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Sri Lanka turns the tables, beat Afghanistan in a cracking opening Super-4 match

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Sri Lanka turns the tables and beat Afghanistan in a cracking opening Super Four match of the Twenty20 international of the Asia Cup on Saturday.

Before this match, Afghanistan had never lost a T20I after posting 170 or more batting first, but Sri Lanka brings an end to their winning streak, the highest successful chase in a T20I at Sharjah too.

Afghanistan after being put into bat first, set a target of 175-6.

Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz smashed 84 to put on a key second-wicket stand of 93 with Ibrahim Zadran, who made 40.

While chasing a stiff target of 176 put by the in-form Afghan team, the Sri Lanka openers were off to a flyer as they gave them a start of 62 runs.

Sri Lankan top order where their big names, led their team from the front remarkably well.

But it was Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Danushka Gunathilaka who guided their team in the middle over with the former launching himself over the Afghanistan bowlers.

Both put up a 32-run stand and staged a rescue act after Sri Lanka was left tottering at 119/4 after the fall of skipper Dasun Shanaka.

Score Board:

 
Afghanistan INNINGS (20 overs maximum)
BATTING   R B M 4s 6s SR
Hazratullah Zazai  b Madushanka 13 16 26 2 0 81.25
Rahmanullah Gurbaz † c de Silva b Fernando 84 45 82 4 6 186.66
Ibrahim Zadran  c Fernando b Madushanka 40 38 67 2 1 105.26
Najibullah Zadran  run out (de Silva/†Mendis) 17 10 17 1 1 170.00
Mohammad Nabi (c) c & b Theekshana 1 4 5 0 0 25.00
Rashid Khan  run out (Nissanka/†Mendis) 9 7 5 0 1 128.57
Karim Janat  not out 0 1 3 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 1, nb 1, w 9) 11  
TOTAL 20 Overs (RR: 8.75) 175/6
 
Did not bat: Samiullah ShinwariNaveen-ul-HaqMujeeb Ur RahmanFazalhaq Farooqi 
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Hazratullah Zazai, 4.5 ov), 2-139 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 15.3 ov), 3-151 (Ibrahim Zadran, 17.2 ov), 4-166 (Mohammad Nabi, 18.4 ov), 5-166 (Najibullah Zadran, 18.5 ov), 6-175 (Rashid Khan, 19.6 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Maheesh Theekshana 4 0 29 1 7.25 8 1 2 0 0
Asitha Fernando 4 0 34 1 8.50 11 3 2 0 0
Dilshan Madushanka 4 0 37 2 9.25 7 4 1 2 1
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4 0 23 0 5.75 8 0 1 0 0
Chamika Karunaratne 2 0 29 0 14.50 1 0 2 2 0
Dasun Shanaka 2 0 22 0 11.00 2 1 1 1 0
 
Sri Lanka INNINGS (Target: 176 runs from 20 overs)
BATTING   R B M 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka  c †Rahmanullah Gurbaz b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 35 28 41 3 1 125.00
Kusal Mendis † c Ibrahim Zadran b Naveen-ul-Haq 36 19 28 2 3 189.47
Charith Asalanka  b Mohammad Nabi 8 14 25 0 0 57.14
Danushka Gunathilaka  b Rashid Khan 33 20 42 2 2 165.00
Dasun Shanaka (c) c Najibullah Zadran b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10 9 15 1 0 111.11
Bhanuka Rajapaksa  b Naveen-ul-Haq 31 14 27 4 1 221.42
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva  not out 16 9 16 3 0 177.77
Chamika Karunaratne  not out 5 2 4 1 0 250.00
Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5  
TOTAL 19.1 Ov (RR: 9.33) 179/6
 
Did not bat: Maheesh TheekshanaAsitha FernandoDilshan Madushanka 
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Kusal Mendis, 6.3 ov), 2-80 (Pathum Nissanka, 8.6 ov), 3-94 (Charith Asalanka, 11.3 ov), 4-119 (Dasun Shanaka, 14.1 ov), 5-151 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 16.4 ov), 6-174 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 18.3 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Fazalhaq Farooqi 3.1 0 34 0 10.73 5 6 0 1 0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4 0 30 2 7.50 9 1 2 1 0
Naveen-ul-Haq 4 0 40 2 10.00 8 5 1 1 0
Rashid Khan 4 0 39 1 9.75 6 3 2 0 0
Mohammad Nabi 4 0 34 1 8.50 5 1 2 0 0

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