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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Match 1, Group B, Asia Cup: Sri Lanka caught in a spin

Afghanistan made a fine start to Asia Cup 2022 with an impressive eight wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the tournament at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday night.

In a Group B encounter, Sri Lanka after being asked to bat were bowled out for 105 in 19.4 overs and in response Afghanistan chased down the score in 10.1 overs to finish on 106 for two.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were reduced to five for three in the first three overs. Then it took a 44 run fourth wicket stand between Bhanuka Rajapaksa (38) and Danushka Gunathilaka to revive the innings. Then the innings collapsed without a fight as they were then reduced to 75 for nine in 15 overs. For the final wicket, Chamika Karunaratne (31) added 30 runs with Dilshan Madushanka to stretch the score. Sri Lanka ended on 105 in 19.4 overs. For Afghanistan the best bowlers were Fazalhaq Farooqi (3-11), Mujeeb ur Rahman (2-24) and Mohammad Nabi (2-14).

In their response, Afghanistan got off to a flying start as the openers Hazratullah Zazai (37: 28b, 5x4, 6x1) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (40: 18b, 3x4, 4x6) added 83 in just 6.1 overs. Thereafter, the chase was simple as Zazai applied finishing touches. In the end Afghanistan chased down the target in 10.1 overs to finish on 106 for two. 

Match Summary
Sri Lanka: 105 (19.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Kusal Mendis-0.5 ov), 2-3 (Charith Asalanka-0.6 ov), 3-5 (Pathum Nissanka-1.6 ov), 4-49 (Danushka Gunathilaka-7.2 ov), 5-60 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva-9.2 ov), 6-64 (Dasun Shanaka-10.1 ov), 7-69 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa-12.2 ov), 8-69 (Maheesh Theekshana-12.3 ov), 9-75 (Matheesha Pathirana-14.6 ov), 10-105 (Chamika Karunaratne-19.4 ov)

Afghanistan: 106-2 (10.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-83 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz-6.1 ov), 2-103 (Ibrahim Zadran-9.2 ov)

Result: Afghanistan won by eight wickets


Top Series Stats

Top Batter (Runs Scored) 

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Playing XIs

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka,Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Match Details
Toss: Afghanistan, elected to field
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Start time: 1430 hrs GMT
Match officials: Ahsan Raza, Anil Chaudhary (On-field Umpires); Jayaraman Madanagopal (TV Umpire); Asif Yaqoob (Reserve Umpire); Jeff Crowe (Match-refere)

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