ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka - Match 7

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date & Time: 04 June 2019

Afghanistan 152/10

RR: 4.65 | Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs (D/L method)

commentary

Right then. Sri Lanka stay alive (not that they were out anyway) and are upto 6th place. Their net run rate is very poor but they will take the 2 points for now. Tough luck for Afghanistan, who will feel that they should have had this in the bag. No time to fret though! The carnival continues and India, one of the title contenders, announce themselves on Wednesday, as they take on South Africa at Southampton at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). It is a double header and the second game is between New Zealand and Bangladesh in London at 1.30 pm local (1230 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Sri Lankan captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, says that the only negative part in this game was the collapse with the bat after the terrific start. Praises the bowling and fielding altogether. Stresses that his side has experience and hence the unit was positive that it could defend the total. On his advice to the bowlers during the innings break, Dimuth says that breaking the opening stand was the key as the Afghan openers usually go hard. Admits that the middle order is a worry and aims to work on how to keep batting for longer periods in the coming games.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, feels that Afghanistan did not bowl in the right areas at the start and that is where the game was lost. Admits that they did bowl well in the middle period but that wastage of the new balls hurt them. On the wicket, Naib says that it was not easy for batting so all the bowlers had to do was to keep hitting a consistent line and length. Praises the Sri Lankan side for coming out firing with the ball. On the revised target of 187, Gulbadin says that it was not too much and agrees that some improvement is needed in the batting department, like getting together partnerships. On his own batting, Naib says that he just tried to bat straight. Hopes that his team improves in the coming matches.

NUWAN PRADEEP has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. But Thisara Perera comes up for a chat with Pommie Mbangwa instead. Thisara says that he is really happy with his bowling as 186 is really difficult to defend. Says that on this type of a wicket, if one bowls in the right lengths, it is difficult to score. Praises himself, saying that normally he is a good fielder. Calls his bowling unit as an experienced one and says that they believed that they could defend this total.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka orchestrated an unbelievable collapse, rising to 144/1 and then falling in a heap to post 201. Kusal Perera was the lone warrior with his 78. Did the pitch spice up due to the rain? There was a 3-hour delay due to showers and that perhaps played in the hands of the Lankans, even though 15 runs were wiped off their final score. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

Pradeep bowled with sheer pace and got rid of Naib and Rashid and the Afghans were pegged back once more. And then, when they were hunting for singles and twos, Malinga strut his stuff, bowling yorkers at will and ending the fight. The wickets column might show only the likes of Pradeep and Malinga getting acknowledgement but the whole bowling unit needs to receive praise for keeping the pressure on the opposition.

Just like the Australia game, the lower middle order stood out in this match for Afghanistan. Captain Gulbadin Naib came to the fore and stitched a 64-run stand for the 6th wicket with Najibullah Zadran. At that stage, it seemed like the tables were turning. But Dimuth Karunaratne threw the ball to Nuwan Pradeep and he swung the game around.

Normally, in an ODI, chasing 187 in 41 overs is no difficult task. But Sri Lanka made it difficult for Afghanistan. The Afghans got off to a decent start, adding 34 for the opening wicket but Shahzad's wicket opened the floodgates. They slipped from 34/0 to 57/5 and it really seemed like the game was over at that point of time. But no Afghan game is over without a fightback.

Wow. What a game. Truly sensational. Sri Lanka are alive and kicking. They were always expected to win this one (Were they? My colleagues will not agree) and at the halfway mark, were looking in a really bad shape. But the bowling, spurred by Malinga and Pradeep, led their team to a wonderful win.

32.4
0
L Malinga to H Hassan, OUT! TIMBER! Perfect yorker and SRI LANKA WIN BY 34 RUNS (DLS METHOD)! Toe-crusher from Lasith Malinga. Bowls a yorker on middle, Hassan looks to dig it out but misses it and gets bowled. You can hear the sound of the death rattle.
32.3
6
L Malinga to H Hassan, SIX! Powerful shot. Full on leg, Hassan lofts it cleanly over long on for a biggie.
32.2
0
L Malinga to H Hassan, Bowls a short delivery outside off, Hassan looks to pull but misses it.
32.1
1
L Malinga to Ur Rahman, Bowls a yorker on leg, Mujeeb flicks it towards leg side for a single.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the last man in.

31.6
0
I Udana to N Zadran, OUT! A run out ends Najibullah's fighting innings. A bit unfortunate for him too. Full and outside off, Zadran drives it towards mid off and sets off for a single. Dimuth Karunaratne fields it at that position and has a shy at the bowler's end. Najibullah has to run around the bowler and hence loses a big chunk of time. It is a direct hit and Zadran is well short!
31.5
0
I Udana to N Zadran, Outside off, a short ball, another hook and a miss.
31.4
0
I Udana to N Zadran, A good short ball, Najibullah backs away, missing out on the pull. He looks at the square leg umpire but does not get a wide. Is furious with himself.

FREE HIT COMING UP!

31.4
4
I Udana to N Zadran, FOUR! Off the outside edge! Full and outside off, Najibullah swings hard but gets a thick outside edge which beats third man to his right. Hang on. It is a no ball because three fielders are inside the circle instead of 5!
31.3
0
I Udana to N Zadran, Another short ball, right at the face of the batsman, Zadran backs away, looking to play a paddle-pull but misses.
31.2
4
I Udana to N Zadran, FOUR! Up and over! Short and outside off, Najibullah backs away and slaps it over cover. Nearly goes all the way!
31.1
0
I Udana to N Zadran, On a good length outside off, Najibullah feels for it but misses.

Isuru Udana returns. 5-0-19-1 so far.

30.6
0
L Malinga to H Hassan, The batsman just manages to keep the yorker out. Good ball bowled by the bowler. 1 run and a wicket from the over. Terrific over from Lasith Malinga.
30.5
0
L Malinga to H Hassan, Another yorker, pushed towards mid on.

Hamid Hassan is the new man in.

30.4
0
L Malinga to D Zadran, OUT! BOWLED! A Malinga special. Yorker, you miss, he hits. Dawlat makes room and looks to dig it out but misses it and gets bowled. Beautiful bowling from Malinga. Sri Lanka are two wickets away from winning the match.
30.3
0
L Malinga to D Zadran, Low full toss on middle, Dawlat flicks it to mid-wicket.
30.2
0
L Malinga to D Zadran, OUCH! Bowls a quick short delivery, Dawlat takes his eyes off the ball and looks to pull but misses it and gets hit on the grille of the helmet.
30.1
0
L Malinga to D Zadran, Good ball from Malinga. Bowls a yorker on middle, Dawlat does well to dig it out and plays it to mid on.
30.1
0
L Malinga to D Zadran, WIDE! Bowls a slower ball down the leg side, Dawlat looks to flick but misses it.

Lasith Malinga is back on. 5-0-31-1 so far.

29.6
0
S Lakmal to N Zadran, Outside off, a play and a miss.
29.5
1
S Lakmal to D Zadran, Full on middle, driven through mid on for a quick run. Dawlat is hobbling around...
29.4
0
S Lakmal to D Zadran, Another back foot punch towards the bowler.
29.3
0
S Lakmal to D Zadran, Outside off, punched back to the bowler.
29.2
0
S Lakmal to D Zadran, Outside off, punched off the back foot.
29.1
1
S Lakmal to N Zadran, On a length outside off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
28.6
0
N Pradeep to D Zadran, Bowls a bouncer, Dawlat lets it sail through to the keeper.
28.5
1
N Pradeep to N Zadran, On a length on middle, Najibullah flicks it towards square leg for a single.
28.4
2
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Length delivery on middle, Najibullah flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple. In the process, Dawlat Zadran is struggling with his running here.
28.3
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Bowls a bouncer outside off, Najibullah does well to leave it.
28.2
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, IN THE AIR BUT SAFE! Lakmal bowls it full and outside off, Najibullah lofts it over point where the fielder goes for the catch but it falls just short of him. The batsmen decide against the run.
28.1
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, BEATEN! Good shape on this one. Good length delivery outside off, Najibullah looks to poke at this one but misses it due to the away movement on this one.

Another delay. Dawlat Zadran is not happy with his back and is down again. The physio is back on.

27.6
0
S Lakmal to D Zadran, A bouncer outside off, Dawlat ducks to let that through.
27.5
1
S Lakmal to N Zadran, Outside off, pushed to point for a quick run again.
27.4
1
S Lakmal to D Zadran, Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a quick single.
27.3
0
S Lakmal to D Zadran, A short ball, down the leg side, Dawlat looks to hook but misses.
27.2
0
S Lakmal to D Zadran, Outside off, punched off the back foot.
27.1
1
S Lakmal to N Zadran, On a good length outside off, punched through the covers for a single.

Someone is on the ground. It is Dawlat Zadran. He is getting some treatment on his back. All ready now.

26.6
0
N Pradeep to D Zadran, Played to the point region by the batsman.
26.5
0
N Pradeep to D Zadran, Outside off, Zadran feels for it but misses.
26.4
4
N Pradeep to D Zadran, MISFIELD, FOUR! Fielding in shambles. You stop, I stop, ahhh... the ball goes through. Full and around off, Dawlat drives this down the ground. First, Pradeep tries to stop it by getting down to his right. Misses. Second, Lasith Malinga gets across from mid on and slides but misses. Angelo Mathews then gets across from mid off and cannot stop it either! He gets up, runs after the ball, gets to it but takes it along with him into the ropes!
26.3
0
N Pradeep to D Zadran, Full and around off, driven straight to mid off.
26.2
0
N Pradeep to D Zadran, Huge LBW shout! NOT OUT! Full and fast but going down the leg side, Dawlat just tries to keep it out but misses and is hit on the back pad.

Dawlat Zadran comes in at number 9. All he needs to do is hang in there with Najibullah.

26.1
0
N Pradeep to R Khan, OUT! BOWLED! Is that the second-last nail in the coffin? Pradeep has turned it around for the Lankans. This is pure fast bowling. On a length, around off, Rashid looks to defend but the ball jags back in, takes the front pad and then hits the stumps! 64 more needed from 89 balls.
25.6
0
S Lakmal to N Zadran, Outside off, solidly defended from the crease.
25.5
0
S Lakmal to N Zadran, Full and around off, solidly defended.
25.4
0
S Lakmal to N Zadran, Outside off, punched back down the ground.
25.3
0
S Lakmal to N Zadran, Full and around off, well defended.
25.2
1
S Lakmal to R Khan, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
25.1
0
S Lakmal to R Khan, A length ball, down the leg side, Rashid misses his flick. The ball goes off his pads behind and Kusal Perera goes up in an appeal but the umpire turns it down.

Suranga Lakmal is back on. 3-0-21-0 so far.

24.6
1
N Pradeep to R Khan, Outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

Rashid Khan walks in next. Can he hang around with Najib?

24.5
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, OUT! LBW! Massive moment in the game and the well-strung partnership has been cut short. On a length outside off, Naib stays back to defend but the ball pitches and then shoots through. The skipper is hit on the pads and up goes Pradeep in an appeal. Umpire Wilson thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Naib almost immediately takes it upstairs but Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the outer half of leg stump, which means, the umpire's call will stay! Naib has to walk off. Afghanistan do not lose a review but they are back in a spot of bother. 66 more needed from 97 balls.

Naib has been adjudged LBW! He has taken the review though. Is this missing leg? No inside edge. And... it is CLIPPING LEG STUMP! Naib has to go!

24.4
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, Around off, well blocked out.
24.4
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, FIVE WIDES! Oh dear... that is a monster. Banged in the middle of the deck, shoots upward and goes well above everyone. Poor Kusal Perera has no chance even with a leap.

The ball is doing very little now. So you will find a lot of bowlers bowl cross-seam at this stage. Meanwhile, plenty of dark clouds are back to watch this exciting game.

24.3
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
24.2
1
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Outside off, steered towards third man for a run.
24.1
1
N Pradeep to G Naib, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single. This is the time when Sri Lanka will start getting nervous again. Things are getting too easy for Afghanistan.
23.6
4
de Silva to N Zadran, FOUR! Oh ho ho! Full and around leg, Zadran gets down and reverse sweeps it through point for a boundary!
23.5
1
de Silva to G Naib, Pushes this through mid on for a run.
23.4
1
de Silva to N Zadran, Mix-up, but safe! Down the leg side, Najibullah tickles it towards short fine leg and sets for a single but then stops. However, Naib calls him through and they decide to go through for the run. Lasith Malinga is a bit slow from short fine leg and returns a weak throw to the bowler.
23.3
0
de Silva to N Zadran, Fired in outside off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
23.2
1
de Silva to G Naib, Around off, spinning in, worked through square leg for a single. 79 more needed from 106 balls.
23.1
0
de Silva to G Naib, Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.

First sign of spin. Dhananjaya de Silva introduced.

22.6
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Landed outside off, played straight to point.
22.6
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, WIDE. This is getting away from Sri Lanka now. A 50-run stand for the 6th wicket and the runs required are 80. A bouncer, on middle and leg, NZ ducks again.
22.5
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
22.4
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
22.4
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, WIDE. A short ball, around middle and leg, going down with the angle, Zadran ducks and it is wided.
22.3
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Full and around off, driven straight to mid off.
22.2
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, A bouncer pitched outside leg, Najibullah ducks.
22.1
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, On a good length around middle, defended back to the bowler.

Change of ends for Nuwan Pradeep. 5-1-14-2 so far.

21.6
2
I Udana to G Naib, On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a couple.
21.5
0
I Udana to G Naib, Around off, solidly defended.
21.4
2
I Udana to G Naib, Full and around middle, worked through square leg for a couple.

It is ironic but the floodlights are being switched on when the ground is bathed in sunshine.

21.3
0
I Udana to G Naib, A bouncer, around off, Gulbadin ducks.
21.2
0
I Udana to G Naib, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
21.1
2
I Udana to G Naib, Oohh... Outside off, on a length, Naib looks to punch it through the off side but the ball comes in, takes the inside edge and goes past the stumps towards long leg. A couple of runs taken.

Isuru Udana is back on. 4-0-13-1 so far.

20.6
2
S Lakmal to N Zadran, Full and outside off, Zadran slices it over point. The fielder in the deep dives and does well to stop it and saves runs for the team. The batsmen get two runs.
20.5
1
S Lakmal to G Naib, On a length on middle, Naib flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
20.4
0
S Lakmal to G Naib, Full on off, Naib drives it to mid off. Four dots in a row.
20.3
0
S Lakmal to G Naib, Length delivery on off, Naib plays it to covers.
20.2
0
S Lakmal to G Naib, Good length delivery on middle, the skipper looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the thigh pad.
20.1
0
S Lakmal to G Naib, Full on middle, Naib chips it uppishly towards mid on where it fell short of the fielder.

Suranga Lakmal returns. 2-0-18-0 so far.

DRINKS BREAK.

19.6
1
T Perera to G Naib, Landed outside off, another dab to third man for one more.
19.5
1
T Perera to N Zadran, Outside off, steered towards third man for a run.
19.4
0
L Malinga to N Zadran, Pushes this straight to cover.
19.3
1
T Perera to G Naib, Full and around off, driven through mid off for a single.
19.2
0
T Perera to G Naib, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground.
19.1
0
T Perera to G Naib, Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
18.6
1
L Malinga to N Zadran, Full on leg, Zadran flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen come back for the second. Good running between the wickets but hang on, the umpire has signalled it as one short. 11 runs have come from the over. Much-needed over for Afghanistan.
18.5
0
L Malinga to N Zadran, Full and outside off, Zadran plays it to point.
18.4
1
L Malinga to G Naib, Short delivery on middle, Naib pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
18.4
0
L Malinga to G Naib, WIDE! Bowls a short delivery down the leg side, Naib lets it go.
18.3
0
L Malinga to G Naib, Good comeback by Lasith. On a good length on middle, Naib defends it off the back foot.
18.2
4
L Malinga to G Naib, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Gulbadin Naib. Malinga bowls a short delivery, Naib pulls it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.
18.1
4
L Malinga to G Naib, FOUR! Classic straight drive from the skipper. Full on middle, Naib drives it straight past the bowler through mid on for a boundary.

Malinga is back on.

17.6
0
T Perera to N Zadran, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
17.6
0
T Perera to N Zadran, ANOTHER WIDE. A short ball again, Najibullah ducks again. Wided for height.
17.6
0
T Perera to N Zadran, WIDE. A bouncer on middle, Najibullah ducks.
17.5
2
T Perera to N Zadran, It's been driven superbly through the covers for a couple of runs.
17.4
1
T Perera to G Naib, SAFE. Outside off, Naib punches this through mid off and sets off for a quick single. The fielder scores a direct hit at the bowler's end and it is referred upstairs but replays show that the batsman is in.

Direct hit! In or out?

17.3
0
T Perera to N Zadran, Full and outside off, Najibullah looks to drive but the ball moves away and almost takes the outside edge. Kusal Perera fumbles and parries it towards third man. A bye taken.
17.2
0
T Perera to N Zadran, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
17.1
0
T Perera to N Zadran, Outside off, a play and a miss. Thisara appeals for a catch but it is turned down.
16.6
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, Full and outside off, Naib drives it to covers. Just 3 runs from the over.

Oops... Pradeep is asked to stop midway through his run up. Naib spots mid on moving around and stops the bowler correctly.

16.5
1
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Full and outside off, Zadran drives it through covers for a single.
16.4
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, On a good length on middle, Zadran defends it off the back foot.
16.3
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Pradeep bowls it on a good length on off, Najibullah keeps it out.
16.3
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer on middle, Zadran lets it sail through to the keeper.
16.2
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, On a good length on off, Zadran defends it off the back foot.
16.1
1
N Pradeep to G Naib, Length delivery outside off, Naib looks to tap it but gets an edge on it. It goes just wide of the point fielder for a single.
15.6
0
T Perera to N Zadran, Outside off, Najibullah looks to cut but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
15.5
0
T Perera to N Zadran, On a length and around off, Zadran watchfully defends it to the off side.
15.4
0
T Perera to N Zadran, Fuller length delivery outside off, Najibullah defends it towards the off side by getting right behind the line of the ball.
15.3
4
T Perera to N Zadran, FOUR! Classic cover drive! Through for a boundary! Second time in the over Zadran has found the fence. Perera bowls one outside off, Najibullah leans on and drives this through covers for a boundary. Beautiful to watch it from the left-hander.
15.2
0
T Perera to N Zadran, Length ball and in line with the stumps, defended back to the bowler off the back foot.
15.1
4
T Perera to N Zadran, FOUR! Outside off, pushed through the covers. In the air... but safe! Welcome boundary for Afghanistan. Thisara bowls it on a length and outside off, Najibullah drives it between cover-point for an exquisite boundary.
14.6
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, On a good length on middle, the skipper punches it to mid on.
14.5
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, Bowls a bouncer on leg, Naib does well to duck under it.
14.4
1
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Length delivery outside off, Zadran dabs it towards third man for a single.
14.3
4
N Pradeep to N Zadran, FOUR! What a shot! Full and outside off, Zadran drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
14.2
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, On a good length on off, Najibullah plays it to point.
14.1
0
N Pradeep to N Zadran, Bowls a bumper, Zadran does well to duck under it.
13.6
3
T Perera to N Zadran, Outside off, driven through the covers for three runs. Nice way to get off the mark.
13.5
0
T Perera to N Zadran, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Najibullah Zadran comes out to bat at number 7, replacing Nabi.

13.4
0
T Perera to M Nabi, OUT! BOWLED! Thisara, you beauty! What a ball. On a length, outside off, Nabi looks to defend but the ball hits a patch of grass and seams back in. Nabi is beaten all ends up as the ball goes through the gate between bat and pad, or well, almost. Clips the pad and then hits the stumps. Thisara initially appeals for LBW before joyfully reacting to the sound of timber. Half the side gone. Are Afghanistan gone too?
13.3
0
T Perera to M Nabi, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
13.2
0
T Perera to M Nabi, Almost! Outside off, on a length, Nabi pushes and almost nicks it behind!
13.1
0
T Perera to M Nabi, Full and outside off, Nabi looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.

Thisara Perera into the attack.

12.6
0
N Pradeep to G Naib, Full and outside off, Naib drives it to covers. Wicket maiden for Nuwan Pradeep.

Skipper Gulbadin Naib walks out at number 6, replacing Shahidi.

12.5
0
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, OUT! Caught behind! Extra bounce, gone fishing, high tide there and gone! Excellent delivery from Pradeep. He bowls it on a good length and outside off, Shahidi looks to push it but gets an outside edge due to the extra bounce on this one. It goes towards Kusal Perera who jumps and takes a good catch. Afghanistan are in deep trouble here.
12.4
0
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, Bowls a quick bouncer, Shahidi ducks under it at the last moment.
12.3
0
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, Play and a miss! Good length delivery outside off, Shahidi looks to chase this one but misses it due to the away movement on this one.
12.2
0
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, Pradeep bowls it on a good length on off, Shahidi looks to punch but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
12.1
0
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, Length delivery on off, Shahidi plays it to mid off.
11.6
2
I Udana to M Nabi, SAFE. There was not a direct hit at all. In fact, Udana had disturbed the bails with his hand. A short ball, around off, Nabi pulls it through square leg. The batsmen take a single and then charge back for the second. The bails at the non-striker's end are down and hence Nigel Llong directs it upstairs. Replays show that Udana had deflected the bails with his hand and the throw hit Lakmal's hand at mid off who was backing up.

Direct hit! Is that a wicket? No one is celebrating. In fact, the Lankans are more concerned with Suranga Lakmal going down in pain.

11.5
1
I Udana to H Shahidi, Shahidi punches this length ball, outside off to covers for a single.
11.4
0
I Udana to H Shahidi, Length delivery outside off, defended to covers.
11.3
0
I Udana to H Shahidi, Length ball on the stumps, defended to covers.
11.2
0
I Udana to H Shahidi, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
11.1
3
I Udana to M Nabi, MISFIELD! Udana bowls a fuller one on the stumps Shahidi flicks it through mid-wicket where Thirimanne fumbles and lets it through, the fielder in the deep fields and saves a single. Three runs added to the total.
10.6
1
N Pradeep to M Nabi, Length delivery on middle, Nabi flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 5 runs have come from the over.
10.5
4
N Pradeep to M Nabi, FOUR! Good shot. Full on middle, Nabi lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
10.4
0
N Pradeep to M Nabi, Full on off, Nabi drives it to covers.
10.3
0
N Pradeep to M Nabi, On a good length on off, Nabi plays it to off side.
10.2
0
N Pradeep to M Nabi, Full on middle, Nabi plays it to mid on.
10.1
0
N Pradeep to M Nabi, Good length delivery on off, Nabi defends it off the back foot.
9.6
0
I Udana to H Shahidi, Around off, defended from the crease.
9.5
1
I Udana to M Nabi, That swings in a long way, Nabi is late in getting his bat down and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Almost was plumb LBW there. A run taken.
9.4
0
I Udana to M Nabi, Outside off, played straight to point.
9.3
1
I Udana to H Shahidi, Outside off, tapped to the off side for a quick single.
9.2
0
I Udana to H Shahidi, That is a jaffa! Outside off, on a length, Shahidi looks to defend but the ball kicks off a length and beats the outside edge!
9.1
0
I Udana to H Shahidi, Outside off, left alone.
8.6
0
N Pradeep to M Nabi, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
8.5
0
N Pradeep to M Nabi, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.

Mohammad Nabi walks in next, with his side in trouble. Afghanistan need a partnership.

8.4
0
N Pradeep to H Zazai, OUT! The short-pitched stuff works! Directed at the body, Zazai pulls it away but straight to deep fine leg where Thisara Perera runs to his left and takes it nicely. In no time, Afghanistan have slipped from 34/0 to 44/3!
8.3
1
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, Outside off, played through point for a single.
8.2
0
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, Outside off, left alone.
8.1
0
N Pradeep to H Shahidi, Full and outside off, Shahidi looks to drive but is beaten.

POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 33rd over. Nuwan Pradeep into the attack as well.

7.6
1
I Udana to H Shahidi, Full and outside off, Shahidi looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a single. 2 runs and a wicket from the over.

Hashmatullah Shahidi walks in at number 4, replacing Rahmat.

7.5
0
I Udana to R Shah, OUT! Afghanistan lose their second wicket and are in some trouble here. Udana bowls it on a good length and outside off, Shah looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards Mathews at first slip who takes a comfortable catch. Much-needed wicket for Sri Lanka as technically, Rahmat Shah is Afghanistan's best batsman.
7.4
0
I Udana to R Shah, Full on off, Shah drives it to covers.
7.3
0
I Udana to R Shah, Good length delivery on middle, Shah defends it out.
7.2
0
I Udana to R Shah, On a good length on middle, Shah looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
7.1
1
I Udana to H Zazai, Udana bowls a yorker on middle, Zazai does well to dig it out. It goes towards Isuru who tries to stop it but it goes past him towards mid on for a single.
6.6
0
L Malinga to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Shah defends it out.
6.5
1
L Malinga to H Zazai, Length delivery on middle, Zazai nudges it towards fine leg for a run.
6.4
1
L Malinga to R Shah, Good bounce on this one. Short delivery on leg, Shah manages to pull it through square leg for a single.
6.3
0
L Malinga to R Shah, On a good length and outside off, Shah offers no shot.
6.2
1
L Malinga to H Zazai, Length delivery on middle, Zazai flicks it towards square leg for a run.
6.1
0
L Malinga to H Zazai, Full on middle, Zazai drives it towards mid on.
6.1
0
L Malinga to H Zazai, WIDE! Malinga bowls a slower ball wide outside off, Zazai does not bother to play that shot.
5.6
0
I Udana to R Shah, Good length delivery on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
5.5
1
I Udana to H Zazai, Length delivery on middle, Zazai nudges it towards square leg for a single.
5.4
0
I Udana to H Zazai, Full and outside off, Zazai drives it to mid off.
5.3
1
I Udana to R Shah, Full and outside off, Shah drives it towards covers where the fielder misfields and concedes a single.
5.2
1
I Udana to H Zazai, Full on leg, Zazai looks to flick but it goes off the inner half of the bat. It goes towards square leg for a single.
5.1
0
I Udana to H Zazai, IN THE AIR... JUST SHORT! That nearly carried to Udana. On a good length on middle, Zazai chips it uppishly towards the bowler where Isuru goes for the catch but it fell just short of him.

First bowling change. Isuru Udana into the attack with his left-arm indippers.

4.6
0
L Malinga to R Shah, Length delivery outside off, Shah defends it to covers. Good comeback from Malinga after being hit for a boundary of the first ball.
4.5
0
L Malinga to R Shah, Pitching in and around off, Rahmat defends it by coming on the front foot.

Some issue here. Rahmat Shah is not happy with something behind the sightscreen and brings it to the attention of umpire Paul Wilson. The area in front of the sightscreen is white and hence the sunlight falling on those is reflecting right onto Rahmat's eyes. That is being covered now. The area, not the eyes.

Rahmat Shah comes in at number 3, replacing Shahzad.

4.4
0
L Malinga to M Shahzad, OUT! Caught this time! The bowler is the same but the fielder is different. Malinga draws the first blood! He bowls a fuller one on the stumps and Shahzad comes inside the line of the delivery and flicks but doesn't bother to keep it down. Dimuth Karunaratne, the Lankan skipper fielding at short mid-wicket takes an easy catch by diving forward. Afghanistan lose their first.
4.3
0
L Malinga to M Shahzad, Length delivery outside off, Shahzad defends it to the leg side.
4.2
1
L Malinga to H Zazai, TOP EDGE, PUT DOWN! Aiyaiyo, Sri Lanka, not what you needed. Bowler not happy, coach not happy and poor fielder, he decides not to see anyone. Kusal Mendis at deep square leg just could not take this skier from a top edge. Zazai looks to dispatch this short-pitched delivery out of the ground but can only top edge it towards deep square leg. Kusal Mendis runs in from the deep but could not hold on. He is having a forgettable day in the field. First with the bat and now in the field.
4.1
4
L Malinga to H Zazai, FOUR! 'TOCK!' That sound. Just tells you that you need not look where the ball has gone. Perfect start to the over for the Afghans. Malinga bowls a fuller one on the stumps and Zazai makes room and then pulls it through mid-wicket for a cracking boundary.
3.6
0
S Lakmal to M Shahzad, Outside off, Shahzad shoulders his arms to this one.
3.5
0
S Lakmal to M Shahzad, On a good length and outside off, Mohammad lets it go.
3.4
0
S Lakmal to M Shahzad, BEATEN! That is a jaffa! On a good length and just outside off, Shahzad looks to defend but misses it due to the inward movement on this one.
3.4
0
S Lakmal to M Shahzad, WIDE! Lakmal bowls it down the leg side, Shahzad looks to flick but misses it.
3.3
1
S Lakmal to H Zazai, Full on middle, Zazai flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
3.2
0
S Lakmal to H Zazai, Bowls a bouncer outside off, Zazai looks to pull but misses it.
3.2
0
S Lakmal to H Zazai, WIDE! Short delivery wide outside off, Zazai offers no shot to this one.
3.1
4
S Lakmal to H Zazai, FOUR! Fantastic timing! Full on leg, Zazai drives it hard through mid on for a boundary.
2.6
1
L Malinga to H Zazai, Zazai tucks this length ball on the pads through square leg for a single.
2.5
0
L Malinga to H Zazai, Malinga bowls a fuller length on the stumps and Zazai drives it through the inner half of the bat to mid on.
2.4
0
L Malinga to H Zazai, Zazai drives this slower ball outside off to mid off.
2.3
4
L Malinga to H Zazai, FOUR! Glorious cover drive. Malinga looks for swing and in the process bowls a fuller one outside off, Zazai leans and drives it handsomely through the covers for a boundary.
2.2
0
L Malinga to H Zazai, Fuller in length outside off, driven to point.
2.1
0
L Malinga to H Zazai, On a length and outside off, defended towards the off side by Zazai.
1.6
0
S Lakmal to M Shahzad, Around off, watchfully defended. 11 from the over, the Afghans are up and running!
1.5
4
S Lakmal to M Shahzad, FOUR! Good shot. Length delivery outside off, Shahzad taps it through cover-point. Two fielders are chasing the ball but it races away to the boundary.
1.4
0
S Lakmal to M Shahzad, Good length delivery on off, Shahzad defends it off the back foot.
1.3
1
S Lakmal to H Zazai, Full on leg, Zazai lofts it over mid-wicket. It goes to the fielder on the bounce. The batsmen take a single.
1.2
6
S Lakmal to H Zazai, SIX! FETCH THAT! That is one way of dealing with good bowling. That has been whacked. Poor delivery from Suranga Lakmal. Short delivery, Zazai latches onto it and pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
1.1
0
S Lakmal to H Zazai, How did that miss the stumps? BEATEN! Excellent start from Lakmal. Good length delivery outside off, Zazai looks to go big but misses it due to the inswing on this one.

Suranga Lakmal to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
2
L Malinga to M Shahzad, LEADING EDGE NOW! Gosh, this has been such an eventful over. But no wicket for Malinga. This is full and around middle, Shahzad looks to flick but the ball swings away late, takes the leading edge and goes through cover! Two runs taken.
0.5
1
L Malinga to H Zazai, Another yorker! Again, Zazai manages to get bat to ball and work it towards square leg for a single.
0.4
2
L Malinga to H Zazai, Oooh.... a Mali special! This is what Malinga is known for. His slinging yorkers. This zooms in, almost gets underneath the bat but it comes down at the right time. The ball is jammed behind square leg and threatens to make it to the ropes but Nuwan Pradeep gives it a good chase from fine leg and stops the boundary. Two runs taken.
0.3
1
L Malinga to M Shahzad, EDGED, DOES NOT CARRY! Tell you what, we have a run chase on our hands. Malinga lands this on a length again, outside off and gets the ball to swing. Shahzad looks to defend but the ball moves away and takes the outside edge. Luckily for him, because he went with soft hands, the ball does not carry to a diving second slip, who half stops it. A single taken.
0.2
0
L Malinga to M Shahzad, Landed outside off, on a length, Shahzad looks to defend but the ball seams away and beats the outside edge.
0.1
0
L Malinga to M Shahzad, Swing to start. Plenty of it. Full and around off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.

The players are already back out in the middle. Mohammad Shahzad and Hazrat Zazai are out with their weapons of mass destruction. Lasith Malinga it will be to begin the show with the first new ball. Two slips in place.