Afghanistan fought well against Sri Lanka, but they couldn’t pull off an upset. Sri Lanka chased down the competitive total of 154 runs, losing only 4 wickets in the process. Tillakaratne Dilshan was the pick of the batsmen for the Islanders as he remained not out on 83 runs off 56 deliveries.
Afghanistan won the toss against Sri Lanka and elected to bat first. Mohammad Shahzad, the aggressive opener of Afghanistan lost his wicket early in the piece; Angelo Mathews was the bowler to take his prize wicket. Afghanistan had a disastrous time in the contest till 11 overs, where they were 4 down for 51 runs.
Samiullah Shenwari had an extremely useful partnership of 61 runs with his captain, Asghar Stanikzai. Samiullah lost his wicket after scoring 31 runs off 14 deliveries, his innings comprised of 3 boundaries and 2 big sixes. But, the Afghani captain kept his good work going; he scored 62 runs on just 47 deliveries that took his team to a competitive total.
Thisara Parera was the best bowler for Sri Lanka as he removed 3 Afghani batsmen in his 4 overs, leaking 33 runs. Rangana Herath and Angelo Mathews also bowled brilliantly, they took 2 and 1 wickets respectively in their spell of 4 and 3 overs.
Sri Lankan openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal, once again had an impressive start. They had an opening partnership of 41 runs in 5.2 overs, before Chandimal fell to Mohammad Nabi. The elegant left hander Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Parera and Chamara Kapugedra could only score 6, 12 and 10 runs respectively. It was Angelo Mathews who joined hands with Dilshan to take Sri Lanka over the line.
The result of the match might have been different if Afghanistan had fielded well. They exhibited some really sloppy effort in their field, giving away some easy boundaries to the opponents.
Tillakaratne Dilshan was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant show with the bat. Sri Lanka desperately needed a win to restore their confidence as a team.