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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
full, darted in towards off stump. Driven to deep cover, but turns down the single
Slower ball, 110kph, deceives Hasaranga who looks to hack this square but is very early on the stroke. Just shaves off stump too.
Full and driven again, but this time seeks out extra cover
full and driven hard, but straight to mid-off
And Kumara survives. Defended towards mid-on.
Afghanistan are just a wicket away...
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.
good length googly, cut hard towards sweeper cover. Hasaranga doesn't want to take the single, but Rajitha convinces him in the end
good length on the stumps, defended
Smacked down the ground! Clears the front foot and hits this straight as an arrow over the bowler
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.
good length on the stumps, defended towards mid-on
Four more! And now he's produced an on drive! This was full and straight and Rajitha just eases this down the ground.
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"
good length, but down leg
Ran: "mueen hasan, getting a start and getting out is poor batting in my book. "
full on the stumps, kept out well by Rajitha
Kasun Rajitha enters the fray
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.
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.
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
|Pallekele International Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Afghanistan, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Afghanistan led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4485|
|Match days||25 November 2022 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||Afghanistan 10, Sri Lanka 0|