Once again in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, Afghanistan finished on the glorious line after defeating Sri Lanka by a massive margin of 7 wickets in the 30th match of the tournament. They have registered their second successive win in the tournament with an overall third win, defeating England, Pakistan and now Sri Lanka.
Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first; batting first, Kusal Mendis’ men were bundled out by Afghan bowlers at the score of 241 runs in 49.3 overs. Opener Pathum Nissanka scored 46 runs followed by 39 and 36 runs scored by skipper Kusal Mendis and middle-order batter Sadeera Samarawickrama, respectively.
Fazalhaq Farooqi bowled brilliantly and scalped 4 wickets at the cost of just 34 runs in his quota of 10 overs, including one maiden over in his account. Other than him, Mujeeb Ur Rahman was also picked by 2 wickets, conceding only 38 runs in his 10 overs.
Afghanistan batters outclass the Islanders’ bowling attack
While chasing the target, Afghanistan got an early blow just in the first over of the second innings without any run on the board. But then came a crucial partnership of 73 runs for the second wicket between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah. Zadran scored 39 runs followed by Rahmat Shah’s 62-run knock. Later in the end, there came an unbeaten and match-winning partnership of 111 runs for the fourth wicket between skipper Shahidi and middle-order batter Azmatullah Omarzai.
Hashmatullah Shahidi scored an unbeaten 58 runs, alongside Omarzai’s 73 runs off 63 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes. On the back of these brilliant batting heroics, Afghanistan comfortably chased down the target in 45.2 overs to win the match by 7 wickets, scoring 242 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Kasun Rajitha and Dilshan Madhushanka scalped 1 and 2 wickets, respectively.
Here's how fans reacted to Afghanistan’s second successive win in the ODI World Cup 2023:
Afghanistan in the World Cups:— TheCric_Zone (@PrateekTel90168) October 30, 2023
First 17 matches - 1 Win.
Last 4 matches - 3 Wins.
They beat England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - INCREDIBLE, AFGHANISTAN...!!!!#SLvAFG #Afghanistan #ICCWorldCup2023 pic.twitter.com/9llzPioGjF
#SLvAFG— Rudra Misra (@rnmisra) October 30, 2023
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets, 28 balls remaining against Sri Lanka. The way they have been playing deserves appreciation.
Hashmatullah Shahidi - "Rashid Khan is a special cricketer and the best player in the world". #SLvAFG— Faiz Fazel (@theFaizFazel) October 30, 2023
Many congratulations Afghanistan defeat 3 former world champions.— Cricflip (@cric_flip) October 30, 2023
Won against England
Won against Pakistan
Won against Sri Lanka#AFGvSL #CWC23 #SLvAFG #LankanLions #SriLanka #AfghanAtalan #AFGvsSL #SLvsAFG #Cricket #Cricflip #ICCCricketWorldCup #RashidKhan #Afghanistan… pic.twitter.com/lFw2jXjxpn
Hashmatullah Shahidi - "I want to congratulate all the Afghanistan supporters and especially the Indian fans for coming to cheer us". #SLvAFG— Faiz Fazel (@theFaizFazel) October 30, 2023
Congratulations All Aghani My Friends ❤️🇮🇳❤️🇦🇫— Aneeta Sharma🥀🇮🇳🥀 (@AneetaSharma56) October 30, 2023
🇱🇰SRI LANKA IN WORLD CUP
They have beaten England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan in this World Cup and Qualify For Champion Trophy 🏆❤️
Won Against SA And Qualify For Semifinal ✅👏#SLvAFG #ICCWorldCup2023 pic.twitter.com/CH64LmlQq6