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Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka, Super 4 of the 2022 Asia Cup, full highlight: In Sharjah, Sri Lanka retained their composure to defeat Afghanistan by four wickets while chasing a total of 176. With 62 runs for the first wicket, Sri Lanka's openers Pathum Nissanka (35) and Kusal Mendis (36) got the team off to a fast start. However, Afghanistan's spinners quickly gained control of the situation as Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi combined to claim three wickets. However, the power-hitting of Bhanuka Rajapaksa (31) and Danushka Gunathilaka (33) turned the match back in Sri Lanka's favour.
Earlier, Afghanistan scored 175 for 6 against Sri Lanka in 20 overs thanks to innings of counterattacking 84 from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and 40 from Ibrahim Zadran. 93 runs were made by Rahmanullah and Ibrahim for the second wicket after Hazratullah Zazai got out cheaply. Dilshan Madushanka got two for 37 for Sri Lanka, while Maheesh Theekshana and Asitha Fernando each claimed a wicket.
FOUR! Chamika Karunaratne finishes off in style. Farooqi comes round the wicket, bowls a low full toss, wide of off and the batter hammers that over mid off for a boundary. Sri Lanka seal the win by 4 wickets.
Sri Lanka XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka
Afghanistan XI: Hazratullah Zazai , Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
That's that from our 1st game in the Super Four Stage at the ACC Men's Asia Cup 2022, as @OfficialSLC win the game by 4 wickets.— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 3, 2022
AfghanAtalan will look to bounce back in the games ahead ?#AfghanAtalan | #AsiaCup2022 | #AFGvSL pic.twitter.com/NZG9dVYA3b
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (31 off 14 balls) comes up for a quick word. Says that the wicket looked quite good when Afghanistan were batting and they just needed to be a bit cautious when the spinners bowled. Talks about his batting position and tells that in the Indian T20 League, he can bat at three, but to strengthen the middle order of Sri Lanka, he has been given the number five spot. Further says that his job is as a floater and he likes that. Tells that it's redemption for them and they have shown to the world that they are a good team.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (84 off 45 balls) is declared the Player of the Match despite ending on the losing side. Says that he is disappointed with the result and feels that they were 25 runs short. Shares that he was trying to stay positive and play his natural game. Admits that they didn't finish their batting innings well and they can do better. Tells that in his busy schedule, he just tries to follow the process and adds that Jonathan Trott, the head coach, works very hard with them. Hopes to do well and take that momentum to the T20 World Cup.
|1||Sri Lanka - S4||3||3||0||0||0.701||6|
|2||Pakistan - S4||3||2||1||0||-0.279||4|
|3||India - S4||3||1||2||0||1.607||2|
|6||Afghanistan - S4||3||0||3||0||-2.006||0|
|Recent Forms: W = Won, L = Lost, T = Tie, D = Draw, NR = No Result|