducks under it well.
42.1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, Full on off stump, punched on the bounce over the head of Azmatullah Omarzai who leaps up and makes the stop.
42
over
42 | 5 Runs | HH: 193/7
41.6
1
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Rashid Khan playing a few games with the batter now. Lobs this one up halfway down the pitch, with no pace on it and around leg stump. Maheesh Theekshana does well to stay put and just tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
41.5
1
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Quicker one on the pads, Angelo Mathews works it off the back foot toward deep square leg for another single.
41.4
1
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, The attempted googly, spinning in from around off, Maheesh Theekshana leans on and smothers the spin before pushing it through mid on for a single.
41.3
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Shortens the length and bowls it around middle, Maheesh Theekshana goes on the back foot to block it out.
41.2
1
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Floated, full on middle and leg, Angelo Mathews leans on and knocks it down to long on for one.
41.1
1
Rashid Khan to Maheesh Theekshana, Pushed through on a nagging length outside off, skidding through as well. Maheesh Theekshana gets pushed back but manages to play it out through extra cover for a single.
41
over
41 | 3 Runs | HH: 188/7
40.6
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, Hard length outside off, eased away on the up to sweeper cover for another single.
40.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Angelo Mathews, Short ball around off, Angelo Mathews tries to get inside the line and half-pulls it down through short fine leg for one more.
40.4
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, This one slips out of the hands and turns out to be a high full toss on middle. Maheesh Theekshana flicks it away past square leg and picks up a single.
40.3
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, Bangs it in on a shorter length outside off, Maheesh Theekshana hops and keeps it down toward point.
40.2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, Just a touch fuller this time and angling into the stumps, Maheesh Theekshana strokes it toward cover.
40.1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Maheesh Theekshana, Right on the money! Perfect length, hitting the top of off, Maheesh Theekshana does well to block it out.
Maheesh Theekshana walks out to bat next. Umpires also signal the start of the final Powerplay and the last 10 overs could be really crucial in the outcome of this game.
40
over
40 | 4 Runs | HH: 185/7
39.6
W
Rashid Khan to Dushmantha Chameera, OUT! RUN OUT! Another one bites the dust! Rashid Khan lands this short and around off, Dushmantha Chameera stays back and defends it to the off side and holds the pose for a few seconds. However, Angelo Mathews calls for the run and Chameera responds a bit late, Ibrahim Zadran from cover-point runs forward, picks up the ball an hits bullseye at the bowler's end with Chameera short of his crease. Afghanistan players look confident and the replay confirms that it is out. Sri Lanka seven down now!
Is that a run-out? Afghanistan have been deadly accurate with their throws in this game and this could be curtains for Dushmantha Chameera. The umpires go upstairs and the replays show that Ibrahim Zadran's direct hit at the non-striker's end has indeed done the trick for Afghanistan and OUT comes up on the big screen.
39.5
1
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Quicker, short and on middle, Angelo Mathews flicks it through square leg for one.
39.4
2
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Flighted, full and on middle, Angelo Mathews tucks it towards long on for a run, the fielder hits the stumps at the bowler's end and the ball deflects away as the batter gets across for an extra run.
39.3
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Floated, full and on off, Angelo Mathews defends it on the front foot.
39.2
1
Rashid Khan to Dushmantha Chameera, Tossed up, full and around off, Dushmantha Chameera taps it in front of cover-point for a quick single.
39.1
Rashid Khan to Dushmantha Chameera, Short and around off, Dushmantha Chameera punches it towards short covers.
39
over
39 | 1 Runs | HH: 181/6
38.6
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dushmantha Chameera, This is pitched up and around leg, angling in, Dushmantha Chameera misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. A leg bye is taken.
Dushmantha Chameera is the next man in.
38.5
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, OUT! TAKEN! Fazalhaq Farooqi gets his man now! This was coming as the dot balls were piling up. Farooqi bangs this on short and around off, Charith Asalanka looks to pull it away but goes through his shot way early and gets a top edge as the ball flies in the air towards mid off where Rashid Khan runs forward and takes a comfortable catch. Sri Lanka six down and in a lot of trouble!
38.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, Overpitched and around off, Charith Asalanka drives it straight to short covers.
38.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, A slower one now, on a length and on off, Charith Asalanka pushes it back to the bowler. Three dots in a row!
38.2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, Fazalhaq Farooqi bangs in a bouncer around off, Charith Asalanka lets it go to the keeper.
38.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, Full and on middle, Charith Asalanka knocks it towards mid on.
38
over
38 | 12 Runs | HH: 180/5
37.6
1
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, Quicker, full and on off, Charith Asalanka steers it in front of point for a quick run.
37.5
1
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, A bit short and around middle, Angelo Mathews clips it wide of short mid-wicket where the fielder misfields and allows the run easily.
37.4
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Looped up, full and on middle, Angelo Mathews turns it towards short mid-wicket.
37.3
Rashid Khan to Angelo Mathews, Flighted, full and on off, Angelo Mathews defends it on the front foot.
37.2
1
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, Floated, full and around off, Charith Asalanka taps it towards point for a single.
37.2
5
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, FIVE WIDES! Rashid Khan fires this one full and down the leg side, Charith Asalanka goes down to sweep it but misses and Rahmanullah Gurbaz also fails to stop it as the ball races towards the fine leg fence for a boundary.
37.1
4
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! A lucky boundary! This is tossed up, full and on off, turns away, Charith Asalanka looks to block but gets an outside edge past the keeper towards the third man fence for a boundary.
37
over
37 | 1 Runs | HH: 168/5
36.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Angelo Mathews, Another full delivery, on off, Angelo Mathews keeps it out towards short covers. Just one run from the over then.
36.5
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Angelo Mathews, Overpitched and on off, Angelo Mathews drills it straight to mid off once again.
36.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Angelo Mathews, Fazalhaq Farooqi bangs this short and around off, angling in, Angelo Mathews gets surprised by it and gets into an awkward position as the ball goes off the splice of the bat to the off side.
36.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Angelo Mathews, Full again and around off, Angelo Mathews drives it straight to mid off.
36.2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Angelo Mathews, Fuller one and on off, Angelo Mathews blocks it out towards short covers.
36.1
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length and around off, Charith Asalanka punches it through covers for a single.
Angelo Mathews walks out to bat now
36
over
36 | 1 Runs | HH: 167/5
35.6
W
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, OUT! CASTLED! Rashid Khan gets a wicket in his 100th ODI! This is a terrific delivery and DDS had no answer to it. Rashid Khan serves another lovely googly this time, full and around middle, grips and turns in sharply, Dhananjaya de Silva prods forward to play at it but does so down the wrong line and the ball goes between the huge gap between bat and pad to shatter the middle pole. Sri Lanka lose half their side now!
35.5
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flighted, full and around off, turns away, Dhananjaya de Silva plays for the googly but in the end drops his hands and plays inside the line of it as the ball goes through to the keeper.
35.4
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Shorter in length and outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva cuts it straight to point.
35.3
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, A fine googly now, short and on middle, turns in sharply, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to play at it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
35.2
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Quicker, short and around off, Dhananjaya de Silva pushes it towards short covers.
35.1
1
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, Floated, full and on middle, Charith Asalanka nudges it through square leg for a single.
35
over
35 | 3 Runs | HH: 166/4
34.6
2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Short of a length and around off, Dhananjaya de Silva dabs it down as the bounce takes it over point and DDS comes back for the second run.
34.5
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dhananjaya de Silva, This is pitched up and on middle, angling in, Dhananjaya de Silva drives it towards mid on.
34.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dhananjaya de Silva, A slower one now, full and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva blocks it out down the pitch.
34.3
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, Goes fuller but down the leg side, Charith Asalanka clips it towards fine leg for a single.
34.2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, On a length and on off again, Charith Asalanka dabs it towards point.
34.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length and around off, Charith Asalanka punches it straight to short covers.
34
over
34 | 6 Runs | HH: 163/4
33.6
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Another sharp googly, full and on middle, turning in, Dhananjaya de Silva misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
33.5
1
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, A bit short and around leg, Charith Asalanka works it towards square leg for one.
33.4
4
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, EDGED AND FOUR! This is flighted, full and around off, turns away, Charith Asalanka goes down to slog it away but gets an outside edge as the ball falls in front of first slip and races to the third man fence for a boundary.
33.3
Rashid Khan to Charith Asalanka, Tossed up, full and on off, Charith Asalanka drills it straight back to the bowler.
33.2
1
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Floated, full and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva pushes it wide of point where the fielder dives to his left to make a decent stop. They cross.
33.1
Rashid Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Quicker, short and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva stabs it back to the bowler.
Drinks break! Sri Lanka were strolling along nicely with the likes of Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama but Mujeeb Ur Rahman has sent both of them back to the hut and now, Afghanistan are able to get through their overs quickly and miserly as well. This is a good track and this pair of Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva really needs to up the ante a bit if Sri Lanka are to get to a defendable total. Afghanistan have plenty of overs left of Rashid Khan which they will hope bears wickets. And right on cue, Rashid is brought back into the attack.
33
over
33 | 6 Runs | HH: 157/4
32.6
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, Flatter, full and around middle, Charith Asalanka pushes it towards short covers and wants the run but is sent back.
32.5
1
Mohammad Nabi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flighted, full and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva taps it towards point for one.
32.4
1
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, This is short again and around off, Charith Asalanka steers it wide of short third man where the fielder dives to his left to make a half-stop. They cross.
32.3
1
Mohammad Nabi to Dhananjaya de Silva, A bit short and around middle, Dhananjaya de Silva flicks it through square leg for a single.
32.2
Mohammad Nabi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up, full and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva blocks it out.
32.1
3
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, Quicker, short and around off, Charith Asalanka waits for it and cuts it very, very late towards the third man fence where Hashmatullah Shahidi chases it down and slides to stop it, his knee gets stuck in the ground but he manages to save it. Three runs taken.
32
over
32 | 2 Runs | HH: 151/4
31.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter delivery, full and around off, Dhananjaya de Silva guides it straight to short third man. Mujeeb Ur Rahman finishes his spell with figures of 10-0-38-2.
31.5
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Pushed through quicker, full and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva taps it towards short covers.
31.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, Shorter in length and on middle, Charith Asalanka moves back and punches it towards long on for a run.
31.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up, full and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva drives it towards long off for a single.
31.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, A bit short and around off, Dhananjaya de Silva steers it towards short third man, Asalanka sets off for the run but is sent back.
31.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Floated, full and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva knocks it back to the bowler.
31
over
31 | 5 Runs | HH: 149/4
30.6
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, Looped up, full and on off, Charith Asalanka defends it on the front foot.
30.5
1
Mohammad Nabi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Goes short and around off, Dhananjaya de Silva stays back and pushes it through cover-point for one more.
30.4
1
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, Flighted, full and on off, turns away, Charith Asalanka taps it towards point and scampers across for one.
30.3
1
Mohammad Nabi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter, full and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva eases it towards long on for another run.
30.2
1
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, Tossed up, full and around middle, Charith Asalanka goes down and sweeps it on two bounces towards deep square leg for a run.
30.1
1
Mohammad Nabi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Short and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva moves back and punches it towards long on for a single.
30
over
30 | 5 Runs | HH: 144/4
29.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, Oh, dear! That could have been catastrophic for Sri Lanka. Mujeeb Ur Rahman comes from around the stumps and floats it onto middle and leg. Charith Asalanka nudges it off the back foot to the vacant square leg region. A lot of yes and no between the two batters and eventually Asalanka is sent back. The keeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz gets to the ball and throws it at the batter's end but Mohammad Nabi has dislodged the bails without the ball in hand. It is sent upstairs just to be checked and Asalanka survives.
29.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Shortish length on middle and leg, this is pushed down to long on for a single.
29.4
4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! Off the mark with ease. On the shorter side and drifting well down leg, Dhananjaya de Silva gets on the back foot and just works it past backward square leg for a boundary.
29.3
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter again around off, eased away toward cover.
29.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dhananjaya de Silva, Quicker and flatter angled into middle, Dhananjaya de Silva rocks back and punches it to the right of the bowler who picks it up and tries to throw it back onto the stumps.
Dhananjaya de Silva comes out to the middle now.
29.1
W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, OUT! LBW! Mujeeb Ur Rahman strikes again and Sri Lanka lose another set batter. Mujeeb floats this one up a lot fuller on the stumps and it is the googly that just skids on and Samarawickrama is caught on the back foot. Samarawickrama doesn't pick it up and gets beaten on the inside edge before getting rapped on the pads. A huge appeal and the finger goes up. Sadeera Samarawickrama has reviewed it though. Nothing on UltraEdge and it looks dead straight which is also confirmed by Ball Tracking. The on-field decision stands and Afghanistan making big inroads now.
29
over
29 | 5 Runs | HH: 139/3
28.6
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On the shorter side, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets across a bit and pushes it down to long on for one.
28.5
2
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Nicely done! Slower and shorter, angling into middle and leg, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets inside the line and paddles it past the keeper toward fine leg. The batters push hard for two and get it with ease in the end.
28.4
1
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, Full and drifting into off, Charith Asalanka knocks it down to long off for a run.
28.3
Mohammad Nabi to Charith Asalanka, Bowled from around the stumps and in the channel, Charith Asalanka drives it off the front foot toward extra cover.
28.2
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fuller delivery on middle, simply eased down to long on for a single.
28.1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Slight hesitation in the middle! Floated up on the pads, Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it to the right of backward square leg but the fielder makes a good diving stop. The batters start to go for the single but eventually decide against it.
28
over
28 | 3 Runs | HH: 134/3
27.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, Flatter delivery, angling in from outside off, Charith Asalanka stays back and chops it onto the off side.
27.5
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Charith Asalanka, Comes from around the wicket and drifts it into the legs, Charith Asalanka leans on and pushes it out to mid on.
Charith Asalanka is the nxt man in.
27.4
W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, OUT! CAUGHT! Kusal Mendis once again gets out to his favorite shot and he has thrown his wicket away. Mujeeb Ur Rahman flicks this one from the back of the hand and bowls it on a length around off, skidding through as well. Mendis gets down on one knee looking for the slog-sweep but the bounce of the ball means that it comes off the top edge more than the middle and flies down the throat of the man at deep mid-wicket. The substitute fielder there, Najibullah Zadran stays put and takes a good catch. Afghanistan pick up another timely wicket.
27.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full and quick around middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama steps out and goes across the stumps a bit before adjusting and whips it through square leg for a single.
27.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Slides one into the legs, Kusal Mendis works it 'round the corner for one.
27.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Quicker one onto middle and off, Sadeera Samarawickrama shows the full face of the bat and pushes it past the diving fielder at silly mid on and down to long on for a single.
27
over
27 | 2 Runs | HH: 131/2
26.6
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Slower and shorter on middle, sitting up for the batter. Sadeera Samarawickrama stays back and punches it through mid on for another single.
26.5
1
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, Flighted this time around, Kusal Mendis drives it down to long on for a single.
26.4
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, Floated a bit shorter on the pads, Kusal Mendis nudges it with soft hands toward square leg. Four dots on the trot now.
26.3
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, Fuller one on off stump, Kusal Mendis blocks it off the front foot.
26.2
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, Quicker this time and at the stumps, flicked away straight to square leg.
26.1
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, A nicely floated delivery, full on off and swerving in the air, Kusal Mendis bunts it back to the bowler.
26
over
26 | 4 Runs | HH: 129/2
25.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Shorter on middle and leg, worked away behind square leg for yet another single. Sri Lanka still just moving along in 2nd and 3rd gear, not trying to force the big shots.
25.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On a good length on off, skidding on, Sadeera Samarawickrama is almost too late to play at it but manages to dab it down toward backward point for a single.
25.4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angles it down leg, Sadeera Samarawickrama tucks it off his pads but straight to the man at short fine leg.
25.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Full and on the stumps, knocked down to long on for a single.
25.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Bowls it from wider of the crease and gets it to drift away from around middle, Kusal Mendis watchfully blocks it out.
25.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated full on middle, drifting in, Sadeera Samarawickrama leans on and pushed wide of mid on for a single.
25
over
25 | 6 Runs | HH: 125/2
24.6
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Drifted onto the pads again, nudged away down to fine leg for just a single this time.
24.5
2
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fired in on the leg stump, Sadeera Samarawickrama shows his stumps and gets a bit of bat on the attempted paddle. The ball goes toward fine leg and they get a couple of runs.
24.4
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Nagging length, quicker in the air as well and the ball surprises Sadeera Samarawickrama after bouncing but the right-hander manages to fend it off.
24.3
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On the stumps, nudged away to short mid-wicket.
24.2
2
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and wide, staying a bit low, Sadeera Samarawickrama with a lovely late cut off the back foot toward third man. The fielder from deep backward point runs around well to his left and keeps it down to a brace.
24.1
1
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, A floater, around middle and curving in the air, Kusal Mendis moves across and pushes it into the vacant spaces at mid-wicket for one.
24
over
24 | 4 Runs | HH: 119/2
23.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Shorter one, dragged down into the body, Kusal Mendis gets cramped for room while looking to pull but gets it away toward square leg for a run.
23.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Flighted delivery, a touch fuller and drifting in from around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets to the pitch of the ball and knocks it down to long on for one.
23.4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Very full on off, dipping late as well, Sadeera Samarawickrama squeezes it off the inner half of the bat toward short fine leg.
23.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Fuller one angled onto the pads, Kusal Mendis gest inside the line and flicks it toward backward square leg for a single.
23.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Nagging length, drifting into the stumps, Kusal Mendis gets well forward and keeps it out on the off side.
23.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Starts the new spell with a flatter delivery outside off, this is eased off the back foot through covers and picks up a single.
23
over
23 | 9 Runs | HH: 115/2
22.6
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On the slower side, shorter too, worked away behind square leg for a single.
22.5
4
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! Just past the fielder! Nabi floats this one up on off stump, Sadeera Samarawickrama uses his feet but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball and goes through with the lofted drive. The ball goes to the left of the leaping fielder at short mid-wicket and into the fence.
22.4
1
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, On the shorter side and on the stumps, eased off the back foot down to long on for another single.
22.3
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Flatter delivery outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama rocks back and cuts it to deep point for one more.
22.2
1
Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis, Pushed through around off, this is played away late past backward point for a run.
22.1
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Starts with a shortish ball on middle, turning in, Sadeera Samarawickrama pulls it past square leg for a single.
22
over
22 | 8 Runs | HH: 106/2
21.6
4
Rashid Khan to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! A shot that Kusal Mendis plays really well. On the stumps, Mendis brings out the slog-sweep, controls it well and gets it in front of square leg for a boundary.
21.5
1
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Shorter around off, chopped away in front of point for a tight single.
21.4
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, The googly again, quicker too, Sadeera Samarawickrama looks to work it leg side but closes the bat face early and gets a leading edge toward cover.
21.3
1
Rashid Khan to Kusal Mendis, Tossed up around off, eased down to long off for another single.
21.2
1
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full again on off, it is the googly but Sadeera Samarawickrama gets forward well and drives it down to long on for one more.
21.1
1
Rashid Khan to Kusal Mendis, This is bowled full around off, Kusal Mendis leans on and pushes it with the turn past covers for a single.
21
over
21 | 11 Runs | HH: 98/2
20.6
4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! One of the shots of the day! Pitched up around off, not quite a half-volley, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets on the front foot and creams it past short cover for another boundary.
20.5
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full on middle, pushed away toward mid on.
20.4
4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! BANG! This is banged in short around off, sitting up nicely for the batter. Sadeera Samarawickrama pulls it in front of square on the leg side and picks up a boundary. The new bat seems to be a good one.
20.3
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, Hard length on middle, angling in, Kusal Mendis with a short-arm jab and the ball goes on the bounce to wide mid on as the batters pick up another single.
20.2
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Back of a length around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama awkwardly rides the bounce and plays it past square leg for a run.
20.1
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, This is full and outside off, Kusal Mendis takes a step across the off stump and drives it firmly to wide mid off for a quick single. Sadeera Samarawickrama has now called for a change of bat.
20
over
20 | 2 Runs | HH: 87/2
19.6
1
Rashid Khan to Kusal Mendis, On the pads, nudged away 'round the corner for a quick single.
19.5
1
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Looped up very full on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama pushes it back to the bowler who looks to back-flick it onto the stumps but fumbles and allows the single.
19.4
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Tossed up, full and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama drives it straight to short covers.
19.3
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated, full and on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama tucks it towards short mid-wicket again.
19.2
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and on midle, Sadeera Samarawickrama nudges it towards short mid-wicket.
19.1
Rashid Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Sliding into leg, full, Sadeera Samarawickrama looks to flick but misses as the ball brushes against his pads to the keeper.
19
over
19 | 1 Runs | HH: 85/2
18.6
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pitched up and on middle, angling in, Sadeera Samarawickrama clips it through square leg for a single. Just one run and big wicket of Pathum Nissanka from the over.
18.5
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pulls his length back a bit and around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama pats it towards short covers.
18.4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Goes fuller this time, on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama knocks it down the pitch.
18.3
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Back of a length and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama punches it towards short covers.
18.2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On a length and around middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama looks to play at it but gets an inside edge onto his pads as the ball goes nowhere.
Sadeera Samarawickrama walks out to bat next.
18.1
W
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Azmatullah Omarzai strikes! A huge wicket for Afghanistan as the in-form batter goes back to the hut now. This is on a hard length and on the sixth stump line, Pathum Nissanka goes for the cut shot very close to his body but gets cramped for room and only manages to nick it behind where Rahmanullah Gurbaz pouches it safely. He has a long chat with Mendis but when the skipper signals for the review, the timer has already gone out. Sri Lanka two down now!
18
over
18 | 3 Runs | HH: 84/1
17.6
Rashid Khan to Kusal Mendis, Flighted, full and on middle, Kusal Mendis turns it to the leg side.
17.5
1
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Another googly, on middle, turning in, Pathum Nissanka looks to work it away but gets a bottom edge as the ball loops up towards short fine leg. They cross.
17.4
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Flatter, full and around middle, Pathum Nissanka tucks it towards short mid-wicket.
17.3
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, A googly now, full and on middle, turning in, Pathum Nissanka prods forward and blocks it down the pitch.
17.2
1
Rashid Khan to Kusal Mendis, Floated, full and on middle, Kusal Mendis drills it down the ground towards long on for a run.
17.1
1
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Tossed up, full and on off, Pathum Nissanka forces it towards long off for a single.
17
over
17 | 10 Runs | HH: 81/1
16.6
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Fuller delivery and on off, Pathum Nissanka drives it through covers for one.
16.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, Back of a length and around off, Kusal Mendis punches it through covers for a single.
16.4
2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, Overpitched and around middle, Kusal Mendis nudges it towards deep mid-wicket and comes back for the second run.
16.3
4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Easy pickings for Mendis! Azmatullah Omarzai lands this short of a length and outside off, Kusal Mendis gets on top of the bounce and smashes it towards the deep point fence for a boundary.
16.3
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, Goes for another bumper but serves this too high, on middle, Kusal Mendis ducks again. It is called a wide.
16.2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, Azmatullah Omarzai bangs in a good bouncer now, on middle, Kusal Mendis ducks under it.
16.1
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Fuller one but on the pads, Pathum Nissanka flicks it towards deep square leg for a single. That also brings up the 50-run partnership between these two batters.
Drinks break! A pretty steady start to this contest and neither side wants to put their foot on the gas just yet. Sri Lanka have two in-form batters on the crease and both of them will know that they need to make full use of the balls they have faced and accelerate soon. Afghanistan need wickets because the pitch is good and a couple of set batters can turn the game on its head. Let's see how the middle phase pans out. Also, Azmatullah Omarzai switches ends.
16
over
16 | 5 Runs | HH: 71/1
15.6
1
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Goes short and on middle, Pathum Nissanka stays back and punches it towards long on for one.
15.5
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Quicker one, full and angling into leg, Pathum Nissanka misses his glance and gets hit on the pads.
15.4
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Flighted, full and on middle, Pathum Nissanka clips it towards short mid-wicket.
15.3
2
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Tossed up, full and around off, Pathum Nissanka strides out and drives it wide of sweeper covers for a brace.
15.2
1
Rashid Khan to Kusal Mendis, Flatter, full and on middle, Kusal Mendis eases it towards long on for a run.
15.1
1
Rashid Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Rashid Khan starts with a floated delivery, full and on off, Pathum Nissanka drills it towards long off for a single.
Rashid Khan now has the ball in hand in his 100th ODI.
15
over
15 | 7 Runs | HH: 66/1
14.6
2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, Naveen-ul-Haq bangs this short and on middle, Kusal Mendis goes for the pull shot but toe-ends it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
14.5
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, Fullish delivery around middle, angling in, Kusal Mendis knocks it to the right of the bowler where Naveen-ul-Haq picks up and has a shy at the batter's end but misses.
14.4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, Back of a length and around off, Kusal Mendis punches it wide of cover-point where the fielder dives to his left to stop it.
14.3
4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Good shot! Naveen-ul-Haq once again bowls this short of a length and outside off, Kusal Mendis accepts the width on offer and cuts it nicely through point for a boundary.
14.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, Goes fuller and outside off, Pathum Nissanka drills it towards sweeper covers for a single.
14.1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, On a length and on middle, angling in, Pathum Nissanka has no room to work with and blocks it to the right of the bowler.
14
over
14 | 1 Runs | HH: 59/1
13.6
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, Pulls his length back a bit, on off, Kusal Mendis keeps it out to the off side.
13.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Pitches this one up and around off, Pathum Nissanka uses his feet and knocks it towards mid off for a quick single.
13.4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Azmatullah Omarzai serves this one full and around middle, angling in, Pathum Nissanka looks to flick it away but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW, but turned down. Afghanistan decides against the review and rightly so as the replays show that the ball was missing leg stump.
13.3
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Back of a length and on off again, Pathum Nissanka punches it straight to point again. Three dots now!
13.2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Length again and on off, Pathum Nissanka steers it towards backward point.
13.1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, On a length and around middle, angling in, Pathum Nissanka stays back and stabs it towards short covers.
13
over
13 | 8 Runs | HH: 58/1
12.6
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, Back of a length and around off Pathum Nissanka punches it through covers for one.
12.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, Naveen-ul-Haq bangs this into the pitch and around off, Kusal Mendis pulls it along the ground through mid-wicket for another run.
12.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, This is on a good length and around off, Pathum Nissanka runs it down towards third man for a run.
12.3
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, Short of a length and on off again, Pathum Nissanka pats it down towards point.
12.2
4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! Fine shot! Naveen-ul-Haq lands this back of a length and just outside off, Pathum Nissanka frees his arms and crunches it through point for a boundary. Pure timing!
12.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, On a length and around off, Kusal Mendis pushes it through covers for a single.
12
over
12 | 2 Runs | HH: 50/1
11.6
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Another full delivery, on off, Pathum Nissanka knocks it with a straight bat towards mid off.
11.5
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Goes back to his fuller length, on middle, angling in, Pathum Nissanka tucks it towards short mid-wicket.
11.4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, BEATEN! Azmatullah Omarzai lands this on a good length and around off, nips away a shy bit, Pathum Nissanka tries to punch it away but gets beaten on the outside edge.
11.3
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Kusal Mendis, This is pitched up and on middle, Kusal Mendis nudges it in front of mid on and scampers across for a run.
11.2
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Full again but around off this time, Pathum Nissanka pushes it towards sweeper covers for a single.
11.1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, Azmatullah Omarzai begins with a fuller delivery, on middle, Pathum Nissanka stays there and knocks it down the pitch.
Azmatullah Omarzai comes into the attack now.
11
over
11 | 7 Runs | HH: 48/1
10.6
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, This is on a hard length and around off, Kusal Mendis dabs it down towards point again.
10.5
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, Naveen-ul-Haq pitches this one up, on middle, angling in, Kusal Mendis taps it away towards point.
10.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, Goes for another bouncer, on middle, but this one is too high, Kusal Mendis sways away from it. It is called a wide.
10.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, Touch fuller and around off, Pathum Nissanka pushes it through covers for a run.
10.3
4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! SLASHED! Naveen-ul-Haq lands this short of a length and outside off, Pathum Nissanka throws his bat at it and gets an outside edge as the ball flies to the third man fence for a boundary.
10.2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Pathum Nissanka, Naveen-ul-Haq bangs in a bouncer now around off, Pathum Nissanka looks to ramp it away but misses.
10.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Kusal Mendis, Naveen-ul-Haq starts with a back-of-a-length delivery around middle, Kusal Mendis rides the bounce and nudges it towards square leg for a single.
Powerplay 2! A couple of extra fielders are allowed outside the inner ring now.
10
over
10 | 7 Runs | HH: 41/1
9.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, A dot to end the first Powerplay and Sri Lanka are 41/1! On a good length around off, angling in as well, Pathum Nissanka bunts it out on the off side.
9.5
2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, Hard length outside off, Pathum Nissanka stays there and jabs it away past the point region for a couple of runs.
9.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, Good comeback! Full around off but the pace is taken off completely and the ball dips a bit as well. Pathum Nissanka is beaten all ends up.
9.3
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! Nailed! Banged in short over leg stump, Pathum Nissanka is quick to swivel and pulls it with disdain into the fine leg fence for four runs.
9.2
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, Bowled back of a length and over off, Kusal Mendis gets across and tucks it away behind square leg for a single.
9.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, Good length outside off and angled in, Kusal Mendis crouches and defends it under his eyeline to cover.
9
over
9 | 6 Runs | HH: 34/1
8.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Shorter again but a bit too straight and Kusal Mendis is able to get inside the line and nudge it 'round the corner for a single.
8.5
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Slightly slower and shorter around middle, Kusal Mendis makes another block.
8.4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Mendis, Flatter delivery at the stumps, Kusal Mendis defends it from his crease.
8.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, 'Catch it,' is the call but the ball is well wide of silly mid on. Gives it some air, Pathum Nissanka steps out and looks to go straight but the ball comes off the inner half of the bat and goes uppishly to the right of silly mid on. They get a single.
8.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Full and quick around off, stroked away to the man at cover-point.
8.1
4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! Gets it through! A tad short and wide, Pathum Nissanka latches onto it and cuts it to the left of the diving fielder at point for a boundary.
8
over
8 | 5 Runs | HH: 28/1
7.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, BEAUTY! On a nagging length, outside off and looking to angle it in. Kusal Mendis gets squared up as he tries to get across and cover the line but the ball straightens off the deck and goes agonizingly past the outside edge. There is a slight murmur but they don't go for the review this time around.
7.5
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, A touch fuller and angling it into the pads, Pathum Nissanka leans on and tucks it away in front of the man at deep square leg for a single.
7.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, Goes full and bowls it outside off, trying to swing it in, Pathum Nissanka gets on the front foot and drives it firmly past short extra cover and toward wide mid off.
7.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, Gets the length correct this time and attacks the stumps with the ball shaping in. Pathum Nissanka covers the line well and defends it out.
7.2
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! Oh, that is a glorious shot! Slightly back of a length outside off, Nissanka stands tall and thumps it on the up through cover-point and picks up a boundary.
7.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, Pitched up right in the slot around off, Pathum Nissanka hammers the drive but straight to mid off.
7
over
7 | 1 Runs | HH: 23/1
6.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Drifting onto the pads, tickled away 'round the corner for a single.
6.5
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Keeps it on a length and gets the ball to drift in a long way from off stump. Pathum Nissanka leans on to defend but the ball goes between bat and pad to hit him on the body.
6.4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Floated up a bit on middle, blocked to short mid on.
6.3
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Quicker one, fired into middle, Pathum Nissanka punches it back to the bowler.
6.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, A loose shot and Pathum Nissanka gets away with it. Pulls the length back and gets the ball to hold in the deck a bit. Nissanka looks to stand tall and punch but ends up playing it uppishly and in front of short mid-wicket.
6.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Nagging length outside off, turning in sharply, Pathum Nissanka stays back and dabs it really late down to short third.
6
over
6 | 4 Runs | HH: 22/1
5.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, Sneaks one past the outside edge. Goes wider of the crease and bowls it fuller on the fifth stump line. Kusal Mendis plays for the ball angling in and looks to block but the ball goes straight on and past the outside edge.
5.5
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, Goes fuller and bowls it straight on off stump, Kusal Mendis solidly blocks it out.
5.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, Good length again, angled in a long way from around off, Kusal Mendis falls over a bit as he looks to get inside the line and flick it away but the ball goes off the pads toward backward square leg.
5.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, On a good length in the channel, angling in as well but the ball straightens. Kusal Mendis is squared up but manages to keep it out on the off side.
Kusal Mendis walks out to bat at number 3.
5.2
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, OUT! LBW! What a review! Fazalhaq Farooqi slides this one in a lot fuller on middle and gets it to swing into the left-hander. Dimuth Karunaratne plays all around a straight ball as he looks to flick and the ball thuds into the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW but it is turned down and it seems to be sliding down leg. The ball has also rolled away to the fence but Hashmatullah Shahidi has opted for the review. Nothing on UltraEdge but Ball Tracking comes up with three reds and the on-field decision is overturned. Sri Lanka lose their first wicket.
5.1
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR! A lovely drive to bring up the first boundary of the game. Pitched up outside off, Dimuth Karunaratne gets on the front foot and strokes it away past the man at extra cover for a boundary.
5
over
5 | 5 Runs | HH: 18/0
4.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, Drifted down leg again, this is tucked away off the pads past square leg for one.
4.5
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, Missed opportunity! This is drifted full and well down the leg side, Dimuth Karunaratne gets down on one knee and goes hard at the slog behind square. The ball only flicks the pad though and goes straight into the body of the keeper.
4.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Drags the length back and keeps it around off, Pathum Nissanka punches it from his crease and down to long on for a fourth consecutive single in this over.
4.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, Full and on off stump, driven all along the ground toward long on for one more.
4.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Flights it up just a touch and bowls it around middle, Pathum Nissanka has to reach forward and pushes at it. The ball goes uppishly and down to long on for another single.
4.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, Quicker one drifting into leg stump, Dimuth Karunaratne gets on the front foot and lifts the back leg before pushing it down to long on for a single.
4
over
4 | 3 Runs | HH: 13/0
3.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, On a hard length over middle and angling in, Pathum Nissanka tucks it away to square leg for no run. A rather watchful start by Sri Lanka.
3.5
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, A touch fuller and swinging back into the stumps, Karunaratne drives it off the inner half to wide mid on and picks up a single.
3.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Another play and a miss! Pitches this one up a bit outside off but not full enough to drive. Dimuth Karunaratne frees his arms and looks to play the expansive drive but the ball shapes away and beats the outside edge.
3.3
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, Switches to around the wicket and targets the pads with an in drifter, Pathum Nissanka gets inside the line and nudges it down to fine leg for one more.
3.2
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Brings the line closer to the off stump and keeps it on a good length, Karunaratne plays it with an angled bat down to third man for a single.
3.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, No foot movement! Shortish length, well outside off and shaping away. This one skids on as well and Karunaratne looks to play away from the body but is well beaten.
3
over
3 | 4 Runs | HH: 10/0
2.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, On the shorter side, getting it to drift in from outside off, Pathum Nissanka stands tall and punches it away to cover.
2.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, On a length and on off, angling in, Karunaratne pushes it down to long on for a run.
2.4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, And again! A bit quicker and flatter this time around off, Dimuth Karunaratne edges it down to short third man.
2.3
2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, Nicely bowled! The carrom ball from around the wicket, on a length and this one leaves the batter a touch. Karunaratne looks to drive at it but gets an outside edge well wide of the slip cordon and they get back for two.
2.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Pulls the length back and angles it onto middle and leg, Nissanka works it behind square leg for a single.
2.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Floats it up a bit and drifts it onto the stumps, Pathum Nissanka plays it back to the bowler.
2
over
2 | 2 Runs | HH: 6/0
1.6
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, A slight mix-up but no harm is done. Length ball on the pads, tucked away in front of square on the leg side for one and Pathum Nissanka wants to come back for the second. Karunaratne sends him back though.
Halt! Ikram Alikhil has hurt his finger trying to collect the ball and looks in some pain. The physio is in to put some 'Magic Spray' on but unfortunately, he is walking off the field now. Rahmanullah Gurbaz gets padded up and takes his gears as he will be keeping the wickets now.
1.5
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Good, positive running! A touch fuller around off, Dimuth Karunaratne plays it with soft hands in front of covers and sets off for the single. Pathum Nissanka is a bit slow to get on his bike but makes it through with ease. The throw comes in at the striker's end and the keeper Ikram Alikhil gets hit right on the edge of the right glove and is down in some pain.
1.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Pitched up on middle and leg, shaping into the front pad, Karunaratne jams it out to mid-wicket.
1.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Loose shot! Short and wide, swinging away and there to be hit. Karunaratne stays put and reaches out for the slap but misses.
1.2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Nice and full again around off, Dimuth Karunaratne gets on the front foot and drives it straight to mid off.
1.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Swing right away for Farooqi! Starts from over the wicket and serves it full on middle, getting it to move in the air. Karunaratne gets on the front foot and manages to keep it out.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to take the other new ball.
1
over
1 | 4 Runs | HH: 4/0
0.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, A sedate start, just the four singles off the first over. Full and angled in at the pads, flicked away by Karunaratne to deep square leg for one more.
0.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Speared in on middle and leg, fuller too, Pathum Nissanka shows the full face of the bat to caress it down to long on for a single.
0.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, Dimuth Karunaratne is off the mark as well. Flatter delivery on middle, Karunaratne drives it down to long on and turns the strike over.
0.3
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne, Good fielding! Comes from around the wicket to the left-hander and serves it a touch shorter around off. Dimuth Karunaratne punches it out to the left of short cover where Rashid Khan dives in and saves the single.
0.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Pathum Nissanka and Sri Lanka are underway! Another one that curves into the stumps, Nissanka eases it toward mid on and gets across for a quick single.
0.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Pathum Nissanka, Right on target! This is quicker and flatter, swerving into the stumps, Pathum Nissanka stays watchful and keeps it out.
Done with the pre-match formalities! Afghanistan players are in a huddle and now they spread out to take their respective field positions. Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne are the two openers for Sri Lanka. We will see spin straightaway as Mujeeb Ur Rahman has the new ball in hand. Let's play…
We are moments away from the start of the match but before that the players from both teams walk out and line up for their respective national anthems. It will be Sri Lanka's first followed by the national anthem of Afghanistan.
The Sri Lankan skipper, Kusal Mendis says he would have batted first anyway, the pitch looks good, and they would like to put a huge target on board and put a bit of pressure on the opposition. Adds that Sri Lanka's last two matches were really good and wishes for this one to be similar as well. He confirms that Dushmantha Chameera will play and informs that Dimuth Karunaratne replaces Kusal Perera at the top of the order.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, the captain of Afghanistan says that they will bowl first. Adds that there will be dew later on and that is why they want to chase. Tells that they have played good cricket and will look to continue that. Says that they are focusing on just this match at this moment and don't want to think much ahead. Ends by saying that looking at the conditions Noor Ahmad has been rested and Fazalhaq Farooqi is back in the side.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI) – Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne (In for Kusal Perera), Kusal Mendis (C/WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera (In for Lahiru Kumara), Dilshan Madushanka.
Afghanistan (Playing XI) – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Rahmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (WK), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi (In for Noor Ahmad).
TOSS – Up goes the flip of the coin and it lands in favor of Afghanistan and they will BOWL first.
PITCH REPORT – Simon Doull is pitchside. He says that it is 67m on the leg side for right handers and 61m on the other side. Aaron Finch joins him and says that there won't be much spin and we can expect a lot of runs on it. Tells that there might be some dew later but initially it will be a bit slow and good for batting.
Rashid Khan is all set to play his 100th ODI and what a crucial one this could turn out to be! Can the spin maestro lead his nation to a memorable win? We will have to wait and watch.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, are coming into this clash after an inspirational victory over Pakistan. Their openers have been in terrific form with Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran both scoring good runs while Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah provide good stability in the middle order. They will be relying on the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who are surely enjoying these conditions. They suffered heartbreak against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 and will want to avenge that loss. It is tough to predict a winner as both teams look evenly matched and the side that handles pressure better will come out on top here. Stay tuned for toss and other updates.
Sri Lanka put on a stellar show against defending champions England to brush them aside. Their bowling was amazing with Lahiru Kumara being the architect but he is unfortunately ruled out of the tournament and Dushmantha Chameera has replaced him who has a lot of experience. The inclusion of Angelo Mathews helped them a lot as well while Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis are in good form with the bat as well. However, the most impressive has been Sadeera Samarawickrama who holds their middle order and the spin mystery of Maheesh Theekshana will also be crucial in this game. Dilshan Madushanka has also done well with the new ball and they will be hoping that he continues to make the ball talk and they repeat the heroics of the Asia Cup 2023.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of match number 30 of the 2023 World Cup between two Asian rivals Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. These two sides have put on some spirited performances in this World Cup and both have two wins so far and will be eager to get another one here to keep their campaigns alive at least till their next games.
… MATCH DAY …
Match number 30 of the 2023 World Cup is upon us and it will be Afghanistan taking on Sri Lanka at the MCA Stadium in Pune in what will be a very crucial encounter. Both teams have played five matches thus far, winning 2 and losing 3 but both sides come into this contest on the back of stellar wins. Afghanistan have been knocking on the door for quite a while now and have shown their prowess in the T20 format but after a winless 2019 World Cup campaign, they have now racked up a couple of big wins, none so bigger than their demolition of neighbors and cricket powerhouse Pakistan in the last game. Chasing a score of 280 plus, they lost just a couple of wickets with the top 4 all contributing to the win. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran are a lethal pair and once these two get going, Afghanistan seem to have a pretty easy game but the form of skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi has been a big positive as well. The bowling is well-rounded with the likes of Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan providing variety and wicket-taking ability as well but the addition of Noor Ahmad against Pakistan was a masterstroke as he picked up three wickets and all that experience playing in the Pakistan Super League seemed to have paid dividends. Sri Lanka on the other hand had a really tough start to the tournament and were involved in a couple of high-scoring losses and given their injury list, they seemed to have no chance going forward. But a couple of wins, including a rout of England in their previous game has certainly galvanized them. The top order has fired pretty consistently with Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis ​​​​Kusal Perera all playing useful knocks and then the stability provided by Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka gives them that added advantage over their opponents. The bowling has been a concern in general but Dilshan Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara have stepped up at the right time with Maheesh Theekshana doing a fine overall job. Two sides that know each other really well and for both, a win will see them really challenge for that semi-final berth but a loss could all but end their campaign. Which underdog team will make the maximum impact and get that crucial win? We shall find out.
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