Current Match Report – Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka third ODI 2022/23

Sri Lanka 314 for six (Asalanka 83*, Mendis 67, Rashid 4-37, Nabi 2-56) beat Afghanistan 313 for 8 (Ibrahim 162, Najibullah 77, Rajitha 3-60) by 4 wickets

Charith Asalanka produced the innings of his ODI profession to this point, hitting 83 high-pressure runs off 72 balls to assist Sri Lanka orchestrate a file chase of 314 at Pallekele and assist his aspect stage the three-game sequence 1-1.
Whereas Asalanka produced the roaring end Sri Lanka’s ininngs required, with some assist from Dasun Shanaka and Dunith Wellalage, Kusal Mendis had delivered the early impetus, breezing to 67 off 61 balls in a gap stand price 101 with Pathum Nissanka.
Their efforts bested Ibrahim Zadran’s epic 162 off 138 balls – simply the best ODI rating by an Aghanistan batter, the earlier greatest being Mohammad Shahzad’s 131 not out in opposition to Zimbabwe. His innings had shaped the backbone of the Afghanistan batting efficiency, whereas he and Najibullah Zadran placed on 154 off 141 collectively to rescue Afghanistan from a precarious 57 for 3, and ship them to a place of power.
That partnership was Afghanistan’s best-ever for the fourth wicket, and so they had produced a very good end thereafter too, making 87 off the final 10 overs, of which Ibrahim hit 56.
However though the best earlier profitable chase at Pallekele had been Sri Lanka’s operating down a goal of 297 in opposition to Zimbabwe, this goal was achieved with two balls to spare. Along with Asalanka, Sri Lanka had been propelled via the late phases by Wellalage, who made 31 not out off 21. Collectively the pair placed on an unbeaten 65 runs off simply 39 balls for the seventh wicket.

That is primarily the partnership that sealed the match for Sri Lanka, as a result of once they got here collectively, Sri Lanka wanted to attain at properly over 9 an over, and this was primarily the final recognised pair. It was Asalanka’s two sixes off Mujeeb Ur Rahman within the forty fifth over that signalled Sri Lanka’s cost as he smoked the bowler over long-on.

Though the forty seventh over, bowled by Rashid Khan, went for simply three runs, and left Sri Lanka needing 37 runs off the final 18 balls, Wellalage discovered his batting rhythm to take the stress off Asalanka in the previous few overs. He despatched Fazalhaq Farooqi scorching previous further cowl to finish the forty eighth over, then struck three fours within the subsequent over, bowled by Gulbadin Naib, scooping him over advantageous leg, slapping him via advantageous leg, then tonking him down the bottom.

Sri Lanka nonetheless wanted 13 off the final over, bowled by Farooqi, and every batter hit a six. Wellalage’s was over cow nook, the shot palmed over the rope by a Rashid operating full tilt to his left. Asalanka’s was over deep sq. leg, as Farooqi insisted on going quick reasonably than full within the last over. All up, Asalanka hit 4 sixes and 5 fours, and had been limping – via cramp most definitely – for the final third of his innings.

Earlier, Mendis had been efficient on the legside as ever as he went about pushing Sri Lanka above the required price. Nearly two-thirds of his runs got here behind the wicket. He hit eight fours and a six in whole.

Even earlier within the sport, although, Sri Lanka had Afghanistan by the collar. The guests had been diminished to 57 for 3 after 14.1 overs at one level. However then Ibrahim and Najibullah rebuilt carefully earlier than switching to accumulation mode via the early center overs, then exploding because the demise approached.

Within the first 55 balls of his innings, Najibullah struck solely two fours. Within the subsequent 21 balls, earlier than he acquired out within the thirty eighth over, he hit six fours and one six. The scoring price didn’t gradual after Najibullah was dismissed. Having accomplished his hundred, Ibrahim took a firmer grip of the reins and cast productive partnerships with Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Noor Ahmad. His runs got here throughout the wicket by the top. He was out off the final ball of the innings, having struck 15 fours and 4 sixes.

Sri Lanka decide up ten Tremendous League factors, which places them at 77 whole – nonetheless ninth on the listing. They’ve solely three extra matches to play within the League. Afghanistan are at present positioned seventh.

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