RESULT
1st ODI (D/N), Pallekele, November 25, 2022, Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka
(38/50 ov, T:295) 234

Afghanistan won by 60 runs

Player Of The Match
106 (120)
ibrahim-zadran
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Scorecard summary
Afghanistan 294/8(50 overs)
Sri Lanka 234/10(38 overs)

10:06pm Right. That will be that from us for tonight. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Do join us again on Sunday as Sri Lanka look to bounce back in this series and Afghanistan try to make history. Until then, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Thilak and Madushka. Goodbye, goodnight and take care!

Ibrahim Zadran, Player of the Match: (About the innings) I am really happy with my innings and how I played. I am very thankful to the almighty. We wanted to bat first if we won the toss and it happened like that. The wicket was pretty good for batting and I took my time on the wicket and played well. There is no change in the wicket (in the second innings). After 10 overs, I passed the message that we should go for 320 runs. Our bowlers bowled really well and they did not allow the opposition batters to play well.

Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka captain: (Where it went wrong) It is disappointing. We didn't execute our plans while bowling. Toss is important but it was a really good wicket. We got 230 in 38 overs, the partnerships did not come from us. (On death-bowling) In the middle phase, we did not control well but in the end, we did a good job, especially Rajitha, Dhananjay and Wanindu. (On batters getting starts) The difference between the two sides is partnerships. They played around Ibrahim and three others played around him. It is disappointing we did not convert it to make it a win. (On qualification for the ODI World Cup next year) We have to win three games out of five and we are looking forward to that.

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan captain: Feeling good, the way the boys played, the way we started and ended the innings, I am proud of my team. Last seven overs we did not play the way we wanted. We were some 30 runs short. But still our bowlers did very well and gave a good performance. (Bowling plans) The plan was simple. To just bowl wicket to wicket and bowl as many dot balls. That was our plan.

Let's hear what the players have to say!

end of over 384 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 234/10CRR: 6.15 RRR: 5.08 • Need 61 from 12 overs
Lahiru Kumara0 (1b)
Fazalhaq Farooqi 9-0-49-4
Rashid Khan 8-0-40-1

9:50pmWell in the end Afghanistan have secured a 60-run win, their first against Sri Lanka in ODIs, as they take a 1-0 lead in this 3-match series. But just spare a thought for Wanindu Hasaranga, who had first kept his side in the game with the ball, before playing a nearly match-stealing innings with the bat. His 46-ball 66 though was ultimately in vain, as he kept running out of partners before eventually being last man to fall. Pathum Nissanka had earlier scored an 83-ball 85 to propel the Lankan chase, but wickets at crucial junctures would eventually win Afghanistan the game. It was the seam pairing of Fazalhaq Farooqi and Gulbadin Naib that would do the most damage, picking up 4 and 3 wickets apiece. That they were able to bowl so aggressively was down to a an Ibrahim Zadran century and a pair of half centuries from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah. The Afghan innings would taper off at the death, but the bowlers would see them home.

37.6
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga de Silva, OUT

And that is the game! Hasaranga is that last man to fall, as he makes room and this time the ball makes it way through him. Bottom edge on to the leg stump. Afghanistan take a 1-0 lead in the series!

Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva b Fazalhaq Farooqi 66 (46b 10x4 2x6 71m) SR: 143.47

Sean Daniel : "SL tend to have created a pattern for themselves of loosing the first game of a series. Only question is will they be able to bounce back." They might, but in terms of Super League points that might not be enough.

37.5
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga de Silva, FOUR runs

And Hasaranga finally finds the gap! Low full toss, carved to the left of extra cover, and wide enough of sweeper cover as well. Cracking shot.

37.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

full, darted in towards off stump. Driven to deep cover, but turns down the single

37.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

Slower ball, 110kph, deceives Hasaranga who looks to hack this square but is very early on the stroke. Just shaves off stump too.

37.2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

Full and driven again, but this time seeks out extra cover

37.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

full and driven hard, but straight to mid-off

end of over 375 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 230/9CRR: 6.21 RRR: 5.00 • Need 65 from 13 overs
Lahiru Kumara0 (1b)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva62 (40b 9x4 2x6)
Rashid Khan 8-0-40-1
Yamin Ahmadzai 6-0-46-2
36.6
Rashid Khan to Lahiru Kumara, no run

And Kumara survives. Defended towards mid-on.

Afghanistan are just a wicket away...

36.5
W
Rashid Khan to Rajitha, OUT

And the googly gets him! Rajitha however reviews! This was tossed up and goes past the forward defence, only question is, is this spinning past leg? And it's another one that's umpire's call! Sri Lanka keep hold of their review, but that will be little consolation.

Kasun Rajitha lbw b Rashid Khan 8 (5b 2x4 0x6 9m) SR: 160
36.4
1
Rashid Khan to Hasaranga de Silva, 1 run

good length googly, cut hard towards sweeper cover. Hasaranga doesn't want to take the single, but Rajitha convinces him in the end

36.3
Rashid Khan to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

good length on the stumps, defended

36.2
4
Rashid Khan to Hasaranga de Silva, FOUR runs

Smacked down the ground! Clears the front foot and hits this straight as an arrow over the bowler

36.1
Rashid Khan to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

Hasaranga looks to make room, but Rashid follows him and he's forced to defend

Rashid to continue.

Manthan Jain: "@zubir another 8 overs enough if hasranga carries on but only IF.........." This was sent an over or two back, but still remains true I reckon.

end of over 3610 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 225/8CRR: 6.25 RRR: 5.00 • Need 70 from 14 overs
Kasun Rajitha8 (4b 2x4)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva57 (36b 8x4 2x6)
Yamin Ahmadzai 6-0-46-2
Rashid Khan 7-0-35-0
35.6
Yamin to Rajitha, no run

good length on the stumps, defended towards mid-on

35.5
4
Yamin to Rajitha, FOUR runs

Four more! And now he's produced an on drive! This was full and straight and Rajitha just eases this down the ground.

35.4
4
Yamin to Rajitha, FOUR runs

Well well well! Where did this come from? Rajitha out of nowhere produces an exquisite cover drive, rivalling Dhananjaya's earlier in the day.

ShahSafeer : "Losing wickets at constant intervals would cost Sri Lanka this game! They've been dominating with bat otherwise"

35.4
1w
Yamin to Rajitha, 1 wide

good length, but down leg

Ran: "mueen hasan, getting a start and getting out is poor batting in my book. "

35.3
Yamin to Rajitha, no run

full on the stumps, kept out well by Rajitha

Kasun Rajitha enters the fray

35.2
W
Yamin to Theekshana, OUT

And Theekshana is given out lbw! But he reviews. This was a length ball, angled in and it struck him on the front pad in the crease. And DRS shows that the ball is just clipping leg stump, umpire's call means the review is retained. Fine margins this game.

Maheesh Theekshana lbw b Yamin Ahmadzai 3 (12b 0x4 0x6 18m) SR: 25
35.1
1
Yamin to Hasaranga de Silva, 1 run

back of a length on off, cut cleanly but there's a man sweeping

Ran: "Mueen Hasan, how ca you Sri Lanka batters have batted well when only one on of them got over 20 runs ? " They batted well until they didn't.

SikandarKhattak: "Strange world it is,Theekshana's batting average is more than that of Hasaranga." Ha, great spot.

end of over 353 runs
SL: 215/7CRR: 6.14 RRR: 5.33 • Need 80 from 15 overs
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva56 (35b 8x4 2x6)
Maheesh Theekshana3 (11b)
Rashid Khan 7-0-35-0
Yamin Ahmadzai 5-0-36-1
34.6
1
Rashid Khan to Hasaranga de Silva, 1 run

good length, Hasaranga for a brief moment looks like he's winding up for the big heave, but decides to dab this to point for a quick single and keeps the strike instead

Best performances - batters
Ibrahim Zadran
Ibrahim Zadran AFG
106 runs (120)
11 fours0 six
Control
87%
Productive shot
on drive
17 runs
1 four0 six
161116023131413
P Nissanka
P Nissanka SL
85 runs (83)
10 fours0 six
Control
88%
Productive shot
flick
27 runs
2 fours0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Fazalhaq Farooqi
Fazalhaq Farooqi AFG
O
9
M
0
R
49
W
4
ECO
5.44
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Gulbadin Naib
Gulbadin Naib AFG
O
8
M
0
R
34
W
3
ECO
4.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
Ibrahim Zadran
Series resultAfghanistan led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 4485
Match days25 November 2022 - daynight (50-over match)
Player Replacement
Umpires
India
Nitin Menon
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsAfghanistan 10, Sri Lanka 0
Language
English
Hindi
Sri Lanka Innings
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ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League
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AFG151131150.573
WI2491588-0.738
SL2171277-0.094
IRE2161368-0.382
SA165959-0.458
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