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Afghanistan in Sri Lanka, 3 ODI Series, 2022
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SL
234/10
38 Ovs
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AFG
294/8
50 Ovs
Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 60 runs

AFGHANISTAN

Batsmen
RB4s6sSR
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (W)
53559096.36
lbw b Wanindu Hasaranga
Ibrahim Zadran
10612011088.33
c Wanindu Hasaranga b Maheesh Theekshana
Rahmat Shah
52642081.25
c Kusal Mendis b Lahiru Kumara
Najibullah Zadran
422551168.00
c Kusal Mendis b Wanindu Hasaranga
Gulbadin Naib
22242191.67
c Wanindu Hasaranga b Dhananjaya Lakshan
Rashid Khan
450080.00
run out (sub Ashen Bandara / Kusal Mendis)
Mohammad Nabi
230066.67
c Dhananjaya Lakshan b Kasun Rajitha
Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)
2200100.00
run out (sub Ashen Bandara / Kusal Mendis)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
1100100.00
not out
Yamin Ahmadzai
01000.00
not out
Fazalhaq Farooqi
00000.00
Fall Of Wickets:
1-84-(Rahmanullah Gurbaz (W) 14.4 ov)
3-232-(Ibrahim Zadran 41.4 ov)
2-202-(Rahmat Shah 38.1 ov)
4-267-(Najibullah Zadran 46.1 ov)
6-289-(Gulbadin Naib 49 ov)
5-277-(Rashid Khan 48.1 ov)
7-291-(Mohammad Nabi 49.3 ov)
8-293-(Hashmatullah Shahidi (C) 49.5 ov)
-(Mujeeb Ur Rahman ov)
-(Yamin Ahmadzai ov)
-(Fazalhaq Farooqi ov)
Bowlers
OMRWEcon
Kasun Rajitha
1005615.60
Dhananjaya Lakshan
604317.17
Lahiru Kumara
805416.75
Dasun Shanaka
301906.33
Wanindu Hasaranga
1004224.20
Maheesh Theekshana
1006216.20
Dhananjaya de Silva
301404.67

SRI LANKA

Batsmen
RB4s6sSR
Pathum Nissanka
8583100102.41
b Fazalhaq Farooqi
Kusal Mendis (W)
150020.00
lbw b Yamin Ahmadzai
Dinesh Chandimal
141130127.27
b Fazalhaq Farooqi
Dhananjaya de Silva
161630100.00
b Gulbadin Naib
Charith Asalanka
10180055.56
c Ibrahim Zadran b Gulbadin Naib
Dasun Shanaka (C)
16272059.26
c Yamin Ahmadzai b Gulbadin Naib
Wanindu Hasaranga
6646102143.48
b Fazalhaq Farooqi
Dhananjaya Lakshan
240050.00
b Fazalhaq Farooqi
Maheesh Theekshana
3120025.00
lbw b Yamin Ahmadzai
Kasun Rajitha
8520160.00
lbw b Rashid Khan
Lahiru Kumara
01000.00
not out
Fall Of Wickets:
6-168-(Pathum Nissanka 29.3 ov)
1-16-(Kusal Mendis (W) 3.1 ov)
2-35-(Dinesh Chandimal 6.2 ov)
3-74-(Dhananjaya de Silva 10.4 ov)
4-90-(Charith Asalanka 14.5 ov)
5-137-(Dasun Shanaka (C) 23.5 ov)
10-234-(Wanindu Hasaranga 38 ov)
7-198-(Dhananjaya Lakshan 31.5 ov)
8-216-(Maheesh Theekshana 35.2 ov)
9-230-(Kasun Rajitha 36.5 ov)
-(Lahiru Kumara ov)
Bowlers
OMRWEcon
Fazalhaq Farooqi
904945.44
Yamin Ahmadzai
604627.67
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
503306.60
Gulbadin Naib
803434.25
Rashid Khan
804015.00
Mohammad Nabi
2027013.50

Sri Lanka

234/10(38 Overs)

Right then, Sri Lanka need 295 runs to win and the wicket in Pallekele is a good one. However, the lights have now taken effect and there might be a bit for the pacers early on. If the hosts negotiate it well then they have a real chance of taking the lead in this series. Will the Afghan spinners be able to control the middle phase and derail the Lankan chase? Find out soon as the chase is coming up shortly.

Kasun Rajitha to Yamin Ahmadzai, Short in length and wide outside off, Yamin Ahmadzai swings his bat at it but fails to connect. They steal a bye as Kusal Mendis misses the shy at his end. Afghanistan finish on 294 for 8.

Sri Lanka were hit-and-miss with the ball but did bowl well in patches which proved to be fruitful. The pacers didn't start off well but once the pair of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana worked in tandem, they managed to pull the strings. The lack of wickets in the middle overs meant that Afghanistan could go hard in the final 10 overs but the hosts did bowl reasonably well at the death. Hasaranga was certainly the pick of the bowlers but the pacers too bowled a few good overs, espec

Afghanistan started with a bang with Rahmanullah Gurbaz taking on the Sri Lankans pacers in the first Powerplay. Gurbaz went on to make a quickfire 50 with Ibrahim Zadran playing second fiddle. However, once Gurbaz got out the Afghan innings went back into 2nd gear. Ibrahim did stay at the crease and eventually, he and Rahmat Shah were able to score runs freely. The pair put on 118 runs with Shah notching up a half-century and Ibrahim Zadran going on to make a classy ton. It was then Najibu

A very well-fought first half and it is Sri Lanka who have done well to keep the visitors under a score of 300 in the end. It is safe to say that both sides will be happy with their effort going into the interval. Afghanistan though will think that they have the edge here and with their bowling line-up, it will certainly be a test for the Lankan batters.

Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, ! Another run out! Too full in length and around middle, Shahidi clips it to deep mid-wicket and takes a run. Mujeeb wants the second run but is stranded midway down the pitch as his skipper is not interested. Kusal Mendis collects the throw and then takes his time before taking the bails off. A bit of confusion on who has got run out, the umpire gets it checked and the replays show that it's very tight. Both batters are standing next to each other

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rashid Khan, ! RUN OUT! A complete breakdown of communication and Rashid Khan is sent packing. Fuller in length and around off, Rashid kneels down and forces it to deep mid-wicket. The ball speeds away and Ashen Bandara (sub) dives to make a stupendous stop near the fence. Rashid turns for the second run and keeps on running while Gulbadin Naib, after taking a start, turns his back on his partner. The throw comes to the keeper who runs to the bowler's end and tak

Yamin Ahmadzai is in to face the final ball.

There is a bit of confusion out in the middle. It seems to be Mujeeb Ur Rahman who has been run out but Kusal Mendis didn't dislodge the bails till the batters almost crossed. It is being checked by the third umpire and it is really tight but it is Mujeeb who seems to be the one who is out. No, in fact, it is Hashmatullah Shahidi who has been sent back to the pavilion. Doesn't matter much as the new batter will be on strike for the final delivery.

Kasun Rajitha to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Full in length and wide outside off, Mujeeb chips it over extra cover and returns for the second run.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new man in.

Kasun Rajitha to Mohammad Nabi, ! TAKEN! Kasun Rajitha is putting on a show at the death and now has a wicket to show for his efforts. It's full and wide outside off, at 130 kph, Mohammad Nabi is forced to fetch it as he tries to hammer it over extra cover. The connection though is not good and Dhananjaya Lakshan runs across to his left from long off to complete the catch. Afghanistan have fallen apart at the death.

Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, A dipping low full toss outside off, Hashmatullah Shahidi tries to use the scoop but it takes the bottom part of his willow and rolls to mid-wicket. They cross.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, ! CAUGHT! The slower one eventually does the trick for Dhananjaya Lakshan. He delivers it at 108 kph and bowls it wide outside off. Gulbadin Naib has to fetch it from there and then has to generate all the power by himself. He fails to do that and it's a simple catch for Wanindu Hasaranga at long on. 14 runs and two wickets from the over. 

Kasun Rajitha to Mohammad Nabi, A low full toss on off, Nabi heaves it over mid-wicket for a single.

The Afghan skipper, Hashmatullah Shahidi walks out to the middle now.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, ! Gulbadin Naib connects with one. He picks the slower one, landing in the slot for him and hoists it over long on for a maximum.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, ! Slapped! Back of a length, wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib shows his power and sends it racing away to the fence at long on.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Mohammad Nabi, Slower one, on the shorter side, Nabi hits it down to long on for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, Dropped! Dhananjaya de Silva is having a tough day on the field. Slower and outside off, Naib lofts it down to long off where de Silva drops a sitter. A single is taken.

Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rashid Khan, Wide! Slower delivery, full and way wide outside off, Rashid leaves.

Who will bowl the penultimate over of the innings? It will be Dhananjaya Lakshan.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, This is excellent from Kasun Rajitha. Nails his wide yorker, just inside the guideline and Naib leaves again. Only 3 runs from the over. 

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Yorker at 128 kph, around middle, Naib digs it out to covers and looks for a run. He is sent back as the bowler collects the ball.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Slower again, this time just inside the tram line, Gulbadin Naib leaves it alone thinking it to be another wide. It's not.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Wide! Pace up this time, 132 clicks, on a good length and wide outside off, Naib leaves.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Swing and a miss! Full and wide outside off at 104 clicks, Naib is way too early into the shot and fails to connect.

Kasun Rajitha to Rashid Khan, Again it's full and wide outside off, slower in pace, Rashid drags this time, towards long on, and they cross.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Full toss on off, Naib drags it down to wide long on for a run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Just short! Loopy and full around off, Gulbadin Naib goes down and slogs it over mid-wicket. Ashen Bandara (sub) comes charging in from the deep and goes for the catch but collects it on the bounce. Only a run. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rashid Khan, Full and angling down the leg side, Rashid tries to sweep but gets a bottom edge. The ball rolls wide of short fine leg and they cross.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rashid Khan, Leans forward to a full ball and defends.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Skidding down the leg side, Naib fails to flick and it goes off his pads to the leg side. They cross for a leg bye as Kusal Mendis attacks the ball.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Wide! Way wide outside off as Wanindu Hasaranga bowls it with a low arm, Gulbadin Naib leaves.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rashid Khan, Shortish and on off, punched through covers for a run.

Rashid Khan walks out to bat now.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, ! CAUGHT BEHIND! A fortunate wicket for Wanindu Hasaranga and it's the big one of Najibullah Zadran. The length is short and around leg, Zadran gets back to heave it over the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball ricochets and Kusal Mendis is alert to catch the ball. They appeal and the finger goes up. End of a handy knock from Najibullah and his wicket means that Sri Lanka have a chance to restrict Afghanistan under 300. 

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Slower one at 104, very full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran goes hard at it and only manages to drag it to deep mid-wicket. Only a run. Exceptional over from Kasun Rajitha, just 4 runs off it. 

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Full and wide outside off, it's drilled to long off for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Another dot. Clever slower one. Full and outside off, Naib gets across to play the paddle shot but misses. It goes through his legs to the keeper.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Yorker outside off, Naib gets across and attempts to heave but misses. Just two runs from the first half of this over. 

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, A wide full toss outside off, Zadran forces it to sweeper cover for another single.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Full toss on off, Naib lofts it to deep cover for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana is done with his spell and it will be Kasun Rajitha who will replace him. Rajitha's last over went for 16 runs, can he pull things back?

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, Play and a miss! Loopy and full, around off and turning away, Najibullah Zadran tries to play the reverse sweep but misses. Five more overs to go, how many more can Afghanistan get?

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, Eases a full ball to wide long on and rushes back for the second run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Bowls it with a low-arm action, darts it on middle and this one stays low, Naib forces it to long on for one.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, ! Fine shot! Pressure on Wanindu Hasaranga. His wrong 'un is picked by Gulbadin Naib who goes down on one knee and sweeps it firmly to the deep square leg fence. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, Falls short! Najibullah Zadran tries to take on Wanindu Hasaranga again. He aims to go downtown and towers it towards long on without much conviction. Dhananjaya de Silva comes charging in from the deep but it falls just in front of him. They cross.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, ! Bang! Wanindu Hasaranga starts his new spell with a short ball outside off, Najibullah Zadran camps back and whacks it to deep cover for a boundary.

Wanindu Hasaranga (8-0-26-1) is back for what seems to be his final spell.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Fires it flat and full around off, Najibullah Zadran drives it to long off for a run. An excellent last over from Maheesh Theekshana to finish his spell.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Hits the blockhole, Naib digs it out through mid off for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Three dots in a row now. Fullish and on middle, driven back to the bowler.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, JUST SHORT! Short delivery and wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib cuts but fails to keep it down. It goes on one bounce to backward point.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Flighted and around off, Naib helps it on the leg side and Maheesh Theekshana picks up the ball quickly.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Skidding in from around off, short in length, Zadran forces it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Slower and fuller, around leg, Zadran clips it behind square leg and retains strike. 16 from the over!

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, ! Boom! Kasun Rajitha serves it on a platter this time. Delivers it full and in the slot for the batter, Najibullah Zadran clears his front leg and pumps it over long off for a maximum.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Wide! Kasun Rajitha tries to stay away from Zadran's hitting arc but ends up slipping it way wide outside off.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Fuller in length and outside off, Zadran fires his drive past the cover fielder inside the ring and collects two runs.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, ! Najibullah Zadran is the man for Afghanistan at this stage. Slower one, short and around leg, Zadran rides the bounce and pulls it with authority to the deep backward square leg fence.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Back of a length, on top of off, Naib jumps and punches it to deep cover for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Slower length ball around leg, Najibullah Zadran tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to the leg side and they cross for a leg bye.

Kasun Rajitha (6-0-30-0) is brought back into the attack.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Flatter and shorter on middle, punched back to the bowler. 9 from the over but more importantly, the centurion got dismissed.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Fuller and on off, pushed off the front foot to covers.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Ibrahim Zadran holes out! Sri Lanka have removed the set batter and this is a big breakthrough for them. Maheesh Theekshana serves the wrong 'un and bowls it slower through the air. It's a touch short and lands in the line of the stumps. Ibrahim Zadran goes deep inside the crease, trying to hack it over the leg side but it takes the toe end of his bat and flies down to long on. It's a simple catch to Wanindu Hasaranga and Ibrahim's outstanding

Gulbadin Naib is the new man in.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Floated delivery, landing full and around middle, Ibrahim Zadran steps back to make room and lofts it over mid off for a boundary. This is the class of this batter, he is all about good shots.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Short and outside off, cut to deep point for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, ! Slapped away! Flatter delivery, a touch short and plenty of width there outside off, Najibullah Zadran flexes his arms and swats it past the cover fielder for a boundary.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller and on off, Ibrahim drives but finds mid off. A dot ball to end the over, 10 coming off it.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Slower one, on a length around off at 116 kph, Najibullah Zadran heaves it over mid-wicket for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, ! Easy pickings! A 139 kph delivery, full and down the leg side, Najibullah Zadran deflects it neatly off his pads and finds the boundary at fine leg.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Play and a miss! Sharp delivery, short and on off, Najibullah Zadran tries to ramp it down but misses.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Outside off, guided to third man for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, ! HUNDRED FOR IBRAHIM ZADRAN! Short in length and around leg, Ibrahim hangs back inside the crease and pulls it through the gap between deep square leg and fine leg. He has been the fulcrum of Afghanistan's batting so far and will now look to change gears and provide his team with a flying end. 

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Sharp work from Dhananjaya de Silva. Flighted on middle, this is pushed straight towards short mid-wicket and de Silva almost catches Najibullah Zadran out as he was well outside his crease at the non-striker's end.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and straight, Ibrahim Zadran defends it out.

Powerplay 3 time. One extra fielder, i.e. 5 can now be put outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this inning.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, A real loosener from Maheesh Theekshana but the effort in the deep has saved a boundary for Sri Lanka. This is way too short and angling down leg. Najibullah Zadran pulls it flat and towards the backward square leg fence. Kasun Rajitha sprints to his left and puts in a full-stretched dive to keep the ball in play. Just a couple of runs then.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Around middle and leg, nudged away towards mid-wicket.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Very full again and around middle, Ibrahim Zadran drills it down to long on and turns the strike over.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, This is full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran frees his arms a bit and hits it away through extra cover for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana is back on. 0 for 46 in his 7 overs so far.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit of hostility from the bowler. Around off stump at 143 clicks and this is defended back to the bowler. Lahiru Kumara tries to throw the ball back onto the stumps and Ibrahim Zadran does well to get out of the way.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Almost played on! Good length, around the top of off and angling in. Najibullah Zadran looks to drive but gets an inside edge that goes past the leg stump and towards fine leg. A single is taken.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A quick bumper, at 140 clicks and close to the off pole. Ibrahim Zadran waits for it and guides it down to third man for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Leg bye! Fullish delivery, angling into the pads from around the wicket. Najibullah Zadran looks to flick it away but gets it off the pads towards fine leg for a leg bye.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, ! What a way to get off the mark! Short and wide, Najibullah Zadran hops and slaps it away in between point and cover-point and the ball just races away to the fence.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, ! CAUGHT BEHIND! Lahiru Kumara comes back for his third spell and makes an instant impact. On a good length, angling in from around the off pole. Rahmat Shah advances and tries to give himself a bit of room in order to go over mid off but gets a faint outside edge on it. Kusal Mendis behind the stumps pouches it safely and Shah has to walk back after a handy knock. Sri Lanka now have a good chance of pulling things back. In walks Najibullah Zadran and

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Another slower one, this time a lot fuller and around off. Shah stays on the back foot and works it down to long on for one more.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Short ball over leg stump, Zadran with another mistimed pull towards backward square leg and he will get a run.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Excellent running! Into the pitch again from Lakshan, Zadran awkwardly pulls it through wide mid on but because there is not much pace on the ball the batters are able to sprint back for the second.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower again, banged in halfway down the track and pushed well outside off. Zadran hops and dabs it down towards cover-point.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Full and outside off, this is crisply driven to sweeper cover for just another single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower delivery, on a length and this is just eased down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, ! Up and over! Tosses it up full and outside off, Rahmat Shah advances and just lifts it over mid off. The ball just lands inside the ropes and trickles into the fence. Shah gets to a well-timed half century and also brings up 3000 ODI runs for himself, the first Afghan batter to do so, a remarkable achievement.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up on off stump, Shah pushes it to the right of the bowler and Maheesh Theekshana makes a good diving stop.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted delivery, Zadran leans on and drives it down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Excellent shot from Ibrahim Zadran and it takes him into the 90s. Just a fraction shorter and at the stumps, Zadran makes room and slaps it through covers for a boundary.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Flatter delivery at the stumps, this is forced off the back foot down to long on for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up on middle stump, Rahmat Shah comes down the track and just chips it right back over the bowler's head for a couple of runs. There is a direct hit from the long on fielder at the bowler's end but the batter is well in.

Wanindu Hasaranga gets a break and Maheesh Theekshana returns to bowl. 0 for 34 in his 6 overs so far.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Slower one, into the pitch and over middle and leg. Rahmat Shah rolls his wrists over the ball and pulls it behind square leg for a run. The 100-run stand between these two is also up.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Shorter and over middle stump, sort of a half pull through mid-wicket by Zadran for a run.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Top stop from the skipper! Back of a length outside off, this is sweetly punched off the back foot by Ibrahim Zadran but Dasun Shanaka shows sharp reflexes at short extra cover and makes the stop.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Fullish length, on off stump, not much pace on it. Shah eases it through mid on and rotates the strike.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Pitches it up and angles it in from around off. Zadran hits it on the up and down to long on for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Fullish length, well outside the off stump, Shah reaches out and taps it through covers for a single.

Drinks break. A handy partnership has developed between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah and courtesy of this stand, Afghanistan have avoided any hiccups in the middle overs. With 15 overs left in the innings, they will be aiming for a 300-plus score at the moment. The hosts have done well on this batting-friendly surface and managed to get the run rate under control but will have to finish well. Let's see how the last phase pans out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted delivery, on the pads, Zadran works it away towards mid-wicket.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Around off, Zadran looks to just ease it through covers but doesn't find the gap.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Was there any bat on it? Doesn't look like it. Nicely tossed up, Rahmat Shah advances but has to block and the ball loops up after hitting the pads. The ball lands well short of the fielder at covers though.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, At the stumps, this is knocked down to long on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Shorter again and around off, this is punched away towards cover.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Just a fraction short and outside off. Shah looks to cut off the back foot but gets it off the outside edge down to short third man.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, This is bowled into the pitch and over middle and leg, Shah gets on top of the bounce and pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Length ball and there's width on offer. Rahmat Shah slices it away wide of the man at deep point for a couple of runs.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Back of a length and outside off, Shah taps it towards cover-point.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, They do get the single in the end. Slower bumper, around off, Zadran hops and dabs it to the right of the fielder at short third man who makes a good diving stop. The throw though is a wild one along with being needless and the batters get an overthrow.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, The off-cutter now, on a good length and well outside off. Zadran looks to pull it away but gets a bottom edge onto the deck.

Dhananjaya Lakshan is back into the attack. He has bowled just two overs so far, none for 14.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Lakshan starts off with a slower length ball around off. The ball keeps a bit low as Zadran punches it towards cover.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, ! Flat and hard! Tossed-up delivery on leg stump, Rahmat Shah gets down on one knee and slogs it away, one-bounce into the deep mid-wicket fence.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, On a nagging length and at the stumps, Shah watchfully keeps it out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Tossed up around off, this is hit away down to long off for one.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Slows it up a touch and pulls the length back as well. Zadran nudges it towards mid-wicket.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Very full and straight, Zadran pushes it firmly back to the bowler.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Nagging length, on off stump and looks to turn this one into the right-hander. Shah rocks back and punches it through mid on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to continue...

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Excellent effort in the deep this time. Short ball over leg stump and Zadran pulls it away behind square leg. The fielder from fine leg sprints to his left and is able to get a hand to it. The fielder from deep square leg tidies up and the batters pick up a brace.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Rajitha grunts and delivers a bouncer outside off. Ibrahim Zadran lets it through to the keeper.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Good length outside off, Shah caresses it through the cover region for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Casual fielding in the deep. A slower short ball, over middle and leg. Rahmat Shah is early in his pull but gets it towards deep mid-wicket where the fielder fumbles and the batters come back for the second with ease.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Short of a length and around off, this is punched away towards sweeper cover for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Kasun Rajitha comes back into the attack and starts off with a length ball. This is slower and around off, Zadran defends it back towards the bowler.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Around off, nicely driven by Shah but straight towards cover. Another quiet over from Wanindu Hasaranga, just 3 off it.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Fullish length, outside off and this one skids on. Shah drives it square towards the point fielder.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Shorter one, Rahmat Shah rocks back and pulls it well in front of square on the leg side for a couple of runs.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Nicely drifted onto the leg stump, Zadran drives it down to long on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit quicker and flatter around off, played away late towards backward point.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit of yes and no but the batters survive. Nicely flighted, around off, Ibrahim Zadran pushes it towards cover and looks for a run but is sent back and rightly so.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Uses the spin and works it through square leg. The call is for two but Ibrahim Zadran gets only a run. At the end of 30 overs, Afghanistan are 159 for 1. Can they double their score from here?

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Loopy one, full and around leg, Shah uses his feet and forces it down to long on for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller and on off, driven to sweeper cover for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter on off, that is defended solidly off the front foot.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Loopy and full, outside off, Ibrahim Zadran leans forward and caresses it through extra cover for a lovely boundary. 

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up around middle and leg, Shah wrists it through square leg for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Quicker through the air, full and on off, Zadran drives it back in the direction of the bowler.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter and on off, punched to covers.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Floated and full, around leg and turning away, Zadran slices it off the outer edge to short third man.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Turning away from around off, Zadran punches from the back foot to short cover.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Short again, around off and spinning in, Shah moves back and pushes it to long on for a run.

Spin from both ends as Wanindu Hasaranga (4-0-14-1) is back on.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Short and outside off, cut to deep cover-point for a singe. 150 up!

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Drags his length short and delivers it around leg, Zadran pulls it in front of square on the leg side and collects a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Delivers it around leg, spinning in, Rahmat nudges it to fine leg and crosses.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller and on off, driven down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Allows the ball to spin back in from around off and then quietly works it behind square leg for one.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Shortish on off, Zadran wrists it through square leg for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! All of a sudden, the boundaries have started to come. Flighted delivery, around leg, Zadran clips it fine and beats short 45. 

Maheesh Theekshana (4-0-17-0) is brought back into the attack.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Bouncer around off, Shah evades. End of a probing over from Lahiru.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Width there outside off, 137 clicks, Zadran runs it down to third man for one.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, ! In control this time. Short in length and outside off, Ibrahim Zadran stays put on the back foot and steers it past the diving point fielder for a boundary.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, EDGY ! A snorter from Lahiru Kumara, he bangs it in short, at 141 kph, Ibrahim Zadran is taken by surprise. He is on his toes, trying to fend it away and the ball flies off the splice of the bat. Kusal Mendis has no chance and it races behind for a boundary. The 50-run stand comes up!

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Quick bouncer at 139 clicks, around off, Ibrahim Zadran stays away from the line.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Kumara angles it in, on a length around middle and leg, Zadran steps back and taps it down to point.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, This time Ibrahim Zadran works it wide of mid-wicket and it goes in the deep. A single is taken to close the over.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Floated and full, on middle, Ibrahim flicks it to mid-wicket and looks for a run but it's not available.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Fuller on middle, pushed to long on for one.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Hits his partner! Short and around off, Ibrahim Zadran goes back and punches straight. Rahmat Shah fails to get away from the line and is hit on the body. It deflects to mid on and they cross.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Loopy and dipping full on middle, Rahmat eases it down to long on for a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Shortish and outside off, punched wide of mid off for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Short and on middle, at 137 kph, Shah pulls it with good timing and it races away towards deep backward square leg. The fielder makes a sliding stop near the fence and the batters run two.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Digs it in short, around off at 140 clicks, Shah goes on his toes and drops it down towards point for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Fullish and outside off, Rahmat drives it through the line and places it to the right side of the sweeper cover fielder. Two runs taken.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Puts it on a length and outside off at 141 kph, Ibrahim Zadran uses the pace of the bowler and guides it to third man for one.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Slants a length ball around off, at 137 kph, Shah tries to defend the line but gets an inside edge. It drops near the pitch on the leg side and they steal a single.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Starts with a length ball outside off, at 139 kph, Shah pushes it from the back foot to covers.

Lahiru Kumara (4-0-23-0) is back on.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Fires it flat and short on off, Shah goes on the back foot and punches it down to long on for a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Quicker and shorter on middle, Zadran tries to work it on the leg side but gets a leading edge. It goes through the gap at covers and they cross.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Fullish and on middle, pushed to long on for one.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Loopy and full on off, Zadran eases it to long on, this time straight to the fielder and gets a single. FIFTY FOR IBRAHIM! He has controlled the innings very nicely, especially after the loss of his opening partner.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter and fuller on middle, it's knocked down to long on and the fielder in the deep makes a diving stop. Saves two runs.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower one, full and outside off, Zadran defends it off his front foot to covers.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, A cutter this time, rolling the fingers on the right side of the ball. It's full and around off, Shah pushes it from the inner edge to mid on.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, Beaten! Short in length and outside off, 130 clicks, Rahmat Shah stands back and attempts to run it down to third man but misses.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower and short, around leg, the batter turns inside the crease and works it to deep square leg for one.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, Length ball on off, Rahmat gets back and eases it through cover-point for a run.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, Full in length and outside off, shaping away at 128 clicks, Shah gets forward and makes a leave.

Another change in the bowling as Dasun Shanaka is back into the attack.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Shanaka begins his second spell with a length ball on middle, it's tucked away through backward square leg for a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted and full, outside off, Zadran presses forward and pushes it past the cover fielder for one. 22 overs gone and Afghanistan are Nelson for one.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Loopy and full around off, Zadran is on the front foot as he defends it back.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Too full and around leg, Shah knocks it down to long on and rotates the strike.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Walks forward and drives a full ball back to the bowler.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Drags it short and lands it on off, Zadran punches it to covers where the fielder misfields and concedes a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted and full on middle, flicked to short mid-wicket.

Dhananjaya de Silva to roll his arm over now.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Yet another bouncer at 132 kph, it's around off and Shah sways away from the line of the delivery.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Bouncer outside off at 132 clicks, Rahmat offers no shot.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower one, short and on off at 100 kph, Zadran drags his pull shot behind square leg for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Back of a length, outside off, it's punched off the back foot to deep point. A single is taken.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Delivers it on a length and close to off, at 137 kph, Rahmat Shah goes on the back foot and blocks it down safely.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Rajitha starts his second spell with a length ball around middle, Zadran works it through square leg for a single.

Kasun Rajitha (4-0-21-0) is back into the attack.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Just a bit of width on offer and Zadran manages to play it towards deep cover-point for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Four dots on the trot now. Around off and pushed away towards covers.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Turning into middle and leg, Zadran works it towards square leg.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Just a touch of flight from Maheesh Theekshana and he tries to turn it in from outside off. Zadran defends it onto the leg side with the turn.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and on off stump, Zadran pushes it straight back to the bowler.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, On the shorter side and around middle, Shah pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Way down the pitch! Hasaranga flights it up around off, Rahmat Shah comes down the pitch and looks to defend but misses the ball. Shah gets hit on the pads and there is a slight appeal but nothing doing says the umpire.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, The Afghan batters just milking the two frontline spinners now. This is on the pads and is flicked away past square leg for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit wider of the off pole, Zadran opens the face of the bat and eases it through point for yet another single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Flighted, around off, this is played through mid off for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Quicker one, around middle and leg and skidding on. Shah gets pushed onto the back foot but does manage to keep it out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, On leg stump, Zadran makes a bit of room and knocks it down to long on for a run. The 100 is now up for Afghanistan.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Misfield! Tossed up on the pads, Ibrahim Zadran flicks it to the right of the man at mid-wicket who lets the ball through his hands. The batters take advantage and pick up a couple of runs.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Quicker one at the stumps, Rahmat Shah shuffles across the off stump and scoops it over short fine leg for a brace.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Drop and run! A tad shorter and around off, Zadran plays it with soft hands and towards point for a quick single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, On off stump, this is hit away towards extra cover.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Cheekily done. Down the leg side again, Ibrahim Zadran gets inside the line of the ball and looks to play the lap sweep but just scoops it down to fine leg for a couple of runs.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Fuller and down leg, Rahmat Shah just tickles it 'round the corner for one more.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Length ball on middle and leg, easily pushed down to long on for a single by Zadran.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up around off, Shah defends it out off the front foot.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Around off again and this time Shah taps it towards covers.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Just a fraction short and this is forced down to long on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Is that a catch? It seemed like it was a bump ball but Wanindu Hasaranga does appeal for a caught and bowled. The two umpires get together and ask for the third umpire to intervene. The soft signal is not out. The replays show that Zadran hit the low full toss into the ground before Hasaranga caught it. Not Out!

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Here comes the googly! Nagging length, slower through the air and turning in sharply from around off. Rahmat Shah cuts it late off the back foot and picks up a single to deep backward point.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, On a nagging length and close to the off stump, Ibrahim Zadran keeps it out towards cover.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Full and straight, wristily played down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Goes fuller now and attacks the pads, Shah flicks it towards short mid-wicket.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Flatter and quicker around middle, this is played off the back foot onto the leg side.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flights it up a bit, on middle and Zadran eases it down to long on for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Angled in on the pads, Zadran plays it towards mid on.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Keeps it fuller and angles it into middle and leg, Gurbaz works it towards mid-wicket.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Nicely floated up, full and on off stump. Zadran drives it down to long off for a run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Nagging length once again, around off and this is punched through mid off for one.

Rahmat Shah walks in next as the umpires decide to call for Drinks. It's been a great start for Afghanistan but the last wicket hands Sri Lanka the opportunity to exert some pressure in the middle overs. So far, the Afghans have batted with fluency and they have a good platform to take their innings forward. Can the hosts create more inroads and put pressure on Afghanistan's soft underbelly, i.e. middle order? Let's find out. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up, very full and around off. Rahmat Shah gets off the mark with a solid drive down to long off for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! LBW! Wanindu Hasaranga gets the big fish and Sri Lanka are mightily relieved. This is full and on the pads. It is the regular leg break and Gurbaz attempts to sweep it away. Gurbaz misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW and it has been given! Rahmanullah Gurbaz consults his partner and opts for the review. The UltraEdge is checked first and there's no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows that the ball is hitting the le

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Full and around off, this is pushed away to the left of the bowler.

Will Wanindu Hasaranga get a change of ends? Yup, he is ready to bowl with a slip in place.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nagging length, at the stumps and Gurbaz fails to pierce the gap on the leg side.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Here comes the carrom ball, it is bowled around off and Ibrahim Zadran just eases it past point for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter delivery, close to the off stump and this is pushed out towards covers.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Around middle and leg, this is just pushed down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! BANG! Rahmanullah Gurbaz brings up the half-century in style. This is fired in full and around off, Gurbaz stays put and pummels it right back over the bowler's head for a boundary. He is looking unstoppable at the moment. Just a reminder, he was dropped on 13 by Dhananjaya de Silva. 

Just one over from Wanindu Hasaranga from this end. Maheesh Theekshana has been inserted now. Maybe, Hasaranga will get a change of ends.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Starts off with a quick off-break, at 93 clicks and around off. Gurbaz leans forward and pushes it out.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fraction short and outside off, this is slashed away down to third man for one more.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Unique shot there from Ibrahim Zadran. This is banged halfway down the track and at 147 clicks. The ball doesn't get up high but there is a lot of pace on it. Zadran looks to duck but just sort of laps it to the left of the fielder at fine leg for a single.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Aerial but safe! Full and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz hangs deep and looks to hammer it over the cover fence. The ball comes off of the toe end of the bat and goes on the bounce to the sweeper. Just the single then.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Goes fuller now and keeps it around middle, Gurbaz pushes it out towards mid on.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Short but not short enough. On middle and leg and at a comfortable height for the batter. Rahmanullah Gurbaz pulls it away through square leg and collects a boundary.

Change of ends for Lahiru Kumara. 

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kumara changes ends and angles in a length ball into the leg stump. Rahmanullah Gurbaz defends it out on the leg side.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Around off, this is knocked down to long off for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hasaranga just pulls his length back a touch and bowls it flatter. The ball skids on but Gurbaz manages to keep it out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Tossed up, very full and on middle and leg. Ibrahim Zadran pushes it through mid on and rotates the strike.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fuller and around off, this is driven down to long off for a run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, On a nagging length, close to the off pole and turning away. Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes back and across to defend this one.

Will Lahiru Kumara bowl another over in his first spell? The answer is no. It's time for some spin from Wanindu Hasaranga. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wanindu Hasaranga starts off with a tossed-up delivery around off stump. Gurbaz gets on the front foot and keeps it out on the off side.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fullish length around the off pole, Gurbaz drags the drive towards long on and collects a single.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nicely bowled! Slows it up now and finds the blockhole around middle and off. Gurbaz manages to keep it out.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Full and outside off, Gurbaz drives it square of the wicket and through cover-point for a couple of runs. Good running.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Thumped! Shanaka pitches it up now and Rahmanullah Gurbaz just dances down the track before hammering it over mid off for yet another boundary. This one almost went the distance.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, A length ball around off stump, Gurbaz just defends it down the pitch.

Time for Powerplay 2! The fielding side can now have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the inner ring till the 40th over.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shanaka floats this one up around off stump. Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes for the cover drive but gets an inside edge back onto the pads.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Uses the angle of the bowler and taps it down towards mid-wicket for a quick run. 10 from the over, Afghanistan are 60 for no loss after Powerplay 1.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Shot! Full in length and right in the slot around off at 142 kph, Rahmanullah Gurbaz shows the full face of the bat and unfurls a lovely off drive. It rushes through the gap and finds the fence at long off.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Not from the middle of the bat but it still races away. Lahiru Kumara decides to bring his variations into play. Delivers a knuckle ball, at 125 kph and it's short around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes on the back foot and drags it past mid on. 

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Angles in a length ball on middle, at 140 kph, Zadran works it to the left side of the mid-wicket fielder and steals a quick run.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Play and a miss! Zippy delivery, short and outside off, skidding off the surface at 143 kph, Ibrahim Zadran flirts with it and gets beaten.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A touch short in length and outside off, 141 kph, Zadran stays on the back foot and defends it to the off side.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Around off, on a fuller length, it's pushed off the front foot to covers. 

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Afghanistan bring up their 50 in the 9th over! Length delivery around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz pushes inside the line and edges it down to third man. The fielder dives near the fence but fails to pull it back.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, On a length and outside off, at 127 kph, Zadran plays late and guides it to third man for a single.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Lovely extension of those arms. Dasun Shanaka delivers it very full and wide outside off, at 125 kph, Ibrahim Zadran reaches out for it and creams it through covers for a gorgeous boundary.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it towards the bowler.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Dasun Shanaka starts with a shortish ball around leg, staying a shade low, Zadran turns to pull but misses and is hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but again it's going down leg.

Dasun Shanaka now brings himself into the attack.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Short again, around off at 142 kph, Gurbaz tries to pull but this time it goes below his bat.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Short around middle and off, at 146 kph, Gurbaz swivels and pulls it to deep square leg for a couple.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shout for an lbw! Not given. Lahiru Kumara gets a length ball to nip back into the batter at 143 kph. Rahmanullah Gurbaz fails to work it away and is pinged on the pads. Going down leg.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Short and down the leg side at 140 kph, Ibrahim Zadran helps it down to fine leg for a single.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Sharp delivery, full and around off at 145 kph, Ibrahim shows the full face of his bat and strokes it towards mid on where the fielder makes a fantastic diving stop. Saves a certain boundary.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A 143 kph length delivery, around off, Zadran pushes it towards point from the back foot.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fullish on off, pushed with an angled bat to point.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Good length around off, it's gently turned in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, ! This one is super enterprising! Kasun Rajitha overcorrects his line and length. Goes full and around leg, Ibrahim Zadran picks it up off his pads and flicks it delightfully through mid-wicket. Class!

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Well played in the end! Kasun Rajitha digs it in short, at 132 kph, Ibrahim Zadran gets on top of the bounce and pulls it behind square leg. It races away to the fence. Not quite from the middle of the bat but the end result is what he desired for!

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller in length and around off, at 136 kph, Zadran tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Skidding down the leg side, on a length, Zadran fails to flick and it brushes his pads on its way to the keeper.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, On a length around off, 143 clicks, Gurbaz tries to tap and run but the cover-point fielder quickly gets to the ball.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Pitches it up and around off, at 141 kph, Zadran drives it in the gap at extra cover for one.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fullish and on off, it's driven to mid off where the fielder dives to his right but fails to make a clean stop. The batters cross.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Stifled appeal for a caught behind! Kumara digs it in short, around middle and leg at 142 kph, Gurbaz tries to pull but it goes over his bat.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Back of a length, on off, Zadran goes on his toes and runs it down to third man for a single.

Here comes the first change in bowling. Lahiru Kumara comes in to replace Dhananjaya Lakshan.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Pace and movement, on a length outside off, at 143 kph, shaping in, Zadran allows it through to the keeper.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Excellent piece of fielding! Fuller in length and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz forces his drive to cover-point where the fielder (Pathum Nissanka) dives to stop the racing ball. He, then, has an immediate shy at the striker's end but misses as Gurbaz returns safely. 

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Angles in a length ball on off, Gurbaz stays back and plays it down to mid-wicket.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Shot! Kasun Rajitha will be hurting now. Delivers it on a length and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz advances down the track and crunches it through extra cover for a beautiful boundary.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wide! Drifting down the leg side, Gurbaz tries to flick but misses.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, The batter has just watchfully blocked this out.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Superb delivery, landing close to off and zipping off the surface, Gurbaz pokes at it and misses. They appeal for a caught behind but nothing doing.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, PUT DOWN! A regulation catch has been shelled at first slip. Kasun Rajitha delivers it on a good length around off, getting it to shape away at 135 kph, Rahmanullah Gurbaz shows no footwork as he hangs his bat out to dry. The outside edge flies to Dhananjaya de Silva who stretches across to his left but fails to grab the catch. Dropping Gurbaz could prove to be costly.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Wow, great timing! Fuller in length and around off, Ibrahim Zadran presses forward and just pushes it from the middle of his bat. The timing he generates is pristine and it races past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Too straight from Lakshan. His inswinger starts from around middle and off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz works it through backward square leg for a single. It's a tidy start for both teams.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Movement back into the right-hander, from a shortish length, Gurbaz walks forward and helps it to mid-wicket. He looks for a run but is sent back.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Fullish and on off, a big inswinger, Zadran tries to flick but it takes the inside edge, perhaps brushes his pads and rolls behind square leg. The batters cross.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Width there outside off, at 121 kph, Rahmanullah Gurbaz flashes his bat at it and edges it down to third man. Only a run.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Dhananjaya Lakshan loves his inswingers but he doesn't have the pace to trouble the batter. Serves it close to off, Zadran pushes inside the line and edges it down to third man for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Inswinger, drifting down the leg side, Gurbaz tucks it behind square leg and picks up a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Edgy! Kasun Rajitha dishes out an outswinger, on a good length outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz slices his attempted drive away from his body. It flies wide of backward point and they cross for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Angles it in, full and around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz defends it back to the bowler.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it to the off side.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Risky single. Kasun serves it on a full length outside off, Zadran bunts it towards extra cover and completes the single as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Very full in length, on middle at 135 kph, Ibrahim Zadran drives it down the ground but finds mid on.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Another inswinger, curling in around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz plays late and defends it to the leg side.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lands it on a length around off, shaping in, Gurbaz defends it from the back foot.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Sweet timing! Back of a length, outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz eases himself on the back foot and punches it with great timing through covers. This shot is a testament to how good this pitch is!

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Inswinger, landing on a length outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz gets behind the line and defends it down on the surface.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Better line, it's full and on off, Gurbaz is on the front foot as he pushes it to covers.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wide! Dhananjaya Lakshan goes for the inswinger but the line starts from middle and the ball goes down the leg side.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! What a shot! A gentle loosener from Dhananjaya Lakshan, an overpitched delivery outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz leans into the drive and caresses it through extra cover for the first boundary of this match. 

Dhananjaya Lakshan to take the other new ball.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Beauty to end the first over! Rajitha serves it close to off, on a good length and nipping away, Zadran feels for it inside the line and gets beaten.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Shaping away from the right-hander, around off and close to the batter, Zadran is forward and pushes it to cover-point.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, An outswinger, in the channel outside off, Ibrahim offers no shot.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Extra movement and bounce. This one is on a good length, around off and jagging back in, Zadran gets back to work it on the leg side but misses and wears it on his thigh pad.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Nicely bowled! Rajitha pitches it up and lands it on a full length outside off, shaping away a bit, Zadran tries to defend and does so as an afterthought as he pushes it towards point.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan are away! Kasun Rajitha angles in a length ball, around middle, Gurbaz goes on the back foot and gently plays it towards short mid-wicket for a run.

Done with the pre-game formalities and it is now time for the play to get underway. The two umpires are out in the middle as the Afghan openers Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz make their way out to the middle as well. The Lankan fielders spread out on the field and it will be Kasun Rajitha who will get proceedings underway with the ball here. Let's play...

The Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka says that they would have liked to bat first as well. Mentions that it looks like a good surface and they are confident about chasing as well. Adds that the boys are well prepared and informs that they have gone with seven batters and four bowlers.

We are a few minutes away from the start of the game but before that, the two teams line up for their respective national anthems. It will be the national anthem of Afghanistan first followed by Sri Lanka's national anthem.

Hasmatullah Shahidi, the Afghan skipper, says that the pitch looks good and they want to put runs on the board and later defend it. He wants his team to give its best and win the game.

Afghanistan (Playing XI) - Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Yamin Ahmadzai.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI) - Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (WK), Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha.

While we await the playing XI of both teams here is an update from Auckland - Tom Latham's swashbuckling century and his massive association with skipper Kane Williamson have put New Zealand in the driver's seat. They need just 66 runs from the last 10 overs and have 7 wickets in the bank to win the first ODI.

Right then, Sri Lanka need 295 runs to win and the wicket in Pallekele is a good one. However, the lights have now taken effect and there might be a bit for the pacers early on. If the hosts negotiate it well then they have a real chance of taking the lead in this series. Will the Afghan spinners be able to control the middle phase and derail the Lankan chase? Find out soon as the chase is coming up shortly.

Kasun Rajitha to Yamin Ahmadzai, Short in length and wide outside off, Yamin Ahmadzai swings his bat at it but fails to connect. They steal a bye as Kusal Mendis misses the shy at his end. Afghanistan finish on 294 for 8.

Sri Lanka were hit-and-miss with the ball but did bowl well in patches which proved to be fruitful. The pacers didn't start off well but once the pair of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana worked in tandem, they managed to pull the strings. The lack of wickets in the middle overs meant that Afghanistan could go hard in the final 10 overs but the hosts did bowl reasonably well at the death. Hasaranga was certainly the pick of the bowlers but the pacers too bowled a few good overs, espec

Afghanistan started with a bang with Rahmanullah Gurbaz taking on the Sri Lankans pacers in the first Powerplay. Gurbaz went on to make a quickfire 50 with Ibrahim Zadran playing second fiddle. However, once Gurbaz got out the Afghan innings went back into 2nd gear. Ibrahim did stay at the crease and eventually, he and Rahmat Shah were able to score runs freely. The pair put on 118 runs with Shah notching up a half-century and Ibrahim Zadran going on to make a classy ton. It was then Najibu

A very well-fought first half and it is Sri Lanka who have done well to keep the visitors under a score of 300 in the end. It is safe to say that both sides will be happy with their effort going into the interval. Afghanistan though will think that they have the edge here and with their bowling line-up, it will certainly be a test for the Lankan batters.

Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, ! Another run out! Too full in length and around middle, Shahidi clips it to deep mid-wicket and takes a run. Mujeeb wants the second run but is stranded midway down the pitch as his skipper is not interested. Kusal Mendis collects the throw and then takes his time before taking the bails off. A bit of confusion on who has got run out, the umpire gets it checked and the replays show that it's very tight. Both batters are standing next to each other

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rashid Khan, ! RUN OUT! A complete breakdown of communication and Rashid Khan is sent packing. Fuller in length and around off, Rashid kneels down and forces it to deep mid-wicket. The ball speeds away and Ashen Bandara (sub) dives to make a stupendous stop near the fence. Rashid turns for the second run and keeps on running while Gulbadin Naib, after taking a start, turns his back on his partner. The throw comes to the keeper who runs to the bowler's end and tak

Yamin Ahmadzai is in to face the final ball.

There is a bit of confusion out in the middle. It seems to be Mujeeb Ur Rahman who has been run out but Kusal Mendis didn't dislodge the bails till the batters almost crossed. It is being checked by the third umpire and it is really tight but it is Mujeeb who seems to be the one who is out. No, in fact, it is Hashmatullah Shahidi who has been sent back to the pavilion. Doesn't matter much as the new batter will be on strike for the final delivery.

Kasun Rajitha to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Full in length and wide outside off, Mujeeb chips it over extra cover and returns for the second run.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new man in.

Kasun Rajitha to Mohammad Nabi, ! TAKEN! Kasun Rajitha is putting on a show at the death and now has a wicket to show for his efforts. It's full and wide outside off, at 130 kph, Mohammad Nabi is forced to fetch it as he tries to hammer it over extra cover. The connection though is not good and Dhananjaya Lakshan runs across to his left from long off to complete the catch. Afghanistan have fallen apart at the death.

Kasun Rajitha to Hashmatullah Shahidi, A dipping low full toss outside off, Hashmatullah Shahidi tries to use the scoop but it takes the bottom part of his willow and rolls to mid-wicket. They cross.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, ! CAUGHT! The slower one eventually does the trick for Dhananjaya Lakshan. He delivers it at 108 kph and bowls it wide outside off. Gulbadin Naib has to fetch it from there and then has to generate all the power by himself. He fails to do that and it's a simple catch for Wanindu Hasaranga at long on. 14 runs and two wickets from the over. 

Kasun Rajitha to Mohammad Nabi, A low full toss on off, Nabi heaves it over mid-wicket for a single.

The Afghan skipper, Hashmatullah Shahidi walks out to the middle now.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, ! Gulbadin Naib connects with one. He picks the slower one, landing in the slot for him and hoists it over long on for a maximum.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, ! Slapped! Back of a length, wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib shows his power and sends it racing away to the fence at long on.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Mohammad Nabi, Slower one, on the shorter side, Nabi hits it down to long on for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Gulbadin Naib, Dropped! Dhananjaya de Silva is having a tough day on the field. Slower and outside off, Naib lofts it down to long off where de Silva drops a sitter. A single is taken.

Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rashid Khan, Wide! Slower delivery, full and way wide outside off, Rashid leaves.

Who will bowl the penultimate over of the innings? It will be Dhananjaya Lakshan.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, This is excellent from Kasun Rajitha. Nails his wide yorker, just inside the guideline and Naib leaves again. Only 3 runs from the over. 

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Yorker at 128 kph, around middle, Naib digs it out to covers and looks for a run. He is sent back as the bowler collects the ball.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Slower again, this time just inside the tram line, Gulbadin Naib leaves it alone thinking it to be another wide. It's not.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Wide! Pace up this time, 132 clicks, on a good length and wide outside off, Naib leaves.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Swing and a miss! Full and wide outside off at 104 clicks, Naib is way too early into the shot and fails to connect.

Kasun Rajitha to Rashid Khan, Again it's full and wide outside off, slower in pace, Rashid drags this time, towards long on, and they cross.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Full toss on off, Naib drags it down to wide long on for a run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Just short! Loopy and full around off, Gulbadin Naib goes down and slogs it over mid-wicket. Ashen Bandara (sub) comes charging in from the deep and goes for the catch but collects it on the bounce. Only a run. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rashid Khan, Full and angling down the leg side, Rashid tries to sweep but gets a bottom edge. The ball rolls wide of short fine leg and they cross.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rashid Khan, Leans forward to a full ball and defends.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Skidding down the leg side, Naib fails to flick and it goes off his pads to the leg side. They cross for a leg bye as Kusal Mendis attacks the ball.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Wide! Way wide outside off as Wanindu Hasaranga bowls it with a low arm, Gulbadin Naib leaves.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rashid Khan, Shortish and on off, punched through covers for a run.

Rashid Khan walks out to bat now.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, ! CAUGHT BEHIND! A fortunate wicket for Wanindu Hasaranga and it's the big one of Najibullah Zadran. The length is short and around leg, Zadran gets back to heave it over the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball ricochets and Kusal Mendis is alert to catch the ball. They appeal and the finger goes up. End of a handy knock from Najibullah and his wicket means that Sri Lanka have a chance to restrict Afghanistan under 300. 

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Slower one at 104, very full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran goes hard at it and only manages to drag it to deep mid-wicket. Only a run. Exceptional over from Kasun Rajitha, just 4 runs off it. 

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Full and wide outside off, it's drilled to long off for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Another dot. Clever slower one. Full and outside off, Naib gets across to play the paddle shot but misses. It goes through his legs to the keeper.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Yorker outside off, Naib gets across and attempts to heave but misses. Just two runs from the first half of this over. 

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, A wide full toss outside off, Zadran forces it to sweeper cover for another single.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Full toss on off, Naib lofts it to deep cover for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana is done with his spell and it will be Kasun Rajitha who will replace him. Rajitha's last over went for 16 runs, can he pull things back?

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, Play and a miss! Loopy and full, around off and turning away, Najibullah Zadran tries to play the reverse sweep but misses. Five more overs to go, how many more can Afghanistan get?

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, Eases a full ball to wide long on and rushes back for the second run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, Bowls it with a low-arm action, darts it on middle and this one stays low, Naib forces it to long on for one.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Gulbadin Naib, ! Fine shot! Pressure on Wanindu Hasaranga. His wrong 'un is picked by Gulbadin Naib who goes down on one knee and sweeps it firmly to the deep square leg fence. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, Falls short! Najibullah Zadran tries to take on Wanindu Hasaranga again. He aims to go downtown and towers it towards long on without much conviction. Dhananjaya de Silva comes charging in from the deep but it falls just in front of him. They cross.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Najibullah Zadran, ! Bang! Wanindu Hasaranga starts his new spell with a short ball outside off, Najibullah Zadran camps back and whacks it to deep cover for a boundary.

Wanindu Hasaranga (8-0-26-1) is back for what seems to be his final spell.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Fires it flat and full around off, Najibullah Zadran drives it to long off for a run. An excellent last over from Maheesh Theekshana to finish his spell.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Hits the blockhole, Naib digs it out through mid off for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Three dots in a row now. Fullish and on middle, driven back to the bowler.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, JUST SHORT! Short delivery and wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib cuts but fails to keep it down. It goes on one bounce to backward point.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Flighted and around off, Naib helps it on the leg side and Maheesh Theekshana picks up the ball quickly.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Skidding in from around off, short in length, Zadran forces it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Slower and fuller, around leg, Zadran clips it behind square leg and retains strike. 16 from the over!

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, ! Boom! Kasun Rajitha serves it on a platter this time. Delivers it full and in the slot for the batter, Najibullah Zadran clears his front leg and pumps it over long off for a maximum.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Wide! Kasun Rajitha tries to stay away from Zadran's hitting arc but ends up slipping it way wide outside off.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Fuller in length and outside off, Zadran fires his drive past the cover fielder inside the ring and collects two runs.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, ! Najibullah Zadran is the man for Afghanistan at this stage. Slower one, short and around leg, Zadran rides the bounce and pulls it with authority to the deep backward square leg fence.

Kasun Rajitha to Gulbadin Naib, Back of a length, on top of off, Naib jumps and punches it to deep cover for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Najibullah Zadran, Slower length ball around leg, Najibullah Zadran tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to the leg side and they cross for a leg bye.

Kasun Rajitha (6-0-30-0) is brought back into the attack.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Flatter and shorter on middle, punched back to the bowler. 9 from the over but more importantly, the centurion got dismissed.

Maheesh Theekshana to Gulbadin Naib, Fuller and on off, pushed off the front foot to covers.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Ibrahim Zadran holes out! Sri Lanka have removed the set batter and this is a big breakthrough for them. Maheesh Theekshana serves the wrong 'un and bowls it slower through the air. It's a touch short and lands in the line of the stumps. Ibrahim Zadran goes deep inside the crease, trying to hack it over the leg side but it takes the toe end of his bat and flies down to long on. It's a simple catch to Wanindu Hasaranga and Ibrahim's outstanding

Gulbadin Naib is the new man in.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Floated delivery, landing full and around middle, Ibrahim Zadran steps back to make room and lofts it over mid off for a boundary. This is the class of this batter, he is all about good shots.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Short and outside off, cut to deep point for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, ! Slapped away! Flatter delivery, a touch short and plenty of width there outside off, Najibullah Zadran flexes his arms and swats it past the cover fielder for a boundary.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller and on off, Ibrahim drives but finds mid off. A dot ball to end the over, 10 coming off it.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Slower one, on a length around off at 116 kph, Najibullah Zadran heaves it over mid-wicket for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, ! Easy pickings! A 139 kph delivery, full and down the leg side, Najibullah Zadran deflects it neatly off his pads and finds the boundary at fine leg.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Play and a miss! Sharp delivery, short and on off, Najibullah Zadran tries to ramp it down but misses.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Outside off, guided to third man for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, ! HUNDRED FOR IBRAHIM ZADRAN! Short in length and around leg, Ibrahim hangs back inside the crease and pulls it through the gap between deep square leg and fine leg. He has been the fulcrum of Afghanistan's batting so far and will now look to change gears and provide his team with a flying end. 

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Sharp work from Dhananjaya de Silva. Flighted on middle, this is pushed straight towards short mid-wicket and de Silva almost catches Najibullah Zadran out as he was well outside his crease at the non-striker's end.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and straight, Ibrahim Zadran defends it out.

Powerplay 3 time. One extra fielder, i.e. 5 can now be put outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this inning.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, A real loosener from Maheesh Theekshana but the effort in the deep has saved a boundary for Sri Lanka. This is way too short and angling down leg. Najibullah Zadran pulls it flat and towards the backward square leg fence. Kasun Rajitha sprints to his left and puts in a full-stretched dive to keep the ball in play. Just a couple of runs then.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, Around middle and leg, nudged away towards mid-wicket.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Very full again and around middle, Ibrahim Zadran drills it down to long on and turns the strike over.

Maheesh Theekshana to Najibullah Zadran, This is full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran frees his arms a bit and hits it away through extra cover for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana is back on. 0 for 46 in his 7 overs so far.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit of hostility from the bowler. Around off stump at 143 clicks and this is defended back to the bowler. Lahiru Kumara tries to throw the ball back onto the stumps and Ibrahim Zadran does well to get out of the way.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Almost played on! Good length, around the top of off and angling in. Najibullah Zadran looks to drive but gets an inside edge that goes past the leg stump and towards fine leg. A single is taken.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A quick bumper, at 140 clicks and close to the off pole. Ibrahim Zadran waits for it and guides it down to third man for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, Leg bye! Fullish delivery, angling into the pads from around the wicket. Najibullah Zadran looks to flick it away but gets it off the pads towards fine leg for a leg bye.

Lahiru Kumara to Najibullah Zadran, ! What a way to get off the mark! Short and wide, Najibullah Zadran hops and slaps it away in between point and cover-point and the ball just races away to the fence.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, ! CAUGHT BEHIND! Lahiru Kumara comes back for his third spell and makes an instant impact. On a good length, angling in from around the off pole. Rahmat Shah advances and tries to give himself a bit of room in order to go over mid off but gets a faint outside edge on it. Kusal Mendis behind the stumps pouches it safely and Shah has to walk back after a handy knock. Sri Lanka now have a good chance of pulling things back. In walks Najibullah Zadran and

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Another slower one, this time a lot fuller and around off. Shah stays on the back foot and works it down to long on for one more.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Short ball over leg stump, Zadran with another mistimed pull towards backward square leg and he will get a run.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Excellent running! Into the pitch again from Lakshan, Zadran awkwardly pulls it through wide mid on but because there is not much pace on the ball the batters are able to sprint back for the second.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower again, banged in halfway down the track and pushed well outside off. Zadran hops and dabs it down towards cover-point.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Full and outside off, this is crisply driven to sweeper cover for just another single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower delivery, on a length and this is just eased down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, ! Up and over! Tosses it up full and outside off, Rahmat Shah advances and just lifts it over mid off. The ball just lands inside the ropes and trickles into the fence. Shah gets to a well-timed half century and also brings up 3000 ODI runs for himself, the first Afghan batter to do so, a remarkable achievement.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up on off stump, Shah pushes it to the right of the bowler and Maheesh Theekshana makes a good diving stop.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted delivery, Zadran leans on and drives it down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Excellent shot from Ibrahim Zadran and it takes him into the 90s. Just a fraction shorter and at the stumps, Zadran makes room and slaps it through covers for a boundary.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Flatter delivery at the stumps, this is forced off the back foot down to long on for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up on middle stump, Rahmat Shah comes down the track and just chips it right back over the bowler's head for a couple of runs. There is a direct hit from the long on fielder at the bowler's end but the batter is well in.

Wanindu Hasaranga gets a break and Maheesh Theekshana returns to bowl. 0 for 34 in his 6 overs so far.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Slower one, into the pitch and over middle and leg. Rahmat Shah rolls his wrists over the ball and pulls it behind square leg for a run. The 100-run stand between these two is also up.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Shorter and over middle stump, sort of a half pull through mid-wicket by Zadran for a run.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Top stop from the skipper! Back of a length outside off, this is sweetly punched off the back foot by Ibrahim Zadran but Dasun Shanaka shows sharp reflexes at short extra cover and makes the stop.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Fullish length, on off stump, not much pace on it. Shah eases it through mid on and rotates the strike.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Pitches it up and angles it in from around off. Zadran hits it on the up and down to long on for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Fullish length, well outside the off stump, Shah reaches out and taps it through covers for a single.

Drinks break. A handy partnership has developed between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah and courtesy of this stand, Afghanistan have avoided any hiccups in the middle overs. With 15 overs left in the innings, they will be aiming for a 300-plus score at the moment. The hosts have done well on this batting-friendly surface and managed to get the run rate under control but will have to finish well. Let's see how the last phase pans out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted delivery, on the pads, Zadran works it away towards mid-wicket.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Around off, Zadran looks to just ease it through covers but doesn't find the gap.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Was there any bat on it? Doesn't look like it. Nicely tossed up, Rahmat Shah advances but has to block and the ball loops up after hitting the pads. The ball lands well short of the fielder at covers though.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, At the stumps, this is knocked down to long on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Shorter again and around off, this is punched away towards cover.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Just a fraction short and outside off. Shah looks to cut off the back foot but gets it off the outside edge down to short third man.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, This is bowled into the pitch and over middle and leg, Shah gets on top of the bounce and pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Length ball and there's width on offer. Rahmat Shah slices it away wide of the man at deep point for a couple of runs.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmat Shah, Back of a length and outside off, Shah taps it towards cover-point.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, They do get the single in the end. Slower bumper, around off, Zadran hops and dabs it to the right of the fielder at short third man who makes a good diving stop. The throw though is a wild one along with being needless and the batters get an overthrow.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, The off-cutter now, on a good length and well outside off. Zadran looks to pull it away but gets a bottom edge onto the deck.

Dhananjaya Lakshan is back into the attack. He has bowled just two overs so far, none for 14.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Lakshan starts off with a slower length ball around off. The ball keeps a bit low as Zadran punches it towards cover.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, ! Flat and hard! Tossed-up delivery on leg stump, Rahmat Shah gets down on one knee and slogs it away, one-bounce into the deep mid-wicket fence.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, On a nagging length and at the stumps, Shah watchfully keeps it out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Tossed up around off, this is hit away down to long off for one.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Slows it up a touch and pulls the length back as well. Zadran nudges it towards mid-wicket.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Very full and straight, Zadran pushes it firmly back to the bowler.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Nagging length, on off stump and looks to turn this one into the right-hander. Shah rocks back and punches it through mid on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to continue...

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Excellent effort in the deep this time. Short ball over leg stump and Zadran pulls it away behind square leg. The fielder from fine leg sprints to his left and is able to get a hand to it. The fielder from deep square leg tidies up and the batters pick up a brace.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Rajitha grunts and delivers a bouncer outside off. Ibrahim Zadran lets it through to the keeper.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Good length outside off, Shah caresses it through the cover region for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Casual fielding in the deep. A slower short ball, over middle and leg. Rahmat Shah is early in his pull but gets it towards deep mid-wicket where the fielder fumbles and the batters come back for the second with ease.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Short of a length and around off, this is punched away towards sweeper cover for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Kasun Rajitha comes back into the attack and starts off with a length ball. This is slower and around off, Zadran defends it back towards the bowler.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Around off, nicely driven by Shah but straight towards cover. Another quiet over from Wanindu Hasaranga, just 3 off it.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Fullish length, outside off and this one skids on. Shah drives it square towards the point fielder.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Shorter one, Rahmat Shah rocks back and pulls it well in front of square on the leg side for a couple of runs.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Nicely drifted onto the leg stump, Zadran drives it down to long on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit quicker and flatter around off, played away late towards backward point.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit of yes and no but the batters survive. Nicely flighted, around off, Ibrahim Zadran pushes it towards cover and looks for a run but is sent back and rightly so.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Uses the spin and works it through square leg. The call is for two but Ibrahim Zadran gets only a run. At the end of 30 overs, Afghanistan are 159 for 1. Can they double their score from here?

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Loopy one, full and around leg, Shah uses his feet and forces it down to long on for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller and on off, driven to sweeper cover for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter on off, that is defended solidly off the front foot.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Loopy and full, outside off, Ibrahim Zadran leans forward and caresses it through extra cover for a lovely boundary. 

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up around middle and leg, Shah wrists it through square leg for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Quicker through the air, full and on off, Zadran drives it back in the direction of the bowler.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter and on off, punched to covers.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Floated and full, around leg and turning away, Zadran slices it off the outer edge to short third man.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Turning away from around off, Zadran punches from the back foot to short cover.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Short again, around off and spinning in, Shah moves back and pushes it to long on for a run.

Spin from both ends as Wanindu Hasaranga (4-0-14-1) is back on.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Short and outside off, cut to deep cover-point for a singe. 150 up!

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Drags his length short and delivers it around leg, Zadran pulls it in front of square on the leg side and collects a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Delivers it around leg, spinning in, Rahmat nudges it to fine leg and crosses.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller and on off, driven down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Allows the ball to spin back in from around off and then quietly works it behind square leg for one.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Shortish on off, Zadran wrists it through square leg for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, ! All of a sudden, the boundaries have started to come. Flighted delivery, around leg, Zadran clips it fine and beats short 45. 

Maheesh Theekshana (4-0-17-0) is brought back into the attack.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Bouncer around off, Shah evades. End of a probing over from Lahiru.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Width there outside off, 137 clicks, Zadran runs it down to third man for one.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, ! In control this time. Short in length and outside off, Ibrahim Zadran stays put on the back foot and steers it past the diving point fielder for a boundary.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, EDGY ! A snorter from Lahiru Kumara, he bangs it in short, at 141 kph, Ibrahim Zadran is taken by surprise. He is on his toes, trying to fend it away and the ball flies off the splice of the bat. Kusal Mendis has no chance and it races behind for a boundary. The 50-run stand comes up!

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Quick bouncer at 139 clicks, around off, Ibrahim Zadran stays away from the line.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Kumara angles it in, on a length around middle and leg, Zadran steps back and taps it down to point.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, This time Ibrahim Zadran works it wide of mid-wicket and it goes in the deep. A single is taken to close the over.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Floated and full, on middle, Ibrahim flicks it to mid-wicket and looks for a run but it's not available.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Fuller on middle, pushed to long on for one.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Hits his partner! Short and around off, Ibrahim Zadran goes back and punches straight. Rahmat Shah fails to get away from the line and is hit on the body. It deflects to mid on and they cross.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Loopy and dipping full on middle, Rahmat eases it down to long on for a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Shortish and outside off, punched wide of mid off for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Short and on middle, at 137 kph, Shah pulls it with good timing and it races away towards deep backward square leg. The fielder makes a sliding stop near the fence and the batters run two.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Digs it in short, around off at 140 clicks, Shah goes on his toes and drops it down towards point for a run.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Fullish and outside off, Rahmat drives it through the line and places it to the right side of the sweeper cover fielder. Two runs taken.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Puts it on a length and outside off at 141 kph, Ibrahim Zadran uses the pace of the bowler and guides it to third man for one.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Slants a length ball around off, at 137 kph, Shah tries to defend the line but gets an inside edge. It drops near the pitch on the leg side and they steal a single.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmat Shah, Starts with a length ball outside off, at 139 kph, Shah pushes it from the back foot to covers.

Lahiru Kumara (4-0-23-0) is back on.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Fires it flat and short on off, Shah goes on the back foot and punches it down to long on for a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Quicker and shorter on middle, Zadran tries to work it on the leg side but gets a leading edge. It goes through the gap at covers and they cross.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Fullish and on middle, pushed to long on for one.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Loopy and full on off, Zadran eases it to long on, this time straight to the fielder and gets a single. FIFTY FOR IBRAHIM! He has controlled the innings very nicely, especially after the loss of his opening partner.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter and fuller on middle, it's knocked down to long on and the fielder in the deep makes a diving stop. Saves two runs.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower one, full and outside off, Zadran defends it off his front foot to covers.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, A cutter this time, rolling the fingers on the right side of the ball. It's full and around off, Shah pushes it from the inner edge to mid on.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, Beaten! Short in length and outside off, 130 clicks, Rahmat Shah stands back and attempts to run it down to third man but misses.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower and short, around leg, the batter turns inside the crease and works it to deep square leg for one.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, Length ball on off, Rahmat gets back and eases it through cover-point for a run.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmat Shah, Full in length and outside off, shaping away at 128 clicks, Shah gets forward and makes a leave.

Another change in the bowling as Dasun Shanaka is back into the attack.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Shanaka begins his second spell with a length ball on middle, it's tucked away through backward square leg for a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted and full, outside off, Zadran presses forward and pushes it past the cover fielder for one. 22 overs gone and Afghanistan are Nelson for one.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Loopy and full around off, Zadran is on the front foot as he defends it back.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Too full and around leg, Shah knocks it down to long on and rotates the strike.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Rahmat Shah, Walks forward and drives a full ball back to the bowler.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Drags it short and lands it on off, Zadran punches it to covers where the fielder misfields and concedes a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva to Ibrahim Zadran, Flighted and full on middle, flicked to short mid-wicket.

Dhananjaya de Silva to roll his arm over now.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Yet another bouncer at 132 kph, it's around off and Shah sways away from the line of the delivery.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Bouncer outside off at 132 clicks, Rahmat offers no shot.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Slower one, short and on off at 100 kph, Zadran drags his pull shot behind square leg for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Back of a length, outside off, it's punched off the back foot to deep point. A single is taken.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmat Shah, Delivers it on a length and close to off, at 137 kph, Rahmat Shah goes on the back foot and blocks it down safely.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Rajitha starts his second spell with a length ball around middle, Zadran works it through square leg for a single.

Kasun Rajitha (4-0-21-0) is back into the attack.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Just a bit of width on offer and Zadran manages to play it towards deep cover-point for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Four dots on the trot now. Around off and pushed away towards covers.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Turning into middle and leg, Zadran works it towards square leg.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Just a touch of flight from Maheesh Theekshana and he tries to turn it in from outside off. Zadran defends it onto the leg side with the turn.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and on off stump, Zadran pushes it straight back to the bowler.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, On the shorter side and around middle, Shah pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Way down the pitch! Hasaranga flights it up around off, Rahmat Shah comes down the pitch and looks to defend but misses the ball. Shah gets hit on the pads and there is a slight appeal but nothing doing says the umpire.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, The Afghan batters just milking the two frontline spinners now. This is on the pads and is flicked away past square leg for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit wider of the off pole, Zadran opens the face of the bat and eases it through point for yet another single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Flighted, around off, this is played through mid off for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Quicker one, around middle and leg and skidding on. Shah gets pushed onto the back foot but does manage to keep it out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, On leg stump, Zadran makes a bit of room and knocks it down to long on for a run. The 100 is now up for Afghanistan.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Misfield! Tossed up on the pads, Ibrahim Zadran flicks it to the right of the man at mid-wicket who lets the ball through his hands. The batters take advantage and pick up a couple of runs.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Quicker one at the stumps, Rahmat Shah shuffles across the off stump and scoops it over short fine leg for a brace.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Drop and run! A tad shorter and around off, Zadran plays it with soft hands and towards point for a quick single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, On off stump, this is hit away towards extra cover.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Cheekily done. Down the leg side again, Ibrahim Zadran gets inside the line of the ball and looks to play the lap sweep but just scoops it down to fine leg for a couple of runs.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Fuller and down leg, Rahmat Shah just tickles it 'round the corner for one more.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Length ball on middle and leg, easily pushed down to long on for a single by Zadran.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up around off, Shah defends it out off the front foot.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Around off again and this time Shah taps it towards covers.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Just a fraction short and this is forced down to long on for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Is that a catch? It seemed like it was a bump ball but Wanindu Hasaranga does appeal for a caught and bowled. The two umpires get together and ask for the third umpire to intervene. The soft signal is not out. The replays show that Zadran hit the low full toss into the ground before Hasaranga caught it. Not Out!

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Here comes the googly! Nagging length, slower through the air and turning in sharply from around off. Rahmat Shah cuts it late off the back foot and picks up a single to deep backward point.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, On a nagging length and close to the off stump, Ibrahim Zadran keeps it out towards cover.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Full and straight, wristily played down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Goes fuller now and attacks the pads, Shah flicks it towards short mid-wicket.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmat Shah, Flatter and quicker around middle, this is played off the back foot onto the leg side.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flights it up a bit, on middle and Zadran eases it down to long on for a run.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Angled in on the pads, Zadran plays it towards mid on.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Keeps it fuller and angles it into middle and leg, Gurbaz works it towards mid-wicket.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Nicely floated up, full and on off stump. Zadran drives it down to long off for a run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Nagging length once again, around off and this is punched through mid off for one.

Rahmat Shah walks in next as the umpires decide to call for Drinks. It's been a great start for Afghanistan but the last wicket hands Sri Lanka the opportunity to exert some pressure in the middle overs. So far, the Afghans have batted with fluency and they have a good platform to take their innings forward. Can the hosts create more inroads and put pressure on Afghanistan's soft underbelly, i.e. middle order? Let's find out. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmat Shah, Tossed up, very full and around off. Rahmat Shah gets off the mark with a solid drive down to long off for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! LBW! Wanindu Hasaranga gets the big fish and Sri Lanka are mightily relieved. This is full and on the pads. It is the regular leg break and Gurbaz attempts to sweep it away. Gurbaz misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW and it has been given! Rahmanullah Gurbaz consults his partner and opts for the review. The UltraEdge is checked first and there's no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows that the ball is hitting the le

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Full and around off, this is pushed away to the left of the bowler.

Will Wanindu Hasaranga get a change of ends? Yup, he is ready to bowl with a slip in place.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nagging length, at the stumps and Gurbaz fails to pierce the gap on the leg side.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Here comes the carrom ball, it is bowled around off and Ibrahim Zadran just eases it past point for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter delivery, close to the off stump and this is pushed out towards covers.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Around middle and leg, this is just pushed down to long on for a single.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! BANG! Rahmanullah Gurbaz brings up the half-century in style. This is fired in full and around off, Gurbaz stays put and pummels it right back over the bowler's head for a boundary. He is looking unstoppable at the moment. Just a reminder, he was dropped on 13 by Dhananjaya de Silva. 

Just one over from Wanindu Hasaranga from this end. Maheesh Theekshana has been inserted now. Maybe, Hasaranga will get a change of ends.

Maheesh Theekshana to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Starts off with a quick off-break, at 93 clicks and around off. Gurbaz leans forward and pushes it out.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fraction short and outside off, this is slashed away down to third man for one more.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Unique shot there from Ibrahim Zadran. This is banged halfway down the track and at 147 clicks. The ball doesn't get up high but there is a lot of pace on it. Zadran looks to duck but just sort of laps it to the left of the fielder at fine leg for a single.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Aerial but safe! Full and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz hangs deep and looks to hammer it over the cover fence. The ball comes off of the toe end of the bat and goes on the bounce to the sweeper. Just the single then.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Goes fuller now and keeps it around middle, Gurbaz pushes it out towards mid on.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Short but not short enough. On middle and leg and at a comfortable height for the batter. Rahmanullah Gurbaz pulls it away through square leg and collects a boundary.

Change of ends for Lahiru Kumara. 

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kumara changes ends and angles in a length ball into the leg stump. Rahmanullah Gurbaz defends it out on the leg side.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Around off, this is knocked down to long off for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hasaranga just pulls his length back a touch and bowls it flatter. The ball skids on but Gurbaz manages to keep it out.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Ibrahim Zadran, Tossed up, very full and on middle and leg. Ibrahim Zadran pushes it through mid on and rotates the strike.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fuller and around off, this is driven down to long off for a run.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, On a nagging length, close to the off pole and turning away. Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes back and across to defend this one.

Will Lahiru Kumara bowl another over in his first spell? The answer is no. It's time for some spin from Wanindu Hasaranga. 

Wanindu Hasaranga to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wanindu Hasaranga starts off with a tossed-up delivery around off stump. Gurbaz gets on the front foot and keeps it out on the off side.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fullish length around the off pole, Gurbaz drags the drive towards long on and collects a single.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nicely bowled! Slows it up now and finds the blockhole around middle and off. Gurbaz manages to keep it out.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Full and outside off, Gurbaz drives it square of the wicket and through cover-point for a couple of runs. Good running.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Thumped! Shanaka pitches it up now and Rahmanullah Gurbaz just dances down the track before hammering it over mid off for yet another boundary. This one almost went the distance.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, A length ball around off stump, Gurbaz just defends it down the pitch.

Time for Powerplay 2! The fielding side can now have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the inner ring till the 40th over.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shanaka floats this one up around off stump. Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes for the cover drive but gets an inside edge back onto the pads.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Uses the angle of the bowler and taps it down towards mid-wicket for a quick run. 10 from the over, Afghanistan are 60 for no loss after Powerplay 1.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Shot! Full in length and right in the slot around off at 142 kph, Rahmanullah Gurbaz shows the full face of the bat and unfurls a lovely off drive. It rushes through the gap and finds the fence at long off.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Not from the middle of the bat but it still races away. Lahiru Kumara decides to bring his variations into play. Delivers a knuckle ball, at 125 kph and it's short around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes on the back foot and drags it past mid on. 

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Angles in a length ball on middle, at 140 kph, Zadran works it to the left side of the mid-wicket fielder and steals a quick run.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Play and a miss! Zippy delivery, short and outside off, skidding off the surface at 143 kph, Ibrahim Zadran flirts with it and gets beaten.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A touch short in length and outside off, 141 kph, Zadran stays on the back foot and defends it to the off side.

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Around off, on a fuller length, it's pushed off the front foot to covers. 

Dasun Shanaka to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Afghanistan bring up their 50 in the 9th over! Length delivery around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz pushes inside the line and edges it down to third man. The fielder dives near the fence but fails to pull it back.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, On a length and outside off, at 127 kph, Zadran plays late and guides it to third man for a single.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Lovely extension of those arms. Dasun Shanaka delivers it very full and wide outside off, at 125 kph, Ibrahim Zadran reaches out for it and creams it through covers for a gorgeous boundary.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it towards the bowler.

Dasun Shanaka to Ibrahim Zadran, Dasun Shanaka starts with a shortish ball around leg, staying a shade low, Zadran turns to pull but misses and is hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but again it's going down leg.

Dasun Shanaka now brings himself into the attack.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Short again, around off at 142 kph, Gurbaz tries to pull but this time it goes below his bat.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Short around middle and off, at 146 kph, Gurbaz swivels and pulls it to deep square leg for a couple.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shout for an lbw! Not given. Lahiru Kumara gets a length ball to nip back into the batter at 143 kph. Rahmanullah Gurbaz fails to work it away and is pinged on the pads. Going down leg.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Short and down the leg side at 140 kph, Ibrahim Zadran helps it down to fine leg for a single.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Sharp delivery, full and around off at 145 kph, Ibrahim shows the full face of his bat and strokes it towards mid on where the fielder makes a fantastic diving stop. Saves a certain boundary.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, A 143 kph length delivery, around off, Zadran pushes it towards point from the back foot.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fullish on off, pushed with an angled bat to point.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Good length around off, it's gently turned in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, ! This one is super enterprising! Kasun Rajitha overcorrects his line and length. Goes full and around leg, Ibrahim Zadran picks it up off his pads and flicks it delightfully through mid-wicket. Class!

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Well played in the end! Kasun Rajitha digs it in short, at 132 kph, Ibrahim Zadran gets on top of the bounce and pulls it behind square leg. It races away to the fence. Not quite from the middle of the bat but the end result is what he desired for!

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Fuller in length and around off, at 136 kph, Zadran tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Skidding down the leg side, on a length, Zadran fails to flick and it brushes his pads on its way to the keeper.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, On a length around off, 143 clicks, Gurbaz tries to tap and run but the cover-point fielder quickly gets to the ball.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Pitches it up and around off, at 141 kph, Zadran drives it in the gap at extra cover for one.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fullish and on off, it's driven to mid off where the fielder dives to his right but fails to make a clean stop. The batters cross.

Lahiru Kumara to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Stifled appeal for a caught behind! Kumara digs it in short, around middle and leg at 142 kph, Gurbaz tries to pull but it goes over his bat.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Back of a length, on off, Zadran goes on his toes and runs it down to third man for a single.

Here comes the first change in bowling. Lahiru Kumara comes in to replace Dhananjaya Lakshan.

Lahiru Kumara to Ibrahim Zadran, Pace and movement, on a length outside off, at 143 kph, shaping in, Zadran allows it through to the keeper.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Excellent piece of fielding! Fuller in length and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz forces his drive to cover-point where the fielder (Pathum Nissanka) dives to stop the racing ball. He, then, has an immediate shy at the striker's end but misses as Gurbaz returns safely. 

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Angles in a length ball on off, Gurbaz stays back and plays it down to mid-wicket.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Shot! Kasun Rajitha will be hurting now. Delivers it on a length and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz advances down the track and crunches it through extra cover for a beautiful boundary.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wide! Drifting down the leg side, Gurbaz tries to flick but misses.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, The batter has just watchfully blocked this out.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Superb delivery, landing close to off and zipping off the surface, Gurbaz pokes at it and misses. They appeal for a caught behind but nothing doing.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, PUT DOWN! A regulation catch has been shelled at first slip. Kasun Rajitha delivers it on a good length around off, getting it to shape away at 135 kph, Rahmanullah Gurbaz shows no footwork as he hangs his bat out to dry. The outside edge flies to Dhananjaya de Silva who stretches across to his left but fails to grab the catch. Dropping Gurbaz could prove to be costly.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, ! Wow, great timing! Fuller in length and around off, Ibrahim Zadran presses forward and just pushes it from the middle of his bat. The timing he generates is pristine and it races past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Too straight from Lakshan. His inswinger starts from around middle and off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz works it through backward square leg for a single. It's a tidy start for both teams.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Movement back into the right-hander, from a shortish length, Gurbaz walks forward and helps it to mid-wicket. He looks for a run but is sent back.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Fullish and on off, a big inswinger, Zadran tries to flick but it takes the inside edge, perhaps brushes his pads and rolls behind square leg. The batters cross.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Width there outside off, at 121 kph, Rahmanullah Gurbaz flashes his bat at it and edges it down to third man. Only a run.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Ibrahim Zadran, Dhananjaya Lakshan loves his inswingers but he doesn't have the pace to trouble the batter. Serves it close to off, Zadran pushes inside the line and edges it down to third man for a single.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Inswinger, drifting down the leg side, Gurbaz tucks it behind square leg and picks up a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Edgy! Kasun Rajitha dishes out an outswinger, on a good length outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz slices his attempted drive away from his body. It flies wide of backward point and they cross for a single.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Angles it in, full and around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz defends it back to the bowler.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it to the off side.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Risky single. Kasun serves it on a full length outside off, Zadran bunts it towards extra cover and completes the single as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Very full in length, on middle at 135 kph, Ibrahim Zadran drives it down the ground but finds mid on.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Another inswinger, curling in around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz plays late and defends it to the leg side.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lands it on a length around off, shaping in, Gurbaz defends it from the back foot.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! Sweet timing! Back of a length, outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz eases himself on the back foot and punches it with great timing through covers. This shot is a testament to how good this pitch is!

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Inswinger, landing on a length outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz gets behind the line and defends it down on the surface.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Better line, it's full and on off, Gurbaz is on the front foot as he pushes it to covers.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wide! Dhananjaya Lakshan goes for the inswinger but the line starts from middle and the ball goes down the leg side.

Dhananjaya Lakshan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, ! What a shot! A gentle loosener from Dhananjaya Lakshan, an overpitched delivery outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz leans into the drive and caresses it through extra cover for the first boundary of this match. 

Dhananjaya Lakshan to take the other new ball.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Beauty to end the first over! Rajitha serves it close to off, on a good length and nipping away, Zadran feels for it inside the line and gets beaten.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Shaping away from the right-hander, around off and close to the batter, Zadran is forward and pushes it to cover-point.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, An outswinger, in the channel outside off, Ibrahim offers no shot.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Extra movement and bounce. This one is on a good length, around off and jagging back in, Zadran gets back to work it on the leg side but misses and wears it on his thigh pad.

Kasun Rajitha to Ibrahim Zadran, Nicely bowled! Rajitha pitches it up and lands it on a full length outside off, shaping away a bit, Zadran tries to defend and does so as an afterthought as he pushes it towards point.

Kasun Rajitha to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan are away! Kasun Rajitha angles in a length ball, around middle, Gurbaz goes on the back foot and gently plays it towards short mid-wicket for a run.

Done with the pre-game formalities and it is now time for the play to get underway. The two umpires are out in the middle as the Afghan openers Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz make their way out to the middle as well. The Lankan fielders spread out on the field and it will be Kasun Rajitha who will get proceedings underway with the ball here. Let's play...

The Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka says that they would have liked to bat first as well. Mentions that it looks like a good surface and they are confident about chasing as well. Adds that the boys are well prepared and informs that they have gone with seven batters and four bowlers.

We are a few minutes away from the start of the game but before that, the two teams line up for their respective national anthems. It will be the national anthem of Afghanistan first followed by Sri Lanka's national anthem.

Hasmatullah Shahidi, the Afghan skipper, says that the pitch looks good and they want to put runs on the board and later defend it. He wants his team to give its best and win the game.

Afghanistan (Playing XI) - Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Yamin Ahmadzai.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI) - Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (WK), Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha.

While we await the playing XI of both teams here is an update from Auckland - Tom Latham's swashbuckling century and his massive association with skipper Kane Williamson have put New Zealand in the driver's seat. They need just 66 runs from the last 10 overs and have 7 wickets in the bank to win the first ODI.

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