Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.4 the off stump takes a beating! Too rash from Shahzad, some would say. He gets the front leg out of the way, wanted to smash it over mid-on, gives himself too much room and plays an ungainly cross-batted swat.. Unfortunately for him, he makes no connection and the ball hits the top of off..Quick exit for Shahzad 8/1
    15.1 caught at point! Noor Ali's vigil ends as he drives the tossed up delivery, but he didn't account for the turn. This one went away after pitching, caught a thick outside edge and was taken easily at point.. 59/3
    12.3 bowled him! Stanikzai was playing well, but he has been sent back now. Thisara can ramp up pace at times and he does it here too, bowls a fuller length after delivering quite a few shorter deliveries. The batsman remained rooted to the crease and plays outside the line. The offstump takes a beating 53/2
    16.1 and another one! This one is a soft dismissal as Mangal gets a faint edge in trying to guide the length ball to third man. Afghanistan are in trouble here 61/4
    20.2 Lakmal strikes! the batsman has a lazy waft at a length delivery outside off and he gets a thick outside edge that flies straight to the lone slip fielder. Thirimanne takes a good catch 73/5
    32.3 he raps the batsman on the pads, appeals persistently and the umpire gives away! It was flatter, quicker and it turned a touch too. Nabi was looking to sweep it and was hit in front of middle and leg. That pitched on leg and straightened Seven down now.. 121/7
    31.3 he drives again and drives it in the air, straight to the fielder at cover! The shot was on as it was a fuller delivery, but he didn't put anything behind that drive. Turned out to be a tame push and the fielder took it easily. The partnership is broken two short of fifty. Third wicket for Perera 121/6
    38.4 and everytime they have looked for a shot, they have given their wickets away! The batsman tries to drive it over cover, but gets a thick outside edge to short third man. Sri Lanka are through to the final of the Asia Cup again 124/10
    35.5 a googly gets him a wicket! He was not reading the spin and pays with his wicket as he pushes outside the line. The ball spun in and hit the batsman on his back leg, right in front 122/8
    37.6 tossed up delivery outside off, this time the batsman thinks about driving and leaves a gap between the bat and pad, it's a googly again and it hit the middle and leg stump. Another one for Mendis. Sri Lanka are closing doors on Afghanistan quickly 124/9
    not out
    9 (lb 2, w 7)
    124 all out (38.4 Overs, RR: 3.20)
    Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Mohammad Shahzad, 1.4 ov), 2-53 (Asghar Stanikzai, 12.3 ov), 3-59 (Noor Ali Zadran, 15.1 ov), 4-61 (Nawroz Mangal, 16.1 ov), 5-73 (Samiullah Shenwari, 20.2 ov), 6-121 (Najibullah Zadran, 31.3 ov), 7-121 (Mohammad Nabi, 32.3 ov), 8-122 (Amir Hamza, 35.5 ov), 9-124 (Dawlat Zadran, 37.6 ov), 10-124 (Mirwais Ashraf, 38.4 ov)
    SL Malinga5.002304.60212040
    RAS Lakmal7.023024.28314100
    NLTC Perera10.022932.90454000
    PC de Silva9.412923.00391100
    BAW Mendis7.021131.57330010

Match Notes



Scoreline for the last five overs, which has included four maidens

Chipping in


Suranga Lakmal has taken at least one wicket for SL in the last 12 ODIs he's played. The last time he went wicketless was in Aug 2011 v Australia

Need a captain's innings


No. of fifties by Mohammad Nabi in chases for Afghanistan

Mendis menace


Ajantha Mendis' strike-rate in the Asia Cup. He has taken 22 wickets in 7 matches, with two five-fors

Have practice


No. of times Sri Lanka have defended a score under 255

The finisher


Angelo Mathews has remained unbeaten four times in his last five ODIs

Chasing's no problem


Afghanistan have won 13 out of 20 ODIs fielding first

Consistent performer


Only two times in the ten ODIs he has played has Dawlat Zadran not contributed with a wicket

Sloppy again


Sri Lanka could not reverse their issues with the batting powerplay in this Asia Cup.

Batting Powerplay blues


In both their previous Asia Cup games, Sri Lanka have lost two wickets in the batting powerplay. Against Pakistan they scored 29 and against India 30

Another golden run

For the second time since 2013, Sangakkara has hit fifty-plus scores in four consecutive ODI innings. Only the second SL batsman after Jayasuriya to do this twice.

Starts and stops


Dinesh Chandimal's batting average over the past 12 months, with only two fifties