full on middle. Zadran tries to slog across the line but it takes an inside edge, goes past leg stump, and Afghanistan win by eight wickets
And that wraps up day #1 of the 2022 Asia Cup. Tomorrow we meet for the big one: India v Pakistan. Congratulations to all fans of Afghanistan cricket, commiserations to those who were supporting Sri Lanka, and if you're a neutral, thank you for joining us what turned out to be one-sided affair. Our ESPNcricinfo homepages have all the latest from the Asia Cup, so don't forget to check that out. As we leave, here's our feature of the evening for you to read: "The lovey-dovey rivalry between India and Pakistan". On behalf of Danyal Rasool and Chandan Duorah, this is Sreshth Shah saying goodbye.
TIme for the presentation
The Player of the Match is....Fazalhaq Farooqi. He says, " (the pitch) It is a big win for the nation. My plan was simple, to get a breakthrough for my team. (Delay between spells - thoughts) With the new ball I am trying to bowl good deliveries. After that I can bowled yorkers at the death too so I am comfortable with both."
Winning captain Nabi: (Has there been a better game?) The boys played really well, especially the fast bowler Farooqi. When we decided to bowl first, it worked. Just discussed in the meeting that we bowl line and length. And if we get swing then we attack. (Openers) They played really well and gave confident start to the team. The morale of the team is high and hopefully we do well next game.
Losing captain Shanaka: "There are two ways of thinking. As batters, we should bat according to the wicket every time. (Nothing in the pitch for SL spinners) There was a bit of grass, so wasn't very helpful for our spinners. But they are world-class spinners who can execute in any condition. See, T20 cricket these things can happen but we need to jump out of this situation, win the next game, and qualify for the next phase."
Hamid Seddiqi: "So who is Espn man of the mach?" -- Good question! ESPNcricinfo's MVP is Fazalhaq Farooqi. Check out how he pipped Bhanuka Rajapaksa to the award.
Before the presentation, a look at what Sri Lanka can do before their next game. The first thing is, they must win against Bangladesh, but they'll have to hope that Bangladesh lose to Afghanistan before they meet. If Bangladesh win one before the Sri Lanka match, then Sri Lanka will need to pull off an audacious and big win to have any hope of making it out of the group with this net run rate situation. Sri Lankans also had that 50-50 decision go against their way when Pathum Nissanka was deemed caught behind when UltraEdge barely came alive. Rajapaksa (38) and Karunaratne (31) tried their best, but when you have eight single-digit scores, there's not much you can do from there on.
Unless something goes terribly wrong in Afghanistan's game against Bangladesh, they have one foot in the Super 4 stage after a win by such a margin. A total of 59 balls to spare, their second-biggest margin of victory (by balls remaining). Here's Hazratullah Zazai talking to the broadcaster: "(Plan with the bat) The way our bowlers bowled, it was super. We knew the target of 106 we approached according to our batting. We batted this way to ensure we have a good net run rate. (Aggressive opening partnership) Gurbaz and I had an understanding. When he was hitting it well, I was taking a back seat. Our aim is to get to the final."
8.48pm A complete performance from Afghanistan, and they have really thrown down the gauntlet. Take them lightly at your own peril. What a statement. As for Sri Lanka, it was always going to be tough from being 5 for 3 inside the first two overs, but they'd still be disappointed that they folded for only 105. What would impress Afghanistan the most is that Rashid Khan took zero wickets, although his spell was economical.
As for Sri Lanka, can't blame their bowlers much. There was very little scoreboard pressure and powerplays can be brutal as a bowling team under the lights when the batters come out without much worry. Gurbaz impressed with his 18-ball 40, Zazai hung out till the end unbeaten on 37. Credit also the Farooqi, who took a three-for and was once on a hat-trick.
Aby Mathew: "Is srilanka out of the tournament already ? An absolute hiding " -- Not at all. What they will need is for Bangladesh to lose both their league games - against Afghanistan and themselves.
While we wait for the 11th over, let's take a moment for the way Afghanistan have played today. Sri Lanka have been absolutely outplayed.
Drinks break with one run to win? Well, of course. Even umpire Anil Chaudhary gives out a wry smile as he calls for drinks with Afghanistan needing one to win.
scores are tied with this flick off his pads to the deep behind square.
another sliding delivery into the stumps after originating outside off. Cut from near his body to point
sliding delivery originating on a length on off stump. But angling into middle and leg. Zazai tries to whip it across the line but the ball hits his body
length ball outside off from around the stumps. Cut to the off side
is he run out at the non-striker's? Oh dear, one of the worst ways to be out. Length all on leg stump. Zazai backs away and ends up flat-batting a shot straight back. Theekshana dives to his left, can't grab the ball completely, but gets a touch that takes the ball onto his stumps. Zadran was out of his crease, he knew it as soon as that happened, didn't really wait for the TV umpire.
fuller outside off and struck down the ground for a single
worked off his pads but can't beat short fine. A full ball, googly again around leg stump
full outside off and he drives away from his body through the covers. Protection in the deep though
full ball on off stump. And crunched down the ground for one
googly on a good length. Turning across Zazai and cut to the deep
length ball with Zadran backing away. He doesn't have the width to free his arms, ends up turning it over to midwicket
tosses it up a bit more. Nurdled back to the bowler
length ball slapped off the back foot to the fielder in the deep
full ball, turning in, hitting his pads and rolling away to short fine
slashed and slashed hard! Full outside off and tries to smack it square through the off side. Gets an edge, and finds the gap behind point!
short ball outside off and he rocks back to cut it to the deep
flatter. Length ball outside off. Punched to cover's left and they scurry across for a single
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Afghanistan, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 1748|
|Match days||27 August 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Afghanistan 2, Sri Lanka 0|