Live Update –September 5, 2023 | 22:36
Sri Lanka Triumphs by 2 Runs in an Unforgettable Match
In a game that will be etched in the annals of cricket history, Sri Lanka emerged victorious by a narrow margin of two runs. The match showcased an exhilarating ebb and flow, culminating in a thrilling conclusion with Sri Lanka prevailing.
The climax was nothing short of dramatic. Afghanistan found themselves needing three runs from the final delivery to secure a dramatic win. However, their hopes were dashed as Mujeeb, attempting a boundary, was caught out at long on. Astonishingly, a six could have secured a stunning victory for the Afghans, but it appeared that the players in the middle were unaware of this opportunity, and it slipped through their fingers.
Rahmat Shah laid the groundwork, Mohammad Nabi notched the fastest ODI fifty for Afghanistan, while Rashid Khan and Najibullah Zadran unleashed a barrage of late fireworks. Despite their valiant efforts, it was ultimately insufficient to secure the victory for Afghanistan.
September 5, 2023 | 16:49
Sri Lanka’s Batting Display in 29 Overs
Karim Janat Takes the Ball for the First Time Today
September 5, 2023 | 4:02 PM
Sri Lanka is currently at 86/3 after 17 overs of play.
Afghanistan’s Naib is delivering his sixth consecutive over. A significant development! OUT! Naib claims his third wicket as Samarawickrama nicks the ball to the keeper. The delivery was of length, and Samarawickrama attempted to guide it but only managed to get a faint edge. Sri Lanka faces a rapid loss of three wickets.
Afghanistan’s performance in this phase has been remarkable, marking a turnaround after the PowerPlay.
Samarawickrama departs, caught by Gurbaz off Gulbadin’s delivery, scoring 3 runs off 8 balls.
Charith Asalanka is the new batsman walking to the crease. In that eventful over, only a single run was scored, accompanied by a crucial wicket.
September 5, 2023 | 3:53 PM
Sri Lanka at 82/2 After 15 Overs
As Naib enters his fifth over, Sri Lanka finally manages to find the boundary after four consecutive overs of patient batting. Nissanka skillfully guides the ball towards the fine leg region. Although the fielder at the boundary makes a valiant effort to stop it, unfortunately, his leg touches the ropes.
However, the excitement is short-lived as Nissanka aggressively smacks the ball straight into the hands of the point fielder. This marks the second wicket for Naib, and both of Sri Lanka’s openers are now back in the pavilion.
September 5, 2023 | 15:36
Sri Lanka’s Strong Start in 11 Overs
Sri Lanka has made an impressive start to their innings, reaching a score of 65/1 in the first 11 overs.
The bowling continues with Naib on the attack. And it’s an OUT! A well-executed slow ball, delivered at the right length, causes Karunaratne to play his shot too early, resulting in the ball landing directly into the hands of the cover fielder. This marks the end of a fantastic opening partnership between Karunaratne and Nissanka.
Dimuth Karunaratne departs, caught by Nabi off the bowling of Gulbadin, after contributing 32 runs from 35 balls.
Taking Karunaratne’s place at number three is Kusal Mendis, who immediately gets off the mark with a well-placed double towards fine leg. In that eventful over, Sri Lanka managed to accumulate three runs while losing a crucial wicket.
September 5, 2023 – 15:22
Sri Lanka: 43/0 in 7 overs
There’s a bowling change as Gulbadin Naib steps into the attack. He delivers a ball with some width on its length, and Nissanka responds with a punch towards extra covers. A slight misfield allows the batters to take only a single run. In the same over, Naib delivers a length ball on the hips, and Karunaratne expertly guides it for a boundary towards square leg to conclude the over.
September 5, 2023 – 15:05
Sri Lanka Off to a Steady Start with 15 Runs in 2 Overs
In an early strategic move, spin bowler Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman joins the action during the second over. The delivery offers a flat trajectory and width, enticing Karunaratne to execute a powerful slash, resulting in a boundary. The over contributed six runs to Sri Lanka’s score.