September 05, 2022

DP Asia Cup 2022 Review- Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets

By Sairaj More


The 7th March of the Asia Cup 2022 saw Sri Lanka face off against Afghanistan on the 3rd of September at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah. Sri Lanka, who won the toss, decided to bowl first and went with an unchanged playing Eleven from the last game. Afghanistan dropped Omarzai for Samiullah Shinwari.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave a promising start to Afghanistan in the Powerplay. However, the opening partnership was broken in the 4th over when Madushanka dismissed Hazratullah Zazai. Gurbaz continued to counterattack Sri Lankan bowlers and eventually played a crucial knock for Afghanistan, scoring 84 runs off 45 balls. Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran had a 93 runs stand between them, which allowed Afghanistan to finish 175 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. Dishan Madushanka took two wickets while Theekshana and Asitha Fernando bagged a wicket each.

Chasing a target of 176, Sri Lanka held their nerves to beat Afghanistan by four wickets in the Asia Cup Super 4 clash in Sharjah. Openers Pathum Nissanka (35) and Kusal Mendis (36) gave Sri Lanka a flying start, adding 62 runs for the first wicket. Kusal Mendis got them off to a flier in the powerplay. But the Afghanistan spinner took control of the proceedings, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi taking three wickets between them. Nissanka and Hasaranga added crucial runs. However, Danushka Gunathilaka (33) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa's (31) power-hitting swung the match back in Sri Lanka's favour. Rajapaksa played the clinching knock, and what a cameo that was. Sri Lanka completed the highest successful T20I chase in Sharjah!

A brilliant chase from Sri Lanka as they won this opening Super Four encounter! The target they were facing seemed to be a very challenging one, but they never let the rate go out of hand. Afghanistan's last five overs with the bat yielded only 37 runs, which was costly as their bowlers had an off day, especially Rashid Khan, who went for 39 in his four overs. They looked like they had an arsenal to defend on a dull pitch but failed to execute well. Dropped catches also cost them the game.

Sri Lanka gets a measure of redemption against Afghanistan after the opening game trouncing and they do it in style, completing the highest-ever chase on this ground and the highest-ever chase against Afghanistan in T20s. Afghanistan, though, will wonder what could have been after they had more than their fair share of chances to put the game to bed. First, their batters couldn't capitalise in the death overs, and then in the field, it was a mixed bag with extraordinary fielding. Sri Lanka won't mind though and this will give them a load of confidence going into the game against India on Tuesday.

Afghanistan will think of that lean patch near the 10-over mark where they did not score a boundary for 22 deliveries. Or maybe the fact that this was Rashid Khan's most expensive outing in UAE ever. A good turnaround for the 2014 Asia Cup and T20 champions to better their case for the final next Sunday. Afghanistan will now need to get the better of India and Pakistan to have a shot at the final match in Dubai.


Previous Post

Dutch League Match Report- AFC Ajax vs SC Cambuur

Next Post

Rory McIlroy: Why the Irishman is currently the best golfer in the world

Related Articles

  • July 13, 2022

    Kiran Prabhu Navgire- The Nagaland run machine

  • July 19, 2022

    India vs Leicestershire – a well-utilized warm-up game for India but far from match ready.

  • July 21, 2022

    India's rising youth star- Umran Malik

  • August 04, 2022

    How will Bangladesh fare in this year’s Asia Cup?

  • August 05, 2022

    India’s rising U-19 Captain – Yash Dhull

  • August 08, 2022

    Smriti Mandhana – The backfoot ballerina of Indian cricket

  • August 10, 2022

    Ashleigh Gardner- the buttress of the Australian cricket team

  • August 10, 2022

    Indian women's team clinches silver at CWG 2022 with their best performances

  • August 11, 2022

    Spinners Rip Through The Windies As India Ends The Series With A 4-1 Win

  • August 12, 2022

    Should Pakistan change squad ahead of Asia Cup?

  • August 12, 2022

    Is the Indian team better off without KL Rahul?

  • August 17, 2022

    India’s all-rounders' crucial role in winning the Asia Cup

  • August 18, 2022

    Top 3 fast bowlers for India ahead of Asia Cup 2022

  • August 19, 2022

    Shoaib Akhtar – A life and career spent on the highway to the danger zone

  • August 22, 2022

    The Indian women's cricket team deserve attention and acclaim after the Commonwealth Games

  • August 23, 2022

    Top 3 most crucial players for Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022

  • August 24, 2022

    Jhulan Goswami retires from International Cricket

  • August 26, 2022

    Shubman Gill owns the show as India record whitewash against Zimbabwe

  • August 26, 2022

    Sanju Samson – India’s most elegant batsmen with a burden of perception

  • August 26, 2022

    How can Sri Lanka prepare ahead for the Asia Cup 2022

  • August 26, 2022

    Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul: The better fit for captaincy

  • August 27, 2022

    Harmanpreet Kaur: Leading the new generation of Indian Women’s cricket

  • August 27, 2022

    How will Shaheen Afridi's ruling out from the Asia Cup impact Pakistan

  • August 29, 2022

    Afghanistan starts strong in the first match of DP Asia Cup 2022

  • August 30, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 India vs Pakistan: Pandya finishes off in style for a thrilling win

  • August 30, 2022

    Dutch League Match Report- Excelsior vs PSV

  • August 30, 2022

    Cathryn Lorraine Fitzpatrick: A Fast Bowler Who Still Has No Equal

  • September 01, 2022

    India under Virat Kohli in Test Cricket

  • September 01, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Afghanistan hold off Bangladesh in tense Asia Cup encounter

  • September 02, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 Review- India vs Hong Kong

  • September 02, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 Review- Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Sri Lanka sends Bangladesh out of Asia Cup in thriller

  • September 05, 2022

    James Anderson: First Cricketer in Test History to reach incredible feat; leaves behind Tendulkar, Ponting

  • September 05, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 Review- Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets

  • September 07, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 Review- India vs Pakistan

  • September 08, 2022

    Shubman Gill: The youngster with the hallmarks of a future India batting mainstay

  • September 08, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 Review- India vs Sri Lanka: SL beat India by 6 wickets, makes way to the final match

  • September 09, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022 Review- Pakistan vs Afghanistan: Pak joins SL for the final match of the Asia Cup

  • September 12, 2022

    DP World Asia Cup 2022- Review – India vs Afghanistan

  • September 13, 2022

    Sri Lanka wins DP Asia Cup 2022 after beating Pakistan by 23 runs

  • September 16, 2022

    DP Asia Cup 2022: How Sri Lanka defied the odds of becoming the champions and clinched the title

  • September 19, 2022

    Bumrah, Pant, and Ashwin secure a place in the T20 World Cup squad

  • September 19, 2022

    Top 3 Performances in DP Asia Cup 2022

  • September 20, 2022

    Australia Captain announces ODI retirement, will not play next year’s World Cup


Post a comment