The host team has taken a 1-0 lead in the series by winning the first match of the three-match ODI series being played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan by 42 runs. In this match, the Sri Lankan team, batting first, scored 381 runs at the loss of 3 wickets in 50 overs, thanks to Pathum Nissanka’s double century. After this, the Afghanistan team, which came to chase the target, managed to score only 339 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs, despite the century innings of Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai.
Nabi and Omarzai took charge of Afghanistan’s innings but could not win.
Chasing the target of 382 runs, the Afghanistan team had a very bad start in which they lost their first wicket at the score of 5. After this, by the score of 55, half the Afghan team had returned to the pavilion. From here Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai took charge of the innings and tried to bring the team back into the match. There was a partnership of 242 runs in 222 balls between the two for the sixth wicket but together they could not save Afghanistan from defeat in this match. While Omarzai played an unbeaten inning of 149 runs in 115 balls, Nabi scored 136 runs in 130 balls. Whereas in bowling for Sri Lanka, Pramod Madushan took 4 wickets while Dushmanta Chameera took 2 wickets.
Nissanka’s double century took Sri Lanka to a big score
If we talk about the innings of Sri Lankan team in this match, Pathum Nissanka’s brilliant performance was seen in it, in which he played an inning of 210 runs facing 139 balls. Nissanka also became the first player from Sri Lanka to score a double century in ODI. Apart from this, Avishka Fernando scored 88 runs while Sadira Samarawickrama scored 45 runs in this innings, due to which Sri Lanka was able to reach the score of 381. In bowling for Afghanistan, Fadir Ahmed took 2 wickets while Mohammad Nabi took 1 wicket. The second ODI match of the series between the two teams will be played on 11 February.
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