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

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2nd ODI, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, 11 Feb, 2024

Sri Lanka

SL

308/6

(50.0) overs

Afghanistan

AFG

153/10

(33.5) overs

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 155 runs

Player Of The Match

Charith Asalanka,
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Summary
Scorecard
Commentary
News
Afghanistan
Sri Lanka

Commentary

That's it from this game then. The series is done and dusted but there is still a game to go. Afghanistan will look to avoid the whitewash whereas, Sri Lanka will look to make it 3-0. That game will be played on 14th this month. It will begin at 1430 IST (0900 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!

Hashmatullah Shahidi says losing is not good and he is not happy. Adds the middle order did not do well and fielding was also poor and that is what dost them. Ends by saying the bowling and the fielding needs to improve and they need to be a lot more disciplined.

Charith Asalanka, MAN OF THE MATCH, says he is happy with how he played. Adds he was looking at 270 but Janith Liyanage batted really well and made 300 possible. Mentions he tried for the ton but couldn't get there.

... PRESENTATION TIME ...

For Lanka, barring the initial few overs, they were really good. Fernando was excellent and so was Hasaranga. Theekshana was also decent and Madhushanka came back strongly towards the end. It was a combined bowling effort by the hosts to seal the series.

A convincing win and Lanka have sealed the series with a game to go. Another Afghanistan collapse in this tour. It happened in the Test and now here. They were going along well when Shah and Zadran were batting, once that stand was broken, it all fell apart. They slipped from 143 for 2 to 155 all out. The middle order just did not step up and in the end, the margin of defeat is a massive one.

33.5W

OUT! LBW! Hasaranga has 4. Lanka win by 155 runs. This lands on off and spins back in. Naib looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appea and the finger is raised.

33.40

Amother dot! On the stumps, kept out.

33.30

On the stumps. This is worked to mid-wicket.

33.20

On middle, defended.

33.10

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 153/9

F Farooqi0 (3)

G Naib0 (2)

D Madushanka7-1-28-2

32.60

On middle, blocked.

32.50

Around off, Farooqi looks to cut but misses.

32.40

On middle, this is jammed out.

32.3W

OUT! TWO IN TWO FOR Madushanka. This is full and on middle. Ahmad looks to jam it but out misses and gets hit on the pad. That was plumb.

32.2W

OUT! NUMBER 8 DOWN! Fuller and on middle, this is lifted down the ground but the fielder at long on takes it. Lanka two wickets away now.

32.10

A bumper on middle. Ducked under.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 153/7

Q Ahmad1 (2)

G Naib0 (2)

W Hasaranga6-0-27-3

31.61

A single as this is pushed past cover.

31.50

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

31.4W

OUT! RUN OUT! It is all falling apart. Ikram Alikhil falls. Outside off, this is guided towards point and they take off. The fielder fires it to the keeper who whips the bails off. Alikhil is well short.

31.30

Om off, kept out.

31.2W

Another one bites the dust? The umpire has given it out but Nabi reviews.

31.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 152/5

I Alikhil4 (1)

M Nabi1 (2)

P Madushan6-0-37-1

30.64

FOUR! Off the mark in style. Short and wide outside off, this is flayed over point and it races away.

30.5W

OUT! TIMBER! They are falling like a pack of cards now. The centurion from the last name walks back and this is now going to be an uphill task for the visitors. On middle, Omarzai swings but misses and it hits the stumps.

30.41

Takes one as this is pulled through square leg.

30.31

A single as this is punched through covers.

30.20

On off, kept out.

30.10

Short and on middle, ducked under.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 146/4

M Nabi0 (1)

A Omarzai2 (2)

W Hasaranga5-0-26-2

29.60

Around off, kept out.

Commentary

Afghanistan began well with the ball but in the middle overs, the likes of Naib and the two wrist spinners weren't up to the mark. They leaked runs and allowed all the early pressure to be released. The visitors did not finish well too as they gave a lot of runs towards the end. Still though, they managed to score a lot more than what they are chasing today in the first game but it will be interesting to see how the wicket plays. Lanka on the other hand, will back themselves to defend this. Join us for the chase in a bit.

A really good recovery from Lanka and they will be very pleased with where they are in the game. They lost their openers early but Sadeera and Mendis steadied the ship. They both laid the platform with an excellent stand but the two fell in quick successions. It was then the Asalanka show. He got good support from Janith Liyanage first and then Hasaranga. He finished three short of a ton but his innings has taken Lanka to a superb total.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 308/6

W Hasaranga14 (13)

C Asalanka97 (74)

A Omarzai10-0-56-3

49.6W

OUT! TAKEN! A wicket on the last ball and that's the end of the innings. Fuller and on middle, this is lifted down towards long on and the fielde hands on. Lanka end with 308!

49.51

Gets off strike. He needs an extra if he needs a chance to get to a ton. On off, this is hit hard but to cover.

49.44

FOUR! Asalanka moves onto 96. Shorter and on middle, he pulls but it goes off the top edge, over the keeper and down to the fine leg fence.

49.34

FOUR! Up and over. On off, this is lifted over mid off for a boundary.

49.20

Dots are gold! Outside off, slower. Asalanka looks to cut but misses.

49.12

Only two from the Free Hit. Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg. Two taken.

49.11nb

A no ball. Full toss outside off, Omarzai looks to put bat on ball but misses.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 296/5

W Hasaranga14 (12)

C Asalanka86 (68)

F Farooqi10-1-55-1

48.64

FOUR! Nice played! Fuller and on middle, this is hammered down the ground and to the long on fence.

48.50

Outside off, shorter. Hasaranga looks to cut but misses.

48.41

Just the one again! Fuller and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.

48.31

Fuller and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

48.20

BEATEN! A slower one outside off, Hasaranga looks to go over cover but misses.

48.11

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

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 289/5

C Asalanka84 (66)

W Hasaranga9 (8)

A Omarzai9-0-44-2

47.61

Around off, this is hit down to long off for one.

47.61wd

WIDE! Way too short. Wided.

47.52

Short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg. Two taken.

47.41

Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.

47.31lb

That is short and on the pads. Asalanka looks to pull but misses. This hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

47.20

Slower one outside off, Asalanka looks to cut but misses.

47.16

SIX! Over the fence. Short and on middle, this is pulled over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 277/5

C Asalanka75 (61)

W Hasaranga8 (7)

N Ahmad8-0-54-1

46.61

On the pads, Asalanka works it around the corner for one.

46.51

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

46.40

Around off, spins away. Hasaranga looks to cut but is beaten.

46.31

A single as this is pulled through square leg for one.

46.24

FOUR! Finds the gap. Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.

46.11

On off, this is lifted over cover for one.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 269/5

C Asalanka69 (58)

W Hasaranga6 (4)

F Farooqi9-1-48-1

45.62

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for two.

45.61wd

WIDE! Outside off, left alone.

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

c K Mendis b A Fernando

8 20 1 0 40
I Zadran

c K Mendis b A Fernando

54 76 6 0 71.05
R Shah

lbw b W Hasaranga

63 69 7 0 91.30
H Shahidi

b W Hasaranga

9 12 1 0 75
A Omarzai

b P Madushan

3 6 0 0 50
M Nabi

lbw b W Hasaranga

1 4 0 0 25
I Alikhil

run out (P Madushan / K Mendis)

4 1 1 0 400
G Naib

lbw b W Hasaranga

0 7 0 0 0
Q Ahmad

c P Nissanka b D Madushanka

1 4 0 0 25
N Ahmad

lbw b D Madushanka

0 1 0 0 0
F Farooqi

not out

0 3 0 0 0
Extras

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

10
Total 33.5 (RR: 4.52)
153/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(R Gurbaz, 6.1 ov) (I Zadran, 26.2 ov) (R Shah, 29.1 ov) (H Shahidi, 29.5 ov) (A Omarzai, 30.5 ov) (M Nabi, 31.2 ov) (I Alikhil, 31.4 ov) (Q Ahmad, 32.2 ov) (N Ahmad, 32.3 ov) (G Naib, 33.5 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
D Madushanka
7 1 28 2 4.00
P Madushan
6 0 37 1 6.16
A Fernando
6 0 23 2 3.83
M Theekshana
6 0 25 0 4.16
J Liyanage
2 0 13 0 6.50
W Hasaranga
6.5 0 27 4 3.95
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Nissanka

lbw b A Omarzai

18 17 3 0 105.88
A Fernando

c G Naib b F Farooqi

5 23 0 0 21.73
K Mendis

c R Gurbaz b A Omarzai

61 65 6 1 93.84
S Samarawickrama

c M Nabi b Q Ahmad

52 61 3 0 85.24
C Asalanka

not out

97 74 9 2 131.08
J Liyanage

c R Shah b N Ahmad

50 48 2 2 104.16
W Hasaranga

c I Zadran b A Omarzai

14 13 2 0 107.69
Extras

(b 0,lb 2,w 8,nb 1,Penalty 0)

11
Total 50.0 (RR: 6.16)
308/6

Did not bat: M Theekshana, D Madushanka, A Fernando, P Madushan

Fall of wickets:

(P Nissanka, 4 ov) (A Fernando, 8.3 ov) (S Samarawickrama, 27.2 ov) (K Mendis, 28.3 ov) (J Liyanage, 44.5 ov) (W Hasaranga, 50 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
F Farooqi
10 1 55 1 5.50
A Omarzai
10 0 56 3 5.60
M Nabi
10 0 38 0 3.80
G Naib
5 0 48 0 9.60
N Ahmad
8 0 54 1 6.75
Q Ahmad
7 0 55 1 7.85
Afghanistan
Sri Lanka

Commentary

That's it from this game then. The series is done and dusted but there is still a game to go. Afghanistan will look to avoid the whitewash whereas, Sri Lanka will look to make it 3-0. That game will be played on 14th this month. It will begin at 1430 IST (0900 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!

Hashmatullah Shahidi says losing is not good and he is not happy. Adds the middle order did not do well and fielding was also poor and that is what dost them. Ends by saying the bowling and the fielding needs to improve and they need to be a lot more disciplined.

Charith Asalanka, MAN OF THE MATCH, says he is happy with how he played. Adds he was looking at 270 but Janith Liyanage batted really well and made 300 possible. Mentions he tried for the ton but couldn't get there.

... PRESENTATION TIME ...

For Lanka, barring the initial few overs, they were really good. Fernando was excellent and so was Hasaranga. Theekshana was also decent and Madhushanka came back strongly towards the end. It was a combined bowling effort by the hosts to seal the series.

A convincing win and Lanka have sealed the series with a game to go. Another Afghanistan collapse in this tour. It happened in the Test and now here. They were going along well when Shah and Zadran were batting, once that stand was broken, it all fell apart. They slipped from 143 for 2 to 155 all out. The middle order just did not step up and in the end, the margin of defeat is a massive one.

33.5W

OUT! LBW! Hasaranga has 4. Lanka win by 155 runs. This lands on off and spins back in. Naib looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appea and the finger is raised.

33.40

Amother dot! On the stumps, kept out.

33.30

On the stumps. This is worked to mid-wicket.

33.20

On middle, defended.

33.10

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 153/9

F Farooqi0 (3)

G Naib0 (2)

D Madushanka7-1-28-2

32.60

On middle, blocked.

32.50

Around off, Farooqi looks to cut but misses.

32.40

On middle, this is jammed out.

32.3W

OUT! TWO IN TWO FOR Madushanka. This is full and on middle. Ahmad looks to jam it but out misses and gets hit on the pad. That was plumb.

32.2W

OUT! NUMBER 8 DOWN! Fuller and on middle, this is lifted down the ground but the fielder at long on takes it. Lanka two wickets away now.

32.10

A bumper on middle. Ducked under.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 153/7

Q Ahmad1 (2)

G Naib0 (2)

W Hasaranga6-0-27-3

31.61

A single as this is pushed past cover.

31.50

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

31.4W

OUT! RUN OUT! It is all falling apart. Ikram Alikhil falls. Outside off, this is guided towards point and they take off. The fielder fires it to the keeper who whips the bails off. Alikhil is well short.

31.30

Om off, kept out.

31.2W

Another one bites the dust? The umpire has given it out but Nabi reviews.

31.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 152/5

I Alikhil4 (1)

M Nabi1 (2)

P Madushan6-0-37-1

30.64

FOUR! Off the mark in style. Short and wide outside off, this is flayed over point and it races away.

30.5W

OUT! TIMBER! They are falling like a pack of cards now. The centurion from the last name walks back and this is now going to be an uphill task for the visitors. On middle, Omarzai swings but misses and it hits the stumps.

30.41

Takes one as this is pulled through square leg.

30.31

A single as this is punched through covers.

30.20

On off, kept out.

30.10

Short and on middle, ducked under.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 146/4

M Nabi0 (1)

A Omarzai2 (2)

W Hasaranga5-0-26-2

29.60

Around off, kept out.

29.5W

OUT! TIMBER! Now Shahidi falls. Needless shot, especially when you just lost a wicket. Steps out but does not get to the pitch of it. Swings but this one turns back in and hits the stumps.

29.41

Omarzai takes one as he pushes it to mid off.

29.31

Amother single as this is pushed down to long off.

29.21

On off this ks pushed down to long off for one.

29.1W

OUT! The well set Shah is gone and Afghanistan right on the back foot now. On middle, he looks to play the paddle scoop but misses to get hit on the pad. An appeal and up goes the finger. Review taken but in vain.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 143/2

H Shahidi8 (10)

R Shah63 (68)

P Madushan5-0-31-0

28.62

Two! On middle, this is worked through square leg for two.

28.61wd

WIDE! Bangs it short again. Way too short and Wided.

28.50

A good short one. Left alone.

28.41

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed to mid on for one.

28.34

FOUR! Tossed up on middle, this is lifted over long on for a boundary.

28.20

On the off pole. Blocked.

28.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 135/2

H Shahidi6 (8)

R Shah58 (64)

M Theekshana6-0-25-0

27.60

On middle, kept out.

27.54

FOUR! Cut away. Outside off, this is guided past point and it races away to the fence.

27.40

Around off, kept out.

27.31

Fuller and on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

27.21

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

27.10

Turn! On off, this lands and spins away. Goes past the outside edge as Shahidi pushes at it.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 129/2

R Shah57 (63)

H Shahidi1 (3)

A Fernando6-0-23-2

26.60

Dot to end! On off, kept out.

26.51

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled past mid-wicket for one.

26.40

Around off, this is guided to point.

26.30

Around off, kept out.

26.2W

OUT! TAKEN! Fernando does it again. He provides the breakthrough for his side. Much needed. Short and down the leg side. Zadran looks to pull but this goes off the glove and it is taken by the keeper. Not a great delivery but gets the wicket.

26.10

Around off, length. This is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 128/1

I Zadran54 (74)

R Shah57 (62)

M Theekshana5-0-19-0

25.61

A single to end! On middle, this is worked through square leg. End of a really good over for Afghanistan.

25.50

Arojnd off, kept out.

25.41

A single now as this is punched past cover.

25.30

Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

25.24

FOUR! Uses the pace nicely! Outside off. Shah goes back and plays it past point. This speeds away to the fence.

25.10

Outside off, Shah looks to cut but no connection.

25.11wd

WIDE! Yet another one down the leg side. Wided.

25.11wd

WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 120/1

I Zadran53 (72)

R Shah52 (58)

A Fernando5-0-22-1

24.62

Two more! On off, this is punched past cover again. Two taken.

24.52

Two! Fuller and on off, this is drive through covers for two.

24.40

Around off, kept out.

24.31

Outside off, this is punched through covers for one.

24.21

On off, shortish, this is pushed past cover for one.

24.11

Around off, this is pushed past cover for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 113/1

R Shah50 (56)

I Zadran48 (68)

W Hasaranga4-0-23-0

23.61

On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

23.50

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to cover.

23.44

FOUR! Nicely played! On middle, this is swept through square leg and the ball races away to the fence.

23.30

On middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.

23.22

Nice placement! On middle, this is worked wide of long on for two.

23.10

Om the pads. Shah sweeps but to short fine leg.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 106/1

R Shah43 (50)

I Zadran48 (68)

D Madushanka6-0-28-0

22.61

A single to end! On off, this is pushed to mid off for one.

22.51

just another one. Outside off, this is pushed towards deep cover for one.

22.41

Lands safe! Short and on middle. Shah looks to pull, it goes off the splice over mid-wicket for one.

22.31

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

22.21

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one.

22.10

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 101/1

I Zadran46 (66)

R Shah40 (46)

W Hasaranga3-0-16-0

21.60

On middle, kept out.

21.50

Shortish and on off, this is pushed to cover.

21.41

Amother single as this is chopped on the off side.

21.31

Outside off, this is pushed to cover for one.

21.21

On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

21.10

Outside off. Shah looks to play the reverse sweep but misses.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 98/1

R Shah38 (43)

I Zadran45 (63)

D Madushanka5-0-23-0

20.61

A single to end! Shorter and outside off. Shah plays it past cover for one.

20.50

This stays low. A slower one outside off. Shah looks to drive but is beaten.

20.44

FOUR! That is very nicely played. Short and on middle, this is pulled hard through square leg and it races away to the fence. Top shot. Runs flowing now.

20.31

Around off. Zadran looks to drive but this goes off the inner half towards fine leg for one.

20.20

Makes room. This is fuller and outside off. Zadran looks to go big but misses.

20.10

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 92/1

I Zadran44 (60)

R Shah33 (40)

W Hasaranga2-0-13-0

19.61

A single now as this is pushed down to long on.

19.54

FOUR! Put away! Bangs it in short and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket. Anither boundary.

19.41

Flatter and on off, this is played to long off for one.

19.30

On middle, kept out.

19.21

Shorter and outside off, this is pushed past cover for one more.

19.11

On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 84/1

I Zadran38 (57)

R Shah31 (37)

D Madushanka4-0-17-0

18.60

On off, this is pushed to cover.

18.51

Bangs it in short and on middle, this is pulled towards deep square leg for one.

18.40

Another dot! On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

18.30

On middle, this is flicked but to mid-wicket.

18.21

Full and on the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

18.11

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 81/1

R Shah29 (33)

I Zadran37 (55)

W Hasaranga1-0-5-0

17.61

Amother single to end! On off, this is punched through covers.

17.51

Outside off, this is pushed past cover for one.

17.40

Around off, kept out.

17.31

Fuller and on off, this is pushed back to the bowler.

17.20

Half an appeal but nothing done. The googly, it lands outside off and spins back in. Shah looks to push it on the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

17.12

A loosener to begin with! On middle, this is pushed down to long on for two.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 76/1

I Zadran36 (53)

R Shah25 (29)

J Liyanage2-0-13-0

16.60

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

16.50

On the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

16.42

Two now! Around off, this is guided past point. Two taken.

16.34

FOUR! Finds the fence. That will release the pressure a little. On off, this is punched last mid off and this races away to the fence.

16.20

Arojnd off, this is guided to point. Pressure building on Zadran.

16.11

On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 69/1

I Zadran30 (48)

R Shah24 (28)

M Theekshana4-0-11-0

15.60

Amother dot! Pressure building. On middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket.

15.50

On middle, this is worked to mid on.

15.41

On off, this is pushed towards cover. Shah calls for one and takes it.

15.31

Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.

15.20

On off, kept out.

15.10

Fuller and on off, this is driven to covers.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 67/1

R Shah23 (27)

I Zadran29 (43)

J Liyanage1-0-6-0

14.60

A dot to end! Good comeback after going for a boundary. On middle, kept out.

14.51

On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

14.40

Around off, defended.

14.31

Shorter and outside off, this is pushed through cover for one.

14.20

Around off, blocked.

14.14

FOUR! A gentle loosener. On middle, fuller and on the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket. This races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 61/1

I Zadran28 (41)

R Shah18 (23)

M Theekshana3-0-9-0

13.60

On off; this is played to silly mid on.

13.51

Around off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

13.41

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

13.30

On middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.

13.20

Fuller and on middle, Zadran looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

13.11

On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 58/1

R Shah16 (21)

I Zadran27 (37)

A Fernando4-0-15-1

12.61

Fernando continues to keep it tight. On middle, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.

12.51

A single as this is worked through square leg.

12.40

Around off, kept out.

12.32

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for two.

12.20

Back of a length and on middle, defended.

12.10

That was quick! A short one on middle. Ibrahim Zadran looks to evade it but gets hit on the helmet.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 54/1

R Shah15 (20)

I Zadran24 (32)

M Theekshana2-0-6-0

11.60

A loud shout and the finger is raised. That seems out. A review but it seems more in hope. NOT OUT! It is going down leg, That comes as a shock! Tossed up around off, this lands and spins back in. Rahmat Shah looks to play the slog sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. That is turning too much.

11.50

On middle, this is played back to the bowler.

11.41

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

11.30

Around off, blocked.

11.21

Outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.

11.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 52/1

R Shah14 (16)

I Zadran23 (30)

A Fernando3-0-11-1

10.61

Around off, defended.

10.51

Around off, this is pushed past cover for one.

10.41

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

10.30

Another dot! On off, defended.

10.20

Around off, this shapes away. Shah is beaten as he tries to defend.

10.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 49/1

I Zadran22 (29)

R Shah12 (11)

M Theekshana1-0-4-0

9.64

FOUR! Welcome boundary. Things were getting quiet. Outside off this is pushed past cover. This races away.

9.50

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

9.40

Amother dot! On middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.

9.30

Flatter and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

9.20

Around off, kept out. Dots building.

9.10

Tossed up on off, defended.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 45/1

R Shah12 (11)

I Zadran18 (23)

A Fernando2-0-8-1

8.60

Really good over! On off, this is pushed to mid off.

8.50

Another dot! Outside off, left alone.

8.40

Beaten! Around off, on a length. The batter looks to dented but is beaten.

8.31

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for one.

8.20

On off, this is guided to point.

8.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 44/1

R Shah12 (8)

I Zadran17 (20)

P Madushan4-0-23-0

7.60

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

7.51

Zadran takes one now as he pushes it towards mid on.

7.41

A single now as this is pushed towards cover.

7.30

Around off, defended.

7.24

FOUR! Lovely timing! Around off, Shah just times it past cover. Lovely. Just used the pace of the bowler.

7.10

On middle, Shah looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 38/1

I Zadran16 (19)

R Shah7 (3)

A Fernando1-0-7-1

6.60

Fuller and outside off. Zadran looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

6.50

Outside off, left alone.

6.41

Around off, defended.

6.32

Two more! On middle, this is worked through square leg for two.

6.24

FOUR! A boundary to get off the mark. Around off, on a length. Shah looks to defend, this goes off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.

6.1W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! That is a brilliant catch. Gurbaz falls and the good start has ended for the visitors. Around off, good length, Gurbaz looks to defend but this moves away. This goes off the outside edge to the right of the keeper who dives and takes it.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 31/0

I Zadran16 (17)

R Gurbaz8 (19)

P Madushan3-0-17-0

5.60

Another dot to end! On off, kept out.

5.50

On off, kept out.

5.40

Outside off, left alone.

5.34

FOUR! Easy! Full and on the pads. This is flicked through mid-wicket. This races away.

5.20

Around off, kept out.

5.10

Around off, swinging away. Zadran looks to push at it but is beaten.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 27/0

I Zadran12 (11)

R Gurbaz8 (19)

D Madushanka3-0-14-0

4.61

A single to end another good over for Afghanistan. On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

4.50

Around off, this is guided to point.

4.40

Drags his length back. Defended.

4.34

FOUR! That is a gift! Full and outside off, this is driven through covers and it races away to the fence. Good placement. This is turning out to be another good over.

4.20

Around off and angling away. Left alone.

4.25wd

FIVE WIDES! Bonus runs! Full and swinging down the leg side. Zadran looks to flick but misses. The keeper had no chance. Boundary results.

4.21wd

WIDE! Looks to go full but down the leg side. Wided.

4.10

On the pads. Zadran looks to flick but then looks to leave it. It hits the pad and goes down to fine leg. They take two but since a shot was not offered. Dead ball.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 16/0

I Zadran7 (5)

R Gurbaz8 (19)

P Madushan2-0-13-0

3.61

A single to end a good over then for Afghanistan. Around off, this is guided down to third man for one.

3.54

FOUR! Nice played! Length and on off, Zadran stands tall and pushes it past cover for a boundary.

3.41

He had to hit that! On middle, Gurbaz works it through square leg for one.

3.32

Finds the gap! Fuller and around off, this is driven through covers for two.

3.24

FOUR! Nicely played in the end and that is the first boundary! He makes room and Gurbaz is followed. This is worked through square leg and this races away to the fence.

3.10

Beaty! Length and around off, this shapes away. Gurbaz is beaten as he tries to defend.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 4/0

R Gurbaz1 (15)

I Zadran2 (3)

D Madushanka2-0-3-0

2.61

Gurbaz is off the mark! On the pads, this is worked to square leg. A misfield and a run is taken.

2.50

Another dot! On off, this is guided to point.

2.40

Gurbaz is yet not off the mark! On off, this is guided to point.

2.30

Around off, kept out.

2.21

On off. This is pushed to mid off for one.

2.10

Fuller and on off, not a lot of movement. This is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 2/0

R Gurbaz0 (11)

I Zadran1 (1)

P Madushan1-0-1-0

1.60

Around off, defended. Good from the hosts to begin with.

1.50

A loud shout but not given and the review has been taken. Gurbaz was quite down the wicket. Not out! Not a good review to be honest. Just never looked out. It is going over and Lanka lose a review. On the pads, Gurbaz looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.

1.40

Another one swinging away, left alone as it is outside off.

1.30

Around off, blocked.

1.20

Lovely away movement. Outside off, left alone.

1.11

First run off the bat! Good length and on off, Zadran looks to defend, it goes off the inner half towards the leg side for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

R Gurbaz0 (6)

I Zadran0 (0)

D Madushanka1-0-1-0

0.60

A dot to end. Tidy first over by Madushanka. On middle, this is kept out.

0.50

On off, a solid defensive stroke.

0.40

On off, kept out.

0.30

Around off, this is guided to point.

0.20

Beaut'! Length and around off, this lands and moves away. Gurbaz is beaten as he tries to defend.

0.10

Around off, defended.

0.11wd

Afghanistan are underway. Shorter and well wide outside off. Wided.

... RUN CHASE ...

Commentary

Afghanistan began well with the ball but in the middle overs, the likes of Naib and the two wrist spinners weren't up to the mark. They leaked runs and allowed all the early pressure to be released. The visitors did not finish well too as they gave a lot of runs towards the end. Still though, they managed to score a lot more than what they are chasing today in the first game but it will be interesting to see how the wicket plays. Lanka on the other hand, will back themselves to defend this. Join us for the chase in a bit.

A really good recovery from Lanka and they will be very pleased with where they are in the game. They lost their openers early but Sadeera and Mendis steadied the ship. They both laid the platform with an excellent stand but the two fell in quick successions. It was then the Asalanka show. He got good support from Janith Liyanage first and then Hasaranga. He finished three short of a ton but his innings has taken Lanka to a superb total.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 308/6

W Hasaranga14 (13)

C Asalanka97 (74)

A Omarzai10-0-56-3

49.6W

OUT! TAKEN! A wicket on the last ball and that's the end of the innings. Fuller and on middle, this is lifted down towards long on and the fielde hands on. Lanka end with 308!

49.51

Gets off strike. He needs an extra if he needs a chance to get to a ton. On off, this is hit hard but to cover.

49.44

FOUR! Asalanka moves onto 96. Shorter and on middle, he pulls but it goes off the top edge, over the keeper and down to the fine leg fence.

49.34

FOUR! Up and over. On off, this is lifted over mid off for a boundary.

49.20

Dots are gold! Outside off, slower. Asalanka looks to cut but misses.

49.12

Only two from the Free Hit. Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg. Two taken.

49.11nb

A no ball. Full toss outside off, Omarzai looks to put bat on ball but misses.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 296/5

W Hasaranga14 (12)

C Asalanka86 (68)

F Farooqi10-1-55-1

48.64

FOUR! Nice played! Fuller and on middle, this is hammered down the ground and to the long on fence.

48.50

Outside off, shorter. Hasaranga looks to cut but misses.

48.41

Just the one again! Fuller and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.

48.31

Fuller and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

48.20

BEATEN! A slower one outside off, Hasaranga looks to go over cover but misses.

48.11

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

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 289/5

C Asalanka84 (66)

W Hasaranga9 (8)

A Omarzai9-0-44-2

47.61

Around off, this is hit down to long off for one.

47.61wd

WIDE! Way too short. Wided.

47.52

Short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg. Two taken.

47.41

Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.

47.31lb

That is short and on the pads. Asalanka looks to pull but misses. This hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

47.20

Slower one outside off, Asalanka looks to cut but misses.

47.16

SIX! Over the fence. Short and on middle, this is pulled over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 277/5

C Asalanka75 (61)

W Hasaranga8 (7)

N Ahmad8-0-54-1

46.61

On the pads, Asalanka works it around the corner for one.

46.51

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

46.40

Around off, spins away. Hasaranga looks to cut but is beaten.

46.31

A single as this is pulled through square leg for one.

46.24

FOUR! Finds the gap. Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.

46.11

On off, this is lifted over cover for one.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 269/5

C Asalanka69 (58)

W Hasaranga6 (4)

F Farooqi9-1-48-1

45.62

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for two.

45.61wd

WIDE! Outside off, left alone.

45.52

Two more. Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for two.

45.40

Outside off, the batter looks to cut but misses.

45.31

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

45.24

FOUR! Up and over! Tossed up on off, this is lifted over cover for a boundary.

45.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 259/5

W Hasaranga1 (1)

C Asalanka65 (55)

N Ahmad7-0-46-1

44.61

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for one.

44.5W

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! On middle, he looks to go big again. Out comes the slog sweep but this goes up in the air towards deep mid-wicket and it is taken. Welcome wicket. Wickets will stem the run flow.

44.46

SIX! Over the fence. On middle, the slog sweep is out. It clears the mid-wicket fence.

44.30

Around off, kept out.

44.21

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

44.11

A single as this is worked towards mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 250/4

C Asalanka64 (54)

J Liyanage43 (44)

G Naib5-0-48-0

43.64

FOUR! Up and over! Outside off, this is lifted over cover for a boundary.

43.51

On middle, this is tucked on the leg side for one.

43.41

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

43.41wd

WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided.

43.36

SIX! All the way. On middle, this is lifted over long on and it goes all the way.

43.22

Two more! On off, this is guided past point. Two taken.

43.12

Two! On middle, this is worked on the leg side for two.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 233/4

C Asalanka49 (49)

J Liyanage42 (43)

N Ahmad6-0-37-0

42.61

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

42.51

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

42.40

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

42.30

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

42.24

FOUR! Driven away! Fuller and outside off, this is hit past cover for a boundary. Nicely played. Runs flowing now.

42.11

Around off, this is guided through point for one.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 226/4

C Asalanka47 (47)

J Liyanage37 (39)

G Naib4-0-31-0

41.61

On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

41.52

Two more! On off, this is pushed wide of mid off. Two taken.

41.44

FOUR! Cut away. Too short and wide outside off, this is flayed past point. Another boundary results.

41.30

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

41.21

Around off, blocked.

41.11

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 217/4

J Liyanage36 (38)

C Asalanka39 (42)

N Ahmad5-0-30-0

40.60

Outside off, Janith slashes but misses.

40.51

On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

40.42

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for two.

40.31

A single now as this is pushed through covers.

40.20

On off, this is guided to point.

40.11

Shorter and around off, this is guided down to short third man for one.

Time for the third Powerplay!

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 212/4

J Liyanage35 (35)

C Asalanka35 (39)

Q Ahmad7-0-55-1

39.66

SIX! Janith Liyanage on the charge. Steps out. He makes it into a full toss and lifts it over the long on fence. That is a massive over and Lanka will hope this gets them going.

39.51

A single as this is nudged on the leg side for one.

39.44

FOUR! Up and over! Tossed up around off, this is lifted over cover and it races away.

39.31

Around off, this is punched past cover for one.

39.22

200 up for Lanka. On off, this is pushed wide of cover for two.

39.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 198/4

J Liyanage26 (31)

C Asalanka30 (37)

N Ahmad4-0-25-0

38.61

Around off, this is guided through point for one.

38.50

Outside off, Liyanage looks to cut but is beaten.

38.41

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

38.30

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

38.20

On middle, defended.

38.11

Outside off, this is guided past point.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 195/4

J Liyanage24 (28)

C Asalanka29 (34)

Q Ahmad6-0-41-1

37.61

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

37.51

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

37.41

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

37.41wd

WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided.

37.31

Shorter and on off, this is punched through covers for one.

37.21

On middle, this is swept past square leg for one.

37.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 189/4

C Asalanka27 (32)

J Liyanage21 (24)

F Farooqi8-1-38-1

36.62

Fuller and on off, Charith pushes it past cover for two.

36.54

FOUR! Cut away. Short and outside off, this is guided past point and it races away to the fence.

36.41

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

36.31

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

36.24

FOUR! Away from the fielder. On middle, this is pulled wide of deep square leg. Boundary.

36.11

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 176/4

C Asalanka16 (28)

J Liyanage19 (22)

M Nabi10-0-38-0

35.60

Outside off, this is guided to point.

35.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

35.40

Around off, blocked.

35.31

A single as this is worked through square leg.

35.20

On middle, kept out.

35.10

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 175/4

J Liyanage18 (19)

C Asalanka16 (25)

F Farooqi7-1-25-1

34.61

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

34.50

Around off, kept out.

34.42

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for two.

34.31

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

34.20

On off,  blocked.

34.10

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 171/4

J Liyanage15 (16)

C Asalanka15 (22)

M Nabi9-0-37-0

33.60

On middle, defended.

33.51

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

33.40

Around off, blocked.

33.31

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

33.31wd

WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided.

33.21

Around off, this is cut towards point. Qais dives to his right and saves three for his side.

33.11

Outside off, this is guided to point.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 166/4

C Asalanka13 (19)

J Liyanage13 (13)

Q Ahmad5-0-35-1

32.60

Around off, kept our.

32.51

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one.

32.43

Three! Outside off, this is cut past point. They take three. The batter collides with the keeper and both are in a little bit of pain. The physio is out.

32.30

Around off, kept out.

32.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

32.11

Fuller and on the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 161/4

J Liyanage11 (11)

C Asalanka10 (15)

M Nabi8-0-32-0

31.61

Outside off, this is guided past point for one.

31.51

Around off, kept out.

31.41

Shorter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

31.30

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

31.21

Around off, this is guided towards short third man for one.

31.10

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 157/4

J Liyanage9 (8)

C Asalanka8 (12)

Q Ahmad4-0-30-1

30.60

On off, kept out.

30.50

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

30.42

Two! Outside off, this is pushed through covers for two.

30.31

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

30.21

Around off, this is guided through point for one.

30.14

FOUR! Brave shot. Should release a little bit of pressure. On middle, this is hit over mid-wicket for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 149/4

C Asalanka7 (11)

J Liyanage2 (3)

M Nabi7-0-28-0

29.60

Around off, this is guided to point.

29.50

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

29.40

On middle,  blocked.

29.30

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

29.20

Around off, blocked.

29.11

On middle, this is nudged towards mid-wicket for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 148/4

C Asalanka7 (6)

J Liyanage1 (2)

A Omarzai8-0-33-2

28.60

Around off, kept out.

28.51

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

28.40

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

28.3W

OUT! Both the set batters are out of here and Afghanistan are back into this one. Massive wicket as Mendis falls. Omarzai continues to impress in this game. On the pads, this is flicked but straight to deep square leg.

28.21

Another single as this is worked through square leg.

28.11

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 145/3

C Asalanka6 (4)

K Mendis60 (63)

Q Ahmad3-0-22-1

27.62

Two! On off, this is pushed through covers for two.

27.54

FOUR! He is off the mark in style! On the pads, this is swept past square leg and the ball races away to the fence.

27.40

Around off, defended.

27.30

Around off, kept out.

27.2W

OUT! TAKEN! Nabi hangs on. Ahmad breaks the stand that was going so well. Fifty and out for Sadeera. He steps out and looks to go over long on. This drifts in and goes more off the inner half straight to mid-wicket. Qais is delighted. He gets the big wicket. Can Afghanistan build from here?

27.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 139/2

K Mendis60 (63)

S Samarawickrama52 (59)

A Omarzai7-0-30-1

26.64

FOUR! Outside off, this is cut past point. Boundary.

26.50

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

26.40

Around off, blocked.

26.31

Angled into the pads, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

26.22

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for two. Half century for him. This has been a solid partnership. Has bailed Lanka out of trouble.

26.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 132/2

K Mendis56 (60)

S Samarawickrama49 (56)

Q Ahmad2-0-16-0

25.60

Around off, kept out.

25.50

Flatter and on off, this lands and spins away. Mendis is beaten.

25.41

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

25.30

Flatter and on middle, kept out.

25.24

FOUR MORE! Tossed up outside off, this is lifted over cover and it races away.

25.11

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 126/2

S Samarawickrama44 (53)

K Mendis55 (57)

A Omarzai6-0-23-1

24.60

Around off, kept out.

24.52

Two! Outside off, this is guided through point for two.

24.40

Around off, this is guided to point.

24.30

Around off, defended.

24.21

Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.

24.11

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 122/2

S Samarawickrama41 (48)

K Mendis54 (56)

Q Ahmad1-0-10-0

23.61

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

23.50

Around off, this is pushed through covers.

23.41

Fuller and on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

23.36

SIX! All the way. On middle, out comes the slog sweep and it is hit over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. Fifty up for Mendis. Superb knock from him but needs to continue.

23.21

A single as this is worked through square leg.

23.11

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 112/2

S Samarawickrama39 (45)

K Mendis46 (53)

N Ahmad3-0-22-0

22.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

22.50

Around off, blocked.

22.41

Now takes one as he plays it through point.

22.34

FOUR! Cut away. Short and outside off, this is cut past point and it races away to the fence.

22.21

Another run as this is pushed down to long off.

22.11

Outside off, this is guided through point for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 105/2

S Samarawickrama38 (42)

K Mendis40 (50)

M Nabi6-0-27-0

21.62

Two! Shortish and outside off, this is flayed past point for two.

21.51

Outside off, this is guided through point.

21.41

Around off, kept out.

21.30

On the stumps, this is nudged to mid-wicket again.

21.20

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

21.11

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through cover for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 100/2

S Samarawickrama35 (38)

K Mendis38 (48)

N Ahmad2-0-15-0

20.60

Around off, blocked.

20.51

Another run as this is worked through square leg.

20.40

On off, kept out.

20.30

Around off, this is guided to point.

20.31wd

WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided.

20.21

A single as this is pushed down to long on.

20.12

Two! On middle, this is flicked through mid-wicket for two.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 95/2

S Samarawickrama32 (35)

K Mendis37 (45)

M Nabi5-0-22-0

19.61

Another single to end! This is on the pads, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.

19.51

Angled into the pads. This is tucked around the corner for one more.

19.40

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

19.30

On off, defended.

19.20

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

19.11

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 92/2

K Mendis36 (41)

S Samarawickrama30 (33)

N Ahmad1-0-10-0

18.64

FOUR! Deft. Outside off, Mendis waits and then plays it past point. He just uses the pace of the bowler to bag another boundary.

18.51

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

18.41

On middle, this is flicked through square leg for one.

18.31

One taken as this is nudged on the leg side.

18.21

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

18.12

On middle, this is swept through square leg for two.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 82/2

K Mendis28 (37)

S Samarawickrama28 (31)

M Nabi4-0-19-0

17.61

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

17.50

Around off, kept out.

17.40

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side.

17.30

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

17.20

Around off, this is guided to point.

17.10

On middle, this is swept but to square leg.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 81/2

S Samarawickrama28 (31)

K Mendis27 (31)

G Naib3-0-22-0

16.64

FOUR! Two in a row. Outside off, shorter. This is cut past point. Another boundary. Naib has leaked runs. The early pressure is now being eased off.

16.54

FOUR! Through covers. Fuller and outside off, this is driven past cover. This races away.

16.41

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

16.30

Around off, kept out.

16.21

A single as this is guided through point.

16.10

Around off, this is guided to point.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 71/2

K Mendis26 (29)

S Samarawickrama19 (27)

M Nabi3-0-18-0

15.62

Two! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for two.

15.50

On middle, blocked.

15.41

On the pads, Sadeera works it around the corner for one.

15.31

On the pads, this is flicked around the corner for one.

15.20

On middle, this is worked on the leg side.

15.11

Shortish and around off, this is guided past point for one.

DRINKS!

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 66/2

S Samarawickrama17 (25)

K Mendis23 (25)

G Naib2-0-12-0

14.61

Angled into the pads, this is worked on the leg side for one.

14.50

Length and on off, defended again.

14.40

On the stumps, kept out.

14.30

Around off, blocked.

14.22

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

14.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 63/2

S Samarawickrama14 (19)

K Mendis23 (25)

M Nabi2-0-13-0

13.61

On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

13.51

A single now as this is punched through covers.

13.40

Around off, kept out.

13.34

FOUR! Cut away. Outside off, this is flayed past point and it races away.

13.21

Shortish and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

13.21wd

WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided.

13.10

Flatter and on off, defended.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 55/2

S Samarawickrama12 (16)

K Mendis18 (22)

G Naib1-0-9-0

12.61

Another single as this is punched through covers.

12.51

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one.

12.44

FOUR! Flayed away. Naib has not started well. Shorter and outside off, this is cut past point and it races away.

12.30

Around off, blocked.

12.20

Around off, this is guided to point.

12.13

Two is the call but they get three. Fuller and on off, this is pushed past cover. Noor in the deep, runs to his right, dives and keeps it down to three.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 46/2

S Samarawickrama8 (14)

K Mendis13 (18)

M Nabi1-0-5-0

11.61

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

11.52

Two! On middle, this is tucked with soft hands between mid-wicket and square leg. Two taken.

11.41

A single again. On middle, this is nudged towards mid-wicket for one.

11.31

A single as this is nudged through square leg.

11.20

Flatter and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

11.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 41/2

K Mendis12 (17)

S Samarawickrama4 (9)

F Farooqi6-1-21-1

10.60

DROPPED! That should have been taken. That was a sitter. On middle, shorter. Mendis looks to pull, it goes off the splice towards mid-wicket. Naib runs to his right and looks to take it but spills it. This could prove very costly.

10.50

On off, kept out.

10.41

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

10.30

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to mid off.

10.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

10.10

Around off, kept out.

Time for the second Powerplay. Now a total of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 40/2

K Mendis12 (15)

S Samarawickrama3 (5)

A Omarzai5-0-19-1

9.60

On off, defended.

9.50

Around off, defended.

9.41

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

9.31lb

On the pads, Mendis looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. Leg bye taken.

9.20

On off, kept out.

9.11

On the pads, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 37/2

S Samarawickrama1 (3)

K Mendis12 (11)

F Farooqi5-1-20-1

8.61

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

8.50

Outside off, left alone.

8.40

On off, blocked.

8.3W

OUT! Taken! Number 2 down. Fernando just never looked comfortable. On middle, this angles away. Fernando looks to work it on the leg side but this flies off the leading edge and to point. Naib makes no mistake. Afghanistan on top here.

8.20

On off, defended.

8.11

Around off, this is guided past point for one.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 35/1

A Fernando5 (21)

K Mendis11 (10)

A Omarzai4-0-17-1

7.60

Dot to end but a good over for Lanka. On off, kept out.

7.50

On off, kept out.

7.41

Now takes one as he works it on the leg side. Sensible batting.

7.34

FOUR! Cut away. Outside off, Mendis waits and then cuts it past point. Second boundary in the over. Top shot.

7.20

Around off, defended.

7.14

FOUR! Angled into the pads, Mendis works it through mid-wicket. Welcome boundary, will release a little bit of pressure.

7.11wd

WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 25/1

A Fernando5 (19)

K Mendis2 (6)

F Farooqi4-1-18-0

6.60

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to cover.

6.52

On middle, defended.

6.41

Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

6.30

On off, kept out.

6.20

Around off, defended.

6.11

A little too straight, this is clipped down to fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 21/1

K Mendis1 (3)

A Fernando2 (16)

A Omarzai3-0-7-1

5.60

On off, this is blocked.

5.50

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

5.41

Amother inswinger but on the pads. This is worked down to fine leg for one.

5.30

Fuller and on off, Omarzai pushed it to mid off.

5.20

On middle, fhis is nudged to mid-wicket.

5.11

Around off, this is guided down to third man for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 19/1

A Fernando1 (13)

K Mendis0 (0)

F Farooqi3-1-14-0

4.60

A dot to end! On off, this is pushed to covers.

4.50

On off, defended.

4.40

Around off, this is pushed to mid off.

4.30

On the pads, Fernando looks to flick but it hits the pad and goes to the keeper.

4.20

On middle, kept out.

4.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 19/1

P Nissanka18 (17)

A Fernando1 (7)

A Omarzai2-0-5-1

3.6W

GIVEN AGAIN! Nissanka reviews but this seems out. He got into an awkward position to play that. Well, well, the review wasn't taken as Nissanka was slightly late. Don't think though the review would have saved him. Lovely nut. Fuller and around off, this one shapes back. Nissanka looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The late movement did him in.

3.50

On middle, this is defended.

3.42

Outside off, Pathum looks to drive, this goes off the inside edge and down towards fine leg for two.

3.30

Outside off, shorter, this is chopped to point.

3.21

Fernando is off the mark! On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

3.11

Nissanka gets off strike. On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 15/0

A Fernando0 (6)

P Nissanka15 (12)

F Farooqi2-0-14-0

2.60

Beaten! Outside off, fuller. Fernando looks to drive but is beaten. A dot to end but a good over for Lanka.

2.51

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

2.44

FOUR! Driven nicely. Fuller and on off, a half volley. This is driven down to the long off fence for a boundary.

2.30

Around off, blocked.

2.24

FOUR! Too full and put away. That's a gift. A half volley. This is creamed past cover and this races away to the fence.

2.10

Around middle, defended.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 6/0

A Fernando0 (5)

P Nissanka6 (7)

A Omarzai1-0-1-0

1.60

Just a single to begin with by Fernando. On off, good length, kept out.

1.50

Around off, kept out.

1.40

Good start from Omarzai too. On off, this is defended.

1.30

Around off, on a good length, this is pushed to cover.

1.20

A loud appeal and up goes the finger. Fernando reviews but that seems out. NOT OUT! It is going over. This is on a length and around middle, it lands and moves away. Fernando looks to defend but is squared up. It hits Fernando high on the pad. He survives to fight another day.

1.11

Another run! On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

Who will bowl from the other end? Azmatullah Omarzai it is.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 5/0

P Nissanka5 (6)

A Fernando0 (0)

F Farooqi1-0-5-0

0.61

Around off, this is guided down to third man for one.

0.54

FOUR! Nicely played! Fuller and around off, Nissanka leans into it and cream it through covers. Nice way to get off the mark.

0.40

Amother dot. Good start by Fazalhaq Farooqi.

0.30

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

0.20

Fuller and on off, not a lot of swing, this is driven but to mid off.

0.10

A loud shout to begin with but turned down. This is on the pads, Nissanka looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Pitched outside leg.

Time for the action to begin! Avishka Fernando and Pathum Nissanka arw the openers. Fazalhaq Farooqi to begin. Here we go...

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

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

TOSS - Sri Lanka have won the toss and ELECTED TO BAT!

A Pathum Nissanka double ton lightened up Pallekele and gave Sri Lanka a 1-0 lead in the series. Afghanistan however, can be proud of the fight they showed. All thanks to Azmatullah Omarzai and Nabi, the defeat wasn't an embarrassing one. Those knocks though will have given them confidence heading into this game which is a must-win for them. A loss will see them lose the series whereas a win will mean, we will have a decider. All to play for. Toss and teams in a bit.

... MATCH DAY ...

It is time for the second ODI of the Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka. The first ODI was a cracking one and it was Pathum Nissanka who delivered an exceptional performance. His unbeaten score of 210 runs from 139 balls was a standout achievement in the match. Nissanka received valuable support from Avishka Fernando, who contributed 88 runs from 88 balls. Additionally, Sadeera Samarawickrama added 45 runs from 36 balls to bolster the team's total. The Sri Lankan team concluded their innings with an imposing score of 381/3. Pramod Madushan was the pick of the bowlers, as his 4/75 in 10 overs ran through the top order before he was taken to the cleaners later on. A couple of wickets for Dushmantha Chameera, who walked off the field injured. Hasaranga and Theekshana went wicketless but they kept things relatively tight out there. For Afghanistan, chasing a target of 382 runs was always going to be a tough task. Initially, their top-order batsmen didn't perform well and the team was struggling at 55/5 with Gulbadin Naib scoring only 16 runs. However, Azmatullah Omarzai and Mohammad Nabi turned the game around with an impressive partnership of 242 runs for the sixth wicket. Nabi scored 136 runs off 130 balls, while Omarzai remained unbeaten with 149 runs off 115 balls. Ikram also contributed significantly, but unfortunately, they fell short of 42 runs. They will look to bounce back now and win the second one. Can they do it? We shall find out together.