The Sri Lankan team is currently playing a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan on its home soil. By winning the second ODI match played at Pallekele ground by 155 runs, the Sri Lankan team has achieved an unassailable lead in the series with one match remaining. In this match, Sri Lanka, batting first, scored 308 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs on the basis of Charith Asalanka’s inning of 97 runs. After this, the Afghan team, which came to chase the target, failed by scoring only 153 runs. In this match, Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was amazing with the ball.
Afghanistan players trapped in Hasranga’s spin
Chasing the target of 309 runs, the Afghanistan team got the first blow on the score of 31 in the form of Rahmanullah Gurbaz who returned to the pavilion after scoring only 8 runs. After this, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah took the team’s score to 49 runs at the loss of 1 wicket in the first 10 overs. There was a partnership of 97 runs in 121 balls between the two for the second wicket. Afghanistan got the second blow at the score of 128 in the form of Zadran who became the victim of Asitha Fernando after playing an innings of 54 runs. After this, Rahmat Shah also became the victim of Hasaranga after playing an inning of 63 runs. From here, the Afghanistan team lost wickets very quickly from both ends and the last 8 players could not even touch double figures. Afghanistan’s entire innings ended at 153 runs in 33.5 overs. For Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga took 4 wickets giving 27 runs in 6.5 overs, apart from this, Dilshan Madushanaka and Asitha Fernando took 2-2 while Pramod Madushan took 1 wicket.
Middle order batsmen of Sri Lankan team showed amazing performance.
In this match, both the opening batsmen of the Sri Lankan team could not do anything special with the bat. While Pathum Nissanka returned to the pavilion after scoring 18 runs, Avishka Fernando could only manage to score 5 runs. After losing both the initial wickets at the score of 36, the Sri Lankan team’s innings was managed by captain Kusal Mendis and Samarawickrama and saw a partnership of 103 runs for the third wicket. While Mendis returned to the pavilion after playing an inning of 61 runs, Samarawickrama saw 52 runs from his bat. After this, Charith Asalanka maintained the pace of scoring runs from one end and made a partnership of 111 runs for the 5th wicket with Janith Liyanage. While Asalanka remained unbeaten after playing an inning of 97 runs in 74 balls, Liyanage got 50 runs with the bat. Azmatullah took three wickets with the ball for Afghanistan in this match.
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