In the recent match of Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023, Sri Lanka Emerges Victorious Over Afghanistan by 2 runs in a thrilling finale.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023:
In Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023 match the defending champions Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by two runs in one of the most thrilling games of the Asia Cup 2023 . Afghanistan nearly defeated Sri Lanka in this thrilling match, but the team crumbled under Net Run Rate (NRR) pressure and lost all 10 wickets. After defeating Afghanistan, Sri Lanka has qualified for super 4 stage.
Sri Lanka chose to bat first after winning the toss during their match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. Afghanistan’s bowlers were prepared this time because they weren’t able to achieve much in their last encounter. Afghan bowlers launched their assault after taking their time in the opening, starting with Dimuth Karunaratne (32). Pathum Nissanka (41) soon joined them in the dugout.
When Kusal Mendis (92) went onto the crease, Sri Lankan hitters were having a difficult time against Gulbadin Naib (4/60). While wickets were continuing to fall from the other end, he held the Sri Lankan innings from one side. Sri Lanka was at 291/8 at the conclusion of the first innings as Rashid Khan (2/63) gradually showed off the power of his spin.
Afghanistan, which is attempting to chase down a score of 292, gets a terrible start, with its openers returning to the pavilion after scoring 27 in the first five overs. The Sri Lankan bowling assault was led by Kasun Rajitha (4/79) who applied constant pressure to the Afghan hitters. With the help of Rahmat Shah (45) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (59), the Afghanistanis gradually improved their position.
By firing Rahmat Shah, Kasun Rajitha took action once more and made progress in his era. However, Mohammad Nabi (65), who also played a fantastic innings to advance the game, then entered the fray. It was then obvious that Afghanistan had a good chance of defeating Sri Lanka and displacing the defending champions in the Asia Cup’s Super 4 stage.
Mohammad Nabi was out after being dismissed by Maheesh Theekshana (1/62) and Afghanistan was given the option of playing for victory or qualifying. When the team decided to play in qualifying, the game got really intense. Rashid Khan (27) eventually hit three stunning fours to get his team to the Super 4 stage, but Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Fazalhaq Farooqi couldn’t get through that gate, and the team was out with 289 points.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023 was a very very thrilling match played so far in Asia Cup 2023.