In the third and final ODI match of the Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka In 2023, the hosts took a comfortable 9-wicket win over the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. With this victory, the Islanders won the series, having previously won the second game by 132 runs.
Batting first, Afghanistan’s innings got off to a shaky start as they struggled to build partnerships and regularly lost wickets. The tourists eventually bundled for just 116 runs in 22.2 overs. Experienced campaigner Mohammed Nabi top scorer for Afghanistan with 23 runs on 23 deliveries while Gulbadin Naib contributed 20 runs off 21 balls.
For the Lankans, Dushmantha Chamera was the standout bowler and took 4 wickets for 63 runs in his 9 overs. Likewise Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga also made valuable contributions, taking 2 and 3 wickets respectively.
Sri Lanka chased the meager target and achieved victory by losing just one wicket. Pathum Nissanka And Dimuth Karunaratne formed a solid opening partnership, with Nissanka scoring a brilliant half-century, 51 runs off 34 deliveries, including 8 boundaries and 2 sixes. Karunaratne also impressed with a well-made 56 runs off 45 balls, including 7 fours. Sri Lanka reached the target in just 16 overs and secured a comprehensive victory.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) June 7, 2023
Good comeback from the team after losing in the first game.
Chameera and Kumara bowled well to win the series 👌
Let’s take the momentum into the qualifiers and back to India🤞#SLvAFG
— Lasith Malinga (@malinga_ninety9) June 7, 2023
— Aravinthan Arunthavanathan (@Cricket_decoded) June 7, 2023
congratulations for @dasunshanaka1 and the team that came from behind to beat Afghanistan 2 to 1. This last happened in 2014, when Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan.
— Roshan Abeysinghe (@RoshanCricket) June 7, 2023
Congratulations @Official SLC for the series win! Extensive and clinical performance in the last 2 games. The way the whole team came back after losing the 1st game with all the points for the whole team including the support staff! #SLvAFG Roll on to the qualifications 👍🏽
— Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) June 7, 2023
Biggest win against Afghanistan in ODIs (based on balls remaining):
204 – SL🇱🇰 at Hambantota, today
160 – ZIM🇿🇼 at Bulawayo, 2015
142 – NETH🇳🇱 in Sharjah, 2012#SLvAFG
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) June 7, 2023
Lowest ODI totals at Hambantota 🏟️
— Thurunu Jayasiri (@ThurunuJ) June 7, 2023
— Tweet Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 (@SriLankaTweet) June 7, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) June 7, 2023
— Akhila Seneviratne (@AkhilaSene97) June 7, 2023
— DANUSHKA ARAVIINDA (@DanuskaAravinda) June 7, 2023
Sri Lanka are unbeaten at home in their last 5 ODI series.
This is something certain former cricketers, senior journalists and some fans with agendas against the current team and selectors rarely say to the fans because it doesn’t fit their “Remove Shanaka” agenda#SLvAFG
— Sakun (@Sakun_SD) June 7, 2023
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