Afghanistan lose their way after strong start

Afghanistan lose their way after strong start

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

22 Feb, 2015 | 7:08 am

After a start that promised a high scoring game and a target of around 250-300 runs Afghanistan lost their way. Sri Lanka have been set a target of 233 runs

Wining the toss at the University Oval in Dunedin Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews invited Afghanistan to take first lease of the wicket. Javed Ahmadi and Nawroz Mangal gave the Afghans a steady start with an opening stand of 34 runs.

Suranga Lakmal drew first blood for Sri Lanka bagging the wicket of Mangal for 10 runs. Ahmadi fell soon afterwards for 24 runs. This brought Asghar Sranikzai and Samiullah Shenwari together at the crease.

The pair put on a menacing 88 run stand for the 3rd wicket and threatened to take the game away from Sri Lanka. Stanikzai went on to record his 5th ODI half Century before being caught in the deep off a Rangana Herath delivery. Shenwari who played a patient knock of 38 runs was the next to fall as he was undone by Thisara Perera.

Afghanistan ended up with 232 runs before being bowled out in the last over. Skipper Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga picked up 3 wickets a piece for Sri Lanka.

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