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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan AFG in SL, 3 ODIs, 2024

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1st ODI, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, 09 Feb, 2024

Sri Lanka

SL

381/3

(50.0) overs

Afghanistan

AFG

339/6

(50.0) overs

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 42 runs

Player Of The Match

Pathum Nissanka,
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Summary
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Commentary
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Afghanistan
Sri Lanka

Commentary

A high scoring game to start the series. The hosts take the lead but the visitors will look to square it up on the 11th of this month when they meet again. Join us at 2.30 pm IST (9 am GMT). Join us for the build up.

Hashmatullah Shahidi says he bowled first thinking dew might come in but the pitch was good enough to chase it down. Adds they gave away too many runs in the first 10 overs and then the momentum shifted completely. Tells they had hope when Nabi and Omarzai were batting but credit to Sri Lanka.

Pathum Nissanka wins the Player of the Match award.

So much happened in the second innings that we forgot about the knock from Nissanka. First Lankan to hit a double-ton. Avishka Fernando too played a handy knock but it was Pathum Nissanka who was the man of the hour. Sri Lanka might have won the game but Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai won the hearts of many Lankan supporters.

Nabi and Omarzai very cleverly cut off the spin duo, they did not give their wicket away and very sensibly build their innings. Suddenly, we saw something happening, Nabi and Omarzai hit boundaries in full flow and in no time they were celebrating their tons. Sri Lanka were scratching their head despite having enough runs to play but Afghanistan had a small hope somewhere in the dark. The duo added around 250 runs and it felt like this is now Afghanistan's game but Pramod Madushan in his last spell took Nabi's wicket which meant the end of their hopes. Omarzai alone though showed a fighting spirit but in the end, Afghanistan lost by a big margin.

We have no option but to first appreciate the knock from Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai. From 55 for 5 to 297 for 6. You just have to cometh the job these two have done. The game looked done and dusted long ago when Pramod Madushan ripped through the top order. Within the script, after Pramod Madushan, it would have been Maheesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga running through the other batters but that was not the case.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 339/6

A Omarzai149 (115)

I Alikhil10 (14)

P Madushan10-0-75-4

49.61

Short in length and on off, Omarzai works it to long on for a single. Sri Lanka win by 42 runs.

49.56

SIX! This is full and outside off. Omarzai hangs back and hammers it over long off for a biggie. Two more runs needed for his 150.

49.40

Fuller and on off, Omarzai pushes it to point. No run taken.

49.31

On middle, fuller and it is hit to long on for a single.

49.20

A yorker on middle, Ikram Alikhil blocks it out.

49.12lb

Two leg byes! On the pads, Ikram Alikhil misses his clip and it rolls to fine leg for two.

Sri Lanka have been penalized for slow over rate. One more fielder inside the ring.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 329/6

I Alikhil9 (11)

A Omarzai142 (112)

D Madushanka9-0-65-0

48.61

Angling on the pads, Ikram Alikhil plays it to square leg for a single.

48.51

Full and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket for one.

48.40

A length ball, outside off, Omarzai slaps it to mid off. They do not take the run.

48.31

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point for a single.

48.21

On middle, this is clipped to deep square leg for a single.

48.14

FOUR! Short in length and outside off, Omarzai ramps it over to third man for a boundary. What a performance this is.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 321/6

A Omarzai136 (108)

I Alikhil7 (9)

P Madushan9-0-67-4

47.61

On middle, this is clipped to deep mid-wicket for one.

47.56

SIX! Omarzai has won so many hearts today Short of a length and outside off. Omarzai powers it down to long off for a biggie.

47.41

Fuller and on off, pushed to mid off for one more.

47.31

Outside off, this is guided through covers for a single.

47.21

Fuller and on middle, this is clipped to mid-wicket for a single.

47.14

FOUR! Short of a length and outside off, this is pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary. 71 runs needed still.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 307/6

I Alikhil1 (6)

A Omarzai128 (105)

D Madushanka8-0-57-0

46.61

They take a single. Length ball on middle, this is hit down to long on.

46.50

A bumper on middle, Ikram Alikhil sits under it.

46.41

Short and on middle, Omarzai pulls, it goes off the top edge and falls safely to mid on. One.

46.34

FOUR! Omarzai not giving up. Fuller and wide of off. Omarzai smashes it over mid off for four runs.

46.24

FOUR! This is full and on the pads, Omarzai flicks it through mid-wicket, in the gap for a boundary. 300 up.

Commentary

...THE CHASE...

Afghanistan opted to bowl first and it has already backfired a lot. The opening bowlers were too soft and it just gave a feeling how their day was going to look out. Too many soft balls, too many boundary balls and certainly it has cost much. The damage has been done! Afghanistan have an uphill task, the pitch is good enough to bat but won't be easy against the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana! The openers have to give a special start. Can they though?

Sri Lanka have posted an above-par total. They way they started, they sensed a big score was coming. Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando laid the foundation and put up an 182-run opening stand. Avishka Fernando was back among the runs after some while, he fell but Pathum Nissanka stitched his place and continued to deal in boundaries. He and Sadeera Samarawickrama batted well to get things going. There was intent right till the end. However, the poster boy of the day, Pathum Nissanka steal the show with his extraordinary double-ton.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! First Lankan to hit a double-century has arrived! Sanath Jayasuriya, from the stands, is very happy to see an opener hit a marathon innings. Just brilliant from Pathum Nissanka! A proud moment for Nissanka and he will cherish this moment forever.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 381/3

P Nissanka210 (139)

C Asalanka7 (8)

F Ahmad9-1-79-2

49.64

FOUR! Yes, there is! Fuller and outside off, Nissanka smacks it over covers and it races to the fence. THE LANKANS END WITH 381

49.56

SIX! Against the win this time. Shorter and on off, Nissanka waits and pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a biggie. Is there a grand-stand finish?

49.41lb

Leg bye! Angling on the pads. Charith Asalanka misses his sweep and it gors off the pads to the leg side. One.

49.31lb

Leg bye! Fuller and on the pads. Nissanka misses his clip and it rolls to square leg for one.

49.24

FOUR! Double-century for Pathum Nissanka! What a knock! Outstanding from Nissanka! This is very full and outside off, Nissanka squeezes it out through point for a boundary. His 50th game and hits 200. First Lankan to do so. Sanath Jayasuriya appreciates the knock from the stands.

49.11

Length and on off, Asalanka pushes it to covers for a single.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 364/3

P Nissanka196 (135)

C Asalanka6 (6)

G Naib8-0-61-0

48.66

SIX! Nissanka on 196! On a length and on off, anticipates the slow ball and Nissanka hits it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

48.52

Overthrow! On off, Nissanka slaps it to cover for a quick single. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and they take one more.

48.41

Fuller and on off, Asalanka smashes it to long on for a single.

48.32

Slower again! Full and on middle, Asalanka launches it straight down the ground for two more.

48.20

A slower length ball, outside off. Asalanka bottom edges his cut shot to the keeper.

48.11

Fuller and around off, Nissanka plays it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 352/3

P Nissanka187 (132)

C Asalanka3 (3)

F Ahmad8-1-64-2

47.61

Nissanka keeps the strike as he hits this full ball to point.

47.51

Fuller and on off, Asalanka swings but hits it high up and to long on where it falls safely. One.

47.41

Shorter and on off, Nissanka pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

47.31lb

Leg bye! On the pads, Asalanka misses his clip and it rolls to square leg for one.

47.31wd

Wide! A slower bumper on  middle, Asalanka leaves.

47.22

Very full and on middle, Asalanka nudges it wide of long on for a single.

Charith Asalanka is the new man in.

47.1W

OUT! TAKEN! Slower ball into the pitch. Samarawickrama tries to pull it away but doesn't time well and Azmatullah Omarzai at deep mid-wicket takes it. A fine innings from Samarawickrama though!

Runs Scored 19 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 345/2

P Nissanka185 (130)

S Samarawickrama45 (35)

F Farooqi9-0-77-0

46.64

FOUR! MORE! WOW! This is superb from Nissanka. Short and outside off. Nissanka cuts it through covers for a boundary. 19 runs of the over.

46.54

FOUR! Crunched! A full toss, outside off. Nissanka strokes it through covers and beats the man in the deep. Dealing just in boundaries now.

46.44

FOUR! SHOT! On a length and on the pads. Nissanka tickles it down to fine leg for a boundary.

46.30

That was in hope. Very full and on leg, Nissanka misses his flick and misses. An appeal but nothing given. Afghanistan take the review but it was pitching outside the line. Afghanistan are desperate now.

46.26

SIX! Another one for Nissanka. Fuller and on middle, Nissanka stands back and slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

46.11

Short and on middle, Samarawickrama pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

Afghanistan
Sri Lanka
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
R Gurbaz

b P Madushan

1 3 0 0 33.33
I Zadran

c P Nissanka b P Madushan

4 7 1 0 57.14
R Shah

c K Mendis b D Chameera

7 14 0 0 50
H Shahidi

b P Madushan

7 11 1 0 63.63
A Omarzai

not out

149 115 13 6 129.56
G Naib

c P Nissanka b D Chameera

16 7 4 0 228.57
M Nabi

c & b P Madushan

136 130 15 3 104.61
I Alikhil

not out

10 14 1 0 71.42
Extras

(b 0,lb 3,w 5,nb 1,Penalty 0)

9
Total 50.0 (RR: 6.78)
339/6

Did not bat: N Ahmad, F Farooqi, F Ahmad

Fall of wickets:

(R Gurbaz, 1.1 ov) (I Zadran, 3.1 ov) (H Shahidi, 5.2 ov) (R Shah, 6.2 ov) (G Naib, 8.3 ov) (M Nabi, 45.2 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
D Madushanka
9 0 65 0 7.22
P Madushan
10 0 75 4 7.50
D Chameera
7.3 0 55 2 7.33
W Hasaranga
10 1 57 0 5.70
M Theekshana
10 0 56 0 5.60
J Liyanage
3 0 25 0 8.33
C Asalanka
0.3 0 3 0 6.00
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Nissanka

not out

210 139 20 8 151.07
A Fernando

c I Zadran b F Ahmad

88 88 8 3 100
K Mendis

c G Naib b M Nabi

16 31 1 0 51.61
S Samarawickrama

c A Omarzai b F Ahmad

45 36 4 1 125
C Asalanka

not out

7 8 0 0 87.50
Extras

(b 0,lb 3,w 10,nb 2,Penalty 0)

15
Total 50.0 (RR: 7.62)
381/3

Did not bat: J Liyanage, W Hasaranga, M Theekshana, D Madushanka, D Chameera, P Madushan

Fall of wickets:

(A Fernando, 26.2 ov) (K Mendis, 35.2 ov) (S Samarawickrama, 47.1 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
F Farooqi
9 0 77 0 8.55
A Omarzai
6 0 55 0 9.16
F Ahmad
9 1 79 2 8.77
G Naib
8 0 61 0 7.62
N Ahmad
8 0 62 0 7.75
M Nabi
10 0 44 1 4.40
Afghanistan
Sri Lanka

Commentary

A high scoring game to start the series. The hosts take the lead but the visitors will look to square it up on the 11th of this month when they meet again. Join us at 2.30 pm IST (9 am GMT). Join us for the build up.

Hashmatullah Shahidi says he bowled first thinking dew might come in but the pitch was good enough to chase it down. Adds they gave away too many runs in the first 10 overs and then the momentum shifted completely. Tells they had hope when Nabi and Omarzai were batting but credit to Sri Lanka.

Pathum Nissanka wins the Player of the Match award.

So much happened in the second innings that we forgot about the knock from Nissanka. First Lankan to hit a double-ton. Avishka Fernando too played a handy knock but it was Pathum Nissanka who was the man of the hour. Sri Lanka might have won the game but Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai won the hearts of many Lankan supporters.

Nabi and Omarzai very cleverly cut off the spin duo, they did not give their wicket away and very sensibly build their innings. Suddenly, we saw something happening, Nabi and Omarzai hit boundaries in full flow and in no time they were celebrating their tons. Sri Lanka were scratching their head despite having enough runs to play but Afghanistan had a small hope somewhere in the dark. The duo added around 250 runs and it felt like this is now Afghanistan's game but Pramod Madushan in his last spell took Nabi's wicket which meant the end of their hopes. Omarzai alone though showed a fighting spirit but in the end, Afghanistan lost by a big margin.

We have no option but to first appreciate the knock from Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai. From 55 for 5 to 297 for 6. You just have to cometh the job these two have done. The game looked done and dusted long ago when Pramod Madushan ripped through the top order. Within the script, after Pramod Madushan, it would have been Maheesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga running through the other batters but that was not the case.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 339/6

A Omarzai149 (115)

I Alikhil10 (14)

P Madushan10-0-75-4

49.61

Short in length and on off, Omarzai works it to long on for a single. Sri Lanka win by 42 runs.

49.56

SIX! This is full and outside off. Omarzai hangs back and hammers it over long off for a biggie. Two more runs needed for his 150.

49.40

Fuller and on off, Omarzai pushes it to point. No run taken.

49.31

On middle, fuller and it is hit to long on for a single.

49.20

A yorker on middle, Ikram Alikhil blocks it out.

49.12lb

Two leg byes! On the pads, Ikram Alikhil misses his clip and it rolls to fine leg for two.

Sri Lanka have been penalized for slow over rate. One more fielder inside the ring.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 329/6

I Alikhil9 (11)

A Omarzai142 (112)

D Madushanka9-0-65-0

48.61

Angling on the pads, Ikram Alikhil plays it to square leg for a single.

48.51

Full and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket for one.

48.40

A length ball, outside off, Omarzai slaps it to mid off. They do not take the run.

48.31

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point for a single.

48.21

On middle, this is clipped to deep square leg for a single.

48.14

FOUR! Short in length and outside off, Omarzai ramps it over to third man for a boundary. What a performance this is.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 321/6

A Omarzai136 (108)

I Alikhil7 (9)

P Madushan9-0-67-4

47.61

On middle, this is clipped to deep mid-wicket for one.

47.56

SIX! Omarzai has won so many hearts today Short of a length and outside off. Omarzai powers it down to long off for a biggie.

47.41

Fuller and on off, pushed to mid off for one more.

47.31

Outside off, this is guided through covers for a single.

47.21

Fuller and on middle, this is clipped to mid-wicket for a single.

47.14

FOUR! Short of a length and outside off, this is pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary. 71 runs needed still.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 307/6

I Alikhil1 (6)

A Omarzai128 (105)

D Madushanka8-0-57-0

46.61

They take a single. Length ball on middle, this is hit down to long on.

46.50

A bumper on middle, Ikram Alikhil sits under it.

46.41

Short and on middle, Omarzai pulls, it goes off the top edge and falls safely to mid on. One.

46.34

FOUR! Omarzai not giving up. Fuller and wide of off. Omarzai smashes it over mid off for four runs.

46.24

FOUR! This is full and on the pads, Omarzai flicks it through mid-wicket, in the gap for a boundary. 300 up.

46.10

Azmatullah Omarzai playing on one leg. Length and down leg, Omarzai misses his flick.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 297/6

I Alikhil0 (4)

A Omarzai119 (101)

P Madushan8-0-53-4

45.60

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to covers. Pressure on Afghanistan now.

45.50

Length ball, on off, this is tapped to point.

45.40

Very full and on middle, this is played back to the bowler.

45.30

On a length and around off, this is blocked out.

Ikram Alikhil walks to the middle.

45.2W

OUT! GONE! The 242-runs partnership is broken! NABI GOES! Back of the hand delivery, full and outside off, Nabi swings across but ends up hitting it up where Pramod Madushan takes it back. Much needed wicket.

45.21wd

Wide! Fuller and wide of off, dies off the deck. Left alone.

45.16

SIX! BANG! This is full and wide of off. Nabi lofts it over extra-cover for a maximum. Afghanistan now have seamers only.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 290/5

M Nabi130 (128)

A Omarzai119 (101)

M Theekshana10-0-56-0

44.61

Another single to end the over as this is hit to long off.

44.51

Fuller and on off, this is driven to long off for a single.

44.41

Very full and on middle, this is pushed to long off for one.

44.30

Bowls it well wide of off. Nabi slashes and misses.

44.21

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to cover for a single.

44.10

Very full and outside off, Omarzai keeps it out.

Runs Scored 20 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 286/5

M Nabi128 (125)

A Omarzai117 (98)

W Hasaranga10-1-57-0

43.60

Flat and outside off, spins away. Nabi looks to push but misses. A rare outing for Wanindu Hasaranga where he goes wicketless.

43.56

SIX! Third in the over! These two have put up a show. Very full and on off, Nabi thumps it down the ground for a biggie.

43.41

Around off, this is punched to covers for a single.

43.36

SIX! Two in two! Stand and deliver! Tad short and around off, this is pulled over mid-wicket for a biggie.

43.26

SIX! They are taking on Wanindu Hasaranga now! This is full and on middle and leg. Omarzai slog-sweeps it, more height but just enough distance, over  mid-wicket for a six.

43.11

Angling on the pads. Nabi nudges it to square leg for a single.

Omarzai is feeling cramps now. He has been out for more than 3 hours. The physio is out at the moment.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 266/5

A Omarzai104 (95)

M Nabi121 (122)

M Theekshana9-0-52-0

42.60

Fuller and outside off, Omarzai pushes it to cover.

42.51

On middle, this is hit to long on for now.

42.40

Very full and down leg, Nabi looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads.

42.31

On middle, this is stroked through covers for a single.

42.20

Flighted, full on middle, Omarzai does well to dig it out quickly.

42.11

This is full and around off, Nabi drags his flick to square leg for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 263/5

M Nabi119 (119)

A Omarzai103 (92)

W Hasaranga9-1-37-0

41.61

A single now as this is hit to mid on for a single.

41.51

Shorter and on middle, this is cut through point for a single.

41.40

On middle, kept out.

41.31

Outside off, this is knocked to deep cover for a single.

41.21

Flat and on middle, this is flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.

41.11

Flat and on middle, eased to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 258/5

A Omarzai101 (89)

M Nabi116 (116)

J Liyanage3-0-25-0

40.66

SIX! Ton for Omarzai now. These two are doing a miracle. On a length and on off. Omarzai whacks it over mid-wicket for a biggie. His maiden century. Incredible batting so far from these two.

40.51

Length and on middle, Nabi turns it to deep square leg for a single.

40.51wd

Wide! Down the leg side, Nabi misses his flick.

40.44

FOUR! 250 up now! Short in length, outside off, Nabi cuts it through point for a boundary.

40.30

Back of the hand dellivery on off, Nabi looks to push but edges it onto the pads.

40.21

Fuller and outside off, pushed to point for one.

40.10

On middle, this is blocked out.

Powerplay 3 time. Now, 5 fielders are allowed outside the circle.  Afghanistan need 137 runs now.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 245/5

A Omarzai94 (86)

M Nabi111 (113)

W Hasaranga8-1-32-0

39.61

Fuller and outside off, Omarzai knocks it to covers for one more.

39.51

Around off, Nabi plays it to cover for one more.

39.44

FOUR! Flighted on middle, Nabi smashes it down the ground for a boundary.

39.31

Fuller and outside off, driven to point for a single.

39.20

On off, kept out.

39.11

On middle, this is pushed to long off for a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 237/5

M Nabi105 (110)

A Omarzai92 (83)

J Liyanage2-0-12-0

38.61

On off, this is pushed to covers for a single. Maheesh Theekshana looks in pain as he dives across. Might be his shoulder.

38.51

Targets the off pole, this is hit to covers for a single.

38.41

On middle, this is worked to long on for a single.

38.31

Length ball on middle, this is hit to point for one.

38.21

Around off, this is pushed to cover for a single.

38.11lb

Leg bye! on the pads, Omarzai misses his clip and it rolls to square leg for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 231/5

M Nabi102 (107)

A Omarzai90 (80)

C Asalanka0.3-0-3-0

37.62

A full toss on middle, Nabi flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.

37.51

37.5: Charith Asalanka to Azmatullah Omarzai, A single as Omarzai hits it to long on.

37.40

Fuller and on middle, this is blocked.

Dushmantha Chameera is going off the field. Not sure what is troubling him.  Charith Asalanka to bowl the over.

37.31

CENTURY FOR NABI! The veteran steps up for the task. Full and on off, this is pushed to mid off for a single. Gets the ton but the job is not done yet.

37.20

Just tailing on the pads. Nabi keeps it out.

37.10

Length and on off, Nabi taps it to point.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 227/5

M Nabi99 (103)

A Omarzai89 (78)

J Liyanage1-0-7-0

36.61

On middle, this is drilled to long on for one.

36.52

TWO MORE! Length and on middle, Nabi plays with soft hands to mid on and comes back for the second.

36.41

Just one now as Omarzai tucks it to mid-wicket.

36.32

Good running. Length and on off, Omarzai nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a quick couple.

36.20

Length and on middle and leg, this is blocked out.

36.11

On middle, this is nudged to deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 220/5

A Omarzai86 (75)

M Nabi95 (100)

D Chameera7-0-54-2

35.64

FOUR! Thumped. 15 off it. Length and outside off. Omarzai smacks it through covers for a boundary.

35.54

FOUR! SHOT! This is very full and on middle, Omarzai lofts it through the line and over the bowler for a boundary. This match is going to end up with a thriller.

35.41

Length and on middle, Nabi taps it to point for one more.

35.31

Outside off, Omarzai gets a genuine edge to third man for a single.

35.24

FOUR! Another boundary! This is full and outside off. Omarzai swings, it does  not go off the middle but gets it over mid off for a boundary.

35.11

Around off, Nabi works it to deep cover for a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 205/5

M Nabi93 (98)

A Omarzai73 (71)

M Theekshana8-0-49-0

34.61

On middle, eased to long on for one.

34.54

FOUR! A boundary in this over too. Shorter and outside off, Nabi cuts it through point for a boundary.

34.40

Flat and on off, Nabi defends.

34.30

On middle, this is blocked out.

34.21

Fuller and on off, pushed to long off for one.

34.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 199/5

A Omarzai72 (69)

M Nabi88 (94)

D Madushanka7-0-47-0

33.61

On middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a single.

33.51

On middle, shorter and this is pulled to deep square leg for one.

33.44

FOUR! Pulled away! Bangs it short and on middle, Nabi pulls it over mid-wicket for a one-bounce four.

33.31

Length and outside off, this is hit to deep cover for a single.

33.21

Full and on off, Nabi pushes it to cover. A direct-hit at the batter's end and Omarzai was surely gone.

33.10

Outside off, this is tapped to point.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 191/5

A Omarzai70 (67)

M Nabi82 (90)

M Theekshana7-0-43-0

32.66

SIX! WOW! Afghanistan are going toe-to-toe. Shorter and outside off, Omarzai pulls it over mid-wicket for a six.

32.50

On off, kept out.

32.41

A single as this is hit to mid-wicket.

32.31

On middle, pushed to long off for one.

32.21

Around off, this is clipped to mid-wicket for one.

32.11

Around off, pushed to covers for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 181/5

A Omarzai62 (63)

M Nabi80 (88)

D Madushanka6-0-39-0

31.61

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to mid off for a single.

31.50

On off, this is kept out.

31.44

FOUR! SHOT! A length ball, outside off. Omarzai punches it through covers and wide of the man in deep.

31.41wd

Wide! Too short this as Omarzai leaves it alone for a wide.

31.31

Shorter and on middle, Nabi pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

31.21

A length ball on off, Omarzai plays it to long off for a single.

31.11

Outside off, this is knocked to point for one.

Drinks! These two have added more than 100 runs now. Time for Sri Lanka to think much as they can't take it lightly anymore. Afghanistan want to take this game deep where anything could happen. They are up for the fight.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 172/5

M Nabi78 (86)

A Omarzai56 (59)

W Hasaranga7-1-24-0

30.61

Flat and outside off, Nabi plays it to point for a single.

30.51

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

30.40

On middle, blocked.

30.34

FOUR! Paddled away! This is full and on middle, this is swept through square leg for four.

30.21

Outside off, and it stays low. Nabi works it through covers for a single.

30.10

On middle, this is blocked.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 165/5

A Omarzai51 (56)

M Nabi76 (83)

P Madushan7-0-46-3

29.62

Fifty for Omarzai now! A healthy partnership building up. Afghanistan not giving up without a fight. Length and outside off, this is punched through covers for a couple.

29.50

Shorter and outside off, Omarzai leaves it alone.

29.40

DOT!  A yorker on middle, Omarzai digs it out to mid on.

29.41nb

No ball! A yorker and it just tails past the leg pole. Omarzai misses his flick. Pramod Madushan has overstepped. Free-hit next.

29.31

On middle, this is punched to covers for a single.

29.24

EDGED AND FOUR! A  length ball, outside off, Nabi punches but outside edges it to third man. Maheesh Theekshana could not stop with a dive as well.

29.10

Length and around off, Nabi makes a solid block.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 157/5

A Omarzai49 (52)

M Nabi71 (80)

W Hasaranga6-1-17-0

28.60

Outside off, Omarzai knocks it to cover.

28.51

Fuller and on middle, drilled to long on for a  single.

28.40

Full and on off, blocked out.

28.41wd

A googly that goes down the leg side, Nabi seems to miss his flick. An appeal but the finger stays down. The keeper looks very much interested and takes it upstairs. UltraEdge shows a flat line, it didn't even brushed the pads.

28.31

A single as Omarzai works it to long on now.

28.21

On middle, eased to long on for one.

28.11

Outside off, this is slapped to deep cover for a single.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 152/5

M Nabi69 (77)

A Omarzai47 (49)

P Madushan6-0-38-3

27.64

FOUR! Short of a length and outside off, Nabi pulls it flat to the right of mid-wicket, wide of the fielder for a boundary.

27.50

A bumper on middle, Nabi sits under it.

27.42

A length ball, outside off, Nabi carves it to sweeper cover for a couple.

27.30

Drags his length back and outside off. Nabi mistimes  his pull on the deck.

27.21

One more run as Omarzai works it to square leg.

27.11

A yorker on leg, Nabi tucks it to deep square leg for one.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 144/5

A Omarzai46 (48)

M Nabi62 (72)

M Theekshana6-0-33-0

26.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

26.51

On the pads, this is helped to fine leg for a single.

26.40

Very full and on middle, this is defended.

26.30

On middle, blocked out.

26.26

SIX! ALL THE WAY! We are in for a treat! Tossed up on off, Nabi shuffles across and slogs it high over mid-wicket for a biggie.

26.14

FOUR! Shift in gears for Nabi! Floated on middle and Nabi smashes it over extra-covers for a boundary.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 133/5

M Nabi51 (67)

A Omarzai46 (47)

D Chameera6-0-39-2

25.61

On off, this is pushed through point for one.

25.50

Very full and outside off, Nabi looks to jam it out but misses.

25.40

On off, this is dropped to cover.

25.34

FOUR! Fifty for Nabi! He is taking chances against the seamers. They have to at some point. Shorter and outside off, Nabi cuts it through covers, on the up for four.

25.22

A bumper on middle, Nabi pulls it just above the man at mid-wicket. Two.

25.11

Full and outside off, this is pushed to the right of cover. Nabi was just out of his crease, the throw came in but was missed and the batters took an overthrow.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 125/5

M Nabi44 (62)

A Omarzai45 (46)

M Theekshana5-0-22-0

24.64

FOUR! Well played! Touch short and outside off, Nabi goes back cuts it hard through point for a boundary.

24.50

Spins in sharply from around off, Nabi tucks it to mid-wicket.

24.40

On middle, this is punched to silly mid on.

24.31

This is on the pads, quicker and Omarzai goes back to flick it to square leg.

24.21

Around off, this is pushed to covers for a single.

24.11

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 118/5

A Omarzai43 (44)

M Nabi39 (58)

D Chameera5-0-31-2

23.61

This is full and outside off, Omarzai taps it to point for a single.

23.50

On a length and on middle, Omarzai blocks it out.

23.40

This is on top of off. Blocked to point.

23.31

Outside off, shorter and this is cut through point for one.

23.20

On a length and outside off. Nabi hops and chops it back to the keeper.

23.11

Keeps it full and outside off, Omarzai knocks it through covers for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 115/5

A Omarzai41 (40)

M Nabi38 (56)

M Theekshana4-0-15-0

22.61

On the pads, Omarzai flicks it through mid-wicket for one.

22.50

Floated on middle, this is blocked.

22.41

Another single as Nabi works it to square leg.

22.31

Tossed up on off, Omarzai pushes it to short cover who lets it roll through for one.

22.21

Tossed up on middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket for one.

22.11

A single as this is hit to long off.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 110/5

M Nabi36 (54)

A Omarzai38 (36)

D Chameera4-0-28-2

21.60

Fuller and outside off, Nabi looks to push but misses.

21.50

On off, kept out.

21.44

FOUR! This is full and outside off, Nabi looks to drive but edges it down to third man for a boundary.

21.30

On middle, this is blocked out.

21.21

Full and on off, this is played to long off for a single.

21.12

Length and outside off, this is hit through covers for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 103/5

M Nabi32 (50)

A Omarzai35 (34)

M Theekshana3-0-10-0

20.62

Fuller and outside off, Nabi drives it through point for a brace.

20.50

Outside off, Nabi keeps it out.

20.40

Outside off, fuller and this is blocked out.

20.34

FOUR! Rare boundary! 100 up! Bowls it straight on the pads, Nabi flicks it to deep square leg for four.

20.20

Just slows it up, full and outside off, Nabi looks to push but misses again.

20.10

Very full and outside off. Nabi looks to drive this away but misses.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 97/5

M Nabi26 (44)

A Omarzai35 (34)

W Hasaranga5-1-12-0

19.61

Fuller and outside off, Nabi pushes it through point for one.

19.50

On a length and on middle, a googly. Nabi goes back and blocks.

19.41

Shorter and outside off, Omarzai hits it to deep cover for one more.

19.31

Flat and outside off, Nabi slaps it to deep cover for a single.

19.20

Dot balls building up. On middle, this is flicked to short mid-wicket.

19.10

Outside off, this one lands and spins away. Nabi looks to defend across but misses.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 94/5

A Omarzai34 (33)

M Nabi24 (39)

M Theekshana2-0-4-0

18.60

Full and around off, Omarzai prods and blocks.

18.51

A googly on middle, this is eased down to long on for a single.

18.40

This is full and around off, it is flicked to mid-wicket.

18.30

Fuller and outside off, Nabi drives it to cover.

18.20

Spinning back onto the middle, Nabi blocks it out.

18.11

Fuller and outside off, Omarzai plays it to long off for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 92/5

M Nabi23 (35)

A Omarzai33 (31)

W Hasaranga4-1-9-0

17.60

A slider, around off, this is defended out.

17.50

Tossed up, around off, Nabi skips down and blocks it out.

17.40

A googly, around off, this is hit back to the bowler.

17.30

Afghanistan not taking any chance against Wanindu Hasaranga! On off, this is kept out.

17.20

Full and outside off, this is driven to cover.

17.10

Flatter and on middle and leg, spins in. Nabi goes back to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but looked like going down. Sri Lanka take the review. No bat on this one. Ball Tracking shows it is umpire's call on wickets hitting. So close though than expected.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 92/5

M Nabi23 (29)

A Omarzai33 (31)

M Theekshana1-0-2-0

16.61

Fuller and outside off, Nabi drives it through covers for a single.

16.50

Around off and it spins back in. Nabi pushes it back to the bowler.

16.40

Fuller and around off, defended out.

16.30

Very full and outside off, Nabi drives but straight to the man at covers.

16.21

Quicker and on middle, Omarzai chips it down to long on for a single.

16.10

Tossed up on middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

Time for Maheesh Theekshana now.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 90/5

A Omarzai32 (29)

M Nabi22 (25)

W Hasaranga3-0-9-0

15.61

Just one of the over then as Omarzai plays it to long on.

15.50

This is full and on middle, Omarzai defends on the front foot.

15.40

On a length and on off, a googly. Blocked.

15.30

Flat and outside off, Omarzai punches it to cover.

15.20

On middle, Omarzai plays a solid block.

15.10

A googly, full and on middle, Omarzai looks to defend but inside edges it on the pads.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 89/5

M Nabi22 (25)

A Omarzai31 (23)

D Madushanka5-0-30-0

14.60

12 runs off the over. Length and on off, this is defended out.

14.50

Outside off, this is guided to point.

14.44

FOUR! Just what Afghanistan needed! A length ball, outside off, Nabi cuts again through point and finds the fence. Much needed over for Afghanistan!

14.34

FOUR! SHOT! Shorter and on off, this is pulled through square leg for a boundary.

14.20

A length ball on off, Nabi keeps it out.

14.14

FOUR! Short and wide of off. Nabi hangs back and cuts it through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 77/5

M Nabi10 (19)

A Omarzai31 (23)

W Hasaranga2-0-8-0

13.61

Tad short and outside off, Nabi punches it to long off for one.

13.50

Slides it on middle, Nabi turns it to short mid-wicket.

13.40

Too full and on off, Nabi drives it to cover.

13.31

Pushed to long off again for a quick single.

13.21

Flighted on off, Nabi pushes it to long off for a single.

13.11

Tossed up on off, Omarzai drops it to point for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 73/5

A Omarzai29 (21)

M Nabi8 (15)

D Madushanka4-0-18-0

12.61

Short again, around off. Omarzai looks to pull but edges it over the keeper, Kusal Mendis leaps and gets only fingertips on it. One.

12.50

Surprises with a bumper on off. Omarzai sways away from it.

12.40

Length and outside off, Omarzai knocks it to cover.

12.30

Much closer to the off pole. Blocked out.

12.24

FOUR! Edged it! Full and angling across the batter, Omarzai goes for the drive but edged and it was out of first slips reach. Four runs.

12.10

Short in length and on off, Omarzai punches it to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 68/5

M Nabi8 (15)

A Omarzai24 (15)

W Hasaranga1-0-4-0

11.60

Tossed up on middle, Nabi blocks it out.

11.51

Too full and on off, this is pushed to long off for a single.

11.41

Another single now as Nabi works it to long on.

11.31

A googly, full on middle, eased to long on for one.

11.21

Fuller and outside off, Nabi drives it to deep cover for a single.

11.10

Fuller and on middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

Time for some spin, Wanindu Hasaranga is here.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 64/5

M Nabi6 (11)

A Omarzai22 (13)

D Chameera3-0-21-2

10.61

Length and outside off, this is punched to mid off who half-stops for a single.

10.50

Fuller and on middle, eased to mid on.

10.40

Extra bounce on this one, outside off. Nabi slashes and misses.

10.30

CLOSE! Short in length and on off, nips in. Nabi is beaten as he looks to block, past the edge and over the stumps.

10.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

10.14

FOUR! Good shot! A length ball, outside off, Nabi slaps it hard through covers for a boundary.

Powerplay 1 done! Now, 4 fielders are allowed outside the ring till the 40th over.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 59/5

A Omarzai22 (13)

M Nabi1 (5)

P Madushan5-0-30-3

9.60

Shorter and outside off, Omarzai lets it go.

9.50

Around off, Omarzai keeps it out.

9.40

Shorter and on middle, Omarzai pulls it to mid on.

9.31

Mohammad Nabi is off the mark now as this is hit to covers.

9.20

Around off, this is defended out.

9.13

THREE MORE! Fuller and outside off, Omarzai drives it through covers for three more runs. Someone has to keep playing the shots. Omarzai looks the man right now.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 55/5

M Nabi0 (3)

A Omarzai19 (9)

D Chameera2-0-16-2

8.60

Ouchhh! Short and onto the body. Nabi takes his eyes off as he tries to fend it away but misses. Gets hit near the chest area. The physio is out to check on him.

8.50

Outside off again, this is lelft alone.

8.40

Length ball, outside off, Nabi shoulders arms to it.

8.3W

OUT! TAKEN! This is happening too quickly for the visitors. Fuller and outside off. Naib tries to guide it past point but hits it straight in the hands of Pathum Nissanka there. easy catch for him.

8.20

Short in length and on middle, kept out.

8.14

FOUR! More runs! A length ball, outside off, Naib drives it through covers for a boundary. Naib is playing with intent.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 51/4

A Omarzai19 (9)

G Naib12 (4)

P Madushan4-0-26-3

7.60

Outside off, this is guided to point.

7.50

Short stuff, outside off, Omarzai lets it go.

7.44

FOUR! Sixth boundary in 8 balls. Length ball, outside off, Omarzai drives it late to third man for a boundary. 50 up!

7.30

Short in length and outside off, nips away. Omarzai looks to push at it but misses.

7.24

FOUR! Make it five in six balls. On a length and outside off, Omarzai crunches it through covers for a boundary.

7.14

FOUR!  Four in last five balls. Length ball, on off. Omarzai flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 39/4

G Naib12 (4)

A Omarzai7 (3)

D Chameera1-0-12-1

6.64

FOUR! Third in the over. Inspiring stuff from Naib. Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to mid-wicket for a boundary.

6.50

Goes for the short one, outside off, Naib leaves it.

6.44

FOUR! That is some shot! Short in length and outside off, Naib pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a boundary.

6.34

FOUR! Edged it. A length ball, outside off, Naib looks to punch but to ends his shot and it rolls through the man at gully for four runs.

6.2W

OUT! GONE! Another one bites the dust! Dushmantha Chameera gets one now. Short of a length and outside off, swings away. Shah cuts but gets an outside edge to first slip. The keeper though dives and gobbles it up. Superb batting.

6.10

Short of a length and on off, kept out.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 27/3

R Shah7 (12)

A Omarzai7 (3)

P Madushan3-0-14-3

5.61

Around off, pushed to mid off for a single.

5.53

THREE! A length ball, outside off, Omarzai punches it through covers for three runs.

5.40

Length and on middle, blocked.

5.34

FOUR! Pitched up, outside off, Omarzai drives it through covers for a boundary.

Azmatullah Omarzai is the new man in.

5.2W

OUT! WOW! Pramod Madushan is in some rhythm! A length ball, around off, it lands and shapes in. Shahidi plays through the line but gets beaten on the inside edge and it clips the stumps. Afghanistan in deep trouble.

5.14

FOUR! Cut away! Short in length and outside off. Shahidi cuts it through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 15/2

R Shah6 (11)

H Shahidi3 (9)

D Madushanka3-0-13-0

4.60

Full and on off, pushed to mid off.

4.51

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to square leg for one.

4.41

A single now as Shah works it to deep square leg.

4.31

Tad short and on leg, Shahidi pulls it to deep square leg for one.

4.20

On the pads, this is flicked to square leg.

4.21wd

Wide! Goes short and on middle, Shahidi lets it go.

4.10

Length and on middle, this is defended out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 11/2

H Shahidi1 (5)

R Shah5 (9)

P Madushan2-0-2-2

3.61

Very full and on middle, Shahidi looks to flick but edges it to point for a single.

3.50

On a length and on off, this is defended out.

3.40

A length ball on off, blocked.

3.30

A length ball, wide of off. Shahidi looks to push but misses.

3.20

Pramod Madushan comes up with the yorker on middle, Shahidi digs it out well.

Hashmatullah Shahidi walks in next.

3.1W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! The other openers gone. Just what Afghanistan didn't want is happening. On a length and outside off, Zadran goes hard with his push and edges it to first slip where Pathum Nissanka holds onto it.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 10/1

R Shah5 (9)

I Zadran4 (6)

D Madushanka2-0-9-0

2.62

Flies past the man! Length and outside off. Shah slashes it to the left of point and it goes past the fielder for two.

2.50

A length ball, around off. Shah blocks it out.

2.40

Very full and on middle, this is driven to mid off.

2.32

Length ball on middle and it swings back in sharply. Shah nudges it to mid-wicket who lets it through for a couple.

2.20

On middle, Shah punches it to cover.

2.10

A length ball on off and it comes back in late. Shah makes a brave leave.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 6/1

I Zadran4 (6)

R Shah1 (3)

P Madushan1-0-1-1

1.60

Keeps it on a length and on middle, Zadran defends.

1.50

A length ball on middle, Zadran makes a solid block.

1.41

Angling on the pads, Shah flicks it to deep square leg for a single.

1.30

A length ball on off, Shah pushes it to point.

1.20

A length ball, outside off. Shah looks to defend but is beaten on the outside edge.

Rahmat Shah comes to the middle.

1.1W

OUT! BOWLED! First one goes. On a length and around off, hints of inward shape. Gurbaz looks to tuck this but misses and it goes through the small gap onto the stumps. Rahmanullah Gurbaz should have done better.

Who'll bowl now? It is Pramod Madushan!

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 5/0

I Zadran4 (4)

R Gurbaz1 (2)

D Madushanka1-0-5-0

0.60

Length and it swings back in on middle, it is tucked to mid-wicket.

0.54

FOUR! Off the mark! On a length and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran gets on top of it and punches it through covers for a boundary.

0.40

On a length and on middle, Ibrahim Zadran blocks it out.

0.30

Bowls it short and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran now makes a leave.

0.21

Afghanistan are underway! Length ball on the pads, Gurbaz tucks it to deep square leg for one.

0.10

Starts with a short ball, outside off. Gurbaz has nothing to do with it.

Commentary

...THE CHASE...

Afghanistan opted to bowl first and it has already backfired a lot. The opening bowlers were too soft and it just gave a feeling how their day was going to look out. Too many soft balls, too many boundary balls and certainly it has cost much. The damage has been done! Afghanistan have an uphill task, the pitch is good enough to bat but won't be easy against the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana! The openers have to give a special start. Can they though?

Sri Lanka have posted an above-par total. They way they started, they sensed a big score was coming. Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando laid the foundation and put up an 182-run opening stand. Avishka Fernando was back among the runs after some while, he fell but Pathum Nissanka stitched his place and continued to deal in boundaries. He and Sadeera Samarawickrama batted well to get things going. There was intent right till the end. However, the poster boy of the day, Pathum Nissanka steal the show with his extraordinary double-ton.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! First Lankan to hit a double-century has arrived! Sanath Jayasuriya, from the stands, is very happy to see an opener hit a marathon innings. Just brilliant from Pathum Nissanka! A proud moment for Nissanka and he will cherish this moment forever.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 381/3

P Nissanka210 (139)

C Asalanka7 (8)

F Ahmad9-1-79-2

49.64

FOUR! Yes, there is! Fuller and outside off, Nissanka smacks it over covers and it races to the fence. THE LANKANS END WITH 381

49.56

SIX! Against the win this time. Shorter and on off, Nissanka waits and pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a biggie. Is there a grand-stand finish?

49.41lb

Leg bye! Angling on the pads. Charith Asalanka misses his sweep and it gors off the pads to the leg side. One.

49.31lb

Leg bye! Fuller and on the pads. Nissanka misses his clip and it rolls to square leg for one.

49.24

FOUR! Double-century for Pathum Nissanka! What a knock! Outstanding from Nissanka! This is very full and outside off, Nissanka squeezes it out through point for a boundary. His 50th game and hits 200. First Lankan to do so. Sanath Jayasuriya appreciates the knock from the stands.

49.11

Length and on off, Asalanka pushes it to covers for a single.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 364/3

P Nissanka196 (135)

C Asalanka6 (6)

G Naib8-0-61-0

48.66

SIX! Nissanka on 196! On a length and on off, anticipates the slow ball and Nissanka hits it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

48.52

Overthrow! On off, Nissanka slaps it to cover for a quick single. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and they take one more.

48.41

Fuller and on off, Asalanka smashes it to long on for a single.

48.32

Slower again! Full and on middle, Asalanka launches it straight down the ground for two more.

48.20

A slower length ball, outside off. Asalanka bottom edges his cut shot to the keeper.

48.11

Fuller and around off, Nissanka plays it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 352/3

P Nissanka187 (132)

C Asalanka3 (3)

F Ahmad8-1-64-2

47.61

Nissanka keeps the strike as he hits this full ball to point.

47.51

Fuller and on off, Asalanka swings but hits it high up and to long on where it falls safely. One.

47.41

Shorter and on off, Nissanka pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

47.31lb

Leg bye! On the pads, Asalanka misses his clip and it rolls to square leg for one.

47.31wd

Wide! A slower bumper on  middle, Asalanka leaves.

47.22

Very full and on middle, Asalanka nudges it wide of long on for a single.

Charith Asalanka is the new man in.

47.1W

OUT! TAKEN! Slower ball into the pitch. Samarawickrama tries to pull it away but doesn't time well and Azmatullah Omarzai at deep mid-wicket takes it. A fine innings from Samarawickrama though!

Runs Scored 19 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 345/2

P Nissanka185 (130)

S Samarawickrama45 (35)

F Farooqi9-0-77-0

46.64

FOUR! MORE! WOW! This is superb from Nissanka. Short and outside off. Nissanka cuts it through covers for a boundary. 19 runs of the over.

46.54

FOUR! Crunched! A full toss, outside off. Nissanka strokes it through covers and beats the man in the deep. Dealing just in boundaries now.

46.44

FOUR! SHOT! On a length and on the pads. Nissanka tickles it down to fine leg for a boundary.

46.30

That was in hope. Very full and on leg, Nissanka misses his flick and misses. An appeal but nothing given. Afghanistan take the review but it was pitching outside the line. Afghanistan are desperate now.

46.26

SIX! Another one for Nissanka. Fuller and on middle, Nissanka stands back and slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

46.11

Short and on middle, Samarawickrama pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 326/2

P Nissanka167 (125)

S Samarawickrama44 (34)

F Ahmad7-1-58-1

45.60

Short again and outside off, Nissanka looks to pull but misses.

45.51

Full and on off, this is pushed to covers for one.

45.40

A slower bumper on middle, Samarawickrama looks to pull but misses.

45.31

Bowls it well across the batter, outside off. Nissanka pulls it to long on for a single.

45.20

Length and outside off. Nissanka slashes his blade and misses.

45.21wd

Wide!  Fuller and wide of off. Left alone.

45.11

Fuller and outside off, Samarawickrama looks to reverse sweep but toe ends his shot to long off for one.

45.11wd

Wide! Spills it down leg. Samarawickrama leaves.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 321/2

P Nissanka166 (122)

S Samarawickrama42 (31)

F Farooqi8-0-58-0

44.60

Fuller and outside off, Nissanka tries to reverse sweep but misses.

44.51

Outside off, this is guided through point for a single.

44.41

Full and outside off, slower ball and Nissanka is through to the shot early. The man at long on runs in and picks up on a bounce.

44.36

SIX! Too easy this one. A full toss, outside off. Nissanka goes across and hits it over square leg for a biggie.

44.24

FOUR! Nissanka is just showing his power now. Fuller and on off, this is smashed down the ground to long off for a bounndary.

44.11

A single as this is hit to covers.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 308/2

S Samarawickrama40 (29)

P Nissanka155 (118)

A Omarzai6-0-55-0

43.61

A yorker on middle, Samarawickrama taps it to cover. A miscommunication for one but eventually they cross.

43.54

FOUR! MORE RUNS! Shorter and on middle, Samarawickrama gets a top edge to his pull and it flies behind the keeper.

43.44

FOUR! That has been hammered. Very full and outside off. Samarawickrama smashes it through covers for four. Went so quickly.

43.41wd

Wide! Bowls it short and wide of off. Samarawickrama steps across and leaves.

43.31

Fuller and on middle, Nissanka digs it out to short fine leg for one.

43.21

Fuller and on off, Samarawickrama drags it to square leg for one.

43.10

Serves a short ball on middle, Samarawickrama slashes and misses.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 296/2

S Samarawickrama30 (24)

P Nissanka154 (117)

N Ahmad8-0-62-0

42.61

A full toss on leg, Samarawickrama plays it to long on for one.

42.53

Outside off and it is the googly. Nissanka cuts it to deep cover. The fielder runs to his right, dives and saves one. More importantly, he has hurt his left leg.

42.42

150 up for Pathum Nissanka! He is eyeing 50 more. Guaranteed! Outside off, this is cut to point for a couple.

42.36

SIX! Too easy for him! Very full and on middle, Nissanka slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket for a six.

42.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

42.16

SIX! SMOKED! Fuller and on middle, Nissanka slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. He is looking in mood for 200.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 278/2

S Samarawickrama29 (23)

P Nissanka137 (112)

G Naib7-0-49-0

41.60

Outside off, Samarawickrama cuts but to short third man.

41.56

SIX! Samarawickrama reads the pace! This is slow and short, outside off, this is pulled over square leg for a biggie.

41.41

A low full toss, Nissanka drags it to long on for a single.

41.31

Slower again on the pads, Samarawickrama tucks it to mid-wicket for one.

41.20

Pace off again! This one almost dies after landing outside off. Samarawickrama swings and misses.

41.10

Pace of the ball! Full and outside off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 270/2

S Samarawickrama22 (18)

P Nissanka136 (111)

F Farooqi7-0-45-0

40.61

Slower one on the pads, Samarawickrama flicks it to square leg for a single.

40.54

FOUR! Pulled away! This is short and on off, Samarawickrama pulls it over mid on for a boundary.

40.41

Very full and outside off, Nissanka works it to point for one.

40.31

Around off, this is pushed to point for a single.

40.21

Fuller and outside off. Nissanka gets a  genuine edge to third man for a single.

40.11

A length ball, outside off, Samarawickrama cuts it to third man for a single.

Final powerplay coming up. now, 5 fielders are allowed outside the ring.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 261/2

S Samarawickrama15 (14)

P Nissanka134 (109)

G Naib6-0-41-0

39.61

Fuller and wide of off. Samarawickrama dabs it to third man for one.

39.51

Full and outside off, this is knocked to point for a single.

39.40

A slower ball, this is full and down leg. Nissanka skips down to heave but misses.

39.34

FOUR! A length ball, around off. Nissanka heaves it to deep mid-wicket. Had enough legs to beat the dive from the fielder who could have  done a lot better.

39.21

Another single as Samarawickrama plays it to third man.

39.11

This is full and outside off, Nissanka edges his drive to third man for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 253/2

P Nissanka128 (105)

S Samarawickrama13 (12)

F Farooqi6-0-36-0

38.61

5 runs off it. Length and outside off, this is steered to third man for a single.

38.50

On off, this is kept out.

38.42

Short of a length and on off, Nissanka pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

38.31

Around off, this is pushed to covers for a single.

38.20

A slower length ball, around off, Samarawickrama punches it to cover.

38.11

This is full and on off, Nissanka drills it to long on for one.

Fazalhaq Farooqi is back into the attack.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 248/2

P Nissanka124 (101)

S Samarawickrama12 (10)

M Nabi10-0-44-1

37.61

Tossed up on middle, Nissanka tucks it to square leg for a single. Mohammad Nabi is done with the ball.

37.52

Shorter and outside off, Nissanka slaps it through covers for a couple of runs.

37.41

Around off, Samarawickrama plays it to covers for a single.

37.31

Fuller and on off, this is hit to point for one more.

37.24

FOUR! Flat and outside off, Nissanka crunches it through covers and finds the gap.

37.11

A single now as this is hit to square leg.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 238/2

S Samarawickrama10 (8)

P Nissanka116 (97)

N Ahmad7-0-44-0

36.61

Flat and outside off, Samarawickrama taps it to point for a single.

36.50

A googly now, this is outside off and spins past the edge of Samarawickrama who tries to defend.

36.40

Well bowled! A leggie, it lands outside off and spins in. Samarawickrama goes for the drive but misses.

36.31

Outside off, Nissanka slaps it to point.

36.31wd

Wide! Bowls it well over the tramline. Left alone.

36.23

THREE! Fuller and on middle, Samarawickrama works it to square leg for two. The fielder throws and hits the stumps, it results in an overthrow.

36.10

On middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 232/2

S Samarawickrama6 (3)

P Nissanka115 (96)

M Nabi9-0-34-1

35.61

Another single to end the over as this is hit to long on.

35.51

A single now as this is hit to long on.

35.41

On middle, this is flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.

35.34

FOUR! Off the mark straightaway! Very full and on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama sweeps it to fine leg and it races away.

Sadeera Samarawickrama walks in.

35.2W

OUT! GONE! Mohammad Nabi gets a reward for his bowling. Very full and on middle, Mendis comes down the track and heaves across but gets too close to it and edges up hitting it high and to mid on. Gulbadin Naib runs to his right and takes it.

35.10

Tossed up on middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 225/1

P Nissanka114 (95)

K Mendis16 (29)

N Ahmad6-0-38-0

34.66

SIX! BANG! That is huge! Shorter and outside off. Nissanka slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Afghanistan just can't bowl two quite overs.

34.51

Fuller and outside off, this is knocked through covers for a single.

34.40

The keeper is confident in this way! Tossed up, outside off and spins away. Mendis prods across to defend but seems to miss. An appeal but the  finger stays down. Afghanistan take the review. UltraEdge shows no spike on it. Not out it is.

34.31

Angling on middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket for a single.

34.21

DROP AND RUN! Full and on off, this is pushed to mid off for a single.

34.14

FOUR! well played! A googly, full and outside off. Mendis opens his body and dabs it late through third man for a boundary.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 212/1

P Nissanka107 (93)

K Mendis10 (25)

M Nabi8-0-27-0

33.64

FOUR! The final ball ruins the over. Fuller and outside off. Nissanka drives it through covers for a  boundary.

33.51

This is full and on middle, it is eased to long on for a single.

33.40

On middle, this is blocked out.

33.30

Flat and on off, Mendis tucks it to square leg.

33.21

Shorter and on off, pulled to deep square leg for a single.

33.10

Tossed up on middle, Nissanka plays it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 206/1

P Nissanka102 (90)

K Mendis9 (22)

N Ahmad5-0-25-0

32.61

Flighted, outside off, Nissanka drives it to long off for a single.

32.51

On the pads, Mendis turns it to square leg for one.

32.40

Floated on middle, Mendis blocks back to the bowler.

32.31

Shorter and outside off, Nissanka cuts it through point for a single.

32.21

Outside off, Mendis knocks it through covers for a single.

32.10

Fuller and outside off, Mendis looks to push but misses.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 202/1

K Mendis7 (18)

P Nissanka100 (88)

M Nabi7-0-21-0

31.61

Tad short and on off, Mendis whacks it to deep square leg for a single.

31.50

On middle, Mendis blocks.

31.41

Hundred for Nissanka! A fantastic knock from the young opener. Just brilliant. Flat and outside off, Nissanka punches it through covers for a single. Has lot of time to buy more runs.

31.30

Tossed up, around off, Nissanka blocks it out.

31.20

Fuller and on middle, Nissanka tucks it to mid-wicket.

31.11

TAP AND RUN! Length and on off, this is knocked to covers for a single. 200 up!

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 199/1

P Nissanka99 (85)

K Mendis5 (15)

F Ahmad6-1-53-1

30.60

Short again but wide of off, this is pulled to mid-wicket.

30.54

FOUR! Nissanka on 99! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary. Hits well in the gap.

30.41

Length and outside off, Mendis punches it to deep cover for a single.

30.31

Shorter and on middle, Nissanka pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

30.21

On middle, Mendis works it to square leg for a single.

30.10

A bumper on middle, Mendis ducks under it.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 192/1

P Nissanka94 (82)

K Mendis3 (12)

M Nabi6-0-18-0

29.60

Floated, outside off, Nissanka works it to cover.

29.51

Tad short and on middle, Mendis pulls it to long on for one more.

29.40

Flatter and on middle, kept out.

29.30

This is full and on middle, Mendis tucks it to mid-wicket.

29.20

Fuller and on off, Mendis defends on the front foot.

29.11

Tossed up on middle, eased to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 190/1

K Mendis2 (8)

P Nissanka93 (80)

F Ahmad5-1-46-1

28.60

On off, Mendis keeps it out.

28.51

Short in length and on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a single.

28.42

Fuller and wide of off, Nissanka drives it through covers for a couple of runs.

28.30

Length and outside off, Nissanka strokes it to point.

28.21

On the pads, Mendis whips it to deep square leg for one more.

28.11

Length and outside off, Nissanka knocks it through covers for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 185/1

K Mendis1 (6)

P Nissanka89 (76)

M Nabi5-0-16-0

27.60

Slower, short and on off, Mendis cuts it to cover. Mohammad Nabi has bowled well so far.

27.51

This is full and on off, Nissanka plays  it to long on for one more.

27.40

On middle, Nissanka leans across and makes a solid block.

27.30

Tossed up on middle, Nissanka blocks it out.

27.21

A single now as this is hit to long on.

27.11

QUICK SINGLE! On middle, this is nudged to square leg for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 182/1

K Mendis0 (4)

P Nissanka87 (72)

F Ahmad4-1-41-1

26.60

A successful over for the visitors. Length ball on off, Mendis blocks it out.

26.50

Well outside off, Mendis leaves it alone to the keeper.

26.40

Shorter and around off, Mendis taps it to point.

26.30

Fuller delivery, outside off, Mendis leaves it alone.

Kusal Mendis is the new man in.

26.2W

OUT! GONE! Finally, the breakthrough is here. Afghanistan needed it badly. Short of a length and outside off, Avishka Fernando cuts on the up but straight to Ibrahim Zadran who takes a sharp catch. Avishka Fernando goes after a fine knock.

26.10

On a length and on off, Avishka Fernando blocks.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 182/0

A Fernando88 (86)

P Nissanka87 (72)

M Nabi4-0-13-0

25.61

Around off, this is pushed to covers for a single.

25.50

On off, kept out.

25.41

On middle, Nissanka tucks it to long on for a single.

25.30

Flat and on middle, Nissanka blocks.

25.21

Fuller and outside off, Avishka Fernando plays it to cover for one.

25.10

Flat and on middle, this is tucked to square leg.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 179/0

A Fernando86 (82)

P Nissanka86 (70)

F Ahmad3-0-41-0

24.61

Outside off, this is dabbed to third man for a single.

24.51

A single now as Nissanka works it to long on.

24.40

Short of a length and on off, this is punched to cover.

24.30

Angling on middle, this is tucked to mid-wicket.

24.21

Outside off, this is stroked through point for a single.

24.12

Short of a length and around off, Avishka Fernando pulls it over mid-wicket for a couple.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 174/0

A Fernando82 (79)

P Nissanka85 (67)

M Nabi3-0-10-0

23.61

Fuller and on middle, Avishka Fernando plays it to long on for a single.

23.50

Fuller and outside off, this is knocked to cover.

23.40

Tossed up on middle, Avishka Fernando lunges and blocks.

23.30

On middle, this is kept out.

23.21

Fuller and on middle, Nissanka hits it to long on for one more.

23.11

On middle, blocked out.

23.11wd

Wide! Too full and on leg, Avishka Fernando looks to sweep but misses.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 170/0

A Fernando80 (74)

P Nissanka84 (66)

A Omarzai5-0-43-0

22.61

On off, Avishka Fernando plays it to point for a single.

22.61wd

Wide! Down the leg side, Avishka Fernando leaves.

22.54

FOUR! Uses the angle. Length and on middle, Avishka Fernando pulls with the angle to fine leg for a boundary.

22.40

Fuller and outside off, this is knocked to cover.

22.31

Length and outside off, Nissanka cuts it through point for one.

22.22

Fuller and on middle, Nissanka flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

22.11

On a length and on middle, Avishka Fernando plays it to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 160/0

P Nissanka81 (64)

A Fernando74 (70)

M Nabi2-0-6-0

21.60

Tossed up on off, Nissanka keeps it out.

21.50

On middle, defended out.

21.41

Fuller and on middle and leg. Avishka Fernando tucks it to deep square leg for a single.

21.30

Too full and around off, Avishka Fernando defends.

21.20

Tossed up on middle, Avishka Fernando blocks.

21.11

This is full and on middle, this is turned to mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 158/0

A Fernando73 (67)

P Nissanka80 (61)

A Omarzai4-0-33-0

20.66

SIX! 10 runs of the over. Short in length and on  middle, Avishka Fernando pulls it high and over mid-wicket for a biggie.

20.50

A length ball on off, Avishka Fernando pushes it to cover.

20.44

FOUR! Flicked away! All of them are going for runs. This is full and on middle, Avishka Fernando whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

20.30

A length ball on middle, Avishka Fernando defends it out.

20.20

On a length and outside off, Avishka Fernando cuts it to point.

20.10

On off, this is defended out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 148/0

A Fernando63 (61)

P Nissanka80 (61)

M Nabi1-0-4-0

19.61

On middle, this is worked to long on for a single.

19.51

Flatter and on middle, Nissanka plays it to square leg for one more.

19.41

On off, this is stroked through covers for a single.

19.30

Tossed up on middle, Avishka Fernando prods and blocks.

19.21

Angling on leg, Nissanka skips down and tucks it to square leg for a single.

19.10

Tossed up on middle, blocked out.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 144/0

A Fernando61 (58)

P Nissanka78 (58)

G Naib5-0-33-0

18.64

FOUR! More runs! 14 runs off it. Length ball, outside off, Avishka Fernando punches it through point for a boundary.

18.56

SIX! Poor delivery! Fine leg was in. Naib goes short and on middle, this is pulled over square leg for a biggie.

18.41

Fuller delivery on middle, this is worked to long on for a single.

18.31

A length ball on off, Avishka Fernando drops it to cover for a single.

18.21

On middle, this is eased down to long on for a single.

18.11

Fuller and outside off, Avishka Fernando pushes it to covers for one. Fifty for the opener. He needed this innings. Need to continue now.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 130/0

P Nissanka76 (56)

A Fernando49 (54)

N Ahmad4-0-21-0

17.64

FOUR! Welcome boundary! This is full and on leg, Nissanka sweeps it fine to the fine leg fence.

17.51

Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for one.

17.42

Fuller and outside off, Avishka Fernando drives it through covers for a couple more.

17.30

Flighted, full on middle, this is played back to the bowler.

17.20

Floated on leg, Avishka Fernando helps it to short fine leg.

17.11

Sri Lanka working with singles. Full and on off, this is hit to long on for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 122/0

P Nissanka71 (54)

A Fernando46 (50)

G Naib4-0-19-0

16.61

On middle, Nissanka knocks it to long on for a single.

16.51

On middle, this is eased to long on for one.

16.40

Close to the off pole. Avishka Fernando pushes it to cover.

16.31

On middle, Nissanka nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

16.20

Touch fuller and outside off, Nissanka knocks it to cover.

16.11

A length ball on the pads, this is tucked to square leg for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 118/0

A Fernando44 (47)

P Nissanka69 (51)

N Ahmad3-0-13-0

15.61

A single to end the over as Avishka Fernando plays it to long on.

15.51

Fuller and on off, Nissanka knocks it through covers for one.

15.40

On middle, blocked out.

15.31

Flat and on off, Avishka Fernando pushes it to long off for one.

15.21

A single now as Nissanka plays it to long on.

15.11

On middle, this is eased to long off for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 113/0

P Nissanka67 (48)

A Fernando41 (44)

G Naib3-0-15-0

14.60

On off, this is blocked out.

14.51

A slower full ball on off, this is pushed to cover for one.

14.40

Short of a length and on middle, Avishka Fernando blocks.

14.31

On middle, this is eased to mid on for a single.

14.20

A length ball, outside off, Nissanka punches it to cover.

14.10

Fuller and outside off, this is driven to mid off.

Drinks! The first hour belongs to the hosts clearly. Afghanistan needed this break to get a plan. They are bowling boundary balls quite often and Sri Lanka are accepting with both hands. Afghanistan need a couple of wickets to get back in the game.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 111/0

A Fernando40 (42)

P Nissanka66 (44)

N Ahmad2-0-8-0

13.60

Fuller and on off, Avishka Fernando keeps it out.

13.51

Flat and outside off, this is cut through point for a single.

13.41

A single as Avishka Fernando plays it to long off.

13.30

A googly, full and on middle, Avishka Fernando defends again.

13.20

Flighted on middle, Avishka Fernando defends.

13.11

Too full on the pads, Nissanka flicks it to square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 108/0

P Nissanka64 (42)

A Fernando39 (38)

G Naib2-0-13-0

12.61

On middle, this is nudged to long on for a single.

12.50

On a length and on middle, blocked out.

12.42

A length ball, outside off, this is hit through covers for a couple of runs.

12.34

FOUR! Runs keep on coming. Very full and outside off, Nissanka leans and drives it through mid off for a boundary.

12.21

Outside off, this is dabbed to third man for a single.

12.11

This is full and outside off, Nissanka plays it to deep point for a single. 100 up!

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 99/0

A Fernando38 (37)

P Nissanka56 (37)

N Ahmad1-0-5-0

11.60

Tossed up on middle, Avishka Fernando prods and blocks.

11.51

On the middle, this is pushed to mid off for a single.

11.40

On off, kept out.

11.30

On middle, this is nudgedt to mid-wicket.

11.24

FOUR! SHOT! Tossed up on off, Nissanka drives it through covers, in the gap for another boundary.

11.10

Flatter and on off, this is blocked out.

Noor Ahmad to bowl now.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 94/0

A Fernando38 (36)

P Nissanka51 (32)

G Naib1-0-4-0

10.60

Short of a length and on  off, Avishka Fernando looks to swing across but misses.

10.50

On middle, this is blocked out.

10.41

Length and on off, this is knocked to point for a single.

10.32

Fifty up for Nissanka! A quick knock from the opener and a chance to convert into a big one. Outside off, this is guided through point for a couple.

10.21

Outside off, this is punched through covers for a single.

10.10

On off, this is kept out.

Powerplay 1 done! 4 fielders can be placed outside the circle now.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 90/0

P Nissanka48 (30)

A Fernando37 (32)

F Ahmad2-0-36-0

9.60

shorter and on off, Nissanka pulls it to mid-wicket. 17 runs off the over.

9.54

FOUR! Glorious. Afghanistan scratching their heads right now. Fuller and on off, this is creamed down past mid off for a boundary.

9.41

Length and outside off, Avishka Fernando punches it to deep cover for one.

9.36

SIX! Making it look like some club cricket game right now. Shorter and angling on leg, Avishka Fernando pulls it all the way over long leg for a biggie.

9.22

Outside off, Avishka Fernando cuts it through point for two more runs. This is so easy for Sri Lanka.

9.14

FOUR! Picks up the length so early, this is short and Avishka Fernando pulls it over mid on for four.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 73/0

P Nissanka44 (28)

A Fernando24 (28)

F Farooqi5-0-31-0

8.62

Length and on off, Nissanka punches it through covers for two more to end the over. 12 of this one now.

8.50

On a length and outside off, Nissanka looks to cut but misses.

8.44

FOUR! A short ball doesn't make sense when mid-wicket is in. This is outside off, it is pulled over the fielder for a boundary.

8.30

Fuller and outside off, Nissanka looks to drive but misses.

8.24

FOUR! Sri Lanka dominating the proceedings. Fuller and on off, Nissanka drives, the man at mid off dives and gets a hand but not enough to stop the boundary

8.22nb

No ball! Might have slipped over. A full toss on the body and Avishka Fernando taps it to point for one. NO BALL clearly and yet another free-hit.

8.10

On a length and on middle, Avishka Fernando blocks.

Runs Scored 19 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 61/0

P Nissanka34 (23)

A Fernando23 (26)

F Ahmad1-0-19-0

7.64

FOUR! 19 runs off the over. Very full and on middle, Nissanka drives it down past mid off for a boundary.

7.50

Outside off, this is guided straight to point.

7.42

This is full and outside off, this is knocked through covers for two more runs.

7.32

Fuller and wide of off. Nissanka slashes on the up and wide of covers for a couple more.

7.26

SIX! Hammered! 50 up! Short of a length and around off. Nissanka pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

7.21nb

On a length and outside off, Nissanka mistimes his cut back on the deck. A no ball is called as Fareed Ahmad has overstepped. Free-hit coming up...

7.14

FOUR! Change in bowling but the same result! Overpitched, outside off and NIssanka slams it through covers for a boundary.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 42/0

A Fernando23 (26)

P Nissanka16 (16)

F Farooqi4-0-19-0

6.64

FOUR! More runs! Sri Lanka are playing with the field. Too straight on middle and Avishka Fernando bunts it through mid-wicket for another boundary. 20 runs off the last two overs.

6.50

Angling on middle, Avishka Fernando defends.

6.40

Bowls it very full and wide of off, Avishka Fernando looks to drive but misses.

6.32

Outside off, this is stroked through sweeper cover for a couple.

6.20

Slants it full and on off, this is defended out.

6.14

FOUR! Third boundary in last four balls. A length ball, outside off, Avishka Fernando punches off the back foot through extra cover for four.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 32/0

P Nissanka16 (16)

A Fernando13 (20)

A Omarzai3-0-23-0

5.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

5.54

FOUR! Much more off the middle. On a length and outside off. Nissanka slaps it through covers for another boundary.

5.44

FOUR! On a length and outside off, Nissanka slogs it, goes more off the toe end but enough to clear mid-wicket and the fence.

5.32

On the pads. Nissanka turns it to square leg for a quick couple of runs.

5.20

On a length and on off, Nissanka punches it to cover.

5.10

A length ball on middle, nips away. Nissanka covers his stumps and blocks.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 22/0

A Fernando13 (20)

P Nissanka6 (10)

F Farooqi3-0-9-0

4.60

Fuller and outside off, Avishka Fernando times his drive but to cover.

4.50

Length and on off, Avishka Fernando defends.

4.44

FOUR! HIT HARD! Short in length and on middle, Avishka Fernando pulls it through square leg and it races away.

4.30

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

4.20

Fuller and wide of off. Avishka Fernando looks to drive it away but misses.

4.10

This is on a length and angling on middle, the ball stayed lower than expected. Avishka Fernando looks to pull but misses. An appeal but still height looked an issue.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 18/0

P Nissanka6 (10)

A Fernando9 (14)

A Omarzai2-0-13-0

3.60

On middle, this is defended out.

3.51

Outside off, this is edged again to third man for a single.

3.41

Fuller and outside off. Nissanka slashes but edges it to third man for a single.

3.33

THREE! On a length and outside off. Avishka Fernando strokes it through covers, the fielder dives to his right but fails to stop and they take three.

3.20

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point.

3.11

The DRS is available now. On the pads, Nissanka works it to deep square leg for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 12/0

A Fernando5 (11)

P Nissanka4 (7)

F Farooqi2-0-5-0

2.60

Fuller and around off. Avishka Fernando keeps it out.

2.50

Well bowled. Short in length and tails in around off. Avishka Fernando pulls across but misses and it goes over the stumps.

2.40

A length ball, outside off, Avishka Fernando has a poke at it but misses.

2.31

Slants it full and on middle, this is eased to mid on. A direct hit but Nissanka was well in.

2.20

On  middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

2.10

This is full and wide of off. Nissanka knocks it to mid off.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 11/0

A Fernando5 (8)

P Nissanka3 (4)

A Omarzai1-0-7-0

1.60

On a length and close to off. Avishka Fernando solidly defends it out.

1.50

Length ball on off, Avishka Fernando blocks.

1.40

Outside off, this is driven to covers.

1.34

FOUR! FIrst boundary! Short of a length and outside off. Avishka Fernando on the up and through point for a boundary.

1.21

Fuller ball, outside off, Nissanka is early to his drive and inside edges it to fine leg for one.

1.21wd

Wide! Spills it across the batter again, down leg and a wide is called.

1.21wd

Wide! Angles it down the leg side, it lands and then swings. Nissanka looks to flick but misses.

1.10

Length and on middle, this is tucked to mid-wicket.

Azmatullah Omarzai to bowl from the other end. The DRS is not available at the moment.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 4/0

A Fernando1 (4)

P Nissanka2 (2)

F Farooqi1-0-4-0

0.60

A length ball, outside off, Avishka Fernando punches it to cover.

0.50

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

0.41

Angles it on a length and on middle, Nissanka nudges it to square leg for a single.

0.31

On a length and around off, Avishka Fernando drives it to left of mid off for a single.

0.31wd

Wide! No swing this time and it goes down the leg side. Avishka Fernando misses his flick.

0.20

Very full and outside off, Avishka Fernando drives it to mid off.

0.11

Starts with a full ball, outside off and shapes in. Nissanka mistimes his drive to square leg for a single. The throw from the fielder is not gathered by the back up fielder but the other fielder behind him does well to dive and stop.

Time for the national anthems. It will be of the visitors first followed by that of the hosts. All done! Time for action. The players are out in the middle. Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando to open for the Lankans. Fazalhaq Farooqi to bowl first. Here we go...

Sri Lanka (PLAYING XI) - Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (C/WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Janith Liyanage, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Pramod Madushan.

Afghanistan (PLAYING XI) - Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Ikram Alikhil (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad.

TOSS - Afghanistan have won the toss and will BOWL first.

Afghanistan on the other hand will be without Rashid Khan but are bolstered with a lot of familiar faces back in the squad. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad or Noor Ahmad could come in really handy. The pitch in the Asian continents tends to help the spinners more so the toss will be very crucial for both the teams. Stay tuned for the updates.

Hello and welcome to the first ODI between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. After the only test, it is time for the white-ball series to take place and both Asian sides will be keen to make the most of the series. A flurry of changes will be seen in this series. The hosts will be keen to make the most of the home conditions. The likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana are back with Kusal Mendis leading the troop. They are certainly the favourites with their bowling frowns.

...MATCH DAY...

The Afghanistan cricket team is all set for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The hosts emerged victorious in the only test match and with this ODI both teams will fight hard with the white ball. The first ODI will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka have been dominant in the last 5 ODI matches against Afghanistan winning three of them. They also clinched a series victory against Zimbabwe in the same format. They will want to keep their dominance and use the home conditions to the fullest. Afghanistan, on the other hand will be playing their first ODI series after the 2023 ODI World Cup. They have been playing the T20I format since then and recently concluded a series against India in similar conditions. Hashmatullah Shahidi will be leading the squad with Rahmat Shah as his deputy. They will have the services of their superstars like Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Ibrahim Zadran, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman among others. They need the early win to gain confidence and will want to win the white ball series which will consist of ODI's and T20I's. The three-match ODI series will be a great opportunity for them to bounce back after their last 2 losses in the World Cup. Which team are you supporting?