The ODI World Cup 2023 witnessed a thrilling showdown in match 30 between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka held in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, India.
Toss and strategy
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first. It was clear that Afghanistan wanted to chase its way to Victory.
Sri Lanka’s Innings
Sri Lanka’s innings started steadily but they have faced consistent wicket losses. They managed to score a total of 241 runs for the loss of all the wickets in 49.3 overs. Pathum Nissanka contributed a significant 46 runs on 60 balls, while kusal Mendis added 39 runs on 50 balls. Despite facing dominant Afghanistan bowling, Sri Lanka was aiming to set a defendable total.
Afghanistan started with not a very good start as star batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz was dismissed for a duck. However, Rehmat Shah’s remarkable innings of 62 runs off 74 balls stabilized the innings. The true heroes emerged in the form of Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghanistan team captain with Omerzai. Shahidi’s crucial 58 off 74 deliveries not out set the stage for a stunning comeback.
Omerzai’s spectacular innings of unbeaten 73 off 63 balls was a match-winner. Afghanistan reached their target of 242 with 7 wickets in hand, achieving Victory in just 45.2 overs.
The determination of Afghanistan’s middle order has won them this game against Sri Lanka. Afghanistan’s victory over Sri Lanka adds an exciting chapter to their World Cup journey.
As a cricket enthusiast eagerly waiting for Afghanistan’s upcoming matches, one thing is clear, the team is on the quest for world cup glory. Stay tuned for more thrilling upcoming matches as Afghanistan continues to impress on the world stage.