Cricket World cup 2019: Sri Lanka beats Afghanistan by 34 runs
Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs via DLS method to register their first win of World Cup 2019.
Chasing a modest target of 187 runs, Afghanistan started decently as both their openers scored at decent pace upfront. Sri Lanka pacers came back strongly and reduced them to 57/5 inside 14 overs.
Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib stitched 50-run partnership to get their innings on track. But lack of support from other batsmen resulted in Afghanistan losing the game by 34 runs.
For Sri Lanka, Nuwan Pradeep finished with his career best figure of 31/4.
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib won the toss and elected to bowl against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka openers Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne both started aggressively and completed 50-run stand in 29 balls. They kept going and added 92 runs for the first wicket.
Karunaratne fell to Mohammad Nabi on 30. Perera was joined by Lahiru Thirimanne in the middle and they both added 52 runs for the second wicket. Sri Lanka were pushed on the backfoot by Nabi who picked up three wickets in an over.
The wickets kept falling from the other end and Perera ultimately departed for 78 runs. The weather forecast before the match proved to be right as rain started pouring after 33 overs, halting the play for close to two hours.
After the play resumed Sri Lanka could only add 13 runs to their tally. Nabi picked up maximum wickets for Afghanistan as he finished with 4/30 in nine overs. Afghanistan got a revised target of 187 runs.
(Source: NDTV / Pix by AP)
Win is a Win. Congratulations. That said, not convincingly. May be rain saved Sri Lanka. Middle order collapsed same as NZ match. If the Middle Order out of form SL has to get rid of them including veteran batsman Matthews (who scored two consecutive ducks!).
I don’t understand why the cricket board insists on playing players who repeatedly paly poor, careless irresponsible cricket. If we play young cricketers and loose it will not be so bad.; Players like Mathews, Kusal Mendis and Dnanjaya who have enough experience should take more responsibility. Suranga Lakmal is another disappointment with all of his experience.
On the other hand congratulations to the rest for fighting hard. Especially Malinda and Pradeep. WE can only hope that our boys will go down fighting if they can not win.