February 20, 2019
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Twitter shocked after Afghanistan defeat Sri Lanka to send them packing from Asia Cup 2018

Sri Lanka suffered their second consecutive loss in the Asia Cup 2018 to the hands of unpredictable Afghanistan by 91 runs to bow out of the Asian event. This is Afghanistan’s 6th win against a team which is ranked Under 10 in ICC ODI rankings. They registered 2 wins in 5 matches against Bangladesh and 3 wins in 5 matches against West Indies. Also read: Sunil Gavaskar predicts the overwhelming favourite to win Asia Cup 2018

  • Afghanistan qualifies for the super 4 stage of Asia Cup.
  • This is Sri Lanka’s second biggest loss in Asia Cup.

Earlier in the match, Afghanistan won the toss and choosed to bat first. The decision was proven right by their openers Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah Janat who added 57 runs for 1st wicket. Afgan batsman made the most of the good start as Rahmat Shah (72) and Hashmatullah Shahidi(37) helped them reach a total of 249/10 after 50 overs. Also read: Sanjay Manjrekar predicts the winner of Asia Cup 2018

Thisara Perera was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/55.

Sri Lanka were in spot of bother from the first over as Mujeeb Ur Rehman dismissed Kusal Mendis on a duck. Upul Tharanga and Dhananjaya De Silva showed some resistance as they added 54 runs for second wicket but after the departure of Dhananjaya(23), wickets started to tumble. Sri Lanka never gained the momentum and were 108/5 at one stage. Angelo Mathews(23) was the only hope left for Sri Lanka but Rashid Khan made sure that he removes the Sri Lankan captain early.

Thisara Perera(28) held one end with tumbling wickets from other end. His resistance was soon broken by a slow delivery by Gulbadin Naib which toppled the stumps. Rashid dismissed Malinga to help Afghanistan register an unexpected victory over Sri Lanka. Also read: Sourav Ganguly names his overwhelming favourite to lift the Asia Cup 2018

Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/26.


Here are the reactions by twitterverse after the unexpected loss

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