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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan - 3rd Match, Group B

Series: Asia Cup 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 17 September 2018

Sri Lanka 158/10 (41.2 Ovs) RR: 3.82 | Afghanistan won by 91 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Kusal Mendis lbw Mujeeblbw Mujeeb0200
Upul Tharanga c Asghar Afghan & b Naibc Asghar Afghan & b Naib366430
Dhananjaya de Silva runout runout 233821
Kusal Perera bowled Rashid Khanbowled Rashid Khan171720
Angelo Mathews c Rashid Khan & b Nabic Rashid Khan & b Nabi223910
Shehan Jayasuriya runout runout 142800
Thisara Perera bowled Naibbowled Naib283620
Dasun Shanaka bowled Mujeebbowled Mujeeb0200
Akila Dananjaya bowled Nabibowled Nabi21000
Lasith Malinga lbw Rashid Khanlbw Rashid Khan1700
Dushmantha Chameera Not OutNot Out2500
Extras 13 (b 2, lb 5, w 6, nb 0)
Total 158 (10 Wkts, 41.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Kusal Mendis,0.2), 54-2 (Dhananjaya de Silva,13.1), 86-3 (Kusal Perera,19.5), 88-4 (Upul Tharanga,20.2), 108-5 (Shehan Jayasuriya,27.1), 143-6 (Angelo Mathews,34.6), 144-7 (Dasun Shanaka,35.3), 153-8 (Akila Dananjaya,38.2), 156-9 (Thisara Perera,40.2), 158-10 (Lasith Malinga,41.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman9 1 32 2 3.56
Aftab Alam7 0 34 0 4.86
Gulbadin Naib8 0 29 2 3.63
Mohammad Nabi10 1 30 2 3.00
Rashid Khan7.2 0 26 2 3.61
Mohammad Shahzad0 0 0 0 0
Ihsanullah Janat0 0 0 0 0
Rahmat Shah0 0 0 0 0
Hashmatullah Shahidi0 0 0 0 0
Asghar Afghan0 0 0 0 0
Najibullah Zadran0 0 0 0 0


Just the ease with which Afghanistan rolled Sri Lanka over today, the maturity of their batting, the squeeze of their bowling, it's really staggering. But there are better teams ahead, tougher challenges. How far can they go? We'll have eyes on them. For now, this is Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Varun Dixit, Abhinand Raghavendran, Raju Peethala, Hariprasad Sadanandan and our scorer Sulthan. Good night!

Rahmat Shah, MoM: Wicket was very good to bat. Captain and coach gave me the plan to play straight. This match was very important for us. Very happy to be Man of the Match.

Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan captain: Very important game because Sri Lanka lost their first game. Credit to our batsmen, our openers, they played very well. Every batsman executed plans. Yesterday we spoke about partnerships. Very important thing for us. Credit to our fielders who fielded very well. We want to win, show our abilities and talent. When you want to play cricket just for winning, shows positive intent. We'll see (about winning the Asia Cup). If we give good target on board, our spinners are bowling well. Nowadays our spinners are famous around the world. Want to thank the crowd.

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: It was a shocking performance by the whole team. Even in the first game, we could not breach 150 but congratulations to Afghanistan. They outplayed us in all the three departments. The whole batting line-up let us down in both the matches. Chasing 250, bowlers did their part in the first game as well as in this game. We were off to a bad start while batting but we repaired a little bit for the second wicket. We once again lost our way in the middle overs and we didn't have answers. I thought the bowlers did well, in fielding we were better than the last game. It was just the batting unit to be blamed. It is shocking. We played better cricket against South Africa towards the latter part of the series. It is very disappointing to see how the boys went about things, in the first game as well as in the this game. We repeated the mistakes, we just couldn't handle pressure and we were no where near our good performance. Handling pressures was crucial, failing to cross 150 in both the matches (sic) is very shocking and disappointing.


- Seventh successive loss in UAE for SL in ODIs

- Biggest losses for SL in Asia Cup (by runs):
137 vs Ban, Dubai, 2018
91 vs Afg, Abu Dhabi, 2018 *
81 vs Pak, Colombo PSS, 1986
81 vs Ind, Dambulla, 2010


22:47 Local Time, 18:47 GMT, 00:17 IST: Afghanistan have another scalp in their ever-growing kitty. They've beaten Sri Lanka for the first time in ODI cricket, and with it, they go through to the Super Fours along with Bangladesh while Sri Lanka go home. Can this really be called an upset? Especially after following their staggering growth over the last couple of years. And especially against this Sri Lankan team which looks so defeated, what with the dropped catches and the run-outs. I'm not so sure. There were only three successful run-chases of 250-plus at Abu Dhabi before today (out of 19), and Sri Lanka never looked like being the fourth. They lost a wicket second ball, they threw away budding partnerships to atrocious run-outs, and they never looked comfortable against spin. Their ODI form has really gone down the drain in the last couple of years and this tournament just encapsulates their miseries.

Rashid Khan to Malinga, out Lbw!! That's it, Sri Lanka are knocked out of the Asia Cup. Malinga attempts to sweep this googly but is trapped on the shin right in front of off. Would've crashed into middle. Malinga lbw b Rashid Khan 1(7)

Rashid Khan to Malinga, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Rashid Khan to Chameera, 1 run, pushed through on a length on off, defended wide of short cover
Naib to Chameera, 1 run, length ball outside off, pats it behind backward point for one
Naib to Chameera, no run, third short ball in a row, Chameera has nothing to do with it
Naib to Chameera, no run, slower bouncer down leg, umpire lets it go
Naib to Chameera, no run, banged in short, Chameera ducks underneath

Dushmantha Chameera, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Naib to Perera, out Bowled!! Big smile on Naib's face as he celebrates with an extravagant strut. Why not. He has completely fooled Perera with this slower ball to flatten middle stump. Brought the pace right down to 94kph, it dips under Perera's slog from back of a length. It's all Afghanistan. Perera b Naib 28(36) [4s-2]

Naib to Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Naib to Perera, no run, full ball wide of off, Perera left it thinking it was a wide but it ended up well inside the marker

Gulbadin Naib [7.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack

Most ODI innings to 500 career runs:
132 M Muralitharan
82 Waqar Younis
77 D Gough
76 C Ambrose
75 A Kumble

Rashid Khan to Perera, 1 run, goes on the back foot and carves it to cover point to retain strike
Rashid Khan to Malinga, 1 run, leggie, Malinga dabs it to short third and takes a quick single. Short third nails the direct hit, Perera is home
Rashid Khan to Malinga, no run, googly, Malinga plays down the wrong line, inside edges it back on his shoe
Rashid Khan to Perera, 1 run, fails to get under it and gets no elevation, it ends up at long-on
Rashid Khan to Perera, no run, backs away, Rashid Khan bowls at the stumps and Perera could only smash it back
Rashid Khan to Perera, no run, flatter one at the stumps, no room for Perera to free his arms. He ends up cutting it straight to short third

Rashid Khan [6.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack

Nabi to Malinga, no run, Perera declines the single on the final ball of the over. It was a fuller length delivery outside off, Malinga opens the face of the bat and guides it wide of short third. Perera declines the run, so he has taken the onus upon himself to single-handedly guide his team home
Nabi to Malinga, no run, lets it turn and blocks it to the leg-side, just next to the pitch
Nabi to Malinga, no run, this one bounces a touch extra, it hits high on the bat of Malinga
Nabi to Malinga, no run, flighted and at the stumps, defended to the leg-side

Lasith Malinga, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Nabi to Dananjaya, out Bowled!! This will get the Kabul going! Afghanistan are one step closer to a famous victory. Filthy shot from Dananjaya, it was at the stumps, Dananjaya charges down the track and went for a wild heave across the line. There was no contact from the bat and it clatters the stumps. Dananjaya b Nabi 2(10)

Nabi to Dananjaya, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Nabi to Dananjaya, no run, it hits high on the bat and comes back to Nabi
Mujeeb to Dananjaya, 1 run, loppy delivery at the stumps, Dananjaya waits for it and drives it to long-off
Mujeeb to Perera, 1 run, punches it to sweeper cover
Mujeeb to Dananjaya, leg byes, 1 run, flatter one down the leg-side, clips his pads and deflects wide of keeper for a single. Man at short fine nails the direct hit at the striker's end, Perera was comfortably in
Mujeeb to Dananjaya, no run, blocks this one right under his eyes
Mujeeb to Perera, 1 run, goes on the back foot and cuts it to sweeper cover
Mujeeb to Perera, no run, quicker one at the stumps, it hurries Perera a touch, manages to defend it back
Nabi to Perera, 1 run, goes on the back foot and and punches it to long-off, he retains strike
Nabi to Perera, 2 runs, deft touch! There was a hint of room and Perera uses that to steer it wide (left) of short third man for a brace


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