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

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3rd ODI, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, 14 Feb, 2024

Afghanistan

AFG

266/10

(48.2) overs

Sri Lanka

SL

267/3

(35.2) overs

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

Player Of The Match

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

Commentary

That is it from this game. The trophy has been handed over to Kusal Mendis! 3-0 for the hosts. 4-0 overall so far in the tour. Time for the T20Is. The first match will be played on the 17th of this month at 7 pm IST (1.30 pm GMT). Join us earlier for the build up as well. Cheers!

Hashmatullah Shahidi says Sri Lanka played really good cricket overall and credit to them. Tells they struggled with the bat in the back end and even the bowlers didn't bowl according to the plan. Shares they missed some key bowlers. Reckons Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were missed dearly. Ends by hoping that his team has a good T20I series.

Double-ton in the first match and a century in this one, Pathum Nissanka wins the Player of the Match award and Player of the Series award.

...Time for Presentation...

A forgetful series for Afghanistan as they have nothing to take away from this tour so far. They won the toss and started on a good note. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played really well along with Rahmat Shah. The pitch was made for a score around 300 and Afghanistan were on course but once the set-batter fell, we once again witnessed a batting collapse. Twice notably in this series which Afghanistan have to really work on it.  Azmatullah Omarzai scored a fifty but nothing apart from that. They still had enough runs on the board but the bowlers were too sloppy right from the start and Sri Lanka cashed on it. Poor than expected from the visitors with the ball and they will be really disappointed with it.

A clean sweep for Sri Lanka as they win the final match comfortably. A dominating effort from the hosts throughout the series! Their batting though was exceptional in this match. Chasing a par total, they needed a good start but got more than that as both Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando counted on the loose balls and put the pressure rightaway on the visitors. Avishka Fernando played the aggressive role but missed out his century by just 9 runs. Pathum Nissanka though made sure to get his ton and along with the skipper, Mendis kept the scoreboard rotating and chased it down pretty convincingly.

35.24

FOUR! Job done! Flat and around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama skips down and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka win by 7 wickets.

35.11

Fat and around off, Asalanka splices his push to short third for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 262/3

C Asalanka6 (12)

S Samarawickrama4 (4)

Q Ahmad7-0-46-2

34.61

A single to end the over as Asalanka works it to mid-wicket.

34.50

Tossed up on middle, Asalanka prods and blocks.

34.40

Flat and on middle, Asalanka whacks it to mid-wicket.

34.31

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket for a single. Sri Lanka one hit away now.

34.21

Very full and on off, Asalanka plays it to long on for a single.

34.11

Fuller and on  middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for one more.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 258/3

C Asalanka4 (8)

S Samarawickrama2 (2)

M Nabi9-0-41-1

33.60

9 runs needed to win! Flighted on middle, Charith Asalanka prods and blocks.

33.51

Tossed up on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama plays it to square leg for a single.

33.41

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

33.30

Tossed up on off, this is defended out.

33.20

Angling full and on middle, this is blocked.

33.12

TWO MORE! Flat and outside off, Charith Asalanka cuts it late past backward point. Qais Ahmad chases and saves two.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 254/3

C Asalanka1 (3)

S Samarawickrama1 (1)

Q Ahmad6-0-42-2

32.61

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

32.50

Fuller and on middle, spinning in. Charith Asalanka keeps it out.

32.40

Tossed up on off, this is defended out.

32.3W

OUT! GONE! Flighted, full and outside  off, spins away. Nissanka looks to slog-sweep but top edges it to point where Mohammad Nabi takes a dolly. End of Nissanka's brilliance. A standing ovation from the whole ground.

32.21

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

32.11

Outside off, it lands and spins away. Nissanka pulls it to deep square leg for one.

Sadeera Samarawickrama is the new man in.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 251/2

K Mendis40 (29)

P Nissanka117 (99)

M Nabi8-0-37-1

31.6W

OUT! CHOPPED ON! A consolation prize for Nabi! Flat and around off, spins in. Mendis goes back and tries to chop but it spins too much than expected and edges it onto the stumps. A quick innings from the skipper.

31.50

Flat and around off, defended out.

31.40

This is full and on off, turning in. Mendis nudges it to square leg.

Commentary

It was raining for a while but the covers have been removed now as the rain has disappeared. We should be back with chase shortly.

..THE CHASE...

Sri Lanka will be really happy with how things have ended. The start wasn't that good, Dilshan Madushanka in particular had a really bad day at the office but the others made up for him. Dunith Wellalage and Akila Dananjaya bowled in tandem and stopped the run flow at numerous times. Pramod Madushan and Avishka Fernando were brilliant too. This is a chaseable total. The bowlers have done well to restrict Afghanistan to a par total and it is upto the batters to do the job! Can Sri Lanka make it 3-0 or Afghanistan will avoid the whitewash?

Very early to say but Afghanistan have left around 25- 30 runs out in the middle. The way they started, 300 looked very much possible but yet again the lower-order collapsed just like they did in the last game. Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 17 runs off the first over and gave a blistering start to his team. He played with intent and scored a couple of brilliant shots but fell 2 short of his fifty. The baton though was passed to Rahmat Shah who played a composed innings of 65. Then there was the stand between Azmatullah Omarzai and Ikram Alikhil, both added around 50 runs but fell just when it was time to accelerate. Mohammad Nabi was the last hope but he too didn't make a big difference.

48.2W

OUT! GONE! Qais Ahmad goes for the same shot but Pramod Madushan removes all the pace from it, this is hit high and to deep mid-wicket where Sadeera Samarawickrama takes it.

48.16

SIX! WOW! That was out of the middle. Very full and wide of off. Ahmad slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. A couple of more is what needed.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 260/9

F Farooqi0 (3)

Q Ahmad5 (2)

A Fernando9-0-44-2

47.60

Very full and on middle, Farooqi survives as he blocks it.

47.50

A surprised bumper on middle, Farooqi somehow gets his bat tin the middle and it goes off the splice to third man. No run.

47.40

Very full and outside off, Fazalhaq Farooqi blocks it out.

Fazalhaq Farooqi is the last man in.

47.3W

OUT! BOWLED! Asitha Fernando has the last laugh. A yorker, around middle and off. Fareed is late to get his bat down and gets a bottom edge back onto the stumps.

47.24

FOUR! This is full and outside off, Fareed swings and hits it through point, past the diving fielder for a boundary.

47.10

A yorker, just outside off. Fareed looks to play at it but misses.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 256/8

F Ahmad1 (2)

Q Ahmad5 (2)

P Madushan8-0-39-2

46.61

On a length and on off, Fareed punches it to covers for a single.

46.50

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

46.4W

OUT! GONE! This will make a lot of difference to the scoreboard. A full toss on middle, almost a freebie but Nabi doesn't time well and hits it to deep mid-wicket where Sadeera Samarawickrama takes a sitter.

46.31

A slower length ball on off, this is pushed to long off for a single.

46.24

FOUR! Crucial runs. Very full and on middle, Ahmad flicks it through square leg for a boundary.

46.1W

OUT! GONE! This is full and outside off. Ashraf gets underneath and smashes it to long off. Charith Asalanka judges the flight well and takes it above his head. Afghanistan yet again looking shaky with the bat.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 250/6

S Ashraf4 (8)

M Nabi14 (20)

A Dananjaya10-0-54-2

45.61

This is full and on off, Ashraf works it to long off for a single.

45.50

Flat and outside off, Ashraf slaps it straight to cover.

45.40

Tossed up on off, this is defended out.

45.30

On middle, this is blocked out.

45.32wd

Wide! Spills it full and down leg, Nabi misses his sweep. The keeper dives and throws it at the bower's end as Ashraf was off his mark but the replay shows he had his bat in.

45.26

SIX! FLAT ONE! Fuller and around off. Nabi makes a bit of room and thumps it down to long off for a biggie.

45.11

This is full and on middle, Ashraf toe ends his heave to deep square leg for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 240/6

S Ashraf2 (3)

M Nabi8 (19)

A Fernando8-0-40-1

44.61

Very full and outside off, this is driven to covers for a single.

44.50

A full toss, around off, Ashraf hits it straight to short third man.

44.41

Fuller and outside off, Nabi carves it to backward point for a single.

44.31

Very full and on middle, Ashraf pushes it to mid off for a single.

Sri Lanka
Afghanistan
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Nissanka

c M Nabi b Q Ahmad

118 101 16 2 116.83
A Fernando

c S Ashraf b Q Ahmad

91 66 10 5 137.87
K Mendis

b M Nabi

40 29 0 4 137.93
S Samarawickrama

not out

8 5 1 0 160
C Asalanka

not out

7 13 0 0 53.84
Extras

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

3
Total 35.2 (RR: 7.56)
267/3

Did not bat: J Liyanage, D Wellalage, A Dananjaya, A Fernando, D Madushanka, P Madushan

Fall of wickets:

(A Fernando, 23 ov) (K Mendis, 32 ov) (P Nissanka, 32.3 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
F Farooqi
5 0 54 0 10.80
A Omarzai
4 0 29 0 7.25
S Ashraf
6 0 47 0 7.83
F Ahmad
4 0 45 0 11.25
M Nabi
9.2 0 46 1 4.92
Q Ahmad
7 0 46 2 6.57
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
R Gurbaz

b A Dananjaya

48 57 6 1 84.21
I Zadran

run out (A Fernando)

13 10 3 0 130
R Shah

lbw b D Wellalage

65 77 7 1 84.41
H Shahidi

c P Nissanka b A Dananjaya

5 8 0 0 62.50
A Omarzai

b A Fernando

54 59 4 0 91.52
I Alikhil

b D Wellalage

32 38 2 1 84.21
M Nabi

c S Samarawickrama b P Madushan

14 21 0 1 66.66
S Ashraf

c C Asalanka b P Madushan

4 9 0 0 44.44
Q Ahmad

c S Samarawickrama b P Madushan

11 4 1 1 275
F Ahmad

b A Fernando

5 5 1 0 100
F Farooqi

not out

0 3 0 0 0
Extras

(b 0,lb 5,w 9,nb 1,Penalty 0)

15
Total 48.2 (RR: 5.50)
266/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(I Zadran, 4.3 ov) (R Gurbaz, 17.2 ov) (H Shahidi, 20 ov) (R Shah, 29.5 ov) (I Alikhil, 39.5 ov) (A Omarzai, 44.2 ov) (S Ashraf, 46.1 ov) (M Nabi, 46.4 ov) (F Ahmad, 47.3 ov) (Q Ahmad, 48.2 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
D Madushanka
6 0 52 0 8.66
P Madushan
8.2 0 45 3 5.40
A Fernando
9 0 44 2 4.88
D Wellalage
10 0 38 2 3.80
J Liyanage
2 0 11 0 5.50
A Dananjaya
10 0 54 2 5.40
C Asalanka
3 0 17 0 5.66
Sri Lanka
Afghanistan

Commentary

That is it from this game. The trophy has been handed over to Kusal Mendis! 3-0 for the hosts. 4-0 overall so far in the tour. Time for the T20Is. The first match will be played on the 17th of this month at 7 pm IST (1.30 pm GMT). Join us earlier for the build up as well. Cheers!

Hashmatullah Shahidi says Sri Lanka played really good cricket overall and credit to them. Tells they struggled with the bat in the back end and even the bowlers didn't bowl according to the plan. Shares they missed some key bowlers. Reckons Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were missed dearly. Ends by hoping that his team has a good T20I series.

Double-ton in the first match and a century in this one, Pathum Nissanka wins the Player of the Match award and Player of the Series award.

...Time for Presentation...

A forgetful series for Afghanistan as they have nothing to take away from this tour so far. They won the toss and started on a good note. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played really well along with Rahmat Shah. The pitch was made for a score around 300 and Afghanistan were on course but once the set-batter fell, we once again witnessed a batting collapse. Twice notably in this series which Afghanistan have to really work on it.  Azmatullah Omarzai scored a fifty but nothing apart from that. They still had enough runs on the board but the bowlers were too sloppy right from the start and Sri Lanka cashed on it. Poor than expected from the visitors with the ball and they will be really disappointed with it.

A clean sweep for Sri Lanka as they win the final match comfortably. A dominating effort from the hosts throughout the series! Their batting though was exceptional in this match. Chasing a par total, they needed a good start but got more than that as both Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando counted on the loose balls and put the pressure rightaway on the visitors. Avishka Fernando played the aggressive role but missed out his century by just 9 runs. Pathum Nissanka though made sure to get his ton and along with the skipper, Mendis kept the scoreboard rotating and chased it down pretty convincingly.

35.24

FOUR! Job done! Flat and around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama skips down and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka win by 7 wickets.

35.11

Fat and around off, Asalanka splices his push to short third for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 262/3

C Asalanka6 (12)

S Samarawickrama4 (4)

Q Ahmad7-0-46-2

34.61

A single to end the over as Asalanka works it to mid-wicket.

34.50

Tossed up on middle, Asalanka prods and blocks.

34.40

Flat and on middle, Asalanka whacks it to mid-wicket.

34.31

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket for a single. Sri Lanka one hit away now.

34.21

Very full and on off, Asalanka plays it to long on for a single.

34.11

Fuller and on  middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for one more.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 258/3

C Asalanka4 (8)

S Samarawickrama2 (2)

M Nabi9-0-41-1

33.60

9 runs needed to win! Flighted on middle, Charith Asalanka prods and blocks.

33.51

Tossed up on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama plays it to square leg for a single.

33.41

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

33.30

Tossed up on off, this is defended out.

33.20

Angling full and on middle, this is blocked.

33.12

TWO MORE! Flat and outside off, Charith Asalanka cuts it late past backward point. Qais Ahmad chases and saves two.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 254/3

C Asalanka1 (3)

S Samarawickrama1 (1)

Q Ahmad6-0-42-2

32.61

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

32.50

Fuller and on middle, spinning in. Charith Asalanka keeps it out.

32.40

Tossed up on off, this is defended out.

32.3W

OUT! GONE! Flighted, full and outside  off, spins away. Nissanka looks to slog-sweep but top edges it to point where Mohammad Nabi takes a dolly. End of Nissanka's brilliance. A standing ovation from the whole ground.

32.21

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

32.11

Outside off, it lands and spins away. Nissanka pulls it to deep square leg for one.

Sadeera Samarawickrama is the new man in.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 251/2

K Mendis40 (29)

P Nissanka117 (99)

M Nabi8-0-37-1

31.6W

OUT! CHOPPED ON! A consolation prize for Nabi! Flat and around off, spins in. Mendis goes back and tries to chop but it spins too much than expected and edges it onto the stumps. A quick innings from the skipper.

31.50

Flat and around off, defended out.

31.40

This is full and on off, turning in. Mendis nudges it to square leg.

31.32

On middle, Mendis sweeps it fine to fine leg for two more runs.

31.22

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a couple.

31.10

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

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 247/1

P Nissanka117 (99)

K Mendis36 (23)

F Ahmad4-0-45-0

30.64

FOUR! Make it 15 of the over then! Short and onto the body. Nissanka goes back and ramps it over the keeper for four. Just 20 needed now.

30.54

FOUR! More clean with finesse. Fuller and around off, Nissanka thumps it down past mid off for a boundary. 11 runs so far.

30.44

FOUR! Dropped! Short in length and outside off, Nissanka goes for the pull again, hits it to deep mid-wicket. The fielder runs to his right, but lets it roll through his hand for a boundary.

30.32

Short in length and outside off, Nissanka mistimes his pull well far ahead of long on for a couple.

30.20

Slants a length ball on middle, Nissanka blocks it out.

30.11

Short of a length and outside off, Mendis gets close to the pitch of the ball and hits it to long on for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 232/1

K Mendis35 (22)

P Nissanka103 (94)

M Nabi7-0-33-0

29.61

Full and on off, Mendis turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

29.51

Full and on middle, this is flicked to deep square leg for a single.

29.40

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

29.31

Flatter and outside off, Mendis knocks it through covers for a single.

29.21

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

29.10

Flat and on middle, Nissanka blocks it out.

Runs Scored 20 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 228/1

K Mendis33 (20)

P Nissanka101 (90)

F Farooqi5-0-54-0

28.60

Too full and outside off, this is knocked to cover. 20 runs off the over.

28.56

SIX! This is full and outside off, Mendis launches it over mid off and it again hits the ropes. Third umpire is again in action and this time it is clearly a six.

28.41

Fuller and outside off, Nissanka hits it over deep cover for a single.

28.31

Very full and wide of off, Mendis dabs it to third man for a single.

28.26

SIX! WOW! Shorter and down leg, Mendis just pulls it nonchalantly over fine leg for a biggie. No need to check this one.

28.16

SIX! That's six! Shorter and on middle, Mendis pulls it flat and to deep mid-wicket. Went flat and hits the cushion. Hard one for the third umpire to make a decision. Touch and go and he deems it is a six.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 208/1

K Mendis14 (15)

P Nissanka100 (89)

M Nabi6-0-29-0

27.61

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

27.51

CENTURY! What a series Pathum Nissanka is having. His 5th ton in the ODI! Full and on middle, this is nudged to square leg for one. The crowd is on their feet to appreciate the knock.

27.41

Outside off, Mendis hits it to point for a single. Nissanka on 99 now.

27.30

Again! Too full and on middle, this is clipped to mid-wicket.

27.20

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket.

27.10

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

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 205/1

P Nissanka99 (88)

K Mendis12 (10)

S Ashraf6-0-47-0

26.62

Outside off, Nissanka drives it to sweeper cover who misfield and allows the batters to get back for the second.

26.51

A single as Mendis pushes it to long off.

26.41

Full and on off, this is driven to long off for one.

26.34

FOUR! No way Nissanka was going to miss. Too full and outside off, Nissanka smashes it down the ground for four.

26.31nb

Goes full and on middle, Nissanka pushes it to cover. Sharafuddin Ashraf has now overstepped. Crime if a spinner does.

26.21

Rotates the strike with a single to long on.

26.16

SIX! Launched! Flighted on middle, Mendis reads the spin, gets low and tonks it over long on for a biggie.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 189/1

P Nissanka92 (84)

K Mendis4 (7)

M Nabi5-0-26-0

25.60

Pathum Nissanka goes back and blocks this length ball on the deck.

25.51

Flatter and on middle, Mendis punches it to long on for one more.

25.40

Flighted on middle, Mendis keeps it out.

25.30

Too full and on middle, Mendis blocks it out.

25.21

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

25.10

On middle, this is blocked out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 187/1

P Nissanka91 (81)

K Mendis3 (4)

Q Ahmad5-0-39-1

24.61

9 runs of this one. Around off, this is driven to long off for one.

24.51

Drops it short and on middle, Mendis pulls it flat and through mid-wicket for one.

24.42

Flat and on middle, Mendis nudges it to square leg for a single. Noor Ahmad with a poor throw as it bounces near the keeper and they take one more.

24.31

A single now as Nissanka plays it to long off. He is into the 90s now.

24.20

Fuller and on middle, eased to mid on.

24.14

FOUR! Nissanka keeps knocking around. Outside off, this is punched through covers for a bounndary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 178/1

K Mendis0 (2)

P Nissanka85 (77)

S Ashraf5-0-31-0

23.60

Slides it on the pads, Mendis sweeps it to short fine leg.

23.50

Outside off, Mendis cuts it to point.

23.41

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

23.34

FOUR! Poor from the bowler. Bowls it short and asks for the punishment. Nissanka pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

23.20

Tossed up on off, Nissanka defends it out.

23.10

Tossed up on middle, Nissanka blocks.

Kusal Mendis walks to the middle.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 173/1

A Fernando91 (66)

P Nissanka80 (73)

Q Ahmad4-0-30-1

22.6W

OUT! Nervous 90s for Avishka Fernando as he goes. A slow walk for him! Floated, outside off. Avishka Fernando tries to loft it over extra cover but mistimes and hits it straight in the hands of Sharafuddin Ashraf inside the ring. Avishka Fernando has done his job. Deserved a ton though.

22.50

Tossed up on off, Avishka Fernando prods and blocks.

22.40

On middle, this is blocked out.

22.34

FOUR! Avishka Fernando moves into the 90s. Flatter and outside off. Avishka Fernando cuts it late past point and it races to the fence.

22.24

FOUR! Hit away! Shorter and on leg, Avishka Fernando goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

22.10

A low dipping full toss on off, Avishka Fernando cuts it to point.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 165/0

P Nissanka80 (73)

A Fernando83 (60)

F Ahmad3-0-30-0

21.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

21.50

Length ball, outside off, Nissanka looks to push but it shapes away late.

21.41

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

21.31

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

21.21

Angles it on off, this is dabbed to third man for a single.

21.14

FOUR! Not where he intended but gets the result. Fuller and on middle, Avishka Fernando looks to heave but toe ends his shot down the ground for four.

21.11nb

No ball! Afghanistan all over the place. A booming full toss, wide of off, Avishka Fernando leaves and a no ball is called.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 157/0

P Nissanka79 (70)

A Fernando77 (56)

Q Ahmad3-0-22-0

20.64

FOUR! Floated, outside off, Nissanka looks to sweep but bottom edges and it nutmegs the keeper and rolls down for a boundary.

20.56

SIX! 150 up for the hosts now and looks in no mood to stop. Flighted on middle, Nissanka comes down the track and tonks it over long on for a biggie.

20.42

A length ball, outside off. Nissanka knocks it through covers for a brace.

20.30

On middle, this is blocked out.

20.21

Floated, full and outside off, Avishka Fernando lofts it over to long off for a single.

20.10

This is full and outside off, it is driven to point.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 144/0

P Nissanka67 (66)

A Fernando76 (54)

F Ahmad2-0-22-0

19.62

Two to end amother big over. On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for two.

19.50

Around off, blocked.

19.41

A single as this is pushed through covers.

19.36

SIX! That is a lovely pick up shot. On middle, this is flicked stylishly over the square leg fence for a biggie.

19.21

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

19.10

Around off, good length. Kept out.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 134/0

P Nissanka64 (62)

A Fernando69 (52)

Q Ahmad2-0-9-0

18.61

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

18.51

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

18.40

On middle, kept out.

18.30

On off, this is pushed to cover.

18.20

Around off, this is punched to cover.

18.11

This is hit through covers for one.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 131/0

A Fernando68 (48)

P Nissanka62 (60)

M Nabi4-0-24-0

17.60

On off, kept out.

17.52

Two. On middle, this is worked with soft hands on the leg side for two.

17.46

SIX! Over the fence. The slog sweep is out. He picks it from outside off, with the turn and over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

17.30

Around off, this is punched to cover.

17.21

A single as this is pushed down to long on.

17.14

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

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 118/0

A Fernando60 (44)

P Nissanka57 (58)

Q Ahmad1-0-6-0

16.60

On middle, kept out.

16.50

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

16.40

Tossed up on off, blocked.

16.31

Follows the boundary with one as this is nudged on the leg side.

16.24

FOUR! Lanka are cruising along here. On middle, fuller. Nissanka plays the slog sweep and hits it over mid-wicket.

16.11

Tossed up on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 112/0

P Nissanka52 (56)

A Fernando59 (40)

M Nabi3-0-11-0

15.62

Another two! On middle, this is worked between square leg and mid-wicket. Two taken.

15.54

FOUR! Tickled away. Nice and fine. A little too straight. This is clipped past short fine leg and it races away.

15.40

Around off, pushed through. Blocked.

15.31

Works it with the turn through square leg for one.

15.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

15.10

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

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 105/0

A Fernando58 (37)

P Nissanka46 (53)

S Ashraf4-0-26-0

14.61

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

14.52

Flighted, outside off. Avishka Fernando lofts it with the spin to the left of long off who cuts it off and saves two.

14.40

On the pads, Avishka Fernando keeps it out.

14.30

On middle, this is blocked out.

14.21

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

14.11

Fuller and on off, Avishka Fernando lofts it to long off for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 100/0

P Nissanka45 (52)

A Fernando54 (32)

M Nabi2-0-4-0

13.60

Tossed up on middle, this is clipped to mid-wicket. Mohammad Nabi is bowling well but needs some support.

13.51

Fuller and on middle, eased to long on for a single. 100 up for the hosts.

13.41

Outside off, Nissanka strokes it to covers for a single.

13.30

Tossed up on off, it is flicked to mid-wicket.

13.20

Flat and on middle, this is blocked out.

13.11

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

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 97/0

P Nissanka44 (48)

A Fernando52 (30)

S Ashraf3-0-21-0

12.60

Well bowled! More of this needed! Flights it on middle, it lands and spins away. Nissanka looks to push it away but misses and it whizzes past the edge.

12.50

Fuller and outside off, this is driven back to the bowler.

12.41

Outside off, this is hit to sweeper cover for one.

12.31

This one comes in with the arm. Nissanka chops it to point for a single.

12.22

Drags his length back and bowls it on middle, Nissanka pulls it over mid-wicket for a couple more.

12.16

SIX! Sri Lanka doesn't want to lose the intent. Tossed up on middle. Nissanka skips down and smashes it down the ground for a biggie.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 87/0

A Fernando51 (29)

P Nissanka35 (43)

M Nabi1-0-1-0

11.60

Too full and on off, Avishka Fernando defends it out.

11.51

A single now as NIssanka works it to long on.

11.40

Tossed up on middle, Nissanka nudges it to square leg.

11.30

Floated on middle, Nissanka eases it back to Nabi.

11.20

QUICK SINGLE! Full and on off, this is punched to mid off for a single.

11.10

On middle, this is kept out.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 86/0

P Nissanka34 (38)

A Fernando51 (28)

S Ashraf2-0-11-0

10.61

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

10.51

Flat and around off, Avishka Fernando punches it through covers for a single.

10.40

Full and on off, defended out.

10.31

Slanting on middle, this is nudged to mid on for a quick single.

10.20

Angling on middle, this is played back to the bowler.

10.10

Tossed up on off, this is driven to cover.

Powerplay 2! Afghanistan can place 4 fielders outside the ring till the 40th over.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 83/0

A Fernando50 (26)

P Nissanka32 (34)

F Ahmad1-0-12-0

9.60

A length ball, around off, Avishka Fernando defends it out.

9.50

On middle, Avishka Fernando defends it out.

9.46

SIX! That is picked up so well. 50 up for Avishka Fernando!  The crowd is enjoying it. On the hips this time and Avishka Fernando hits it behind square leg for a biggie. Puts his helmet over his bat and celebrates.

9.30

Around off, same length and Avishka Fernando punches it to cover.

9.26

SIX! Delicious sound of the blade. Short of a length and on middle, Avishka Fernando pulls it and it goes all the way over mid-wicket for a biggie.

9.10

On middle on a length, Avishka Fernando blocks.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 71/0

P Nissanka32 (34)

A Fernando38 (20)

S Ashraf1-0-8-0

8.60

A dot to end as Nissanka prods and blocks.

8.50

Flat and outside off, Nissanka punches it to cover.

8.40

Fuller and on off, this is blocked out.

8.34

FOUR! AND AGAIN! Just a tad short and angling on leg. Nissanka goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Picks the length well.

8.20

Tossed up on middle, Nissanka defends it on the front foot.

8.14

FOUR! Greets him with a boundary. Drops it short and outside off, this is pulled over mid-wicket.

Sharafuddin Ashraf is into the attack.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 63/0

A Fernando38 (20)

P Nissanka24 (28)

A Omarzai4-0-29-0

7.64

FOUR! Afghanistan need a change. Shorter and outside off. Avishka Fernando cuts it aerially and over point for a boundary. 13 runs off the over.

7.54

FOUR! Yet another wonderful shot. Pitched up, outside off, Avishka Fernando leans and creams it through covers for a boundary.

7.41

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

7.30

Fuller and outside off, this is pushed to point.

7.24

FOUR! Nissanka wants one for the picture as well. Length ball, outside off, this is punched through covers and it races to the fence.

7.10

Full and on off, defended.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 50/0

A Fernando30 (18)

P Nissanka19 (24)

F Farooqi4-0-34-0

6.60

Length and on off, Avishka Fernando blocks it.

6.54

FOUR! That is beautiful! That should be framed. Short in length and around off. Avishka Fernando punches off the back foot through covers for a boundary.

6.46

SIX! This is short and on leg, fine leg was in but doesn't matter as Avishka Fernando pulls it over the ropes for a biggie.

6.30

Full and outside off, skids on. Avishka Fernando pushes it to backward point.

6.24

FOUR! Flicked away! Anything on the pads and it is hit away! On the pads, this is hit over mid on for a boundary.

6.10

A length ball, outside off, Avishka Fernando drives it well but finds point.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 36/0

P Nissanka19 (24)

A Fernando16 (12)

A Omarzai3-0-16-0

5.60

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

5.54

FOUR! Nicely driven! Very full and on middle, Nissanka leans and drives it down through mid on for a boundary.

5.40

Outside off again, Nissanka knocks it to mid off.

5.30

A length ball, outside off, this is punched to cover.

5.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

5.10

A huge appeal for LBW but turned down. Afghanistan take it upstairs. No bat on it. Ball Tracking shows it misses the stumps by a long way. On a length and around middle, angles it in. Nissanka hops to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 32/0

A Fernando16 (12)

P Nissanka15 (18)

F Farooqi3-0-20-0

4.62

On a length and on middle, this is flicked through square leg for a couple of runs.

4.54

FOUR! On a length and outside off, shapes in. Avishka Fernando looks to push but edges it fine to the left of the keeper who dives but gets only fingertips on it. It rolls past for four. The keeper looks in lot of pain. Might be not able to continue anymore as Rahmanullah Gurbaz rushes to pad up.

4.40

On a length and on middle and leg, shapes in. Avishka Fernando misses his flick. An appeal for LBW but might be going down.

4.31

Fuller and on middle, this is flicked to square leg for a single.

4.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

4.21wd

Wide! Slides it down the leg side. Nissanka misses his flick.

4.10

A length ball, around off, Nissanka defends it out on the deck.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 24/0

A Fernando10 (9)

P Nissanka14 (15)

A Omarzai2-0-12-0

3.60

Goes full and on middle, Avishka Fernando plays it back to the bowler.

3.50

On off, this is defended out.

3.41

A length ball on off, shapes in. Nissanka tucks it to square leg for one.

3.30

Too full and wide of off, this is pushed to cover.

3.20

Length and on off, Nissanka defends it out.

3.10

Shorter and outside off, shapes away. Nissanka shoulders arms.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 23/0

A Fernando10 (7)

P Nissanka13 (11)

F Farooqi2-0-12-0

2.64

FOUR! Whipped away! Fuller and swinging on middle, Avishka Fernando uses the angle and plays it over mid-wicket for four runs.

2.51

On middle, Nissanka flicks it to square leg for a quick single.

2.41

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

2.30

Around off, this is kept out.

2.20

On middle, this is defended out.

2.10

A length ball on leg, Avishka Fernando misses his clip and gets hit on the pads,

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 17/0

P Nissanka12 (10)

A Fernando5 (2)

A Omarzai1-0-11-0

1.62

Fuller and slanting on the pads, Nissanka whips it behind square on the leg side for a couple.

1.50

Length and shaping around off, Nissanka makes a solid block.

1.44

FOUR! Slapped away! A length ball, outside off, Nissanka crunches it through cover-point for a boundary.

1.30

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

1.21

A length ball on  off, Avishka Fernando punches it to covers for a single.

1.14

FOUR! Avishka Fernando is off the mark as well. Fuller and on middle, this is flicked through square leg for a boundary.

Azmatullah Omarzai to bowl now.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 6/0

P Nissanka6 (6)

A Fernando0 (0)

F Farooqi1-0-6-0

0.60

Goes full and on middle, Nissanka defends it out.

0.52

A length ball on middle, Nissanka flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple more.

0.40

A length ball on off, this is defended.

0.30

On a length and on middle, this is blocked out.

0.24

FOUR! OFF THE MARK! This is full and outside off, Nissanka looks to drive but edges it to fine leg for a boundary.

0.10

A length ball on middle, Nissanka blocks it out.

Commentary

It was raining for a while but the covers have been removed now as the rain has disappeared. We should be back with chase shortly.

..THE CHASE...

Sri Lanka will be really happy with how things have ended. The start wasn't that good, Dilshan Madushanka in particular had a really bad day at the office but the others made up for him. Dunith Wellalage and Akila Dananjaya bowled in tandem and stopped the run flow at numerous times. Pramod Madushan and Avishka Fernando were brilliant too. This is a chaseable total. The bowlers have done well to restrict Afghanistan to a par total and it is upto the batters to do the job! Can Sri Lanka make it 3-0 or Afghanistan will avoid the whitewash?

Very early to say but Afghanistan have left around 25- 30 runs out in the middle. The way they started, 300 looked very much possible but yet again the lower-order collapsed just like they did in the last game. Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 17 runs off the first over and gave a blistering start to his team. He played with intent and scored a couple of brilliant shots but fell 2 short of his fifty. The baton though was passed to Rahmat Shah who played a composed innings of 65. Then there was the stand between Azmatullah Omarzai and Ikram Alikhil, both added around 50 runs but fell just when it was time to accelerate. Mohammad Nabi was the last hope but he too didn't make a big difference.

48.2W

OUT! GONE! Qais Ahmad goes for the same shot but Pramod Madushan removes all the pace from it, this is hit high and to deep mid-wicket where Sadeera Samarawickrama takes it.

48.16

SIX! WOW! That was out of the middle. Very full and wide of off. Ahmad slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. A couple of more is what needed.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 260/9

F Farooqi0 (3)

Q Ahmad5 (2)

A Fernando9-0-44-2

47.60

Very full and on middle, Farooqi survives as he blocks it.

47.50

A surprised bumper on middle, Farooqi somehow gets his bat tin the middle and it goes off the splice to third man. No run.

47.40

Very full and outside off, Fazalhaq Farooqi blocks it out.

Fazalhaq Farooqi is the last man in.

47.3W

OUT! BOWLED! Asitha Fernando has the last laugh. A yorker, around middle and off. Fareed is late to get his bat down and gets a bottom edge back onto the stumps.

47.24

FOUR! This is full and outside off, Fareed swings and hits it through point, past the diving fielder for a boundary.

47.10

A yorker, just outside off. Fareed looks to play at it but misses.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 256/8

F Ahmad1 (2)

Q Ahmad5 (2)

P Madushan8-0-39-2

46.61

On a length and on off, Fareed punches it to covers for a single.

46.50

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

46.4W

OUT! GONE! This will make a lot of difference to the scoreboard. A full toss on middle, almost a freebie but Nabi doesn't time well and hits it to deep mid-wicket where Sadeera Samarawickrama takes a sitter.

46.31

A slower length ball on off, this is pushed to long off for a single.

46.24

FOUR! Crucial runs. Very full and on middle, Ahmad flicks it through square leg for a boundary.

46.1W

OUT! GONE! This is full and outside off. Ashraf gets underneath and smashes it to long off. Charith Asalanka judges the flight well and takes it above his head. Afghanistan yet again looking shaky with the bat.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 250/6

S Ashraf4 (8)

M Nabi14 (20)

A Dananjaya10-0-54-2

45.61

This is full and on off, Ashraf works it to long off for a single.

45.50

Flat and outside off, Ashraf slaps it straight to cover.

45.40

Tossed up on off, this is defended out.

45.30

On middle, this is blocked out.

45.32wd

Wide! Spills it full and down leg, Nabi misses his sweep. The keeper dives and throws it at the bower's end as Ashraf was off his mark but the replay shows he had his bat in.

45.26

SIX! FLAT ONE! Fuller and around off. Nabi makes a bit of room and thumps it down to long off for a biggie.

45.11

This is full and on middle, Ashraf toe ends his heave to deep square leg for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 240/6

S Ashraf2 (3)

M Nabi8 (19)

A Fernando8-0-40-1

44.61

Very full and outside off, this is driven to covers for a single.

44.50

A full toss, around off, Ashraf hits it straight to short third man.

44.41

Fuller and outside off, Nabi carves it to backward point for a single.

44.31

Very full and on middle, Ashraf pushes it to mid off for a single.

Sharafuddin Ashraf walks in next.

44.2W

OUT! BOWLED! Sri Lanka are doing a massive job here to put late pressure! A yorker right on the base of middle. Omarzai shuffles across to paddle but misses. Might have hit the boots as it rolls back onto the stumps. Sri Lanka could keep Afghanistan under 270 which would be a tremendous job.

44.12

Very full and outside off, Omarzai smashes it down to long off and comes back for the second.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 235/5

A Omarzai52 (57)

M Nabi7 (18)

A Dananjaya9-0-44-2

43.61

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

43.50

On off and this one spins away. Omarzai slaps it to cover.

43.41

Fuller and on middle, this is swept to deep square leg for a single.

43.30

A googly now, around leg, Nabi tucks it to mid-wicket.

43.20

Tossed up on middle, Nabi punches it back to the bowler.

43.10

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

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 233/5

A Omarzai51 (55)

M Nabi6 (14)

A Fernando7-0-35-0

42.60

Well bowled! A yorker, tailing on leg, Omarzai backsaway to push but misses.

42.51

Avishka Fernando can't grip the ball. A full toss, outside off and this is hit to deep point for one.

42.40

A full toss on off, Nabi plays it straight to covers. He missed out there.

42.31

A full toss on middle, this is hit to long on for a single.

42.21

Fuller and on middle, this is tucked to deep square leg for one.

42.11

On middle, this is hit to long on for a single. Azmatullah Omarzai continues to have a brilliant series. Fifty for him now.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 229/5

A Omarzai49 (52)

M Nabi4 (11)

D Wellalage10-0-38-2

41.61

A single to end the over as Omarzai hits it to sweeper. Excellent stuff from Dunith Wellalage who ends his spell with two wickets.

41.51

Very full and outside off, Nabi smashes it through covers for a single.

41.40

Around off, Nabi knocks it to covers this titme. Another dot.

41.30

Flat and on middle, sticks into the surface. Nabi looks to flick but gets a leading edge to cover. Omarzai wants a single but is sent back on time.

41.20

Flat and around off, Nabi punches it late but to short third.

41.10

Tossed up on middle, Nabi defends it out.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 227/5

M Nabi3 (6)

A Omarzai48 (51)

P Madushan7-0-33-0

40.61

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

40.50

Length and on middle, this is blocked out.

40.41

An easy single as Omarzai pushes it to mid off.

40.31

A length ball on middle, drilled to long on for a single.

40.20

A yorker on middle, Nabi plays it straight down but hits the stumps instead.

40.10

Fuller and on middle, Nabi plays it to the left of the bowler who makes a diving stop.

Final powerplay! A total of five fielders are allowed outside the inner circle till the final ball.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 224/5

M Nabi1 (1)

A Omarzai47 (50)

D Wellalage9-0-36-2

39.61

Fuller and on off, Nabi drives it to long off for a single.

Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.

39.5W

OUT! BOWLED! Excellent stuff from Dunith Wellalage! Bowls it well wide of off, in the rough and it spins back in sharply. Ikram Alikhil goes back to cut but but is beaten and it brushes the flap of the pads and rolls onto the stumps. Timely wicket as these two added more than 50 in no time.

Is that out? Even the umpire is not sure and he sends it upstairs. Yup, Ikram Alikhil is bowled!

39.41

Flighted, outside off, this is driven to long off for a single.

39.31

Flat and on middle, Ikram Alikhil turns it to square leg for a single.

39.20

Angles it full and on middle, Ikram Alikhil nudges it to mid-wicket.

39.11

A single as this is hit to long off.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 220/4

A Omarzai45 (48)

I Alikhil31 (35)

P Madushan6-0-30-0

38.61

A length ball, outside off, Omarzai slaps it to cover who half-stops as it bounces in front of him and gives away a single.

38.51

On the pads, this is flicked  to mid-wicket for one.

38.51wd

Goes for the slower bumper, outside off, Ikram Alikhil stands tall and lets it go. Wided.

38.41

A yorker on middle and leg, Omarzai flicks it to mid-wicket.

38.31

Fuller and outside off, this is driven through covers for one. These two have added 50-runs now.

38.20

A length ball, around off, this is blocked.

38.16

SIX! WOW! That is some shot from Ikram Alikhil! On a length and on middle, Ikram Alikhil plays with a straight bat down to long on and it goes all the way. Lofted shot.

Pramod Madushan is back on.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 209/4

I Alikhil23 (31)

A Omarzai43 (46)

D Wellalage8-0-32-1

37.61

Well outside off, this is slapped to covers for a single.

37.51

TAP AND RUN! On off, Omarzai drops it to covers for a quick single.

37.40

Tad short and around off, Omarzai goes back and cuts it straight to point.

37.30

Flat and on middle, Omarzai plays it to covers.

37.20

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

37.10

On off, this is played back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 207/4

I Alikhil22 (30)

A Omarzai42 (41)

C Asalanka3-0-17-0

36.60

Tossed up on middle, this is blocked out.

36.51

Tossed up on the pads, Omarzai turns it to square leg for one more.

36.41

A single now as Ikram Alikhil works it to long on.

36.31

On the pads, this is flicked to deep square leg for one.

36.24

FOUR! Through the gap! Flat and outside off, Omarzai makes room and cuts it through cover and mid off for four.

36.11

Flat and outside off, bounces a bit as Ikram Alikhil chips it down to long off for a single. 200 up!

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 199/4

A Omarzai36 (38)

I Alikhil20 (27)

A Dananjaya8-0-42-2

35.60

Fuller and outside off, Omarzai punches it back to the bowler.

35.51

Angling on off, this is worked to long off for a single.

35.41

Flat and on off, Omarzai plays it through covers for one.

35.31

Tossed up on off, this is knocked through covers for one.

35.20

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

35.10

Full and on off, defended out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 196/4

I Alikhil18 (23)

A Omarzai35 (36)

C Asalanka2-0-9-0

34.61

Flat and on middle, this is nudged to deep square leg for a single.

34.51

Too full and on middle, Omarzai flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one.

34.41

QUICKS SINGLE! Full and on off, Ikram Alikhil drops it to covers and runs across for a single.

34.31

On the pads, this is nudged to deep mid-wicket for a single.

34.21

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

34.10

Fuller and on off, Ikram Alikhil punches it to the right of the bowler.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 191/4

A Omarzai33 (34)

I Alikhil15 (19)

A Dananjaya7-0-39-2

33.60

Tossed up on off, Omarzai pushes it to covers.

33.51

Full and on middle, this is played to mid-wicket for a single.

33.44

FOUR! Floats it outside off. Ikram Alikhil chips it over covers and wide of long off. The fielder runs, slides but bumps over the ball, his legs touched the ropes in the process as well. Four.

33.30

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

33.20

Tossed up, outside off, Ikram Alikhil skips down and blocks it out.

33.11

Fuller and outside off, Omarzai drags it to square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 185/4

I Alikhil10 (15)

A Omarzai32 (32)

C Asalanka1-0-4-0

32.60

Fuller and on middle, this is defended again.

32.50

Tossed up on middle, Ikram Alikhil goes back and blocks it out.

32.41

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

32.31

A single now as this is hit to long on.

32.21

Tossed up on off, Omarzai turns it to square leg for a quick single.

32.11

Very full and on middle, Ikram Alikhil uses his feet and plays it to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 181/4

I Alikhil8 (11)

A Omarzai30 (30)

A Dananjaya6-0-33-2

31.61

Slower through the air, outside off, this is knocked through covers for one.

31.51

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

31.41

TAP AND RUN! Flat and around off, this is dropped to point for a single.

31.30

On off, this is defended out.

31.20

On middle, this is blocked out.

31.11

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

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 177/4

I Alikhil6 (7)

A Omarzai28 (28)

D Madushanka6-0-52-0

30.60

A yorker, around off, Ikram Alikhil jams it out back onto the deck.

It has gone really dark at the moment.

30.61wd

Wide! Full and sliding down again. Ikram Alikhil lets it go. Turning out to be a long over.

30.50

Fuller and on middle, Ikram Alikhil pushes it to cover.

30.40

Fuller and outside off, it is driven to cover.

30.41wd

Wide! Down the leg side, this is wided.

30.32

Outside off, this is slapped through point for a couple of runs.

30.31wd

Wide! Shorter and on middle, Ikram Alikhil sits.

30.24

FOUR! Off the free hit! Short again, outside off, this is pulled over mid on for a boundary. Dilshan Madushanka is having a bad day at the office.

30.21nb

No ball! A bumper on off, Ikram Alikhil sits under it. A no ball is called as Dilshan Madushanka overstepped.

30.11

Length and on  off, Omarzai punches it to cover for one.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 166/4

I Alikhil0 (1)

A Omarzai27 (27)

D Wellalage7-0-30-1

29.60

On middle, this is blocked out.

Ikram Alikhil walks in next.

29.5W

OUT! LBW! Shah has been given LBW out but he reviews it. Might be due to the height. This is full and around middle and off. Shah steps across to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. UltraEdge shows no bat on this one. Ball Tracking shows THREE REDS. The ball stayed low enough to hit the stumps. Another batter goes while offering the sweep.

29.40

This one stays low, full and on middle, it is blocked.

29.31

Fuller and around off, Omarzai plays it through covers for one.

29.21

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

29.10

Angling on middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 164/3

A Omarzai26 (26)

R Shah64 (73)

D Madushanka5-0-41-0

28.64

FOUR! 8 runs of last 2, 11 overall! Dilshan Madushanka is not having a good time with the ball. Fuller and outside off, Omarzai creams it through covers for a boundary.

28.54

FOUR! Well played! This is short and on middle, Omarzai waits and plays it late over the keeper for a boundary.

28.40

Bowls it very full and on middle, Omarzai quicky digs it out back to the bowler.

28.30

Rolls his finger on this one, length and on off, Omarzai pushes it to point.

28.31wd

Too short this time on middle, Omarzai lets it go for a wide.

28.21

Length and on top of off, this is pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.

28.11

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

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 153/3

A Omarzai17 (21)

R Shah63 (72)

D Wellalage6-0-28-0

27.61

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

27.51

Too full and on off, Shah plays it to long off for a single.

27.41

Angles it on middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket for one.

27.34

FOUR! 150 up! Tad short and outside off, Omarzai steps across and cuts it through point and it races to the fence.

27.21

This is full and on middle, Shah sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

27.10

Flatter and outside off, Shah slaps it to point.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 145/3

A Omarzai11 (18)

R Shah61 (69)

P Madushan5-0-19-0

26.60

Ends the over with a short one on middle, Omarzai looks to pull but misses.

26.51

A full toss on middle, Shah tucks it to square leg for a single.

26.40

This is full and outside off, Shah drives it to cover who collects it on a bounce.

26.30

A length ball, outside off, Shah knocks it to point.

26.20

On a length and on middle, Shah punches it to mid on.

26.11

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

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 143/3

R Shah60 (65)

A Omarzai10 (16)

D Wellalage5-0-20-0

25.60

Tossed up on middle, this is blocked out.

25.51

Another single as Omarzai plays it to long off.

25.41

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

25.31

Full and on off, pushed to long off for a single.

25.20

Angling on middle, blocked out.

25.11

Fuller and outside off, Shah uses his feet and punches it past the bowler to long off for one.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 139/3

A Omarzai8 (13)

R Shah58 (62)

P Madushan4-0-17-0

24.60

Shorter and outside off, Omarzai goes for the pull but misses.

24.51

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

24.44

FOUR! Past the fielder. On a length and outside off, Shah crunches it through point, to the left of the man for four.

24.30

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

24.21

This is on top of off, it is played through point for one.

24.10

A length ball, outside off, Omarzai pushes it to cover.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 133/3

R Shah53 (59)

A Omarzai7 (10)

A Dananjaya5-0-29-2

23.60

Flat and outside off, Shah punches it to point.

23.51

Tossed up on middle, Omarzai plays it to long on for a single.

23.41

Fuller and on middle, this is hit to long on for  asingle.

23.34

FOUR!  Helped away! Slants it on the pads, Shah tickles it to fine leg for a boundary. Fifty for Shah! A fine knock from Shah and will hope to convert into a big one.

23.20

Tossed up on off, Shah defends it out.

23.11

Flighted on middle, this is played to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 126/3

R Shah48 (55)

A Omarzai5 (8)

A Fernando6-0-31-0

22.60

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

22.56

SIX! MASSIVE! This is short and outside off, sits nicely for Shah who pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a biggie.

22.40

Full and around off, Shah blocks.

22.30

A slower length ball on middle, this is knocked to cover.

22.20

On off, this is kept out.

22.11

A length ball, around off, Omarzai punches it through point for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 119/3

A Omarzai4 (7)

R Shah42 (50)

A Dananjaya4-0-22-2

21.61

Flat and outside off, Omarzai knocks it through point for a single.

21.51

Fuller and on middle, worked to long on for one more.

21.41

A googly on middle, Omarzai punches it to long on for a single.

21.31

Tossed up on off, Shah plays it to point for a single.

21.24

FOUR! That was not a good ball. A juicy full toss on middle, Shah drives it through covers for a boundary.

21.11

Outside off, this is worked to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 110/3

A Omarzai1 (4)

R Shah36 (47)

A Fernando5-0-24-0

20.61

Off the edge but falls safely. Asitha Fernando serves it short again on middle, Omarzai goes for the pull but not convincingly. Edges it over square leg and well far away from deep square leg.

20.50

A bumper on middle and leg. Omarzai ducks under it.

20.40

Fuller and outside off, Omarzai chops it to point.

20.30

A low full toss on off, Omarzai pushes it to mid off.

20.21

Outside off, Shah punches it through covers for a single.

20.10

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

Azmatullah Omarzai walks to the middle.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 108/3

H Shahidi5 (8)

R Shah35 (45)

A Dananjaya3-0-13-2

19.6W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Akila Dananjaya has another one. Flights it full and outside off, spins away this time. Shahidi prods across to defend but edges it to first slip where Pathum Nissanka takes it well. Sri Lanka making a fine comeback here.

19.52

Fuller and outside off, Shahidi strokes it through covers for a couple more.

19.40

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

19.30

Slants it on middle, Shahidi blocks.

19.21

This is full and outside off, Shah drives it through covers for a single.

19.10

Too full and around off, Shah defends.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 105/2

R Shah34 (43)

H Shahidi3 (4)

A Fernando4-0-22-0

18.61

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

18.50

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

18.40

Length and on middle, this is defended.

18.34

FOUR! Off the edge! Short of a length and on middle, Shah looks to pull but top edges  and it flies to fine leg for a boundary.

18.20

Length and on top of middle, this is blocked out.

18.11

Short of a length and on off, this is tapped to third man for one. 100 up!

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 99/2

H Shahidi2 (3)

R Shah29 (38)

A Dananjaya2-0-10-1

17.61

Flat and outside off, Shahidi punches it through covers for a single.

17.51

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

17.41

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

17.30

This is full and on middle, it is pushed back to the bowler.

Hashmatullah Shahidi is the new man in.

17.2W

OUT! BOWLED! Akila Dananjaya strikes and he is pumped up. Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes two short of his fifty. he was playing so so well. This is full and on leg, just like the previous ball but Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes for the sweep but misses and it rolls past him and clips the leg pole.

17.21wd

A googly, full and on the pads, Rahmanullah Gurbaz misses his clip.

17.11

Fuller and ouside off, eased down to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 94/1

R Gurbaz48 (56)

R Shah27 (36)

J Liyanage2-0-11-0

16.60

Too full and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz strokes it to point.

16.50

Lack of pace on this one, outside off, this is punched to cover.

16.41

Length and on middle, this is eased to long on for a single.

16.31

Tad fuller and on middle, this is nudged to square leg for a single.

16.21

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

16.10

A length ball, outside off, Shah punches it to point.

Drinks! A brilliant start for the visitors. They have done well so far with Rahmanullah Gurbaz through the actions. He has shown intent right away and looks all set for a big score. The pitch is good enough to score above 300 but Sri Lanka will look to restrict them much below the targeted total.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 91/1

R Gurbaz47 (53)

R Shah25 (33)

A Dananjaya1-0-5-0

15.60

5 runs off it. Flat and on middle, this is tucked to mid on.

15.50

A bit quicker and on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz blocks.

15.44

FOUR! Wonderful shot! Tossed up on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz plays it through the line and over mid off for a boundary.

15.30

Angling on the pads, Rahmanullah Gurbaz keeps it out.

15.20

Tossed up on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz plays it to the right of the bowler.

15.11

Tossed up on middle, spins in. Shah tickles it to short fine leg for one.

Change. Akila Dananjaya is into the attack.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 86/1

R Shah24 (32)

R Gurbaz43 (48)

J Liyanage1-0-8-0

14.61

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

14.50

A length ball, outside off, Shah slaps it straight to point.

14.44

FOUR! Class from Shah! Tad fuller and around off, Shah creams it down to long on for a boundary.

14.31

On a length and on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

14.21

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

14.11

A length ball, outside off, this is knocked through covers for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 78/1

R Gurbaz41 (46)

R Shah18 (28)

D Madushanka4-0-30-0

13.61

This is full and on middle, a bit of angle and Rahmanullah Gurbaz edges his push to fine leg for one.

13.51

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

13.41

QUICK RUN! Full and on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz tucks it close to square leg and calls for a single. Shah runs across but the throw comes in and hits him near the ribs. Magic spray is needed!

13.30

Slower ball, this is on a length and on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz blocks.

13.21

A length ball on middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket for a single.

13.11

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

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 73/1

R Shah16 (26)

R Gurbaz38 (42)

D Wellalage4-0-16-0

12.60

Fuller and angling on middle, Shah flicks it to mid-wicket.

12.50

Tossed up on middle, this is defended out.

12.44

FOUR! Shah sees it is touch short and goes back quickly and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

12.30

Flatter and on middle, Shah goes back and defends it out.

12.20

This one comes with the arm, on middle, it is blocked out.

12.10

Too full and on off, Shah plays it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 69/1

R Shah12 (20)

R Gurbaz38 (42)

D Madushanka3-0-25-0

11.61

Length ball, outside off, Shah knocks it through covers for a single.

11.50

Short in length and on off, Shah blocks it out.

11.40

Drops it short and around off. Shah tries to get on top of the bounce but is hurries with the pace on it. Fends it on the off side awkwardly.

11.30

On middle, defended.

11.21lb

Leg bye! Angling on the pads. Rahmanullah Gurbaz fends it on the leg side and calls for a single.

11.11

Fuller and outside off, Shah drives it to sweeper for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 66/1

R Gurbaz38 (41)

R Shah10 (15)

D Wellalage3-0-12-0

10.60

Just one of the over. Full and on middle, played back to the bowler.

10.50

This is full and on middle, it is eased to mid on.

10.40

Tossed up on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz blocks it.

10.30

Angling on the pads, Rahmanullah Gurbaz blocks it out.

10.21

Spills it down leg. Shah looks to sweep but mistimes it to square leg for one.

10.11

Angling on middle, eased to long on for a single.

Powerplay 2 time! Now, 4 fielders are allowed outside the circle till the 40th over.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 64/1

R Shah9 (14)

R Gurbaz37 (36)

P Madushan3-0-11-0

9.60

This is full and on middle, Shah nudges it to mid-wicket.

9.50

On a length and on off, Shah defends it out.

9.41

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

9.30

On middle, blocked out.

9.20

A length ball, outside off and it swings away. Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to poke it but misses.

9.10

Full and on off, it is pushed to cover.

9.11wd

Wide! Spills it down the leg side, left alone.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 62/1

R Shah9 (12)

R Gurbaz36 (32)

A Fernando3-0-16-0

8.60

Fuller and outside off, Shah pushes it to cover.

8.54

FOUR! First one for Shah! Short of a length and on middle, Shah pulls it over mid-wicket and it rolls to the fence.

8.40

This is full and on middle, Shah fends it to mid on.

8.30

On a length and on off, kept out.

8.20

On a length and on middle, Shah blocks.

8.10

Very full and angling on off, Shah pushes it to mid off.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 58/1

R Gurbaz36 (32)

R Shah5 (6)

D Wellalage2-0-10-0

7.60

Tossed up on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz hits it back to Dunith Wellalage.

7.50

Tossed up on middle, this is blocked out.

7.44

FOUR! A lot of width outside off and Rahmanullah Gurbaz cuts it through point for a boundary.

7.31

Flat and outside off, Shah strokes it to long off for a single.

7.20

On middle, defended out.

7.11

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

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 52/1

R Gurbaz31 (28)

R Shah4 (4)

A Fernando2-0-12-0

6.61

Full and on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz pushes it to mid off for a quick single. Again, the running between the wickets doesn't look promising.

6.50

On middle, kept  out.

6.40

Goes full and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz punches it to cover.

6.31

Short in length and on off, Shah looks to defend but inside edges it to fine leg for one.

6.21

50 up for the visitors in quick time. On middle, this is hit to mid on for a quick single.

6.16

SIX! BANG! This is full and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz comes down the track and smashes it over long off for a biggie. He looks in mood.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 43/1

R Shah3 (3)

R Gurbaz23 (23)

D Wellalage1-0-4-0

5.60

Too full and outside off, Shah leans and plays it to cover.

5.50

Flat and angling on middle, Shah knocks it to cover.

5.41

Tossed up on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz pushes it to the right of mid off for a single.

5.30

Takes it on the full as Rahmanullah Gurbaz uses his feet, plays it back to the bowler.

5.20

Flighted on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz pushes it to cover.

5.13

THREE RUNS! Fuller and outside off, Shah punches it in the gap through covers for three runs. The fielder dives and saves a run.

Dunith Wellalage is into the attack.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 39/1

R Gurbaz22 (20)

R Shah0 (0)

A Fernando1-0-3-0

4.60

Fuller and on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz pushes it to point.

4.50

Outside off, fuller, Rahmanullah Gurbaz keeps it out.

4.40

JUST SHORT! A length ball, around the 5th stump. Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to defend but outside edges it to first slip who collects it low but just on a bounce.

Rahmat Shah walks in next.

4.3W

OUT! RUN OUT! Such a good start for Afghanistan but they lose a wicket in worst possible manner. Length and on off, Ibrahim Zadran punches it to the right of cover-point. Avishka Fernando dives, collects and throws at the bowler's end. One stump to aim and he hits it. Ibrahim Zadran gave up as he ran across.

4.21

This is full and outside off, Gurbaz knocks it to cover who dives to his right and parries it to mid off for a single.

4.12

Angling on the pads, this is clipped behind square on the leg side for a couple.

Asitha Fernando to bowl now.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 36/0

I Zadran13 (9)

R Gurbaz19 (15)

P Madushan2-0-9-0

3.60

Length and outside off, this is punched to cover.

3.54

FOUR! This is not a good start from both the seamers. A bumper again on leg and Ibrahim Zadran just helps it on its way to fine leg for four.

3.40

A bumper, around leg, Ibrahim Zadran leaves.

3.34

FOUR! Not a good length from Pramod Madushan as this is pitched up, outside off and Ibrahim Zadran drives it through covers for a boundary. Afghanistan off a flier.

3.24lb

Four leg byes! A length ball, sliding on the pads. Ibrahim Zadran misses his flick and it rolls off the pads to fine leg for four.

3.10

A length ball, around off, Ibrahim Zadran blocks.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 24/0

R Gurbaz19 (15)

I Zadran5 (3)

D Madushanka2-0-23-0

2.60

6 runs of this over. On a length and on middle, Gurbaz turns it to square leg.

2.50

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

2.41

Length and outside off, this is punched to covers for a single.

2.30

Length and on off, defended out.

2.24

FOUR! Flies away! Short of a length and outside off, Ibrahim Zadran flashes his blade and cuts it over first slip for a boundary.

2.11

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

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 18/0

R Gurbaz18 (12)

I Zadran0 (0)

P Madushan1-0-1-0

1.61

Single of the last ball. Length ball on off, Gurbaz taps it to mid off and rotates the strike.

1.50

Five dots now! Very full and on middle, swings away. Gurbaz uses his feet and drills it to mid on.

1.40

A length ball, angling on the pads. Gurbaz looks to flick this but misses and gets hit on the pads.

1.30

On a length and around off, Gurbaz punches it to cover.

1.20

This one is the outswinger, fuller and outside off, Gurbaz looks to drive it away but misses.

1.10

Full delivery on middle, Gurbaz eases it to mid on.

Pramod Madushan to bowl from the other end.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 17/0

R Gurbaz17 (6)

I Zadran0 (0)

D Madushanka1-0-17-0

0.61

17 runs of the first over. Great start! Fuller and on off, this is eased to mid off for a single.

0.54

FOUR! Fourth one! Lucky this time. A length ball on middle, Gurbaz looks to defend it but inside edges it to fine leg for a boundary.

0.44

FOUR! Three in a row. What a start by Gurbaz. Best of the lot. Very full and on middle, Gurbaz drives it wonderfully down the ground to long off for four runs.

0.34

FOUR! Another boundary! Angles across a length ball, around off and Gurbaz plays with soft hands, delicately past first slip and to the third man fence.

0.24

FOUR! Afghanistan are underway! Very full and on middle, Gurbaz flicks it through mid-wicket, past the fielder for a boundary.

0.10

A length ball, outside ofof, Gurbaz plays with an angled bat to backward point.

We are all set. The players are out in the middle. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran to open for the visitors. Dilshan Madushanka to bowl first.

Kusal Mendis says they don't mind batting first. Informs Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana are rested for this game. Reckons the first two games went according to the plan and are looking forward to bowl first.

Hashmatullah Shahidi says they'll bat as the wicket looks good. Informs about the team changes. Reckons their fielding wasn't upto the mark and also lost wickets in tandems in the last game, so they will look to do better in this game.

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

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

TOSS - Afghanistan have won the toss and will BAT.

Two comfortable wins for the hosts has seen them seal the series with a game to go. Despite having a series in the bag, they'll be eager to make it three in three. Afghanistan on the other hand, will look to salvage some pride but avoiding the whitewash. Still a lot to play for, let's hope we get a cracker of a game this time around. Stay tuned for the toss and teams.

... MATCH DAY ...

Afghanistan embarked on their tour to Sri Lanka with high hopes and expectations. However, their journey so far hasn't been fruitful. They suffered a defeat in the one-off Test without much of a challenge. Although they displayed great fighting spirit in the first ODI, they ended up on the losing side. In the second game, they were completely outplayed. With winning the series now out of reach, they can only aim to salvage some pride and avoid a whitewash. Struggling without their formidable spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman, Afghanistan have conceded 300+ totals in both matches. Noor Ahmad and Qais Ahmad have failed to make a significant impact, while pacers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Fareed Ahmad have also struggled. Their batting has been inconsistent too. In the first game, Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai kept them in contention while chasing a massive target with two huge centuries after the top order failed, but couldn't seal the win. In the previous game, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah got half-centuries, but the rest of the batting lineup failed, resulting in a heavy defeat. Omarzai compensated for his batting failure with excellent bowling, emerging as one of the top all-rounders globally. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi's lack of runs is concerning, and they hope to regain it and perform collectively in the upcoming game to challenge the hosts. On the other hand, Sri Lanka can consider themselves somewhat fortunate, with Pathum Nissanka's sensational double hundred in the first game making the difference. Contributions from Avishka Fernando, who narrowly missed a century, were also crucial. In the last ODI, it was more of a collective effort, with Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Janith Liyanage registering fifties, while Asalanka smashed a brilliant 97. The positive for the Lankans is that every batter is in good form, making them a solid unit. Pramod Madushan starred with the ball in the first game, while Wanindu Hasaranga impressed in the second. Although Maheesh Theekshana hasn't taken a wicket in this series, he aims to change that, while Dilshan Madushanka and Asitha Fernando have played vital supporting roles in the bowling department. The hosts are brimming with confidence and aim for a 3-0 series win, while the Afghans seeks a victory to carry momentum into the T20I series. Let's see who emerges victorious.