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SL vs AFG, 2024 - T20 Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
206/6 (20.0/20)
209/5 (20.0/20)
Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 3 runs
Right then, this is it from this series as this tour draws to a close. The Sri Lankan team gathers behind the 'Champions' board for photographs after clinching the T20I series against Afghanistan with a 2-1 victory. Sri Lanka won the One-Off Test, and followed up by clean sweeping the ODI series before this. Sri Lanka will now travel to Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series and a two-match Test series. Whereas, Afghanistan will fly to the UAE for their all-format series including a One-Off Test against Ireland. Thank you for tuning with us, but the other cricketing action continues and you can surely join us with all the action. Till then, take care, cheers!
The skipper of Sri Lanka and also the Player of the Series, Wanindu Hasaranga says that his team played really well in the first two games. He credits the bowlers for the way they bowled. States that they wanted to test the bench strength and therefore, they made 4 changes in this game. Adds that Chameera will be returning from injury which is a good sign. Ends by thanking the crowd for their support throughout the series.
The skipper of Afghanistan Ibrahim Zadran says that it was a close game but he is happy that they won the game. Adds that tough for them to lose the series but says that they showed a good fight throughout the tour. He says it was tactical to make changes as they wanted to test the bench strength as well for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Says they played well in the first match but lost by a close margin. Adds that they struggled to chase in this series and didn't repeat the mistakes in this game and managed to win. Ends up by saying that he is hopeful for a good series against Ireland.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the Player of the Match for his blistering 70 off 43. He says that he is pleased with his knock. Mentions that he was going through a hard time with the bat but was able to bat freely in this game. Shares that the coach gave him the confidence. Further adds that he does mind batting first or chasing. Ends by saying that he is happy that he and his team learned from their mistakes and did not commit the same mistakes in this game.
The Presentation ceremony...
Earlier in the game, Afghanistan started off to a flier with Hazratullah Zazai and Gurbaz wreaking the attack right on and did not give any chance for the bowlers to settle in. Gurbaz, despite pulling his hamstring, fought like a wounded lion and scored a blistering 70 and helped Afghanistan to mount a steep total of 209 on the board with some crucial contributions from Azmatullah Omarzai and Mohammad Nabi in the backend. And coming to defend, it was an uphill task for Sri Lanka to chase it down, Pathum Nissanka notched up a valiant 60 off 30 and got retired hurt. But it all took the last ball of the innings to decide the victor. Afghanistan won the game by just 3 runs, and finally tasted a solitary success in this tour.
Afghanistan, despite putting a mammoth total on the board, began ordinarily with the ball as they conceded too many boundaries first up and allowed the opposition batters to construct a strong opening stand. Fareed Ahmed, though he went for plenty in his second over, saw the back of Kusal Mendis courtesy of a sensational breathtaking catch from Sharafuddin. Noor Ahmed was introduced into the attack, and right away he got rid of Kusal Perera off a peach of a delivery on his very second ball and exerted pressure on the hosts after an ordinary Powerplay. Noor Ahmed and Mohammad Nabi continued to bowl in tandem and bowled some decent overs without conceding too many which bore fruit for Noor Ahmed as he managed to dismiss Kusal Perera, and Mohammad Nabi too joined the party as he got rid of the dangerous Wanindu Hasaranga and finished off his spell with a 2-wicket haul. Qais Ahmed, who was brought in as a concussion sub, picked a very crucial scalp of Sadeera and exerted more pressure on the opposition. The spin trio of Nabi, Noor, and Qais managed to contain the Lankan batters and in the end, Karim Janat and Wafadar Momand somehow cleaned up successfully in the end and helped Afghanistan to register the first win of this tour to Sri Lanka across the formats.
416 runs struck in this last T20 International and it couldn't have been a more thrilling end to this tour. After a few hiccups in the end, Afghanistan narrowly win this third T20I by 3 runs. But Sri Lanka take the series by 2-1. Sri Lanka started off on a decent note as Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis negotiated the Powerplay pretty well. Nissanka was the aggressor as he struck some seriously glorious boundaries employing the square cut shots and helped the partnership to flourish. He rocketed to his fifty inside the Powerplay and provided a blistering start for the hosts. Kusal Mendis played a crucial anchor role as he rotated the strike but perished on an awkward shot right before the end of the Powerplay. Kusal Perera, who had a successful outing in the recently concluded ILT20, stayed only for a couple of deliveries and departed on a silver duck. Suddenly, Sri Lanka found themselves in a bit of trouble. Sadeera Samarawickrama was in for Pathum Nissanka, who made a valiant quickfire 60 off just 30 balls, but he walked back to the pavilion getting retired hurt, pulling his hamstring. Sadeera, along with Kamindu, tried to steady the ship and the former notched up a quick 23 off just 12 balls before departing. But Kamindu Mendis continued to strike boundaries after being dropped and notched up a brilliant half-century. The required run rate was creeping up as Angelo Mathews couldn't hold onto it and got dismissed. Dasun Shanaka showed the intent but fell prey to a mix up between the wickets. Sri Lanka, in the end, lost by 3 runs.
End Of The Over 20 : 206/6
15 Runs
  • 419.1
  • 019.2
  • 419.3
  • 019.4
  • 1 WD 19.5
  • 019.5
  • 619.6
K. Mendis
65 (39)
A. Dananjaya
4 (1)
W. Momand
3-0-35-0
19.6
6
Wafadar Momand To Kamindu Mendis
SIX! BANG! Kamindu Mendis finishes with a maximum but that will not be enough. Wafadar Momand lands this back of a length and on middle, Kamindu Mendis clears his front leg away and whacks it over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 3 RUNS!
19.5
0
Wafadar Momand To Kamindu Mendis
A dot! Afghanistan's game now barring any extras! This is full and on middle, Kamindu Mendis swipes it straight to deep square leg and denies the run.
19.5
wd
Wafadar Momand To Kamindu Mendis
Wafadar Momand bangs in a slower bouncer, but this one is too high, Kusal Mendis leaves it alone. Wided. Still 10 needed in 2 ball snow!
19.4
0
Wafadar Momand To Kamindu Mendis
Oh..wow! That is a close call! Wafadar Momand loses his grip and bowls a very high full toss, on off, Kamindu Mendis tries to slog it away but misses. It looks above the waist height to the naked eye but the umpires do not think so. Mendis is not happy and wants to take a review but that is not how it works.
19.3
4
Wafadar Momand To Kamindu Mendis
FOUR! Kamindu Mendis finds the fence with his go-to shot again! Wafadar Momand takes pace off this time, and pitches it up, on middle, Kamindu Mendis once again shuffles across and nails his scoop past short fine leg for another boundary. He has played this shot to perfection in this game.
19.2
0
Wafadar Momand To Kamindu Mendis
An appeal for LBW, but turned down! Wafadar Momand nails the yorker this time, on leg, Kamindu Mendis tries to heave it away but misses and the ball hits his pads on the full. Afghanistan take the review. UltraEdge shows no bat involved and Ball Tracking indicates the impact is outside leg. The Afghans lose a review but it is a precious dot for them. Sri Lanka needs 15 in 4 now!
19.1
4
Wafadar Momand To Kamindu Mendis
MISFIELD AND FOUR! Not what Afghanistan needed at this time. Wafadar Momand lands this on a good length and on middle, Kamindu Mendis swings across the line but gets an inside edge toward short fine leg, Karim Janat tries to rush to the ball but lets it through for a boundary. 15 in 5 now!
The onus lies on Wafadar Momand to defend 19 off the last over. Also, Afghanistan have been penalized as they did not start the last over in the allotted time. Resultant, they will have to keep five fielders inside the 30-yard circle.
End Of The Over 19 : 191/6
17 Runs
  • 118.1
  • 118.2
  • 618.3
  • 418.4
  • W 18.5
  • 418.6
A. Dananjaya
4 (1)
K. Mendis
51 (33)
A. Omarzai
4-0-42-0
18.6
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Akila Dananjaya
FOUR! Akila Dananjaya hits a crucial boundary here! Azmatullah Omarzai lands this back of a length and around off, Akila Dananjaya backs away a bit and swats it over and wide of mid off for four runs. Sri Lanka needs 19 runs in the last over!
Akila Dananjaya is in at number 8.
18.5
W
Azmatullah Omarzai To Dasun Shanaka OUT!
OUT! RUN OUT! Excellent piece of fielding from the President and the crowd goes absolutely silent here. Azmatullah Omarzai bangs in a sharp short ball here, in the middle, Dasun Shanaka gets hurried and miscues his pull shot in front of deep mid-wicket, he turns around for the second run, but Mohammad Nabi is quick to pounce on the ball and delivers a rocket throw at the batter's end where Mohammad Ishaq does the rest. Shanaka puts in a dive in but that does not save him and the replay confirms it as well. He has to walk back just when he was starting to get going.
18.4
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Dasun Shanaka
FOUR! A boundary now! The crowd is up on their feet here. Azmatullah Omarzai pitches this one up and around off, Dasun Shanaka takes a couple of steps forward and thrashes it over extra covers for four more runs. Sri Lanka needs 24 runs in 8 balls now!
18.3
6
Azmatullah Omarzai To Dasun Shanaka
SIX! There she goes! Just what Sri Lanka needed! Azmatullah Omarzai misses his length and bowls a full toss, outside off, Dasun Shanaka throws the kitchen sink at it and slices it over the deep point fence for a biggie.
18.2
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kamindu Mendis
Another good yorker, on off, Kamindu Mendis jams it out towards mid off for a run.
18.1
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Dasun Shanaka
Right in the blockhole, on middle, Dasun Shanaka digs it out towards extra covers for just a single. Sri Lanka needs 35 runs off 11 balls now.
Azmatullah Omarzai (3-0-25-0) comes back into the attack to bowl the penultimate over.
Sri Lanka now need 36 off the last couple of overs. It's a steep slope to climb from here.
End Of The Over 18 : 174/5
10 Runs
  • 417.1
  • 117.2
  • 017.3
  • 1 LB 17.4
  • 017.5
  • 417.6
K. Mendis
50 (32)
D. Shanaka
1 (4)
K. Janat
1-0-9-0
17.6
4
Karim Janat To Kamindu Mendis
FOUR! FIFTY FOR MENDIS! Sri Lanka gets 10 off the over! Karim Janat pitches this one up and around middle, Kamindu Mendis once again goes down across and scoops it towards the fine leg fence for another boundary. Mendis gets his maiden T20I half-century, but will he be able to take the Lankans home here?
17.5
0
Karim Janat To Kamindu Mendis
Excellent stuff! Karim Janat nails the wide yorker, outside off, Kusal Mendis fails to dig it out.
17.4
lb
Karim Janat To Dasun Shanaka
Back of a length and on middle, slower too, Dasun Shanaka is early through his heave and misses, the ball goes off his pads to the leg side. A lge bye is taken.
17.3
0
Karim Janat To Dasun Shanaka
Oh..wow! Dasun Shanaka misses a freebie! Karim Janat serves a juicy full toss around off, Dasun Shanaka swings hard at it but loses his shape and misses.
17.2
1
Karim Janat To Kamindu Mendis
A low full toss, on middle, Kamindu Mendis drills it towards long on for a single.
17.1
4
Karim Janat To Kamindu Mendis
FOUR! Cheeky and effective! Karim Janat starts with a full delivery, on middle and leg, Kamindu Mendis shuffles across and scoops it over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.
Karim Janat is into the attack for the first time tonight.
End Of The Over 17 : 164/5
13 Runs
  • 016.1
  • 416.2
  • 616.3
  • 116.4
  • 116.5
  • 116.6
K. Mendis
41 (28)
D. Shanaka
1 (2)
N. Ahmad
4-0-37-1
16.6
1
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
DROPPED! It is all happening here in Dambulla! Noor Ahmad bowls this quicker, short and on middle, Kamindu Mendis tries to heave it away but gets a top edge high in the air, Wafadar Momand at short fine leg never really looked comfortable and spills it out. They cross. Sri Lanka needs 46 runs in the last three overs.
16.5
1
Noor Ahmad To Dasun Shanaka
Flatter, full and on off, Dasun Shanaka pushes it towards sweeper covers for one.
16.4
1
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Goes short and around middle, Kamindu Mendis backs away and punches it through covers for a single.
16.3
6
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
SIX! BANG! The game is still alive! Noor Ahmad flights this one up, full and on middle, this one is in the slot, Kamindu Mendis goes down on on knee and nails his slog-sweep way over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
16.2
4
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
FOUR! He finds the fence this time! This is floated, full and on middle, Kamindu Mendis shuffles across to get inside the line of the delivery and slogs it towards the deep square leg fence for a boundary.
16.1
0
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Tossed up, full and around off, turns away, Kamindu Mendis has swipe at it but fails to connect.
End Of The Over 16 : 151/5
4 Runs
  • 215.1
  • 015.2
  • 115.3
  • 115.4
  • W 15.5
  • 015.6
D. Shanaka
0 (1)
K. Mendis
29 (23)
M. Nabi
4-0-35-2
15.6
0
Mohammad Nabi To Dasun Shanaka
Slower through the air, full and on middle, Dasun Shanaka tucks it straight short mid-wicket. Just 3 runs and a big wicket of Mathews from the over.
The former Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka walks in at number 7.
15.5
W
Mohammad Nabi To Angelo Mathews OUT!
OUT! TAKEN IN THE DEEP! The bat change did not work fro Angelo Mathews and he holes out now. This is floated, full and around middle, Angelo Mathews goes down to slog-sweep it, connects well but fails to get the elevation and hits it flat and straight into the hands of Qais Ahmad at deep mid-wicket who makes no mistake. Sri Lanka loses half their side now and still needs 59 runs off 25 balls now!
15.4
1
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
Slider this time, angling into the pads, Kamindu Mendis tucks it towards square leg for another run.
15.3
1
Mohammad Nabi To Angelo Mathews
Goes short again, on middle, Angelo Mathews nudges it through square leg for just a run.
15.2
0
Mohammad Nabi To Angelo Mathews
Fires in a good yorker, on middle, Angelo Mathews only manages to dig it back to the bowler.
15.1
2
Mohammad Nabi To Angelo Mathews
Floated, short and on middle, Angelo Mathews flicks it off the back foot wide of deep square leg for a couple of runs.
Mohammad Nabi to bowl out now.
End Of The Over 15 : 147/4
4 Runs
  • 014.1
  • 214.2
  • 114.3
  • 014.4
  • W 14.5
  • 114.6
A. Mathews
1 (1)
K. Mendis
28 (22)
Q. Ahmad
2-0-17-1
14.6
1
Qais Ahmad To Angelo Mathews
On a dragged length around middle, Angelo Mathews tucks it across to mid-wicket for a single and gets off the mark. A sensational over from Qais as he concedes just 4 runs from it and also picks an important wicket of Sadeera Samarawickrama.
The player of the match from the last game, Angelo Mathews is the next man in.
14.5
W
Qais Ahmad To Sadeera Samarawickrama OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! A crucial, crucial wicket and Qais Ahmed has just dismissed the man in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama on 23 off 12. Qais Ahmad flattens the trajectory this time and bowls a quicker one slightly outside off on a tad fuller length, Sadeera Samarawickrama with no real foot movement looks to clear the infield over the covers but he plays over the line of the ball and takes a faint inside edge off his blade. The ball magnets to the keeper's gloves in the end, who takes a good reaction catch behind the wickets. Qais Ahmad was brought in as the concussion sub and he did the job quite well for his team and has put Afghanistan in a commanding position now. A few dot balls created more pressure on Sadeera Samarawickrama and he tries to release it  with the big shot but fails dramatically and walks back to the hut.
14.4
0
Qais Ahmad To Sadeera Samarawickrama
Well bowled. This is clever bowling. Qais does not provide any room to Sadeera and bowls on fuller on the middle and leg, he carves it back to the bowler.
14.3
1
Qais Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Only a single this time. Full and on off, Kamindu Mendis drives it along the ground to long off for just one.
14.2
2
Qais Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Slides it on the middle and off on a fuller length, Kamindu Mendis clears his front foot and lifts it over the mid-wicket and scampers quickly for a second. He reaches home in time. Good fielding there by Gurbaz in the deep.
14.1
0
Qais Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Down leg on a short length, Kamindu Mendis wears it on the pads in an attempt to pull it over the leg side.
End Of The Over 14 : 143/3
11 Runs
  • 413.1
  • 113.2
  • 113.3
  • 1 WD 13.4
  • 113.4
  • 1 WD 13.5
  • 113.5
  • 113.6
K. Mendis
25 (19)
S. Samarawickrama
23 (10)
A. Omarzai
3-0-25-0
13.6
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kamindu Mendis
Tad full and aiming the stumps, Kamindu Mendis flicks it off the wrists toward deep mid-wicket for a single. 11 runs from this over. Sri Lanka now need 67 runs off 36 balls. Also, a crucial 50-run stand comes up between the two.
13.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Sadeera Samarawickrama
Short and wide of off, Sadeera Samarawickrama advances down the track to manufacture a shot towards the leg side but has a splice of his leading edge that falls safe in front of the cover. They run a single.
13.5
wd
Azmatullah Omarzai To Sadeera Samarawickrama
WIDE! A tough call! Short and above the batter's head. Wide given.
13.4
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kamindu Mendis
Straighter and fuller on the stumps, Kamindu Mendis shuffles outside leg and squeezes it through covers for a single.
13.4
wd
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kamindu Mendis
WIDE! Has to reload that one! Down leg and Kamindu misses on his flick but it is Wide anyways. Too many extras bowled tonight collectively.
13.3
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Sadeera Samarawickrama
On a tad fuller length around off and middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it to long on for one.
13.2
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kamindu Mendis
Short and on the middle and leg, Kamindu Mendis pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
13.1
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kamindu Mendis
FOUR! Good start of the over for Sri Lanka! A top effort in the deep but in vain! Short and on the off, Kamindu Mendis shimmies a couple of steps ahead and slaps it down the ground for a boundary. The long on fielder hard yards running to his right and dives to fetch it before the fence but fails.
End Of The Over 13 : 132/3
13 Runs
  • 212.1
  • 012.2
  • 112.3
  • 412.4
  • 212.5
  • 412.6
S. Samarawickrama
21 (8)
K. Mendis
18 (15)
Q. Ahmad
1-0-13-0
12.6
4
Qais Ahmad To Sadeera Samarawickrama
FOUR! His intentions are pretty clear and he is batting sublimely. Drops a juicy half-volley on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama covers his off stump and leans on the ball before lofting it inside out over the covers for a boundary. 78 runs needed off the last 7 overs.
12.5
2
Qais Ahmad To Sadeera Samarawickrama
On a shorter length around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama goes deep in the crease and cuts it well towards deep backward point for a double. Very good running. A good intent shown there.
12.4
4
Qais Ahmad To Sadeera Samarawickrama
FOUR! Cut away nicely! Drops it on top of off on a length, Sadeera Samarawickrama rocks back and middles the cut shot through the point region for a boundary.
12.3
1
Qais Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Slightly on off and fuller, Kamindu Mendis pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
12.2
0
Qais Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Sliding outside off, Mendis misses to connect the shot.
12.1
2
Qais Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Slides it on the off stump on a fullish length, Kamindu Mendis reverse sweeps but inside edges towards deep third man and runs a double. Not at all where he intended to hit but will take the double.
End Of The Over 12 : 119/3
15 Runs
  • 111.1
  • 611.2
  • 111.3
  • 211.4
  • 411.5
  • 111.6
K. Mendis
15 (12)
S. Samarawickrama
11 (5)
M. Nabi
3-0-31-1
11.6
1
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
Drifts on the middle and leg, Kamindu Mendis tucks it towards long on for a single. A good over for the Lankans as they fetch 15 from it. 91 needed off 48 deliveries.
11.5
4
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
FOUR! Innovative! Nabi drops it fuller and on the stump line, Kamindu Mendis switches the shot and reverse sweeps getting down on his knee before clearing the deep backward point for a boundary. A pre-meditated shot that from Kamindu and he gets the reward.
11.4
2
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
Full and on off, Kamindu Mendis leans on the ball and drives it past covers for a brace.
11.3
1
Mohammad Nabi To Sadeera Samarawickrama
Around the wicket on a length, Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it towards deep mid-wicket towards Noor and runs a single.
Halt! Noor Ahmad has hurt his lower back putting in that great effort in the deep. The physio checks on him but he is continuing for now, but is clutching his back in some pain.
11.2
6
Mohammad Nabi To Sadeera Samarawickrama
SIX! Sadeera continues his form! This is flighted on the fuller length and on the stumps, Sadeera Samarawickrama clears his front leg and picks it up over the deep mid-wicket. But Noor Ahmad makes a valiant effort as he dives in the air and throws the ball into the field but after getting on the ground. Six it is.
11.1
1
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
On off and on a fuller length, Kamindu Mendis punches it to the off side and runs a single.
End Of The Over 11 : 104/3
5 Runs
  • 210.1
  • 010.2
  • 010.3
  • 010.4
  • 110.5
  • 210.6
S. Samarawickrama
4 (3)
K. Mendis
7 (8)
N. Ahmad
3-0-24-1
10.6
2
Noor Ahmad To Sadeera Samarawickrama
A great effort by Azmat in the deep! This is on a tad fuller length around off from over the wicket, Sadeera Samarawickrama slaps it towards extra cover and scampers back for the second as Azmatullah Omarzai makes a solid effort in the deep moving to his left and saves a couple.
10.5
1
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Drifts it on the middle and leg on a fuller length, Kamindu Mendis flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
10.4
0
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
On a dragged length turning away from outside off, Kamindu Mendis backs and looks to punch but misses.
10.3
0
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Another one which beats Mendis totally. Brings the line a bit outside off and full, it turns away a bit, Kamindu Mendis gets beaten again on the defence.
10.2
0
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Absolute beauty! Slides into the batter and turns it away from the off a bit, Kamindu Mendis plays inside the line of the ball and gets beaten on the outside edge.
10.1
2
Noor Ahmad To Kamindu Mendis
Noor continues and slides it on off on a fuller length, Kamindu Mendis flicks it with the stride ahead towards long on for a brace. Good running.
End Of The Over 10 : 99/3
10 Runs
  • 49.1
  • W 9.2
  • 1 WD 9.3
  • 29.3
  • 19.4
  • 19.5
  • 19.6
K. Mendis
4 (3)
S. Samarawickrama
2 (2)
M. Nabi
2-0-16-1
9.6
1
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
Quicker, full and on middle, Kamindu Mendis works it to long on for one more.
9.5
1
Mohammad Nabi To Sadeera Samarawickrama
Short again and around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama cuts it towards point for one.
9.4
1
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
Shortish and on middle, Kusal Mendis punches it towards long on for a single.
9.3
2
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
Slower through the air, full and on middle, turns away, Kusal Mendis tries to block but gets an outside edge past short third man for a brace.
9.3
wd
Mohammad Nabi To Kamindu Mendis
Fires this one full but down the leg side, Kusal Mendis tries to paddle it away but misses.
Kamindu Mendis walks in at number 5.
9.2
W
Mohammad Nabi To Wanindu Hasaranga OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Mohammad Nabi gets rid of the opposition skipper here! He floats this one up, full and around leg. Wanindu Hasaranga dances down the track to slog it away but fails to get under it and hits it much straighter and flatter towards long on, Ibrahim Zadran runs forward and pouches it safely. Another big wicket fro Afghanistan as Hasaranga has been in decent form recently. Sri Lanka three down now!
9.1
4
Mohammad Nabi To Wanindu Hasaranga
FOUR! A streaky boundary! Mohammad Nabi lands this short and around leg, Wanindu Hasaranga backs away to cut it away but gets cramped for room. However, he manages to get an inside edge that goes between the keeper's leg and races to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
End Of The Over 9 : 89/2
14 Runs
  • 1 WD 8.1
  • 08.1
  • 18.2
  • 68.3
  • 18.4
  • 48.5
  • 18.6
W. Hasaranga
9 (9)
S. Samarawickrama
1 (1)
N. Ahmad
2-0-19-1
8.6
1
Noor Ahmad To Wanindu Hasaranga
Short and around off, Wanindu Hasaranga moves back and cuts it towards sweeper covers for one.
8.5
4
Noor Ahmad To Wanindu Hasaranga
FOUR! Nice use of the feet! Noor Ahmad gives this one some air, on middle, Wanindu Hasaranga skips down the track to get to the pitch of the ball and thumps it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
8.4
1
Noor Ahmad To Sadeera Samarawickrama
Quicker, full and on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama drills it towards long on for a run.
Ouch! Pathum Nissanka is looking in some discomfort and is unable to continue. Pathum Nissanka is retired hurt and he is walking back to the dressing room. He would be so disappointed with this as he was up and running with a blistering 60 off just 30 rocks.
Sadeera Samarawickrama is the next batter in.
8.3
6
Noor Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
SIX! BANG! Afghanistan having flashbacks of Maxwell from the World Cup here. This is flighted, full and around middle, Pathum Nissanka goes down and smokes it over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. However, he falls down on the ground right after hitting it and it does not look good for him.
8.2
1
Noor Ahmad To Wanindu Hasaranga
Tossed up, full and on off, Wanindu Hasaranga taps it wide of short covers for a single, the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end but misses. However, the batters cannot run the overthrow as Nissanka is not able to move at all.
8.1
0
Noor Ahmad To Wanindu Hasaranga
Just short! This is short again and around off, Wanindu Hasaranga tries to cut but gets an outside edge, the ball drops just in front of short third man.
8.1
wd
Noor Ahmad To Wanindu Hasaranga
Flatter, short and outside off, way outside off, Wanindu Hasaranga fails to reach it. Wided.
End Of The Over 8 : 75/2
6 Runs
  • 27.1
  • 27.2
  • 17.3
  • 07.4
  • 07.5
  • 17.6
W. Hasaranga
3 (5)
P. Nissanka
54 (29)
M. Nabi
1-0-6-0
7.6
1
Mohammad Nabi To Wanindu Hasaranga
Goes a bit short and on middle, Wanindu Hasaranga moves back and flicks it through square leg for one.
7.5
0
Mohammad Nabi To Wanindu Hasaranga
Tossed up, full and on leg, Wanindu Hasaranga goes down to slog-sweep it but fails to connect.
7.4
0
Mohammad Nabi To Wanindu Hasaranga
Arm-ball now, on middle, angling away, Wanindu Hasaranga stays back and blocks it out.
7.3
1
Mohammad Nabi To Pathum Nissanka
Flatter, full and on middle, Pathum Nissanka flicks it towards deep square leh and hobbles across for a single.
Pathum Nissanka has just completed his Fifty but now he has pulled his hamstring and looks in some discomfort. The physio runs to the middle and checks him up. Nissanka is on the ground as he is being treated. He was seen limping while completing the second run and looked immobile. The two Umpires also stand near him while he is being strapped up. He looks fine to continue now. Also, an update on Sharafuddin Ashraf as he has been subbed out due to the concussion rule and Qais Ahmad comes in for him as the concussion substitute. A like-for-like replacement. A spinner comes in for a spinner.
7.2
2
Mohammad Nabi To Pathum Nissanka
Short again and on middle, Pathum Nissanka moves back and heaves it towards deep mid-wicket and turns around for the second run. Oh..no! This is not looking good for Sri Lanka as he limps back to complete the second run and looks in some discomfort here.
7.1
2
Mohammad Nabi To Pathum Nissanka
FIFTY FOR NISSANKA! A fine knock from him and this is his first one at home, but he knows that the job is not done here. Mohammad Nabi begins with a short delivery, on middle, Pathum Nissanka pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket where the fielder dives to his left to stop it well. Two runs taken.
Mohammad Nabi replaces Fareed Ahmad.
End Of The Over 7 : 69/2
5 Runs
  • 16.1
  • W 6.2
  • 16.3
  • 16.4
  • 16.5
  • 16.6
P. Nissanka
49 (26)
W. Hasaranga
2 (2)
N. Ahmad
1-0-5-1
6.6
1
Noor Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
Tossed up, full and on off, Pathum Nissanka eases it towards long off for one more. Just 5 runs and a wicket from the over!
6.5
1
Noor Ahmad To Wanindu Hasaranga
In the air...safe! Noor Ahmad slows it up this time, full and on off, Wanindu Hasaranga goes down to sweep but gets a top edge, the ball flies in the air but lands well in front of the incoming long on fielder. They cross.
6.4
1
Noor Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
Looped up, full and on leg, Pathum Nissanka tucks it through mid-wicket for one.
6.3
1
Noor Ahmad To Wanindu Hasaranga
Flighted, full and on middle, Wanindu Hasaranga drills it towards long on for a run.
Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan skipper and the man in-form promotes himself to number 4.
6.2
W
Noor Ahmad To Kusal Perera OUT!
OUT! LBW! Noor Ahmad strikes straightaway! Kusal Perera after scoring over 300 runs in the recently concluded ILT20 has to walk back for a duck here. This is the googly, full and on middle, turns in a bit, Kusal Perera goes down to sweep it away but misses it completely and gets hit on the pads right in front of the stumps. A huge shout for LBW, and up goes the finger. Perera takes the review after consulting with his partner. UltraEdge confirms no bat involved and Ball Tracking shows three reds. Sri Lanka lose their second and a review as well!
6.1
1
Noor Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
Noor Ahmad starts with a floated delivery, short and on middle, Pathum Nissanka stays back and nudges it through mid-wicket for a single.
Time for spin now as Noor Ahmad is into the attack. He replaces Azmatullah Omarzai.
End Of The Over 6 : 64/1
20 Runs
  • 65.1
  • 45.2
  • 45.3
  • 2 NB 5.4
  • 45.4
  • W 5.5
  • 05.6
K. Perera
0 (1)
P. Nissanka
46 (23)
F. Ahmad
2-0-30-1
5.6
0
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Perera
On a length and around off, Kusal Perera pushes it towards short covers. Sri Lanka are 64/1 at the end of the Powerplay. Not much difference as Afghanistan were 72 for no loss at the same point.
Halt! Sharafuddin Ashraf looks in pain as he hits his head on the ground while completing his catch while backpaddling. He is in tremendous pain and is on the ground. All the Afghan players stand surrounding him. The stretcher is out but good signs as he is on his feet and walks out of the field as two Afghan subs help him. Also, Kusal Perera is in at number 3 for Sri Lanka.
5.5
W
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Mendis OUT!
OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Fareed Ahmad after all that pelting, gets a wicket now! He continues with his fuller length, keeps it away form the batter outside off, Kusal Mendis throws his hands at it but only manages to slice it up in the air, Sharafuddin Ashraf at cover-point back peddles, keeps his eyes firmly on the ball, and pouches it on the reverse-cup diving backward. However, he hits the back of the head hard on the ground, stays down and looks in a lot of pain, but keeps hold of the ball. Sri Lanka lose their first wicket!
5.4
4
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Mendis
FOUR! Kusal Mendis makes full use of the Free Hit! Fareed Ahmad misses his length and bowls a juicy full toss around off, Kusal Mendis reaches out for it and smacks it over extra covers for four more runs. 20 runs off the over and still 2 more balls to go.
5.4
nb
Fareed Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
Oh...no! Fareed Ahmad has overstepped here and it is going from bad to worse for him. He serves this full again and on off, Pathum Nissanka drills it wide of mid off where the fielder dives to his right to make a fine stop. Only a single taken. Free Hit coming up...
5.3
4
Fareed Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! TWO IN TWO! Fareed Ahmad comes over the wicket, lands this back of a length and around off, Pathum Nissanka makes room to free his arms and crunches it over point for another boundary.
5.2
4
Fareed Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! 10 runs off the first 2 balls already! Fareed Ahmad pitches it up around middle this time, Pathum Nissanka stays put in his crease and lofts it through the line and over the bowler's head for a one-bounce four.
5.1
6
Fareed Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
SIX! Wow...what a shot! Fareed Ahmad serves this full and on off, angling in, Pathum Nissanka shuffles across, uses the pace of the ball and wristily whips it over the deep backward square leg fence for a biggie. Also, the 50-run partnership comes up between the two openers.
End Of The Over 5 : 44/0
8 Runs
  • 24.1
  • 04.2
  • 44.3
  • 04.4
  • 14.5
  • 1 WD 4.6
  • 04.6
K. Mendis
12 (11)
P. Nissanka
31 (19)
A. Omarzai
2-0-14-0
4.6
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kusal Mendis
Bowls it outside off on a fuller length, Kusal Mendis looks to clear the in-field over covers but misses to connect and the ball carries to the keeper. A tentative appeal in the field for caught behind. Ibrahim Zadran has a brief chat with the keeper and aborts to take the review.
4.6
wd
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kusal Mendis
WIDE! Will have to reload that one. Angles down leg on a length, Kusal Mendis misses out on his flick and the keeper just gets the glove diving to his right. Wide given.
4.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
Angling on the pads on a fuller length, Pathum Nissanka flicks it a bit uppishly towards deep backward square leg for one.
4.4
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
On the back of a length around off, Pathum Nissanka cuts it straight off the back foot to point.
4.3
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! Shot! On a fuller length angling down leg, Pathum Nissanka shuffles a bit across the leg stump and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary to the right of long off.
4.2
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
Short and around off at 139 clicks, Pathum Nissanka hits it to mid off.
4.1
2
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
On top of off on a length, Pathum Nissanka swivels and pull towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
End Of The Over 4 : 36/0
10 Runs
  • 43.1
  • 13.2
  • 13.3
  • 03.4
  • 03.5
  • 43.6
K. Mendis
12 (10)
P. Nissanka
24 (14)
F. Ahmad
1-0-10-0
3.6
4
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Mendis
FOUR! A sting won't bother him! Slants it across off on a fuller length, Kusal Mendis clears his front foot and drives it aerially over the covers for a boundary to end the over. 10 runs from the over.
Halt! Kusal Mendis looks in a bit of pain here after getting hit just above his right elbow. The physio is in to check on him and apply some magic spray on the affected area. We are good to go...
3.5
0
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Mendis
On the back of a length and quicker at 136 clicks on the top of middle, Kusal Mendis misses to pull and it thuds his right bicep. He is grimacing in pain as it stings him hard. And the physio is out to treat him.
3.4
0
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Mendis
Fareed pitches it on a fuller length angling across off, Kusal Mendis slaps the drive towards point where Nabi stops it bending low in time.
3.3
1
Fareed Ahmad To Pathum Nissanka
Full and on the middle and off corridor, Pathum Nissanka hits it with the inside half of the blade to deep mid-wicket for a single.
3.2
1
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Mendis
Misfield! On the back of a length slanting across off, Kusal Mendis cuts it straight to point where the fielder fumbles to collect and allows the batters to cross for a single.
3.1
4
Fareed Ahmad To Kusal Mendis
FOUR! In the gap! Short and on the middle from over the wicket from Fareed, Kusal Mendis short-arm jabs at it towards deep square leg for a boundary. Noor Ahmed fails to pull it back before the fence in the deep.
End Of The Over 3 : 26/0
11 Runs
  • 02.1
  • 12.2
  • 42.3
  • 12.4
  • 12.5
  • 42.6
P. Nissanka
23 (13)
K. Mendis
3 (5)
W. Momand
2-0-20-0
2.6
4
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! Handsomely driven away! Slightly more width on a hard length from Wafadar, Pathum Nissanka cuts it on the up in front of the square towards deep extra cover for a boundary. This is an ordinary bowling. 11 runs from it. Sri Lanka are up and running now.
2.5
1
Wafadar Momand To Kusal Mendis
On the stumps and on a length, Kusal Mendis waits for this pace off delivery and tucks it with soft hands towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
2.4
1
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
A deceiving slower one on a fuller length around off, Pathum Nissanka gets the leading edge on the flick and eludes the bowler towards mid on for a single.
2.3
4
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! Nissanka looks unstoppable! Classy! Just a bit of width on offer on a length, Pathum Nissanka stays put and cuts it square through the cover-point for a boundary. Sweet timing on that one and the ball races away to the fence.
2.2
1
Wafadar Momand To Kusal Mendis
Angles it into the batter from the off stump on a hard length, Kusal Mendis flicks it across towards long on for a single.
2.1
0
Wafadar Momand To Kusal Mendis
Pace off and outside off on a length, Kusal Mendis cuts it straight towards point off the back foot.
End Of The Over 2 : 15/0
6 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 01.3
  • 41.4
  • 11.5
  • 11.6
K. Mendis
1 (2)
P. Nissanka
14 (10)
A. Omarzai
1-0-6-0
1.6
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Kusal Mendis
Short and angles into the off stump, Kusal Mendis pulls it on the bounce towards widish long on for a single to end the over.
1.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
On the back of a length on the top of off, Pathum Nissanka mistimes the heave straight to mid on and runs a single.
1.4
4
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! Punished with grace! Azmat bowls it down leg on a fuller length, Pathum Nissanka flicks it nicely with the pace through fine leg for a boundary. He looks in a good nick right on.
1.3
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
Absolute beauty! A slower one just outside off, Pathum Nissanka gets beaten on his defence as he plays inside the line of the ball. The ball carries to the keeper on a couple of bounces.
1.2
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
On the back of a length outside off, Pathum Nissanka rides on the bounce and cuts it square but finds the cover fielder.
1.1
0
Azmatullah Omarzai To Pathum Nissanka
Straight and full on off, Pathum Nissanka defends it to covers on his front foot.
Who will bowl from the other end? It will be Azmatullah Omarzai.
End Of The Over 1 : 9/0
9 Runs
  • 40.1
  • 00.2
  • 00.3
  • 40.4
  • 10.5
  • 00.6
K. Mendis
0 (1)
P. Nissanka
9 (5)
W. Momand
1-0-9-0
0.6
0
Wafadar Momand To Kusal Mendis
Sneaks back in from the off stump line on a fuller length, Kusal Mendis flicks it straight to mid on. End of the first over. Sri Lanka fetch 9 from it.
0.5
1
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
A pace-off delivery outside off on a fuller length, Pathum Nissanka cuts it square of the wicket and looks to clear the point fielder but he does well to restrict it to just a single with his timely dive to his left.
0.4
4
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! Pulled away nicely! On a shortish length outside off, Pathum Nissanka drags his pull shot on the up and clears the mid on fielder for a boundary toward long on. Not an ideal start from Wafadar Momand.
0.3
0
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
Goes wider of the crease and offers a bit of width on a length, Pathum Nissanka cuts it on the bounce to cover.
0.2
0
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
Gets his length correct this time. A considerable inward movement from outside off, Pathum Nissanka drives it straight to mid on off the front foot.
0.1
4
Wafadar Momand To Pathum Nissanka
FOUR! A fabulous start for the hosts! Off the mark in style! Swings it into the batter from off on a fuller length, Pathum Nissanka whips across the angle and guides the ball towards deep fine leg for a boundary.
Match Info
  • Venue Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
  • Weather Clear
  • Toss Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat
  • Result Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 3 runs
  • Player of the Match Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Player of the Series Wanindu Hasaranga
  • Umpire Lyndon Hannibal (SL), Raveendra Wimalasiri (SL) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL)
  • Referee Chris Broad (ENG)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Afghanistan 209/5 in 20.0 overs
  • Afghanistan 205/5 in 19.5 overs
  • Afghanistan 150/3 in 14.4 overs
  • R Gurbaz dropped on 58 by S Samarawickrama in 11.4 overs
  • R Gurbaz 7th T20I fifty: 50 runs in 28 balls (6x4) (1x6)
  • Afghanistan 102/1 in 8.3 overs
  • Afghanistan 88/1: H Zazai lbw b A Dananjaya 45(22)
  • Referral 1 (7.2 ovs): SL against H Zazai (LBW) Successful (SL: 2, AFG: 2)
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Afghanistan 72/0
  • R Gurbaz dropped on 22 by A Dananjaya in 4.3 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 24 balls between H Zazai (27) and R Gurbaz (21)
  • Afghanistan 50/0 in 4.0 overs
  • M Ishaq makes his T20I debut for Afghanistan
  • Sri Lanka 200/6 in 19.4 overs
  • Referral 2 (19.2 ovs): AFG against K Mendis (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 1, AFG: 1)
  • K Mendis dropped on 40 by W Momand in 17.0 overs
  • Sri Lanka 150/4 in 15.3 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 31 balls between S Samarawickrama (22) and K Mendis (25)
  • Sri Lanka 101/3 in 10.1 overs
  • P Nissanka 10th T20I fifty: 51 runs in 27 balls (8x4) (1x6)
  • Referral 1 (6.2 ovs): SL against K Perera (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 1, AFG: 2)
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Sri Lanka 64/1
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 31 balls between P Nissanka (37) and K Mendis (12)
  • Sri Lanka 50/0 in 5.1 overs
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