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Sri Lanka thrash Afghanistan to safe 2-Zero sequence win

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Sri Lankan batter Charith Asalanka performs a shot throughout the second One-day Worldwide towards Afghanistan on the Pallekele Worldwide Cricket Stadium on Sunday.—AFP

KANDY: Sri Lanka secured a convincing 155 run win over Afghanistan within the second One-day Worldwide on Sunday, taking an unassailable 2-Zero lead within the three-match sequence.

Afghanistan, set a goal of 309 to stage the sequence, have been shot out for 153 inside 34 overs as leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga starred with 4 wickets.

Afghanistan have been nicely positioned at 128 for one in pursuit of their goal, however as soon as Rahmat Shah (54) and Ibrahim Zadran (63) have been dismissed there was little combat from the remainder of the batters.

The pair had added 97 runs for the second wicket and Asitha Fernando, taking part in his first ODI in 15 months, supplied the breakthrough by having Ibrahim caught behind.

Leg-spinner Hasaranga then produced two wickets in an over as he trapped Rahmat leg earlier than wicket, whereas captain Hashmatullah Shahidi was bowled.

Hasaranga was backed up by seamers as Dilshan Madushanka claimed two wickets in an over and Asitha Fernando, who additionally ended with two wickets.

Afghanistan collapsed dropping eight wickets for 10 runs, as Sri Lanka dominated below lights.

It was a again to the wall unbeaten 97 by Charith Asalanka that enabled Sri Lanka to a complete of over 300 runs.

The Sri Lankan vice-captain was concerned in two essential partnerships, first including 111 runs off 98 balls with Janith Liyanage (50) for the fifth wicket.

A 50 run partnership adopted for the sixth wicket with Hasaranga off 32 balls.

Asalanka scored 62 runs in 35 balls within the final 10 overs and completed unbeaten on 97, a rating he hit off 74 balls with 9 fours and two sixes.

Sri Lanka bought off to a poor begin, dropping the openers with 36 runs on the board.

Captain Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama scored half-centuries, whereas being concerned in a 103 run stand for the third wicket.

Each batsmen fell for poor strokes.

Samarawickrama hit one straight to mid-wicket, whereas Mendis took on the deep mid-wicket fielder however did not clear him.

Azmatullah Omarzai was the choose of the bowlers for Afghanistan ending with three wickets.

Afghanistan have been sloppy on the sector dropping as many as 5 catches, a efficiency that price them dearly.

The third and closing ODI might be performed on Wednesday on the identical venue.

The hosts gained the tour’s sole Check by 10 wickets. The present sequence might be adopted by three T20 matches, all in Dambulla.

SCOREBOARD

SRI LANKA:

P. Nissanka lbw b Omarzai18

A. Fernando c Naib b Farooqi5

Okay. Mendis c Gurbaz b Omarzai61

S. Samarawickrama c Nabi b Q. Ahmad52

C. Asalanka not out97

J. Liyanage c Shah b N. Ahmad50

W. Hasaranga c Zadran b Omarzai14

EXTRAS (LB-2, NB-1, W-8)11

TOTAL (for six wickets, 50 overs)308

DID NOT BAT: M. Theekshana, P. Madushan, D. Madushanka, AM. Fernando

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-19 (Nissanka), 2-36 (Avishka), 3-139 (Samarawickrama), 4-147 (Okay. Mendis), 5-258 (Liyanage), 6-308 (Hasaranga)

BOWLING: Farooqi 10-1-55-1 (1w), Omarzai 10-0-56-3 (2w, 1nb), Nabi 10-0-38-0 (2w), Naib 5-0-48-0 (1w), N. Ahmad 8-0-54-1 (1w), Q. Ahmad 7-0-55-1 (1w)

AFGHANISTAN:

R. Gurbaz c Mendis b AM Fernando8

I. Zadran c Mendis b AM Fernando54

R. Shah lbw b Hasaranga63

H. Shahidi b Hasaranga9

A. Omarzai b Madushan3

M. Nabi lbw b Hasaranga1

I. Alikhil run out4

G. Naib lbw b Hasaranga0

Q. Ahmad c Nissanka b Madushanka1

N. Ahmad lbw b Madushanka0

F. Farooqi not out0

EXTRAS (W-10)10

TOTAL (all out, 33.5 overs)153

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-31 (Gurbaz), 2-128 (Zadran), 3-143 (Shah), 4-146 (Shahidi), 5-148 (Omarzai), 6-152 (Nabi), 7-152 (Alikhil), 8-153 (Q. Ahmad), 9-153 (N. Ahmad)

BOWLING: Madushanka 7-1-28-2 (3w), Madushan 6-0-37-1 (1w), AM. Fernando 6-0-23-2, Theekshana 6-0-25-0 (2w), Liyanage 2-0-13-0, Hasaranga 6.5-0-27-4

RESULT: Sri Lanka gained by 155 runs.

PLAYER-OF-THE-MATCH: Charith Asalanka

Printed in Daybreak, February 12th, 2024



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