Asia Cup 2022: Afghanistan Beat Sri Lanka in Asia Cup Opener

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka: On Saturday Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka in the opening match of Asia Cup 2022. Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the opening match. The match was held at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl first against Sri Lanka. Both the teams are in Group B. Afghanistan side was led by Mohammad Nabi, while the Sri Lanka team was led by Dasun Shanaka.

On this day, Sri Lanka batted first and lost 10 wickets in 19.4 overs and made only 105 runs. Chasing a target of 106, Afghanistan reached the target with 59 balls to spare. Hazratullah Zazai hit an unbeaten 37 while Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a quickfire 38 at the top of the order.

Earlier, Fazalhaq Farooqi starred with a spell of 3 for 11 as Afghanistan bowled out Sri Lanka for 105. After being put into bat, Sri Lanka tottered at five for three as Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq ran riot in the first two overs. 

Farooqi struck twice in the first over to dismiss Kusal Perera and Charith Asalanka, before Naveen-ul-Haq got the better of Pathum Nissanka in the next over. Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Danushka Gunthilaka added 44 runs for the fourth wicket before Mujeeb-ur-Rahman gave the latter his marching orders.

Sri Lanka XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana

Afghanistan XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Match Score Card:

TeamRun Overs
Sri Lanka105/1019.4
Afghanistan106/210.1

Match Result: Afghanistan won by 8 wickets

Player of The Match: Fazalhaq Farooqi

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