An all-round performance from Afghanistan helped them register an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
Opting to bowl first, the Mohammad Nabi-led side completely dominated the proceedings right from the beginning. The Afghan bowlers gave no chance to Sri Lanka batters, bundling them out for a mere 105 in 19.4 overs.
Fazalhaq Farooqi was the pick of the bowler for Afghanistan, taking a three-wicket haul for just 11 runs in 3.4 overs, including a maiden. Apart from the left-arm speedster, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/24) and captain Nabi (2/14) bagged a couple of wickets each.
In response, Afghanistan chased down the target successfully in 10.1 overs, with eight wickets in hand. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a breathtaking 18-ball 40 runs knock with the help of seven boundaries, including four sixes. Opener Hazratullah Zazai stayed unbeaten on 37 off 28 balls to take the team home.
“The boys played really well, especially the fast bowlers. When we decided to bowl first, they used the pitch so well. We were just discussing to hit the right lines, and if we get a bit of swing, it will be of use for us. We have a lot of confidence after such a game, hopefully, we can do well next game as well,” said Nabi in the post-match presentation.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
That was not just a win but a statement from Afghanistan. Their performances are crying for more T20 games against the top sides. You can’t expect a nation to grow if they meet the top sides only in multi-nation tournaments. #AsiaCup #AFGvsSL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 27, 2022
Afghanistan achieve their first T20I win against Sri Lanka, in only the second encounter between these teams.#AsiaCup2022
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) August 27, 2022
Serious class from Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Some of his shots were special. I was waiting to watch him bat and I wasn’t disappointed.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 27, 2022
What a fantastic start to Afghanistan’s campaign. On occasions, you will find that sweet spot. The perfect day.
All the SL camp can do is find the erase button quickly.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) August 27, 2022
Afghanistan chase down 106 runs from just 10.1 overs against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 27, 2022
Mind blowing display Afghanistan
Sri Lanka blown away #AFGvsSL
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) August 27, 2022
This rapid run chase had nothing to do with dew. It’s bone dry … Afghanistan we’re just too good.. Felt like SL barely turned up #AFGvsSL
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) August 27, 2022
Only Afghanistan can be a war torn cricket nation and still be this good.
In just ten years the Afghan cricket team development is just Remarkable.Afghan Cricket team is the pride of Afghanistan and inspiration for milions.❤️🇦🇫#AFGvsSL pic.twitter.com/bnzgtWuO9R
— Zahid🕊️⚡ (@Afghanforevr) August 27, 2022
Sri Lanka started their campaign in the Asia Cup.#AsiaCup2022 #AFGvsSL #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/JTtNNqPPIZ
— Nobody (@to_mani) August 27, 2022
Afghanistan sound the alarm by defeating Sri Lanka #AsiaCup2022 #AFGvsSL
— Raja Mohsin Ijaz (@rajamohsinsays) August 27, 2022
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