Afghanistan knocked five-time champions Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup with a 91-run win in Abu Dhabi Monday, the consequence reflecting the rise of the cricketers from the strife-torn nation and the autumn of the as soon as all-conquering islanders. Opting to bat after profitable the toss, Afghanistan had been all out for 249 in 50 over on a pitch that seemed to be on the slower facet, making stroke-play troublesome.
Rahmat Shah top-scored for the minnows with a composed 72 off 90 balls, whereas pacer Thisara Perera was essentially the most profitable bowler for the islanders with figures of 5 for 55.
In reply, Sri Lanka had been bundled out for 158 in 41.2 overs.
Afghanistan have had a formidable run to date in 2018, beating Zimbabwe and Eire aside from profitable the qualifiers to ebook a berth in subsequent yr’s ICC World Cup.
On the the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the Afghanistan cricket crew made one other emphatic assertion.
Up to now, batting has typically allow them to down however as soon as they closed in on 250, the spin-heavy Afghanistan fancied their possibilities in opposition to the struggling Sri Lankans, who merely caved in and threw away their wickets.
By the point their trump card Rashid Khan was launched, Afghanistan had already taken two wickets, and the leg-spinner delivered instantly bowling out Kusal Perera, who made an unsuccessful try and unsettle the strike bowler.
Upul Tharanga, after having hung in there for his 64-ball 36, provided a easy catch at mid-off to go away Sri Lanka in a spot of hassle at 88 for 4.
Lots trusted skipper Angelo Mathews (22) however he too acquired out whereas attempting to drive the tempo.
Thisara, after a profitable outing with the ball, made 28 off 36 balls.
Mujeeb ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid and Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets apiece for Afghanistan.
This was Sri Lanka’s second straight loss in Group B, coming two days after the heavy defeat by the hands of Bangladesh.
Earlier, Rahmat Shah held the Afghan innings collectively earlier than Thisara’s five-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka bowl out Afghanistan.
Perera picked up his fourth five-for as Sri Lanka took seven wickets within the final eight overs of Afghanistan innings.
Afghanistan had been off to a cautious begin with the openers Mohammad Shahzad (34) and Ihsanullah Janat (45) placing on 57 runs in slightly below 12 overs.
Spinner Akila Dhananjaya made the primary breakthrough when he had Shahzad trapped in entrance of the wicket. It was a unfastened shot and trying to reverse sweep a size ball proved to be his undoing.
There was one other half-century stand, between Ihsanullah and Shah, because the Afghanistan dressing room regarded relaxed.
Nevertheless, Sri Lanka discovered one other wicket after the 2 batsmen added precisely 50 runs for the second wicket. Umpire Gregory Brathwaite was not impressed with Akila’s shout for an lbw, prompting the Sri Lankans to go for a overview, and acquired the choice of their favour.
Returning to the facet after lacking the event opener in opposition to Bangladesh, off-spinner Akila returned with tidy figures of two/37 in his 10-overs spell on a wicket that performed gradual, making stroke-making troublesome.
Skipper Asghar Afghan got here to the center, however his keep was short-lived as Shehan Jayasuriya foxed him, the 2 wickets in as many overs decreasing Afghanistan to 110 for 3 at he finish of the 26th over.
An 80-run partnership ensued between Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi (37), serving to Afghanistan to 190 when Dushmantha Chameera despatched the Afghan top-scorer again to the pavilion. Shah’s knock included 5 hits to the fence.
Shahidi was the following man to get out, falling to Perera. Mohammad Nabi scored 12-ball 15 earlier than the seasoned Lasith Malinga lower quick his keep within the center.
The Lankans pulled again issues within the loss of life, selecting up a bagful of wickets with Thisara doing the majority of the injury.
First Printed: September 18, 2018, 12:59 AM IST