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अफगानिस्तान ने श्रीलंका को आठ विकेट से रौंदा

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai followed a dominant performance by bowlers led by Man of the Match Fazlhaq Farooqui (3 for 11) as Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the opening T20I in the main round of the Asia Cup tournament.

Dubai, 28 August. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai followed a dominant performance by bowlers led by Man of the Match Fazlhaq Farooqui (3 for 11) as Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the opening T20I in the main round of the Asia Cup tournament. Chasing Sri Lanka’s innings for 105 runs in 19.4 overs, Afghanistan chased down the target in just 10.1 overs for the loss of two wickets. Afghanistan registered a win with 59 balls to spare, which is their second biggest win in terms of balls remaining.

Wicket-keeper Gurbaz scored 40 runs in an 18-ball innings studded with three fours and four sixes. He was bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga (a wicket for 19 runs). Gurbaz got the team off to a good start with Jazai adding 83 runs in 6.1 overs for the first wicket. Jazai scored 37 runs in an unbeaten innings of 28 balls. He hit five fours and a six. Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed 38 and Chamika Karunaratne contributed 31 runs for Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa hit five fours and a six in his 29-ball knock, while Karunaratne hit three fours and a six in his 38-ball knock.

Only three batsmen from the team could score runs in double figures. For Afghanistan, captain Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman took two wickets each, while Naveen-ul-Haq took one wicket. Chasing the target, after batting cautiously in the first two overs, Gurbaz hit fours, sixes and fours in successive deliveries against Mathish Pathirana in the third over. Hazratullah opened his hand in the next over by hitting a six off Harsanga. Gurbaz then hit two consecutive sixes and then fours against Mahish Tithna in the fifth over.

He welcomed Karunaratne for a six in the sixth over. In the same over, Zazai hit three fours, taking Afghanistan to 83 for no loss in the powerplay. Hasaranga gave Sri Lanka the first breakthrough by dismissing Gurbaz on the first ball of the seventh over. In the 10th over, Ibrahim Zadran was run out for 15 runs. Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bowl, Farooqui got Afghanistan off to a good start with Kusal Mendis (2) and Charith Aslanka (nil) off the last two balls of the first over.

Naveen-ul-Haq, who came to bowl in the second over, gave Afghanistan the third success by having Pathum Nisanka (three) caught by Gurbaz. After this, Farooqui bowled a maiden over which after three overs, Sri Lanka were five runs for three wickets. Rajapaksa hit a six off Naveen in the fourth over, while Danushka Gunatilaka eased the pressure by hitting a four. Both scored 20 runs in the last over of the powerplay against Azmatullah Omerzai, hitting two fours each. This reduced Sri Lanka’s score to 41 for three after six overs. The dangerous pair of both was broken by Mujeeb ur Rahman in the eighth over by dismissing Gunatilka.

He scored 17 runs in 17 balls and shared a 44-run partnership with Rajapaksa for the fourth wicket. Mujeeb had Vanindu Hasaranga (two runs) caught by captain Mohammad Nabi in the 10th over of the innings, then the same Nabi walked without opening the account of Sri Lanka captain Dasoon Shanaka on the first ball of the next over. Rajapaksa, who batted brilliantly, and Teekshana (nil) were run out in the 13th off two consecutive balls. Rajapaksa, trying to steal a run on the over, was run out by Nabi. Wicketkeeper Gurbaj showed the way to the pavilion on the throw from Naveen-ul-Haq to Teekshana.

Nabi then dismissed Pathirana (five) off the last ball of his spell, giving Afghanistan their ninth success for 75 runs in the 15th over. However, Karunaratne then shared a 30-run partnership with 11th-order batsman Dilshan Madushanka (one not out) to take the team’s score past 100. He became Farooqui’s third victim in the last over of the innings.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from the PTI language feed.



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