Lahiru Thirimanne © AFP (File Photo)
Lahiru Thirimanne © AFP (File Photo)

Oct 3, 2014

 

 

Read the match report of the Asian games final here

 

Afghanistan once again end up with the silver medal. Sri Lanka have completed a convincing 68-run win. Initially, 134 looked like a fairly easy target for Afghanistan but their batsmen failed miserably to plan their innings. The route to the pavilion was busy all through the last hour.
Batsman dismissed: N Baras 6(11), F Ahmad 0(2), Q Khan 12(18)

 

Afghanistan are all but out of this match. Jevan Mendis picks his third wicket and two of them have come in this over. Karim Sadiq was stumped for 10 and Gulbadin Naib was trapped leg-before.
K Sadiq 10(11), G Naib 0(4)

 

A laboured eight-run innings from Samiullah Shenwari. The are tightening the noose around Afghanistan.
OUT! Shenwari 8(19)

 

Afghanistan are piling the pressure on themselves here. Dilhara Lokuhettige strikes with the wicket of skipper Mohammad Nabi. The required rate is close to nine an over.
M Nabi 3(10)

 

Afghanistan are slipping and are in big trouble now. After Udana, Chaturanga bowls a maiden and bags the wicket of Tarkai who had done most of the scoring. Afghanistan innings seems to have come to an abrupt halt.
OUT! N Tarkai 17(16)

 

 

Isuru Udana has struck big. Bags two wickets in his second over. Rahman is bowled for 2 and the hard-hitting Shahzad is gone for a duck. Double-wicket maiden from Udana.

 

 

Good start from Afghanistan. They are going at just over six an over. Najeeb Tarkai has got most of the strike and he has done well to give them a brisk start.

 



 

What a fightback this has been from Afghanistan. Lahiru thirimanne smashed a quick fifty but none of the others managed anything significant. Credit to the Afghanistan bowlers. This is well in their reach but the Lankans too have a good bowling attack. Interesting chase ahead.
Batsmen dismissed: C de Silva 9(12), Rambukwella 4(5), Gunaratne 1(5), Udana 4(5)

 

 

A wicket gifted away, Sri Lankan middle-order has come apart in the final. Apart from Thirimanne there hasn’t been any substantial contributions from other batsmen.
OUT! Priyanjan run out 6(3)

 

Lokuhettige’s long stay at the crease comes to an end. He took 15 balls for his 11 runs. Gulbadin Naib it is again and traps the batsman leg-before.

 

One more down, Jevan Mendis is dismissed by Gulbadin Naib. Easy decision for the umpire, that was plumb in front.
OUT! J Mendis 2(3)

 

 

Big wicket for Afghanistan. Two wickets in two overs. Thirimanne, who had done most of the damage departs for 57. A ball before his dismissal he had hit a boundary but next ball, Mohammad Nabi traps him leg-before.
OUT! Thirimanne 50(34)

 

 

Finally a breakthrough for Afghanistan. They have broken the 72-run second-wicket stand. Chandimal mistimes his pull shot and Mohammad Nabi takes an easy catch. Fazal Rahman the bowler. Meanwhile, Thirimanne has completed his fifty.
OUT! D Chandimal 33(27)

 

 

Thirimanne has given Sri Lanka the much-needed boost after the early jolt. He has found the fence at ease and has so far hammered six fours and one six. Chandimal is content playing the anchor role on the other end.

 

 


 

Afghanistan have struck early. Chandimal and Tharanga opened the batting. Skipper Chandimal hit a boundary but in the next over, Tharanga was caught behind off the bowling of Nasim.
OUT! Tharanga 1(4)

 

 


 

Toss: Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bat

Teams:

Afghanistan: Karim Sadiq, Najeeb Tarakai, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari, Fazal Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi (c), Fareed Ahmad, Amir Hamza, M Nasim Baras, Qaseem Khan (wk)

Sri lanka: U Tharanga, D Chandimal (c), L Thirimanne, D Lokuhettige, J Mendis, B Rambukwella, I Udana, C de Silva, S Priyanjan, D Gunaratne, A Silva


 

Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the final of the Asian Games 2014 between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. The Lankans found a bizarre way of entering the final. Rain interrupted their semi-final match against Bangladesh. They had Bangladesh on the mat but the rains forced the match to be decided via coin toss. Sri Lanka called tails and they won the semi-final. On the other hand, rain had a role to play in the Hong Kong vs Afghanistan match as well, but Afghanistan managed to clinch it convincingly via Duckworth Lewis method.