Mohammad Nabi © AFP (File photo)
Mar 3, 2014
Mohammad Nabi is leading Afghanistan’s fightback, as they reached 121 for six after 32 overs in their chase of 254 Sri Lanka in the seventh match of the Asia Cup 2014 on Monday. Afghanistan need another 133 runs to win with four wickets in hand.
Nabi is batting on 37, having added 48 crucial runs with Najibullah Zadran for the sixth wicket. Najibullah fell after scoring a laborious 11 off 35 balls.
Samiullah Shenwari was the fifth batsman to be dismissed. He was caught in the first slip by Lahiru Thirimanne off Suranga Lakmal.
Afghanistan suffered a batting collapse as Noor Ali was caught by Chaturanga de Silva off Ajantha Mendis for 21, while Thisara Perera got his second wicket of the game when he had Nawroz Mangal caught by Kumar Sangakkara for four.
This was after Perera jolted Afghanistan as he cleaned up Asghar Stanikzai for 27 in the 13th over of their chase. Stanikzai fell after scoring a fluent 27, which came off 34 balls and five boundaries.
Noor Ali Zadran and Asghar Stanikzai lead Afghanistan’s revival against Sri Lanka. The two batsmen have adopted an aggressive approach to take their side to 35 for one after nine overs in chase of 254. Afghanistan lost their opener Mohammad Shehzad early.
Shehzad, after hitting the Sri Lankan seamer for a six over the cover region went for another big hit on the fourth ball of the second over, but missed out to connect and the ball clipped the bails.
Kumar Sangakkara cracked his 85th One-Day International (ODI) half-century and an unbeaten 45 not out from Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka set a 254-run target against Afghanistan.
Electing to bat first, Sri Lankan batsmen failed to find momentum as none apart from Sangakkara and Mathews to an extent could make a mark against the Afghanistan side. Mirwais Ashraf was the pick among the bowlers for them, as he claimed two wickets for 29 runs off his eight overs.
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