Ball By Ball Commentary: Sri Lanka Vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI

Afghanistan won by 60 runs

AFG - 294/8 (50)
SL - 234 (38)

CRR: 6.16

Player of the Match


So, Afghanistan's first ever bilateral series on Sri Lankan soil starts on a positive note. They're 1-0 up and have pocketed valuable Super League points as well. They came out all guns blazing in the batting department, high on intent and made nice use of a fine batting surface even though they didn't finish as well. Then the bowlers got that over although Sri Lanka will be gutted not to have chased this one down. But it's a fewer turnaround and the two teams battle again on Sunday. Do join us for that one. Until then, this is Hari Sadanandan signing off on behalf of Raju Peethala and Vinod. Cheers!

Hashmatullah Shahidi | Afghanistan captain: Feeling good. The way the boys played, especially in the batting. The way we begined and ended the innings, proud of my team. final seven overs (with the bat), we didn't play the way we wanted. Maybe 30 runs fewer but our bowlers did a great job. Plan was simple for the bowlers - just stick to wicket-to-wicket and try to build dot ball pressure.

Dasun Shanaka | Sri Lanka captain: It's disappointing. We didn't execute our plans in bowling. 290-plus on this surface, it's nice pitch but still, we could have done better. The surface was good, we scored 230-odd in 38 overs but just didn't have partnerships at all. We didn't control well with the ball in the middle overs but did well at the death. Difference between the two sides was the partnerships. Their side batted around Ibrahim and had three partnerships. We had starts but couldn't convert it. We have to win three out of five games (for WC qualification) and we're looking forward to that.

Ibrahim Zadran | Player of the Match: I'm really happy with my innings. Glad that I performed well. We wanted to bat first if we won the toss and that was a nice toss to win. Pitch was nice for batting, read the surface and got that my time, and that worked. The track remained the same throughout, we wanted to get to 320, that was the plan. Our bowlers did a great job.

21:49 Local Time, 16:19 GMT, 21:49 IST: Farooqi is roaring around in delight and his mates mob him. A clinical win for the visitors. Spare a thought for Hasaranga though. Counterattacked singlehandedly at the back end, kept his side in the hunt but he just ran out of partners before being the final man out. Run rate was never an issue for Sri Lanka at any stage - they always scored at a healthy clip even as wickets fell, but it's that wickets column that hurt them badly. Losing by 60 runs in an ODI isn't a rare event but being bowled out in 38 overs will certainly hurt the Lankans. Nissanka set the base for them with a fluent half-century but like Hasaranga, he too didn't get very support till the two got together. Just when that seemed like the partnership might stir the hosts forward, Nissanka chopped on to Farooqi who was simply the standout bowler for Afghanistan. Naib gave him nice support and just one wicket of spin out of ten is a rare sight for Afghanistan. Tells you how well they used the conditions on offer.

SL: 234-10 after 38 overs

37.6 Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga, out Bowled!! Farooqi wraps things up and Afghanistan go 1-0 up with a comfortable win! Hasaranga had backed far to make room all innings and it's finally gotten rid of him. Tries to hit this square through the off-side but it's another slower ball from Farooqi, forces a bottom-edge that dislodges the bails. A valiant innings from Hasaranga, one of the finest lone warrior works but he just didn't have support at the end. Hasaranga b Fazalhaq Farooqi 66(46) [4s-10 6s-2]

Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga, THATS OUT!! Bowled!!

37.5 Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga, FOUR , misses the yorker and it's a full toss that Hasaranga dispatches to the fence. Made room early and smashed that far previous the diving extra cover fielder. No scope for deep point to get across

37.4 Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga, no run, very full and on off, Hasaranga square-drives this to sweeper cover. Declines the single. Perhaps a bit too late to do that now. Should probably have farmed the strike from preceding

37.3 Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga, no run, how has this missed the stumps? Close shave for Hasaranga! Slower ball from Farooqi, well-disguised and don't think Hasaranga picked it. Backed far early and had a wild slash at this. Misses and that wasn't far far from kissing the off stump

37.2 Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga, no run, quite full, Hasaranga bunts the turn firmly but straight to cover

37.1 Fazalhaq Farooqi to Hasaranga, no run, quite full and on off, Hasaranga drills the turn to mid-off

Fazalhaq Farooqi [8.0-0-45-3] is back in the attack

SL: 230-9 after 37 overs

36.6 Rashid Khan to Kumara, no run, flatter and on off, Kumara stays back and rescue

Lahiru Kumara, left handed bat, comes to the crease

36.5 Rashid Khan to Rajitha, out Lbw!! Another marginal call that goes Afghanistan's way ! They are just one wicket far now. that was always going to be the googly from Rashid against the tailender, it's flat as well and despite Rajitha's big stride forward, he can't get bat on it. Struck on the pad and that looked nice in latest itself. Loud shout from Rashid and the ump eventually gives in. Crucial call because like Theekshana, it's umpire's call on ball tracking for Rajitha as well. Rajitha lbw b Rashid Khan 8(5) [4s-2]

Rashid Khan to Rajitha, THATS OUT!! Lbw!!

Rajitha has been given out LBW. He goes for the review. Don't think it'll save him. Unless he has gotten some bat. Doesn't seem so. Flat line on UltraEdge. Umpire's call on ball tracking.

36.4 Rashid Khan to Hasaranga, 1 run, sliding in from outside off, Hasaranga stays back and punches that far to sweeper cover

36.3 Rashid Khan to Hasaranga, no run, flatter one on off, Hasaranga stays back and rescue