Match Details

AFG vs SL 7th Match, Asia Cup 2022

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Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
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W Hasaranga Logo
W Hasaranga Jersy
4s: 3
6s: 0
C Karunaratne Logo
C Karunaratne Jersy
4s: 1
6s: 0
F Farooqi Logo
F Farooqi Jersy



F Farooqi

Econ: 10.74
17th Over:
= 11
18th Over:
= 12
Last Over:
= 7
This Over:
= 4
SLSL - 2nd Innings
6 Over 4657
10 Over 8782
15 Over 121127
AFGAFG - 1st Innings
6 Over 4349
10 Over 7783
15 Over 123138
20 Over 194175


Inn 1
Inn 2
That's a wrap to the proceedings of the first match of the Super 4 stage. Sri Lanka gets the valuable two points and can breathe easily now for the next couple of days. Super Saturday is done and dusted. Do join us tomorrow for the greatest rivalry round 2 to be played tomorrow between India and Pakistan from Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Stay hooked to all the other cricketing action across the globe. 

For now, this is Ayan Chatterjee signing off on behalf of my esteemed co-commentator Hitesh Peddurwar, alongside our scorer/analyst Raju Khariya. Stay safe, happy, and cool. Goodnight and CHEERS!  
Rahmanullah Gurbaz(Player of the match): "I think we were short by 20-25 runs, I was trying to be positive and score runs and helped my team but in the last few overs things didn't go well. We have small T20 leagues in Afghanistan playing there that have helped us, Trott works with us very nicely, If we plan from now we can play very well in the world cup." 
Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka Skipper: "Yes absolutely. It was the belief of the dressing room. We believe we can win in any situation. Yes, while chasing we can calculate and pace the innings according to the conditions. The bowlers bowled well in the last five overs as they executed the plans. Dilshan Madhushanka, Asitha, Theekshana, and Wanindu all contributed well. The key was to get partnerships and have consistent partnerships throughout the innings. We did that and we got the win. Our bowlers brought us back, and we aced the chase." 
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan Captain): "Yeah we were 20- 25 runs short, we were poor in the field. It was a better pitch today than the last one when we played against  Bangladesh. It was good for batting but we were short by a few runs, and we didn't field well today we dropped easy catches."
Time for the post-match presentation ceremony.  
Bhanuka Rajapaksa: "When I went to bat it was a matter of connecting the ball and hitting, we were cautious when spinners were bowling but all and all boys did very well. In IPL I batted at three but here they asked me to bat at number five I am enjoying the role, It was embarrassing as we lost the previous game with Afghanistan, we knew that boys have the talent in them and we proved it today"
Sri Lanka achieves their highest successful chase against Afghanistan and the highest chase in Sharjah. A terrific chase was planned by Sri Lanka as they paced their innings perfectly to win the game by 4 wickets with 5 balls to spare. Chamika Karunaratne finishes things off in style. 

Chasing a stiff target of 176 for the win, Sri Lanka got off to a flying chase courtesy of their openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis as they scored 62 in 6.3 overs. Nissanka got 35 while Mendis got 36. Danushka Gunathilaka contributed with a valuable 33 off 20 balls. Dasun Shanaka got into double digits. It was Bhanuka Rajapaksa's 31 off 14 balls as he played the perfect role of the finisher to ace the chase. Wanindu Hasaranga remained unbeaten on 16 off 9 balls while Chamika Karunaratne scored 5 off 2 as he hit the winning runs to seal the deal and get the win for Sri Lanka. 

It was a tough day at the office for the Afghan bowlers. A couple of wickets for Mujeeb ur Rahman (2-30), and Naveen ul Haq (2-40). Rashid Khan picked up a wicket as he was deposited for 39 runs. The skipper Mohammad Nabi got a wicket as well for his 34 runs. Fazalhaq Farooqi went wicketless in this innings. Afghanistan kept the extras down to 5. 

It was Dasun Shanaka who won the toss and decided to bowl first on a typical Sharjah track. It was the Rahmanullah Gurbaz show from the get-go as his innings propelled Afghanistan to a competitive total. Zazai struggled today for his 13 off 16 balls in the opening partnership of 46 runs. Gurbaz was magnificent with his 84 off 45 balls as he top-scored in the innings. Ibrahim Zadran gave him good company and contributed 40 off 38 balls. Najibullah scored 17 off 10 balls alongside 11 extras allowing Afghanistan to get to 175-6 in their allocated 20 overs.

Couple of wickets for Dilshan Madhushanka. Maheesh Theekshana and Asitha Fernando picked up a wicket each. Wanindu Hasaranga went wicketless but kept things tight giving less than run-a-ball. Chamika Karunaratne and skipper Dasun Shanaka went the distance in their respective bowling efforts.  The Lankan bowlers were good in the last five overs of the innings. The Afghans could have gone up to 190, but it was not to be thanks to brilliant bowling by Sri Lanka. The Afghans were also shoddy in the field as some important catches were dropped. 

So, a win for Sri Lanka by 4 wickets with 5 balls to spare to get the two points as Afghanistan let this game slip. Stay tuned as we will have the presentation for you soon.   

19.1 F Farooqi to C Karunaratne
4 FOUR!!! Karunaratne finishes off the chase with a boundary!! This is the highest successful chase in T20I at Sharjah!!!  Full toss on the off-stump line, Karunaratne gets down on one knee and lofts it handsomely over the mid-off fielder, the ball races away towards the fence for four runs!!! Sri Lanka have won this game by 4 wickets!!!
Scores are level as we enter the final over of the contest. 
Sri Lanka
Wanindu Hasaranga
Chamika Karunaratne
Naveen ul Haq
18.6 N ul to W Hasaranga
0 Another dot delivery, 1 run needed off last over now. Slower delivery on the fuller length, Hasaranga drives it towards covers, goes for a single, but his partner sends him back, a Direct Hit at striker's end, and Hasaranga was gone.
18.5 N ul to W Hasaranga
0 Good length delivery on the top of the off-stump line, Hasaranga stays back in the crease and cuts it towards point for no run.
18.4 N ul to C Karunaratne
1 Karunaratne gets off the mark with a single, Fuller on the off-stump line, Karunaratne drives it towards wide of covers and collects a single, bit of misfield by Rashid at covers. Scores are level!!
New batter on crease
  • RUNS206
  • SR107.00
  • AVG15.00
18.3 N ul to B Rajapaksa
W BOWLED EM!!! Is there a twist in a tale??? Fuller length delivery on the off-stump line, 102 kph, Rajapaksa tries to slog it across the line on the leg side but gets beaten by the pace and the ball sneaks in, rattles the off-stump!!! Sri Lanka are 6 down for 174 runs!!!
18.2 N ul to B Rajapaksa
2 Fuller on the middle stump line, Rajapaksa clips it towards deep mid-wicket and collects a couple of runs.
18.1 N ul to B Rajapaksa
4 FOUR!!!! Just 4 runs needed off 11 balls now!!! Fuller length delivery outside the off-stump line, Rajapaksa takes a stride forward and hammers it towards the deep covers region for four runs.The ball races towards fence like a tracer bullet.
Sri Lanka
Wanindu Hasaranga
Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Fazalhaq Farooqi