Sri Lanka’s innings have crossed the half-way mark and it looks like the match can go anywhere from here.
Afghanistan struck on the second ball of their first over. Mujeeb Ur Rahman took the wicket of Kusal Mendis on the second ball of his first over and sent him back to the pavilion on a golden duck.
Mendis took a big stride forward, it curved in as it traveled through the air and the ball spun in to beat the inside edge with Kusal trying to flick. Struck in front of middle and off. Surprisingly, it was the second duck for Kusal in the tournament. He got out on zero in the first match against Bangladesh too.
Experienced Upul Tharanga took the matter into his own hands and stabled the Sri Lankan innings. He got some help from Dhanajaya de Silva (23) from the other end and they both built a good partnership of 54 runs.
Their partnership ended on a rather disappointing note. Miscommunication on the second run and Dhananjaya was at the same end as Tharanga as Tharanga was too late in responding.
Rashid Khan gave Afghanistan their third wicket by getting out Kusal Perera on 17. In the very next over, Gulbadin Naib picked up the wicket of Upul Tharanga, who was looking solid out there.
Captain Angelo Mathews and Shehan Jayasuriya are at the crease and both the batsmen are taking the Lankan innings forward.
After 25 overs, Sri Lanka have scored 99 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. They require another 151 runs in the remaining 25 overs.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar