AFG vs SL: Afghanistan’s openers stormed into the storm, won the match with 59 balls

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Asia Cup: Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the opening match
Batting first, Sri Lanka had scored just 105 runs.

New Delhi. Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the opening match of the Asia Cup. Batting first, Sri Lanka were all out for 105 runs in 19.4 overs. This is Sri Lanka’s lowest score in the T20 format of the Asia Cup. Afghanistan achieved the target of victory in 10.1 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. That is, there was still 59 ball games left. Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 40 runs for Afghanistan. At the same time, Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored the highest 38 runs for Sri Lanka. For Afghanistan, Fazal Haq Farooqui took 3 wickets, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Mohammad Nabi took two wickets each. there, batting

Earlier, Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and elected to bowl first. His decision proved to be correct. The fast bowlers of Afghanistan bowled amazingly with the new ball. Taking advantage of the grass and conditions on the pitch, the Afghanistan bowlers cheaply wrapped up Sri Lanka’s top order. Sri Lanka lost three wickets in the second over itself. Pathum Nishanka (3), Kushal Mendis (2) and Charith Aslanka returned to the pavilion without opening an account. Fazal Haq Farooqui bowled brilliantly for Afghanistan. He showed Mendis and Aslanka the way to the pavilion on two consecutive balls in the first over of the match. The Sri Lankan team had not even recovered from this shock that in the very next over, Naveen-ul-Haq dismissed Pathum Nishanka. Nisanka wicket has been declared caught out behind the wicket. However, there was a lot of controversy over this decision.

Controversy over Nisanka’s catch
Nisanka tried to play this ball from Haq over the covers, but missed and the wicketkeeper caught the ball. The Afghanistan team made a strong appeal, but the umpire did not give it out. In such a situation, the Afghanistan team resorted to the review, the decision taken in this took everyone by surprise. The third umpire watched the replays several times and also took the help of the snickometer, but it did not appear that the ball had taken the edge of the bat and went into the wicketkeeper’s glove. But third umpire Jayaraman Madangopal declared it out. Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood, sitting in the dressing room, expressed displeasure over this decision. At the same time, Sri Lankan captain Shanaka was also annoyed by this.

Rajapaksa scored the most runs for Sri Lanka
After this, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dhanusha Gunatilaka tried to handle Sri Lanka’s innings. Both shared a partnership of 44 runs for the fourth wicket. But, Gunatilka was also dismissed on the score of 49 runs. He scored 17 runs. After this, Sri Lanka lost four more wickets and only 69 runs were added on the scoreboard. Bhanuka was also run out in the 13th over. He scored 38 runs in 29 balls. After the dismissal of Bhanuka, it seemed that the Sri Lankan team would not be able to score even 100 runs. But, Chamika Karunaratne played an innings of 31 runs in 38 balls to take Sri Lanka to a score of 105 runs. The entire Sri Lankan team was all out in 19.4 overs.

Openers gave a quick start to Afghanistan
Afghanistan team achieved the target of victory without losing a wicket. Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave Afghanistan a stormy start. Both these batsmen scored 83 runs in the first 6 overs. Rahmanullah hit 2 fours and a six in the third over of Afghanistan’s innings. In the fifth over too, this wicket-keeper batsman again hit 2 sixes and a four.

Seeing Rahmanullah, Hazratullah also changed his style of playing and he also batted vigorously. However, Rahmanullah could not complete his half-century. He got out after scoring 40 runs in 18 balls. He hit 3 fours and 4 sixes. However, by then Gurbaz had done his job. After this, Jazai and Zadran gave victory to Afghanistan.

Tags: Afghanistan, Asia cup, Dasun Shanaka, Rashid Khan, Sri lanka

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