Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga made up for the deficient efficiency from Sri Lankan batsmen and by hook or by crook led their workforce to a 34-run victory (DLS) in opposition to Afghanistan in a rain-interrupted stumble upon on the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday (June 4).
Requested to bat, Kusal Perera smashed a forged 78 and helped Afghanistan succeed in 144 for 1 at one level. That is when Mohammad Nabi (Four for 30) took the issues into his personal arms and wreaked havoc through scalping 3 wickets in an over. There was once a rain intervention as smartly and the fit was once lowered to 41 overs-a-side, however Sri Lanka may by no means get better from that blow and had been bundled out for 201 in 36.five overs.
Chasing 187 (revised goal) in 41 overs, Afghanistan may no longer get going as Pradeep (Four for 31) and Malinga (Three for 39) stored selecting up wickets at common durations and knocked over the Gulbadin Naib-led aspect for 152 in 32.Four overs.
Kusal Perera were given Sri Lanka off to the most productive imaginable get started as he went after the Afghanistan bowlers from the phrase pass. The left-hander commenced his innings with a boundary and there was once no preventing them. The 28-year-old was once in particular competitive in opposition to Hamid Hassan as he took him aside for 30 runs in his first two overs. In the meantime Dimuth Karunaratne (30), who carried his bat in opposition to New Zealand, did not take a look at the rest fancy and allowed his spouse to do many of the speaking.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who did not get the brand new ball just for the second one time in his ODI profession, was once presented within the 5th over and in conjunction with Nabi was once in a position to deliver the run price fairly down. Having added 92 runs in 13 overs, the entirety was once going smartly for Sri Lanka ahead of Karunaratne performed an uncharacteristic shot that landed immediately into the arms of the lengthy on fielder.
Coming at No. 3, Lahiru Thirimanne did the similar activity that Karunaratne was once doing thus far and ensured Kusal Perera were given many of the strike. Within the procedure, Thirimanne went previous 3000 ODI runs, whilst Kusal Perera finished his fifty in 42 deliveries. The platform was once set and it gave the look of Sri Lanka would pass directly to put up an enormous first innings overall, however Nabi had different concepts.
With South Africa charging alongside well, all Nabi wanted was once one over – the 21st – to deliver Afghanistan again within the recreation. The offspinner first knocked over Thirimanne for 25 ahead of having Kusal Mendis (2) and Angelo Mathews (nought) stuck to start with slip. No longer a kind of 3 deliveries was once unplayable as Nabi stored it immediately and easy however it was once sufficient to go away Sri Lankan batsmen in disarray.
The one unplayable supply got here from Hamid who controlled to nip one clear of Dhananjaya de Silva (nought) and had him stuck at the back of within the very subsequent over. If that wasn’t sufficient, Thisara Perera (2) was once run out whilst going for a pointless unmarried.
With wickets crumbling on the different finish, Kusal Perera needed to decelerate and limit himself from taking part in any giant shot. His keep in spite of everything got here to finish within the 33rd over when he gloved one to the wicketkeeper whilst taking part in a opposite sweep off Rashid Khan’s bowling.
That is when rain arrived and stopped play for just about 3 hours. In spite of the fit being, there have been nonetheless 8 overs left when the motion resumed however Dawlat Zadran (2 for 34) and Rashid Khan (2 for 17) wiped clean up the ultimate two wickets very quickly to finish the demolition that was once began through Nabi.
Sri Lanka wanted early wickets to stay themselves within the recreation and it was once Lasith Malinga who get them their first. The suitable-arm paceman disregarded Mohammad Shahzad for 7, ahead of Isuru Udana had Rahmat Shah (2) stuck to start with slip.
Hazratullah Zazai (30) performed a few giant pictures ahead of Nuwan Pradeep got rid of him and Hashmatullah Shahidi (4) to deliver Sri Lanka again within the fit. Thisara Perera too straightaway were given into the act as he knocked over Nabi for simply 11.
With prerequisites beneficial to seamers, Sri Lankan pacers discovered respectable motion off the pitch and dismantled Afghanistan’s most sensible 5. The onus was once as soon as once more on Naib and Najibullah Zadran and it was once those two who added 83 runs in opposition to Australia. The run price was once by no means a subject matter however the duo operated at a beautiful respectable strike price and placed on 64 runs for the 6th wicket.
Simply when it gave the look of Sri Lanka had been operating out of choices, Pradeep pinned Naib proper in entrance of the stumps for 23 after which in his subsequent over castled Rashid with a brute of an inswinger. Dawlat (6) stayed for some time ahead of being despatched again through Malinga and all of the burden fell at the shoulders of Najibullah.
Najibullah, who hit six fours in his 56-ball 43, was once run out through Karunaratne and their hopes of successful their 2nd International Cup recreation shattered into items. What was once began through Malinga, was once ended through the similar guy as he uprooted the middle-stump of the ultimate Afghanistan batsman to present his workforce a morale-boosting win.