Hashmatullah Shahidi Afghanistan Captain
Feeling good. The way the boys played, especially in the batting. The way we started and ended the innings, proud of my team. Last seven overs (with the bat), we didn’t play the way we wanted. Maybe 30 runs short but our bowlers did a great job. Plan was simple for the bowlers – just stick to wicket-to-wicket and try to build dot ball pressure.
Dasun Shanaka Sri Lanka Captain
It’s disappointing. We didn’t execute our plans in bowling. 290-plus on this surface, it’s good pitch but still, we could have done better. The surface was good, we scored 230-odd in 38 overs but just didn’t have partnerships at all. We didn’t control well with the ball in the middle overs but did well at the death. Difference between the two sides was the partnerships. Their side batted around Ibrahim and had three partnerships. We had starts but couldn’t convert it. We have to win three out of five games (for WC qualification) and we’re looking forward to that.
Ibrahim Zadran is the man of the match
I’m really happy with my innings. Glad that I performed well. We wanted to bat first if we won the toss and it was a good toss to win. Pitch was good for batting, read the surface and took my time, and it worked. The track remained the same throughout, we wanted to get to 320, that was the plan. Our bowlers did a great job.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Cricket Highlights today. 1st ODI, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Friday 25-11-2022, Afghanistan tour to Sri Lanka.
We were looking to bat first as well. Looks a good pitch and will help the batters in the first innings. We got 7 batters and 4 genuine bowlers in our side today.
We want to bat first. The surface looks good and we want to put a good total on the board. We are excited and looking forward to play some good cricket in the series.
Pitch Report and Condition
“It’s hard and has good covering of grass. Dew will be a factor later on, but that will help the ball skid on nicely. Get runs on the board first up and let the scoreboard pressure do the talking
Afghanistan have won the TOSS and chose bat first
Afghanistan Playing Line-up
Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai
Sri Lanka Playing Line-up
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha