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Asia Cup: Sri Lanka won in the first match of Super-4, Afghanistan’s first defeat in the tournament

New Delhi: Sri Lanka has already won the first match of the Super-4 in the Asia Cup. Afghanistan scored 175 runs on the scoreboard with Rahmantullah Gurbaz’s memorable half-century. Chasing this big run target, Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets thanks to team effort. Although none of the batsmen scored half-centuries, all contributed equally. In the final, Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s brilliant innings of 31 runs in 14 balls sealed Sri Lanka’s victory.

Good start for Sri Lanka
With the help of Kusal Mendis’ 36 runs (19 balls, 2 fours, 3 sixes), Pathum Nisanka’s 35 runs (28 balls, 3 fours, 1 six), Dhanushka Gunathilak’s 33 runs (20 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) The team won in 19.1 overs. Scored 179 runs for six wickets. Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 31 runs (14 balls, four fours, one six) and Vanindu Hasaranga de Silva (16 not out, nine balls, three fours) also contributed to the team’s victory. Afghanistan also had to bear the brunt of poor fielding. Naveen-ul-Haq took two wickets for 40 runs and Mujibur Rahman took two wickets for 30 runs. Rashid Khan took 39 runs and Mohammad Nabi took one wicket each with 34 runs.

190+ could go to Afghanistan
With the help of Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 45-ball half-century of 84 runs with the help of four fours and six sixes, he scored 175 runs with a 93-run partnership for the second wicket with Ibrahim Zadran (40 runs). Gurbaz’s dismissal slowed Afghanistan’s innings. Najibullah Zadran scored 17 runs and Hazratullah Zazai scored 13 runs. Gurbaz was dismissed in the 16th over and the team managed to add just 37 runs for the loss of five wickets in the last five overs. Afghanistan lost the wicket of Hazratullah Zazai (13 runs) in the fifth over. Afghanistan’s third wicket fell on the score of 151 runs in the 18th over, after which the team lost three wickets. For Sri Lanka, Dilshan Madushanka took two wickets for 37 runs while Tiksha and Fernando got one wicket each.


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