Dasun Shanaka Sri Lanka Captain
Firstly, I must thank the crowds who came to support us when we were desperate to win. This was a tough chase, but our partnerships kept us going. I think in the middle phase we were indisciplined, that’s where we went out of the game. In the coming series, we need to look at that. Plan was to bat till the 45th over when I was coming out to bat. If I was there, maybe the game would have been easier. Charith is an outstanding character, and Dunith also did very well, so young in his career.
Hashmatullah Shahidi Afghanistan Captain
The score was good but the Sri Lankan batters did very well to chase that down. Rashid did his job very well, but other bowlers didn’t do things according to plan. But credit to Sri Lanka. I think a few misfields, some dropped chances. Sri Lanka is a tough team to play at home, we really enjoyed playing here. Our team played very well today as well.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Cricket Highlights today. 3rd ODI, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Pallekele, Wednesday 30-11-2022, Afghanistan tour to Sri Lanka.
Ibrahim Zadran is the player of the series
I’m very happy with my performance. The ball was keeping low and stopping, so I took my time in the beginning. We lost three wickets in the middle, but then me and Najib played well. I was telling him we’ll try for 250 but after he got 50 and I got my hundred, our target was 300. This is just the start of my cricket, I will try to do more great things for my country, for the people of Afghanistan. I would like to dedicate this award to my parents for all the hardwork they have put in.
Charith Asalanka is the man of the match
Really happy with this performance. We were behind this chase, but we came out of it strong. I believe in my captain, he’s a magnificent player, his 40 odd runs were very helpful. I believed all the way, I know Wella (Wellalage) is a good player. The leg is better now, but at some stages I thought if I must come out. Glad I fought through it.
Afghanistan won the TOSS and decided to bat first
Sri Lanka Playing Line-up
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha
Afghanistan Playing Line-up
Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi