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7th match, Cardiff, June 04, 2019, ICC Cricket World Cup
(36.5/41 ov) 201
(32.4/41 ov, T:187) 152

Sri Lanka won by 34 runs (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
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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.

Malinga to Hamid, 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 (5b 0x4 1x6 12m) SR: 120
Malinga to Hamid, SIX runs

slower ball on off and he has launched this miles up into the sky and clears wide long-on with ease

Malinga to Hamid, no run
Malinga to Mujeeb, 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: 4.77
Hamid Hassan0 (2b)
Isuru Udana 6-0-28-1
Lasith Malinga 6-0-32-2
Udana to 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 (56b 6x4 0x6 92m) SR: 76.78
Udana to Zadran, no run

slower ball from the back of the hand, he swings early and misses completely, just goes over the middle stump

Udana to Zadran, no run

short one, follows the batsman who was probably expecting a fullish slower ball with the third-man having come up

Udana to 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

Udana to Zadran, no run

a well directed short one, follows the batsman who was backing away, can't make contact

Udana to Zadran, FOUR runs

short outside off, too much width and he slaps this over cover-point, one bounce and into the boundary

Udana to 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 run • 1 wicket
AFG: 136/8CRR: 4.38 RRR: 5.20
Hamid Hassan0 (2b)
Najibullah Zadran35 (49b 4x4)
Lasith Malinga 6-0-32-2
Suranga Lakmal 6-0-27-0
Malinga to Hamid, no run

full slower one outside off, watches it closely and defends safely

Malinga to Hamid, no run

another attempted yorker, turns out to be a low full toss, brings his bat down straight and even more importantly, on time

Malinga to 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 (18b 1x4 0x6 25m) SR: 33.33
Malinga to Zadran, no run

another slower, full delivery, dipping on the batsman but he watches it closely and defends to midwicket

Malinga to Zadran, no run

short one, gets him on the side of the grille as he goes for the pull and misses

Malinga to Zadran, no run

another full slower one, squeezed to mid-on for one

Malinga to 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

end of over 302 runs
AFG: 135/7CRR: 4.50 RRR: 4.81
Najibullah Zadran35 (49b 4x4)
Dawlat Zadran6 (14b 1x4)
Suranga Lakmal 6-0-27-0
Nuwan Pradeep 9-1-31-4

Barnburner of a finish on the cards. Here to take you to the end is Ankur!

Lakmal to Zadran, no run

short of a length very wide outside off, sucker ball for Najibullah going for a flat-footed waft but doesn't edge it.

Lakmal to Zadran, 1 run

full on off stump, nudged to mid-on. Udana was on the ring and had too much ground to cover.

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