Result
7th match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Cardiff, Jun 4 2019
(36.5/41 ov)
201
(32.4/41 ov, target 187)
152
Sri Lanka won by 34 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Ankur Dhawan
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka201(36.5 overs)
Afghanistan152(32.4 overs)
end of over 337 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 152/10CRR: 4.65 • RRR: 4.20 • Need 35 from 50b
Mujeeb Ur Rahman1 (1)
Lasith Malinga6.4-0-39-3
Isuru Udana6-0-28-1

7.30pm Afghanistan go to Taunton from here, which has a reputation for being a high scoring venue. Sri Lanka go to Bristol, where they take on Pakistan. It's time for me to make the trek home as well, so on behalf of Peter Della Penna and Thilak Rama, it's goodbye. Thanks for joining, see you tomorrow.

Dimuth Karunaratne I think we had a good start after a long time and suddenly we lost a couple of wickets and we were on the backfoot. Bowling and fielding was the highlight. Wickets are the key, 187 is not easy to defend, we know their openers go hard, but once we got them they were on the backfoot and we kept getting wickets. Bowlers did a really good job, fielder did good job, but batting through the middle stage needs to improve

Gulbadin Naib Start of the day, the bowler's didn't bowl right areas, they scored too heavily in the first ten overs, but it was good how Nabi bowled but it wasn't a good start. Wicket was not easy for the batsmen and so we'd asked the bowlers to hit the deck hard and they came back well during the middle. We need some improvement in the batting, we need more partnerships.

Thisara Perera We all know because of the conditions, the ball does something when you bowl the right length. Fielding wise, I'm normally a good fielder, happy to take a crucial catch. We have an experienced attack, we thought we could defend the total

7.10pm As darkness descended over Sophia Gardens, there was light in the Sri Lankan camp as they scripted a remarkable comeback with the ball and won their first ever match in seven attempts at their bogey venue, Cardiff.

It hadn't started well as the Afghanistan openers got stuck in early but Nuwan Pradeep, inexplicably left out last match, produced a career best performance that included the scalps of the dangerous looking Zazai and Naib, when the Afghanistan captain and Najibullah Zadran were threatening to take the game away.

And when it mattered, it was over to Lasith Malinga, who rolled back the years with some vintage yorkers towards the end. It wasn't the perfect fielding performance either but when it mattered, Dimuth Karunaratne hit the stumps directly to send Najibullah Zadran back and virtually seal the match then and there.

32.4
w
Malinga to Hamid Hassan, OUT
excellent comeback! malinga fires a yorker on middle, his loyal ally over the years and cleans him up to finish things off
Hamid Hassan b Malinga 6 (12m 5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 120.00
32.3
6
Malinga to Hamid Hassan, SIX runs
slower ball on off and he has launched this miles up into the sky and clears wide long-on with ease
32.2
Malinga to Hamid Hassan, no run
32.1
1
Malinga to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 1 run
yorker, tailing in, gets him on the foot but it's sliding down
end of over 329 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 145/9CRR: 4.53 • RRR: 4.66 • Need 42 from 54b
Hamid Hassan0 (2)
Isuru Udana6-0-28-1
Lasith Malinga6-0-32-2
31.6
w
Udana to Najibullah Zadran, OUT
full on off, drilled to cover, they take off to keep Najibullahon strike but it's the Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, he hits the stumps directly and finds his man short
Najibullah Zadran run out (Karunaratne) 43 (92m 56b 6x4 0x6) SR: 76.78
31.5
Udana to Najibullah Zadran, no run
slower ball from the back of the hand, he swings early and misses completely, just goes over the middle stump
31.4
Udana to Najibullah Zadran, no run
short one, follows the batsman who was probably expecting a fullish slower ball with the third-man having come up
31.4
5nb
Udana to Najibullah Zadran, (no ball) FOUR runs
full outside off, he threw his bat at it and thick outside edge flew down to the third-man fence and what's more that's a no ball because Sri Lanka did not have enough fielders in the circle
31.3
Udana to Najibullah Zadran, no run
a well directed short one, follows the batsman who was backing away, can't make contact
31.2
4
Udana to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR runs
short outside off, too much width and he slaps this over cover-point, one bounce and into the boundary
31.1
Udana to Najibullah Zadran, no run
length outside off, lift off the wicket for Udana as the batsman jabs at it and is beaten outside off
end of over 311 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 136/8CRR: 4.38 • RRR: 5.10 • Need 51 from 60b
Hamid Hassan0 (2)
Najibullah Zadran35 (49)
Lasith Malinga6-0-32-2
Suranga Lakmal6-0-27-0
30.6
Malinga to Hamid Hassan, no run
full slower one outside off, watches it closely and defends safely
30.5
Malinga to Hamid Hassan, no run
another attempted yorker, turns out to be a low full toss, brings his bat down straight and even more importantly, on time
30.4
w
Malinga to Dawlat Zadran, OUT
yorker and that's vintage Malinga! On middle stump and he had no chance with that as it crashes into middle stump
Dawlat Zadran b Malinga 6 (25m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
30.3
Malinga to Dawlat Zadran, no run
another slower, full delivery, dipping on the batsman but he watches it closely and defends to midwicket
30.2
Malinga to Dawlat Zadran, no run
short one, gets him on the side of the grille as he goes for the pull and misses
30.1
Malinga to Dawlat Zadran, no run
another full slower one, squeezed to mid-on for one
30.1
1w
Malinga to Dawlat Zadran, 1 wide
Slower ball, full and down the leg side, completely bamboozled the batsman but unfortunately for Malinga, it wasn't on target

Lasith Malinga has not won an ODI in a Sri Lanka shirt since their victory over Zimbabwe at Hambantota on 6 July 2017 - a record that sees him with 21 defeats and 1 no result

Best performances - batsmen
MDKJ Perera
78 runs (81)
8 fours
0 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
cut shot
19 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
349131511122
Najibullah Zadran
43 runs (56)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
cover drive
18 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
059330023
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Nabi
O
9
M
0
R
30
W
4
Eco
3.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
N Pradeep
O
9
M
1
R
31
W
4
Eco
3.44
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossAfghanistan , elected to field first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Player Of The Match
Nuwan Pradeep
Match numberODI no. 4149
Season2019
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days04 June 2019 (50-over match)
Umpires
Paul Wilson
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Ian Gould
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft
PointsSri Lanka 2, Afghanistan 0