Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Only Test Day 4 Highlights – 5 February 2024

Day 2 Report

On the third day of the Test, Afghanistan stormed back, first rapidly eliminating the tail of Sri Lanka before Ibrahim Zadran, with Noor Ali Zadran and Rahmat Shah, put up strong stands and completed a brave first Test century.

As long as Ibrahim and Shah don’t lose, Afghanistan will have nine wickets left to chase down the 42 runs that separate them from victory and build an advantage that will put Sri Lanka to the test. The surface was still great for batting and had not started to take a ripping turn. Afghanistan does, however, boast two inexperienced attack spinners who might be able to take advantage of any available support.

Lanka will be sorry for the opportunities lost. When Prabath Jayasuriya sent a ball down the pitch, Ibrahim was on 39. He smashed it right back to the bowler, who let it to pass through his fingers and onto the boundary for a four. Nishan Madushka had the better opportunity at short midfield with Ibrahim on 63. It struck hard again, but this time it was close to his head, so it could be caught. He raised his hands, but he was unable to completely encircle the ball with his fingers.

Even though

the pitch had turned into an excellent batting surface, Sri Lanka’s bowlers were generally disciplined. The greatest of them was Asitha Fernando, who bowled some superb short-pitched bursts and some superb fuller deliveries, one of which resulted in the sole Afghanistan wicket to fall, that of Noor, for 47.

But Ibrahim had the better of the day. He went without a wicket for 14 deliveries, with his outside edge sometimes beaten by the new ball, but once he got going, he maintained a steady pace. He made his first runs by glancing to the fine leg boundary, but for the majority of the first part of his innings, he was powerful in the arc between mid-off and cover. Around the wicket, there was a healthy diet of singles between the boundaries, which were mostly hit by full and slightly wide deliveries. It took Ibrahim 84 balls to reach his thirties. He and Noor shared 106 runs, and it appeared like getting batting time was the main objective.

Before tea, Ibrahim scored a half-century off the final over, and he solidified his position in the evening. He was now hitting midwicket and long on boundaries. Apart from that missed opportunity at number sixty-three, Sri Lanka tried a variety of catching men to try to induce a mistake, but Ibrahim managed to advance without taking any chances. Most of the time, he was just attempting to hit fours off of poor deliveries, which were often high-pitched. In the final over of the day, he reached his century, which is the fourth-best total for Afghanistan.

Although Noor’s innings

was not as smooth as Ibrahim’s, he managed to endure for 136 deliveries and was only three runs shy of achieving a maiden fifty on his debut. He was especially uneasy when Asitha suddenly threw several bouncers at him just after lunch, but he managed to endure it just. Asitha wouldn’t let him go until the third session, when she gave him a hard, rapid ping to the front of his leg stump. Most of Noor’s runs came from behind the wicket, which was partially due to Sri Lanka’s short bowling to him.

With Ibrahim, Rahmat had a 93-run unbroken partnership and reached 46 off 98 before stumps. However, all bar 11 of Rahmat’s runs came from offside. Particularly powerful on the ground, he discovered three of his five boundaries there.

Chamika Gunasekara was hit in the head in the morning, appeared to be affected a few overs later, was removed from the field and sent to the hospital for more testing, which disrupted Sri Lanka’s attack. As a substitute for him due to a concussion, Kasun Rajitha was the most costly bowler for Sri Lanka on Sunday, averaging 4.30 over his ten overs.

Even though Asitha

was the only one who posed a real danger to take wickets for the majority of the day, the others shown greater discipline. Jayasuriya, who has bowled 32 overs, nine of which were maidens, would be particularly frustrated that he has not taken any wickets. Afghanistan had ended Sri Lanka’s first innings at 439 early in the day by taking three wickets for 39. The first wicket of the morning belonged to Sadeera Smarawickrama, the last recognized hitter in Sri Lanka, who edged Naveed Zadran to gully. This was the most significant wicket of the morning.

The following two wickets fell quickly after that. After Gunasekara withdrew injured, Asitha came in and Nijat Masood bowled her first delivery after Naveed struck the top of Jayasuriya’s off stump in the following over. Naveed finished the innings with a 4 for 83 score. Qais Ahmed and Masood each took two wickets.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Highlights Today. Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka 2024 Only Test, Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Monday 5-2-2024.

Toss: Sri Lanka chose to field.

Sri Lanka team: Dimuth, Nishan, Kusal, Angelo, Chandimal, Dhananjaya (capt), Sadeera (wk), Chamika, Prabath, Asitha, Vishwa.
Afghanistan team: Ibrahim, Noor, Rahmat, Hashmatullah (capt), Nasir, Ikram (wk), Zia, Qai, Nijat, Saleem, Naveed.

Head to Head In Test’s: 0
Sri Lanka Won: 0
Afghanistan Won: 0
Sri Lanka Test Rankings: 8th
Afghanistan Test Rankings: 11th

Form guide
(Last five completed Test’s, most recent first)
Sri Lanka LLWWL
Afghanistan LWLLW

Match Timings: 4:30 AM GMT | 10:00 AM Local
Umpires – Chris Brown, Michael Gough
TV Umpire – Alex Wharf
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Prageeth Rambukwella
Match number – Test no. 2527


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