Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka win by 129 runs
A brilliant bowling performance from Sri Lanka, on a pitch that was tricky and slow. Afghanistan bowled well but the batting and fielding did not put them in the winning position. Sri Lanka win by 129 runs, and make their way into the final.
Over 38.4 - Afg 124/10 (S Zadran 0)
A few dots and then WICKET! It is all over for Afghanistan, Thisara takes the catch and Ashraf is out. Sri Lanka go through to the final of the Asia Cup.
Over 38 - Afg 124/9 (Ashraf 1)
A few dots and then Mendis bowls Dawlat Zadran. Sri Lanka are closing doors on Afghanistan quickly. One wicket remaining.
Over 37 - Afg 123/8 (D Zadran 0, Ashraf 1)
Just a single from the de Silva over, his figures are 9 over for 29 runs and a wicket. Afghanistan need 131 runs with 2 wickets in hand.
Over 36 - Afg 122/8 (D Zadran 0, Ashraf 0)
The power play starts for Afghanistan, Mathews turns to Mendis to bowl. WICKET! Four dots and the pressure mounting on Afghanistan, Hotak misses the googly and is out lbw. A wicket maiden from Mendis. Dawlat Zadran comes in to bat.
Over 35 - Afg 122/7 (Hotak 1, Ashraf 0)
Chaturanga bowls a maiden to Ashraf.
Over 34 - Afg 122/7 (Hotak 1, Ashraf 0)
A maiden from Thisara. Afghanistan need 132 runs from 16 overs.
Over 33 - Afg 122/7 (Hotak 1, Ashraf 0)
WICKET! Chaturanga has the last laugh, he was hit for 11 runs by Nabi in the last over, but this time he traps him lbw. Afghanistan lose their captain. Hotak is the new man in.
Over 32 - Afg 121/6 (Nabi 37, Ashraf 0)
WICKET! A couple of dots and Najibullah hits it straight to the cover fielder. Mathews takes the catch and Thisara gets his third wicket. Ashraf comes out to bat.
Over 31 - Afg 121/5 (Nabi 37, N Zadran 11)
A leg bye to start the over, Nabi then hits de Silva straight down the ground for a six. And then the captain gets a boundary to end a good over for Afghanistan. Nabi swats it to deep square leg for a four. 11 from the over.
Over 30 - Afg 110/5 (Nabi 27, N Zadran 11)
Thisara starts his second over of this spell. Nabi hits it through midwicket for four. Good boundary and then he takes a single to bring Najibullah on strike. A single to end the over.
Over 29 - Afg 104/5 (Nabi 22, N Zadran 10)
Three dots to start the over, a couple of singles from the de Silva over. Afghanistan need 150 runs from 21 overs.
Over 28 - Afg 102/5 (Nabi 21, N Zadran 9)
Just a couple of singles from the over, Malinga is replaced by Perera.
Over 27 - Afg 100/5 (Nabi 20, N Zadran 8)
Nabi gets three runs, sweeps it from outside off on to the leg side. A couple of singles to end the over. Afghanistan bring up their 100.
Over 26 - Afg 95/5 (Nabi 16, N Zadran 7)
Four, a much needed boundary for Afghanistan, Nabi hits Malinga for four through cover. A wide from Malinga, bowls it down the leg side. Three singles and then Malinga bowls another wide down the leg side. Nine runs from the over.
Over 25 - Afg 86/5 (Nabi 10, N Zadran 6)
Just a single from the over, de Silva pushes the required rate to 6.72 now.
Over 24 - Afg 85/5 (Nabi 9, N Zadran 6)
Mathews brings in Malinga to go for the kill. A wide down leg, Sanga can't collect it behind the stumps and Afghanistan get three runs. A single and then Najibullah gets a couple of runs to deep square leg.
Over 23 - Afg 79/5 (Nabi 8, N Zadran 4)
A couple of dots to start the over and then Najibullah starts with a boundary, hits it sweetly through the cover fence. Just the boundary from the Lakmal over.
Over 22 - Afg 75/5 (Nabi 8, N Zadran 0)
Five dots from Mendis and then Nabi takes a couple of runs on the leg side to end the over.
Over 21 - Afg 73/5 (Nabi 6, N Zadran 0)
WICKET! Lakmal strikes and Afghanistan lose their 5th wicket. A lazy shot from Shenwari and he just hits it to the lone slip fielder, Thirimanne takes a good catch. A wicket maiden from Lakmal.
Over 20 - Afg 72/4 (Nabi 6, Shenwari 6)
Just a couple of runs fro the over, Mendis finishes his fourth over.
Over 19 - Afg 71/4 (Nabi 6, Shenwari 5)
Lakmal comes back for another spell. Nabi takes a single to deep square leg and the Shenzwari takes a couple of runs to third man, Malinga stops the boundary.
Over 18 - Afg 67/4 (Nabi 5, Shenwari 2)
Three singles to start the over, Nabi almost edges one to first slip but it falls short. Afghanistan need 187 more runs to win.
Over 17 - Afg 64/4 (Nabi 3, Shenwari 1)
Thisara gets a WICKET! Mangal tries to run it down to third man and edges it to the keeper. Afghanistan in trouble here. The captain walks out to bat. Three runs from the over.
Over 16 - Afg 61/3 (Mangal 4, Shenwari 1)
WICKET! Mendis weaves his magic, takes it away from the batsman and Noor Ali hits it straight to point. Shenwari walks out to bat. Good over from Mendis.
Over 15 - Afg 59/2 (Mangal 3, NA Zadran 21)
Three singles from the over, Afghanistan need 195 more to win.
Over 14 - Afg 56/2 (Mangal 2, NA Zadran 19)
Mendis comes into the attack, a lot will depend on how Afghanistan negotiate him. A couple of singles from his first over.
Over 13 - Afg 54/2 (Mangal 1, NA Zadran 18)
WICKET! A single to start the over and then Thisara bowls Stanikzai. Nawroz Mangal walks out to bat. Good over from Thisara, a couple of runs and the wicket from it.
Over 12 - Afg 52/1 (Stanikzai 27, NA Zadran 17)
A couple of singles to start the over from de Silva, a dot and then three singles to end the over.
Over 11 - Afg 47/1 (Stanikzai 25, NA Zadran 14)
Stanikzai rides the bounce and hits it through the cover and point boundary for four. A thick outside edge and there is no one at first slip so it goes for four.
Over 10 - Afg 39/1 (Stanikzai 17, NA Zadran 14)
Mathews turns to de Silva for some spin. Noor Ali takes a single to start the over. Three more singles make it four from the over.
Over 9 - Afg 35/1 (Stanikzai 15, NA Zadran 12)
Just a single from the over, good one from Thisara.
Over 8 - Afg 34/1 (Stanikzai 15, NA Zadran 11)
Stanikzai drives it through midwicket for another brilliant shot, it races away to the boundary. Another great shot from Stanikzai, he steers it to the point boundary for four. Eight from the over.
Over 7 - Afg 26/1 (Stanikzai 7, NA Zadran 11)
A change in the bowling, Thisara Perera comes into the attack. Three dots and then Noor Ali hits a boundary through midwicket, it was on his pads and he times it to perfection for four more.
Over 6 - Afg 22/1 (Stanikzai 7, NA Zadran 7)
Noor Ali Zadran gets off the mark with a cracking shot through point for four, good square drive. Noor Ali hits it through mid-on, Mahela over-runs the ball and gives away an extra run. 7 runs from the over.
Over 5 - Afg 15/1 (Stanikzai 7, NA Zadran 0)
Three dots to start the over and then Stanikzai hits it through the midwicket for a couple of runs. Afghanistan going at 3 runs per over.
Over 4 - Afg 13/1 (Stanikzai 5, NA Zadran 0)
A maiden from Lakmal from the other end, Afghanistan need 241 runs.
Over 3 - Afg 13/1 (Stanikzai 5, NA Zadran 0)
Three dots to start the Malinga over, then he bowls a yorker that's going down leg and Stanikzai edges it to the fine leg fence for four.
Over 2 - Afg 9/1 (Stanikzai 1, NA Zadran 0)
Shahzad hits Lakmal for a six, he charges down the pitch and hits Lakmal over extra cover for a six. WICKET! Lakmal strikes, Shahzad is bowled and Afghanistan are a wicket down. Stanikzai is the new batsman and he gets off the mark with a single to fine leg.
Over 1 - Afg 2/0 (Shahzad 1, NA Zadran 0)
Malinga bowls the first over for Sri Lanka, a wide and a single from it. Shahzad gets off the mark.
Sri Lanka 253 for 6
Sri Lanka reach 253 for 6 after they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sanga scored 76 to boost the innings and Mathews and Perera stayed not out to make sure Sri Lanka get to a good score on a tricky pitch. Afghanistan will have to bat well against Malinga and Mendis to make it a good chase.
Over 50 - SL 253/6 (Mathews 45, T Perera 19)
Four, Mathews swings and swings hard, he gets it over midwicket for four. It slipped off Dawlat's hand, the batsman falls away to avoid that and the keeper had no chance too, it's his second beamer, he is being taken off the attack. Nabi will finish the over, Mathews takes a couple of runs, this is turning out to be a good score on a tricky wicket. A couple more and that means Sri Lanka end on 253 for 6 after 50 overs.
Over 49 - SL 238/6 (Mathews 36, T Perera 18)
A single to start the over, then Shapoor bowls a brilliant yorker that beats everyone to go for four leg byes. A couple more runs to Thisara, he did not get hold of that but gets two. A wide and then a leg bye from Shapoor. This is turning out to be a big over, four more, Mathews gets a thick outside edge through point for four. 14 runs from the over.
Over 48 - SL 224/6 (Mathews 30, T Perera 16)
A single from the first ball, a no ball and then Perera takes a single from it. Four, Mathews gets inside the line of the ball and flicks it fine for four. A single, and then Perera hits it through extra cover for a couple of runs. A couple more runs brings Sri Lanka to 224 for 6.
Over 47 - SL 212/6 (Mathews 24, T Perera 11)
A single to start the over, and then Shapoor angles the ball into Mathews and Mathews flicks it for four through midwicket. Three singles to end the over, a good one for Sri Lanka.
Over 46 - SL 204/6 (Mathews 18, T Perera 9)
A single to start the over brings up the 200 for Sri Lanka. Another quick over from Nabi, five runs from it.
Over 45 - SL 199/6 (Mathews 15, T Perera 7)
Four singles from the over, Sri Lankans not attempting big shots to increase the score. Good over from Shapoor, 199 for 6.
Over 44 - SL 195/6 (Mathews 13, T Perera 5)
Mohammad Nabi brings himself into the attack. Five singles from the over, another good one from the captain.
Over 43 - SL 190/6 (Mathews 10, T Perera 3)
Shapoor Zadran comes back into the attack. Mathews flicks the first ball to square leg for a single. A wide from Shapoor down the leg side. A couple more as Thisara flicks it to deep square leg. Another flick from Thisara, he gets this to fine leg for a single. Six from the over.
Over 42 - SL 184/6 (Mathews 8, T Perera 0)
A couple of singles from the over and then Dawlat strikes. WICKET! Chaturanga flicks the short ball to midwicket, a soft dismissal in the end. Ashraf takes the catch and Sri Lanka are 6 wickets down. Thisara walks out to bat. Good bowling from Dawlat.
Over 41 - SL 182/5 (Mathews 7, de Silva 16)
Powerplay helped Afghanistan, yeilding 2 wickets for 23 runs. Chaturanga gets six runs, it was a good shot that should have costed a couple of runs, but poor throw and no backing up costs Afghanistan four more. Five singles from five balls, makes it 11 runs from the over.
Over 40 - SL 171/5 (Mathews 5, de Silva 7)
A couple of dots and then Chaturanga outside edges the ball to third man for four. A single to deep cover as Chaturanga pushes the ball from outside off. A couple of runs to end the over, Sri Lanka's run rate is just over 4.
Over 39 - SL 164/5 (Mathews 3, de Silva 2)
A couple of singles, and then a couple more. Just four runs from the over, good bowling from Afghanistan in the power play.
Over 38 - SL 160/5 (Mathews 1, de Silva 0)
A single to start the over, Dawlat Zadran continues, Sanga brings Mathews on strike. WICKET! Oh what a big wicket for Afghanistan, Sanga run out. A wonderful yorker from Dawlat, Angelo digs it towards square leg, Sanga wants the run, Angelo does not and the fielder fires the ball in, the bowler dismantles the stumps. Big wicket for Afghanistan. de Silva walks out to bat.
Over 37 - SL 158/4 (Mathews 0, Sagakkara 76)
Hotak to bowl in the power play. WICKET! The power play brings a wicket, Hotak bowls Chandimal and Afghanistan strike. Spin and dip for Hotak does the trick, Chandimal's off stump is disturbed and Mathews walks out to bat.
Over 36 - SL 156/3 (Chandimal 26, Sagakkara 75)
We are into the powerplay, a single to start the over and then Sanga reaches for a delivery outside off and hits it through cover for four. A single to rotate strike, Chandimal comes on strike. A couple of singles to end the over.
Over 35 - SL 148/3 (Chandimal 24, Sagakkara 69)
Hotak comes back into the attack, he has been expensive today. Three singles to start the over, and then Sanga hits a boundary, comes down the pitch and drives it through cover for four. Nine runs from the over.
Over 34 - SL 138/3 (Chandimal 20, Sagakkara 63)
Dawlat Zadran comes into the attack. Dropped, Sanga punches it back to the bowler, Dawlat spills an easy chance. This could be very costly for Afghanistan. Just a single from the over.
Over 33 - SL 137/3 (Chandimal 20, Sagakkara 62)
A single to start the over, Sanga then flicks on through fine leg for four, good timing on the shot. A single to end the over, making it 6 runs from the over.
Over 32 - SL 131/3 (Chandimal 19, Sagakkara 57)
A single to Chandimal and then Sanga attacks Mangal. Six, first big shot from Sanga, he hits Mangal against the turn for a six over deep midwicket. Good comeback from Mangal with three dots to end the over.
Over 31 - SL 124/3 (Chandimal 18, Sagakkara 51)
Six singles from the Shenwari over. Sanga gets to another 50, more than 100 50-plus scores from him.
Over 30 - SL 120/3 (Chandimal 15, Sagakkara 48)
Mangal starts the over with a wide, Chandimal then comes down the wicket and pushes the ball to long on. Three more singles and then Chandimal hits the last ball over deep midwicket for a six. That will release the pressure slightly, 11 runs from the over.
Over 29 - SL 109/3 (Chandimal 9, Sagakkara 46)
Four singles from the over, Afghanistan keep the pressure on by not conceding boundaries.
Over 28 - SL 105/3 (Chandimal 7, Sagakkara 44)
Another bowling change, Nawroz Mangal comes into the attack. A single to start the over, Sanga drives it to long off for a run. Just one from the over.
Over 27 - SL 104/3 (Chandimal 7, Sagakkara 43)
Samiullah Shenwari comes into the attack to bowl some leg spin. A single to start the over, then Sanga whips it to deep square leg for a couple of runs. Four from the over, good over to start from the leggie.
Over 26 - SL 100/3 (Chandimal 6, Sagakkara 40)
A couple of runs, Sanga hits it crisply to mid-off, Nabi hits it stumps and they get an extra run because of the overthrow. Sanga takes a single to bring Chandimal on strike. A couple of dots and Chandimal takes a single. Four runs from the over. Sri Lanka 100 for 3.
Over 25 - SL 96/3 (Chandimal 5, Sagakkara 37)
Three singles from the start of the over, a dot and then Chandimal picks up a single to bring Sanga on strike. A single to end the over, good bowling from Afghanistan today.
Over 24 - SL 91/3 (Chandimal 3, Sagakkara 34)
Three singles from the over, Ashraf's figures are 7 overs 2 wickets for 25 runs so far.
Over 23 - SL 88/3 (Chandimal 2, Sagakkara 32)
Three singles from the Hotak over, good comeback from him after an expensive last over.
Over 22 - SL 85/3 (Chandimal 1, Sagakkara 30)
WICKET! A loose shot from Mahela, he looks to chip it over the bowler's head but gets it on the toe end of the bat and is caught at mid-on. A big wicket for Afghanistan, Ashraf provides the breakthrough. Chandimal walks out to bat. Just a couple of singles and the big wicket of Mahela from it.
Over 21 - SL 83/2 (Jayawardene 14, Sagakkara 29)
Hamza Hotak comes into the attack. He starts off with a wide, a single to Sanga and then Mahela pierces the tiny gap at point with precision and hits it for four. Another single and then Sanga hits it past the bowler for four, no protection in the deep. 11 runs from the over.
Over 20 - SL 72/2 (Jayawardene 9, Sagakkara 24)
A couple of runs as the captain allows the ball to go through him in the field. A couple of runs after a few dots as Sanga hits it through to deep midwicket.
Over 19 - SL 67/2 (Jayawardene 9, Sagakkara 19)
A single to start the over, Nabi continues after the drinks break. Four singles from the over, Sri Lanka move on to 67 for 2.
Over 18 - SL 63/2 (Jayawardene 7, Sagakkara 17)
Four, Mahela starts after drinks with a boundary through the gap at point. The fielder puts in a good dive after a long chase but just touches the rope as he stops the ball, so four runs in the end. A single and then Sanga hits a four, the low full toss flicked through backward square leg for four.
Over 17 - SL 54/2 (Jayawardene 2, Sagakkara 13)
Three dots to start the third over from Nabi, just a couple of singles from it and it is drinks.
Over 16 - SL 52/2 (Jayawardene 1, Sagakkara 12)
WICKET! The pressure created by the dots and tight overs has created a wicket. Perera tries to punch this ball through the covers only to inside edge the ball on to the stumps. Afghanistan are bowling well on a slow and tricky pitch. Mahela comes in to steady the ship. A couple of singles from the over.
Over 15 - SL 50/1 (K Perera 33, Sagakkara 11)
Another brilliant over from Nabi, just a single from it and Sri Lanka bring up their 50 in the 15th over.
Over 14 - SL 49/1 (K Perera 32, Sagakkara 11)
Ashraf continues, a couple of singles to start the over. Four singles from the over, Afghanistan bowling well at the start of the innings.
Over 13 - SL 45/1 (K Perera 30, Sagakkara 9)
Nabi brings himself into the attack, a double change in the bowling. A maiden from the captain.
Over 12 - SL 45/1 (K Perera 30, Sagakkara 9)
A change in bowling, Nabi brings Ashraf into the attack. A maiden from Ashraf to stop the run flow and pull back the Sri Lankan run rate.
Over 11 - SL 45/1 (K Perera 30, Sagakkara 9)
Dawlat starts his third over. Four, Perera attacking the bowling now, he blasts this through cover and it goes for four. A couple of singles and then Perera hits another boundary, this time going over the bowler's head for four.
Over 10 - SL 35/1 (K Perera 21, Sagakkara 8)
Sanga takes a single from the second ball. Four, Perera cross bats it for four through backward square leg. Six, it was a full and slow delivery from Shapoor and Perera powers it for a six over deep midwicket. 12 runs from the over.
Over 9 - SL 23/1 (K Perera 10, Sagakkara 7)
Five dots and then a single to end the over from Dawlat.
Over 8 - SL 22/1 (K Perera 10, Sagakkara 6)
Another brilliant over from Shapoor, he is their strike bowler and leads from the front. Just a single from the last ball.
Over 7 - SL 21/1 (K Perera 10, Sagakkara 6)
Dawlat Zadran comes into the attack to replace Najibullah. Four, Sanga walks across the crease and hits it through midwicket for four, he brings up his 1000 runs in Asia Cup alone. A couple of singles to end the over.
Over 6 - SL 15/1 (K Perera 9, Sagakkara 1)
A couple of singles to start the over. WICKET! Shapoor bowls it fuller in length and then it swings in to Thirimanne and he is bowled. Excellent bowling from Shapoor. Three runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 5 - SL 12/0 (K Perera 8, Thirimanne 4)
A single from the first ball and then a few dots from Najibullah. Perera flicks it through midwicket for four, first boundary of the innings. Five runs from the over.
Over 4 - SL 7/0 (K Perera 4, Thirimanne 3)
Thirimanne punches it to mid-off for a single, Perera takes a single to extra cover and then Thirimanne flicks the length ball to square leg for a single.
Over 3 - SL 4/0 (K Perera 3, Thirimanne 1)
Najibullah continues from the other end. A couple of singles from the over.
Over 2 - SL 2/0 (K Perera 2, Thirimanne 0)
Shapoor Zadran runs in from the other end. A maiden from the fast bowler.
Over 1 - SL 2/0 (K Perera 2, Thirimanne 0)
Najibullah Zadran starts the innings with the ball, Nabi starting with a spinner instead of Shapoor Zadran. Perera hits the ball behind the square on the leg side and takes a couple of runs. Two from the first over.
There is no grass on the hard and dry pitch and Sri Lanka have surprised everyone by winning the toss and batting first. Spinners will get some purchase out of the track, and dew may play a role in the game later on.
Dawlat Zadran is back in the Afghani playing XI in place of Hamid Hassan. Noor Ali Zadran who did not play the last game is also back in the side. Angelo Mathews says that Sri Lanka will not take Afghanistan lightly and will want to put in a good effort and win.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and they will bat first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of Monday's crucial Asia Cup fixture between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
- 3rd Mar 2014
- Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
- Shere Bangla National Stadium
- J D Cloete, B N J Oxenford
- TV Umpire
- A Rahman
- Match Referee
- B C Broad
- Reserve Umpire
- M Rahman
afghanistan BATTING CARD
|M.S. Mohammadi||b Lakmal||7|
|N.A. Zadran||c de Silva b Mendis||21|
|A.M. Stanikzai||b Perera||27|
|N.K. Mangal||c Sangakkara b Perera||4|
|S. Shenwari||c Thirimanne b Lakmal||6|
|M. Nabi||lbw de Silva||37|
|N. Zadran||c Mathews b Perera||11|
|M. Ashraf||c Perera b de Silva||1|
|A.H. Hotak||lbw Mendis||1|
|D. Zadran||b Mendis||0|
|Total||All Out, 38.4 Overs||124|