Afghanistan Outclassed Sri Lanka in the Opening Match of the Asia Cup

Afghanistan Outclassed Sri Lanka in the Opening Match of the Asia Cup

Afghanistan Outclassed Sri Lanka in the Opening Match of the Asia Cup. Afghanistan’s team chased down the target of 106 runs for the loss of just two wickets and 10 overs to spare. Fazalhaq Farooqi got the man of the match award for his 3 wickets for 11 runs.

Sri Lanka Batting

Early on Afghanistan won the toss and decided to field first. Fast bowler, Fazalhaq Farooqi got two wickets on consecutive deliveries in the first over. In the second over Naveen-ul-Haq dismissed Nissanka. After two overs, Sri Lanka was 3 down for just 5 runs and never recovered from there.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa showed some resistance. From Sri Lanka, no one could enter in the double figure  apart from Bhanuka Rajapaksa 38(29), Chamika Karunaratne 31(38), and Danushka Gunathilaka 17(17).

Fazalhaq Farooqi was the star bowler from Afghanistan for his 3 wickets for 11 runs.

Afghanistan Batting

In reply, Afghanistan’s opener destroyed Lankan bowling. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a blistering inning of 40 runs in just 18 deliveries with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes. Hazratullah Zazai also made 37 runs from 28 balls.

Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva was the only successful bowler from Sri Lanka who got one wicket for 19 runs in 3 overs.

Afghanistan Outclassed Sri Lanka in the Opening Match of the Asia Cup
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Presentation

The Player of the Match, Fazalhaq Farooqi says,

“It is a big win for the nation. My plan was simple, to get a breakthrough for my team. With the new ball, I am trying to bowl good deliveries. After that, I can bowl yorkers at the death too so I am comfortable with both.”

Winning captain Nabi

“The boys played well, especially the fast bowler Farooqi. When we decided to bowl first, it worked. Just discussed in the meeting that we bowl line and length. And if we get swing then we attack.

“The Openers played well and gave a confident start to the team. The morale of the team is high and hopefully, we do well next game.”
Losing captain Shanaka

“There are two ways of thinking. As batters, we should bat according to the wicket every time. There was a bit of grass, so wasn’t very helpful for our spinners. But they are world-class spinners who can execute in any condition.

“See, in T20 cricket these things can happen but we need to jump out of this situation, win the next game, and qualify for the next phase.”

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Scorecard

SRI LANKA INNINGS

BATTING R B 4s 6s
Pathum Nissanka c †Rahmanullah Gurbaz b Naveen-ul-Haq 3 7 0 0
Kusal Mendis † lbw b Fazalhaq Farooqi 2 4 0 0
Charith Asalanka lbw b Fazalhaq Farooqi 0 1 0 0
Danushka Gunathilaka c Karim Janat b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 17 17 3 0
Bhanuka Rajapaksa run out (Mohammad Nabi) 38 29 5 1
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva c Mohammad Nabi b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2 8 0 0
Dasun Shanaka (c) c †Rahmanullah Gurbaz b Mohammad Nabi 0 1 0 0
Chamika Karunaratne b Fazalhaq Farooqi 31 38 3 1
Maheesh Theekshana run out (Azmatullah Omarzai/†Rahmanullah Gurbaz) 0 0 0 0
Matheesha Pathirana c Najibullah Zadran b Mohammad Nabi 5 12 0 0
Dilshan Madushanka not out 1 2 0 0
TOTAL 19.4 Overs (RR: 5.33) 105

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Kusal Mendis, 0.5 ov), 2-3 (Charith Asalanka, 0.6 ov), 3-5 (Pathum Nissanka, 1.6 ov), 4-49 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 7.2 ov), 5-60 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, 9.2 ov), 6-64 (Dasun Shanaka, 10.1 ov), 7-69 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 12.2 ov), 8-69 (Maheesh Theekshana, 12.3 ov), 9-75 (Matheesha Pathirana, 14.6 ov), 10-105 (Chamika Karunaratne, 19.4 ov)

Afghanistan Bowling

BOWLING O M R W ECON
Fazalhaq Farooqi 3.4 1 11 3 3
Naveen-ul-Haq 3 0 23 1 7.66
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4 0 24 2 6
Azmatullah Omarzai 1 0 20 0 20
Mohammad Nabi 4 0 14 2 3.5
Rashid Khan 4 0 12 0 3

AFGHANISTAN INNINGS

BATTING R B 4s 6s
Hazratullah Zazai not out 37 28 5 1
Rahmanullah Gurbaz † b de Silva 40 18 3 4
Ibrahim Zadran run out (Theekshana) 15 13 2 0
Najibullah Zadran not out 2 2 0 0
TOTAL 10.1 Overs (RR: 10.42) 106/2

Did not bat: Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Fall of wickets: 1-83 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 6.1 ov), 2-103 (Ibrahim Zadran, 9.2 ov)

Sri Lanka Bowling

BOWLING O M R W ECON
Dilshan Madushanka 1 0 10 0 10
Maheesh Theekshana 4 0 35 0 8.75
Matheesha Pathirana 1 0 16 0 16
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 3 0 19 1 6.33
Chamika Karunaratne 1 0 20 0 20
Charith Asalanka 0.1 0 1 0 6

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