18 Sep 2018, 00:38 IST
Abu Dhabi, Sep 17 (PTI) Afghanistan knocked five-time champions Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup with a 91-run win right here Monday, the outcome reflecting the upward thrust of the cricketers from the strife-torn country and the autumn of the as soon as all-conquering islanders.
Opting to bat after successful the toss, Afghanistan had been all out for 249 in 50 over on a pitch that gave the impression to be at the slower aspect, making stroke-making tough.
Rahmat Shah top-scored for the minnows with a composed 72 off 90 balls, whilst pacer Thisara Perera was once probably the most a success bowler for the islanders with figures of 5 for 55.
In answer, Sri Lanka had been bundled out for 158 in 41.2 overs.
Afghanistan have had an excellent run up to now in 2018, beating Zimbabwe and Ireland, except successful the qualifiers to ebook a berth in subsequent 12 months’s ICC World Cup.
At the the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the Afghanistan cricket group made some other emphatic remark.
In the previous, batting has ceaselessly allow them to down however when they closed in on 250, the spin-heavy Afghanistan fancied their possibilities in opposition to the suffering Sri Lankans, who merely caved in and threw away their wickets.
By the time their trump card Rashid Khan was once offered, Afghanistan had already taken two wickets, and the leg-spinner delivered right away bowling out Kusal Perera, who made an unsuccessful try to unsettle the strike bowler.
Upul Tharanga, after having hung in there for his 64-ball 36, presented a easy catch at mid-off to go away Sri Lanka in a place of trouble at 88 for 4.
So much trusted skipper Angelo Mathews (22) however he too were given out whilst looking to pressure the tempo.
Thisara, after a a success trip with the ball, made 28 off 36 balls.
Mujeeb ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid and Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets apiece for Afghanistan.
This was once Sri Lanka’s 2d directly loss in Group B, coming two days after the heavy defeat by the hands of Bangladesh.
Earlier, Rahmat Shah held the Afghan innings in combination sooner than Thisara’s five-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka bowl out Afghanistan.
Perera picked up his fourth five-for as Sri Lanka took seven wickets within the final 8 overs of Afghanistan innings.
Afghanistan had been off to a wary get started with the openers Mohammad Shahzad (34) and Ihsanullah Janat (45) hanging on 57 runs in just below 12 overs.
Spinner Akila Dhananjaya made the primary step forward when he had Shahzad trapped in entrance of the wicket. It was once a free shot and making an attempt to opposite sweep a duration ball proved to be his undoing.
There was once some other half-century stand, between Ihsanullah and Shah, because the Afghanistan dressing room appeared comfortable.
However, Sri Lanka discovered some other wicket after the 2 batsmen added precisely 50 runs for the second one wicket. Umpire Gregory Brathwaite was once no longer inspired with Akila’s shout for an lbw, prompting the Sri Lankans to head for a evaluation, and were given the verdict of their favour.
Returning to the aspect after lacking the match opener in opposition to Bangladesh, off-spinner Akila returned with tidy figures of 2/37 in his 10-overs spell on a wicket that performed sluggish, making stroke-making tough.
Skipper Asghar Afghan got here to the center, however his keep was once short-lived as Shehan Jayasuriya foxed him, the 2 wickets in as many overs decreasing Afghanistan to 110 for 3 at he finish of the 26th over.
An 80-run partnership ensued between Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi (37), serving to Afghanistan to 190 when Dushmantha Chameera despatched the Afghan top-scorer again to the pavilion. Shah’s knock integrated 5 hits to the fence.
Shahidi was once the following guy to get out, falling to Perera. Mohammad Nabi scored 12-ball 15 sooner than the seasoned Lasith Malinga lower brief his keep within the center.
The Lankan pulled again issues within the dying, choosing up a bagful of wickets, with Thisara doing the majority of harm
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