SL vs AFG Highlights, T20 World Cup 2022: The Sri Lankan team held their nerves & outclassed Afghanistan by six wickets to keep themselves alive in the race for Playoffs. On the other hand, this defeat ended Afghanistan’s campaign in the marquee event.
Afghan clan failed to register a competitive total on board
The thrilling encounter began with Afghanistan taking the crease with the willow. Batting first Afghanistan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz & Usman Ghani provided their side with a blistering start by stitching a 42-run stand for the opening wicket. Gurbaz scored 28 runs off 24 balls while Usman Ghani played a ball a run & returned with scores of 27 off 27 balls. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking for Afghanistan.
After openers dismissals, Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah Zadran carried their innings ahead. Ibrahim Zadran scored 22 off 18 balls while Najibullah scored 18 runs off 16 balls. Afghanistan’s batting order got good starts but failed to convert them to big scores. Sri Lanka didn’t allow Afghan batters to settle on the crease & play long innings. In the end, Gulabdin (12) & Nabi’s (13) quick cameos helped Afghanistan to end their innings at 144-8 in 20 overs. For Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaraga starred with the ball by returning with figures of 3-13. Lahiru Kumara too supported him by returning with figures of 2-30.
De Silva’s unbeaten 66 helped Sri Lanka to chase the target within 18.3 overs
In reply, Sri Lanka had a disastrous start to their chase as they lost opener Pathum Nissanka in the first over reducing Sri Lanka to 12-1 in 1.2 overs. However then came Kusal Mendis & Dhanajaya De Silva for Sri Lanka’s rescue. The duo stitched a 36-run stand for the second wicket to help Sri Lanka recover from a state of worry. But soon their blooming stand was broken when Mendis was removed in the 8th over for 25 runs off 27 balls, reducing Lanka to 46-2.
However, De Silva was going strong at the other end. He stitched a 54-run stand for the third wicket with Charith Asalanka (19 off 18) to help Sri Lanka have an upper edge in the chase. After Asalanka fell in the 14th over, De Silva joined hands with Rajapaksa & stitched a 42-run stand for the fourth wicket. Rajapaksa topo was sent packing in the 18th over for 18 runs off 14 balls but De Silva was going strong at the other end.
He stayed unbeaten at 66 runs off 42 balls in an innings braced with six fours & two sixes & helped Sri Lanka to chase the target in 18.3 overs. Dhanajaya hit his sixth boundary in the 20th over to amass winning runs for Sri Lanka. The Lankans ended their innings at 148-4 in 18.3 overs registering a huge six wickets win. For Afghanistan Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman stole the show with the ball by returning with figures of 2-24. Rashid too supported him by returning with figures of 2-31.
SL vs AFG Highlights, T20 WC 2022: Brief Scores
Afghanistan 144/8 in 20 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 28, Usman Ghani 27; Wanindu Hasaranga 3-13, Lahiru Kumara 2-30) Sri Lanka 148/4 in 18.3 overs (Dhananjaya de Silva 66*, Kusal Medis 25; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-24, Rashid Khan 2-31)
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