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Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs (DLS) in rollercoaster World Cup tie in Cardiff

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates bowling Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan
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Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bowl against Sri Lanka in their World Cup encounter at Sophia Gardens Cardiff, today.

Match Summary

Sri Lanka 201 (Kusal Perera 78; Mohammad Nabi 4-30, Rashid Khan 2-17, Dawlat Zadran 2-34)

Afghanistan 152 (Najibullah Zadran 43; Lasith Malinga 3-38, Nuwan Pradeep 4-31)

Result – Sri Lanka won by 34 runs (DLS Method)

Scorecard

 

Batting first, Sri Lanka got off to a storming start, scoring at over 10 runs an over with the opening partnership broken at 92-1 off 13.1 overs. Kusal Perera and HDRL Thirimanne then put on over 5o to take Sri Lanka to 144-2 off 21.2 overs - It was then, as they say, the ‘wheels came off’ the Sri Lanka innings  with Mohammad Nabi (4-30) taking 3 wickets in an over and Sri Lanka slumped to 201 all out – after a break for rain.

In reply, Afghanistan fell 34 runs short, by the DLS Method, in the run chase. Najibullah Zadran 43 top scored and Lasith Malinga 3-38 and Nuwan Pradeep 4-31 were the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka.

A disappointing result for Afghanistan but a timely win and fight back from Sri Lanka.

 

Afghanistan - Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan

Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera(wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga

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