Last wicket: Dimuth Karunaratne c Rahmat Shah b Fazalhaq Farooqi 4 (6) – 6/1 in 2.2 More
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, no run, no run.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, 1 run, Fuller delivery to the outside, Pathum Nissanka plays the cover shot perfectly, but an outstanding effort in the field from skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi saves 3 runs for his team.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, free leg, 1 run, free leg. On a long around the pads, Kusal Mendis looks to throw this to the thin leg, but takes a hit to his pads and takes a single as the ball travels to the left of the goaltender.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Kusal Mendis, no run, Swinging Yorker to meet Kusal Mendis at the crease. He defends this back to the pitcher.
Kusal Mendis comes out to bat at number 3.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, outside, OUTSIDE! RIDGED AND TAKEN ON THE SECOND SLIDE. On a length just outside, pulling away from lefty Dimuth Karunaratne, he looks to cut it late but gets an outside edge that flies towards Rahmat Shah on the second slip and makes no mistakes and picks it up clean and safe.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run, Fuller tossed one up, Dimuth Karunaratne solidly defends this with his front foot.
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, no run, in a long around, Pathum Nissanka hits this towards the no run pitcher to finish second.
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, no run, Fuller moves away from right, Pathum Nissanka defends this into short cover.
Slight high! Dimuth Karunaratne was hit around his right elbow on the ball as he tried to gain ground. The physio is there to see how he is and puts a protective band on him. We are ready to continue.
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, no run, delivery of good length around the middle, Pathum Nissanka tucks this into the short wicket mid region. Dimuth Karunaratne was interested in a single that was never offered and runs away when the pitch hits him instead of the wickets on the end which he misses.
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, no run, Full and wide outside off, Pathum Nissanka decides not to tag him as the goalie picks this up.
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, no run, Behind a long delivery out, Pathum Nissanka stands on his toes and defends this back against the pitcher.
Azmatullah Omarzai to Pathum Nissanka, no run, Fuller toss up the middle, Pathum Nissanka blocks it solid down the middle.
Azmatullah Omarzai to share the attack.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run, Fuller one out, Dimuth Karunaratne gets a good look and leaves this for the keeper to pick up.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR, FOUR! First limit of the game. Bread and butter stuff for the dough here. Delivering too steep on the pads, Dimuth Karunaratne just moves this for a borderline into the deep mid-wicket region.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run, Fuller one around the middle, Dimuth Karunaratne punches this straight to the fielder in the middle no run.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run, delivery of good length out, forming away from the batsman, Dimuth Karunaratne pushes this into short no run coverage.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, 1 run, in a length around the middle, Pathum Nissanka nudges him gently into the mid-wicket region and takes a single.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, no run, Fuller pitching on the line off the stump, Pathum Nissanka drives this into no run pitcher.
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Pathum Nissanka, broad, 1 race, Width! We are running with a wide leg down. Fuller with one leg down, Pathum Nissanka looks to move but misses.
Ready with the pre-game paperwork! The Afghan players are in a group and disperse to take their respective positions on the field. Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne are the top two from Sri Lanka. Fazalhaq Farooqi has the new ball in hand and is looking forward to playing. Let’s Play…
We are a few minutes away from the game, but before that, the players line up to listen to their respective national anthems. It will be the first from Afghanistan followed by the Sri Lankan national anthem.
Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan captain, says he would have bowled first, but the deck looks great and they are happy to bat. He adds that Dimuth Karunaratne’s experience will help at the top and they look forward to it. He mentions that Dushan Hemantha and Matheesha Pathirana are the two debutants for them.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (Afghan Skipper) says they would like to play bowls first. He adds that the wicket looks fresh and will help the bowlers in the first hour and so on. He also adds that the exclusion of Rashid is a big mistake, but the team does not lack quality and they are encouraged by it. He closes by saying that the team is constantly improving and that they are ready for it this time.
Afghanistan (Playing XI) – Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad
Sri Lanka (Playing XI) – Dasun Shanaka (C), Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (WK), Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara.
Afghanistan won the toss and decided to pitch first.