Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Highlights – 5 Sep 2023

Pitch and weather: Scores of 300 are par for the course in Lahore, with Bangladesh hitting 334 last time out without much trouble. The weather too is expected to be hot and humid, with highs touching 37 degrees potentially, although it should settle around 26 degrees by evening. Winning the toss and batting first seems a no-brainer.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Highlights 2023, Tuesday 5-9-2023, 6th Match Asia Cup, Group B (D/N), Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Shanaka seeks “runs on the board”. He says Afghanistan are a very good side, and plays the same team.
However, Shahidi would have bowled first, given he says it’s more controllable when it comes to net run rate. And Afghanistan are also unchanged.

Toss: Sri Lanka opt to bat.

Afghanistan team: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Karim Janat, 8 Gulbadin Naib, 9 Rashid Khan, 10 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi
Sri Lanka team: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 8 Dunith Wellalage, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Matheesha Pathirana

Head to Head In ODI’s: 10
Afghanistan Won: 3
Sri Lanka Won: 6
Afghanistan ODI Rankings: 9th
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 8th

Form guide
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Afghanistan LLLLL
Sri Lanka WWWWW

Match Timings: 9:30 AM GMT | 2:30 PM Local
Umpires – Asif Yaqoob, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire – Langton Rusere
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Masudur Rahman
Match number – ODI no. 4633


Hashmatullah Shahidi:

“Very disappointed about it. We fought well. We gave our 100%. I am proud of the team – of the way they played, and fought till the last ball. We have played good cricket in ODIs in the last couple of years. But from the last four or five games we were struggling. We are very near to the World Cup. We will learn from and work on what we did here. Our crowd always supports us, and we are thankful to them. We try our best to give something to them; we feel sorry for them that we didn’t qualify today.”

Dasun Shanaka:

“It’s a tough one. It’s very hard to defend such a total with only four fielders [on the boundary]. DDS and my wickets were important. Mendis and Asalanka built the innings well. Credit to Theekshana and Wellalage that we ended at 291. First target was that [it was a 37.1-over game]. A couple of wickets opened the door for us. Nabi took the game away from us. However, we ended up winning – that’s what is important!”

Kusal Mendis is the Player of the Match:

“I batted really well in the first ten overs and in the middle overs. I did my best for my team. There was a bit of pressure. The pitch is so good that it’s very hard to bowl; only four fielders were out. There was good fielding and catching, which is why I think we won. Wellalage bowled really well; he got two wickets in only three wickets. Matheesha is improving.”

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