July 18, 2024
Afghanistan cricket team for World Cup 2023

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka: AFG beat SL by 7 wickets in a crucial World Cup match

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka cricket team for World Cup 2023

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka: Afghanistan registered its third win in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 by defeating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Pune on Monday. The win kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive, while Sri Lanka’s chances became slimmer.

Match summary

  • Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bowl first, hoping to exploit the early morning conditions and the dew factor later on.
  • Sri Lanka posted a modest total of 241 for 10 in 49.3 overs, with Pathum Nissanka (46), Kusal Mendis (39) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (36) being the main contributors.
  • Afghanistan’s bowlers were disciplined and effective, with Fazal Farooqi being the star performer. He took four wickets for 34 runs in his 10 overs and was named the player of the match.
  • Afghanistan chased down the target with ease, reaching 242 for 3 in 45.2 overs. Rahmat Shah (62), Hashmatullah Shahidi (58) and Asghar Omarzai (73 not out) scored half-centuries and shared crucial partnerships.
  • Sri Lanka’s bowlers were unable to create enough pressure or take enough wickets, as Afghanistan’s batsmen played with confidence and aggression.

Scorecard

Sri Lanka innings

  • Batting details:
    • P Nissanka: 46 runs off 60 balls, 5 fours, 0 sixes
    • D Karunaratne: 15 runs off 21 balls, 1 four, 0 sixes
    • K Mendis: 39 runs off 50 balls, 3 fours, 0 sixes
    • S Samarawickrama: 36 runs off 40 balls, 3 fours, 0 sixes
    • C Asalanka: 22 runs off 28 balls, 2 fours, 0 sixes
    • D Silva: 14 runs off 26 balls, 1 four, 0 sixes
    • A Mathews: 23 runs off 26 balls, 1 four, 1 six
    • D Chameera: 1 run off 4 balls, 0 fours, 0 sixes
    • M Theekshana: 29 runs off 31 balls, 3 fours, 1 six
    • K Rajitha: 5 runs off 7 balls, 0 fours, 0 sixes
    • D Madushanka: 0 run off 4 balls, 0 fours, 0 sixes
  • Bowling details:
    • M Rahman: 10 overs, 38 runs, 2 wickets
    • F Farooqi: 10 overs, 34 runs, 4 wickets
    • Naveen-ul-Haq: 6.3 overs, 47 runs, 0 wicket
    • A Omarzai: 7 overs, 37 runs, 1 wicket
    • R Khan: 10 overs, 50 runs, 1 wicket
    • M Nabi: 6 overs, 33 runs, 0 wickets

Afghanistan innings

  • Batting details:
    • R Gurbaz: 0 run off 4 balls, 0 four, 0 six
    • I Zadran: 39 runs off 57 balls, 4 fours, 1 six
    • R Shah: 62 runs off 74 balls, 7 fours, 0 six
    • H Shahidi: 58 runs off 74 balls, 2 fours, 1 six
    • A Omarzai: 73 runs off 63 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes
  • Bowling details:
    • D Madushanka: 9 overs, 48 runs, 2 wickets
    • K Rajitha: 10 overs, 48 runs, 1 wicket
    • A Mathews: 3 overs, 18 runs, 0 wickets
    • D Chameera: 9.2 overs, 51 runs, 0 wicket
    • M Theekshana: 10 overs, 55 runs, 0 wicket
    • D Silva: 4 overs, 21 runs, 0 wicket

Points table

  • After this match, Afghanistan moved up to the fifth position on the points table with eight points from seven matches. They have a net run rate of +0.254.
  • Sri Lanka slipped to the eighth position on the points table with four points from seven matches. They have a net run rate of -0.654.
  • India, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia are the top four teams on the points table, with 12, 10, 10, and 8 points respectively.
  • The top four teams at the end of the group stage will qualify for the semi-finals.

 

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