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ICC Cricket World Cup, 7th match: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Jun 4, 2019

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Sri Lanka 201

Afghanistan 152 (32.4/41 ov, target 187)

Sri Lanka won by 34 runs (D/L method)

Batsman R B S.R
Najibullah Zadran (lhb) 43 56 76.78
Hazratullah Zazai (lhb) 30 25 120.00
Bowller O M R W Econ
Nuwan Pradeep (rfm) 9.0 1 31 4 3.44
Lasith Malinga (rfm) 6.4 0 39 3 5.85
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7.30pm Afghanistan go to Taunton from here, which has a reputation for being a high scoring venue. Sri Lanka go to Bristol, where they take on Pakistan. It’s time for me to make the trek home as well, so on behalf of Peter Della Penna and Thilak Rama, it’s goodbye. Thanks for joining, see you tomorrow.

Dimuth Karunaratne I think we had a good start after a long time and suddenly we lost a couple of wickets and we were on the backfoot. Bowling and fielding was the highlight. Wickets are the key, 187 is not easy to defend, we know their openers go hard, but once we got them they were on the backfoot and we kept getting wickets. Bowlers did a really good job, fielder did good job, but batting through the middle stage needs to improve

Gulbadin Naib Start of the day, the bowler’s didn’t bowl right areas, they scored too heavily in the first ten overs, but it was good how Nabi bowled but it wasn’t a good start. Wicket was not easy for the batsmen and so we’d asked the bowlers to hit the deck hard and they came back well during the middle. We need some improvement in the batting, we need more partnerships.

Thisara Perera We all know because of the conditions, the ball does something when you bowl the right length. Fielding wise, I’m normally a good fielder, happy to take a crucial catch. We have an experienced attack, we thought we could defend the total

7.10pm As darkness descended over Sophia Gardens, there was light in the Sri Lankan camp as they scripted a remarkable comeback with the ball and won their first ever match in seven attempts at their bogey venue, Cardiff.

It hadn’t started well as the Afghanistan openers got stuck in early but Nuwan Pradeep, inexplicably left out last match, produced a career best performance that included the scalps of the dangerous looking Zazai and Naib, when the Afghanistan captain and Najibullah Zadran were threatening to take the game away.

And when it mattered, it was over to Lasith Malinga, who rolled back the years with some vintage yorkers towards the end. It wasn’t the perfect fielding performance either but when it mattered, Dimuth Karunaratne hit the stumps directly to send Najibullah Zadran back and virtually seal the match then and there.

32.4 W Malinga to Hamid Hassan excellent comeback! malinga fires a yorker on middle, his loyal ally over the years and cleans him up to finish things off OUT
Hamid Hassan b Malinga 6 (12m 5b 0x4 1×6) SR: 120.00
32.3 6 Malinga to Hamid Hassan slower ball on off and he has launched this miles up into the sky and clears wide long-on with ease SIX
32.2 . Malinga to Hamid Hassan no run
32.1 1 Malinga to Mujeeb Ur Rahman yorker, tailing in, gets him on the foot but it’s sliding down 1 run

End of Over No.32 145/9 Last Over (9 runs)

31.6 W Udana to Najibullah Zadran full on off, drilled to cover, they take off to keep Najibullahon strike but it’s the Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, he hits the stumps directly and finds his man short OUT
Najibullah Zadran run out 43 (92m 56b 6×4 0x6) SR: 76.78
31.5 . Udana to Najibullah Zadran slower ball from the back of the hand, he swings early and misses completely, just goes over the middle stump no run
31.4 . Udana to Najibullah Zadran short one, follows the batsman who was probably expecting a fullish slower ball with the third-man having come up no run
31.4 (no Udana to Najibullah Zadran full outside off, he threw his bat at it and thick outside edge flew down to the third-man fence and what’s more that’s a no ball because Sri Lanka did not have enough fielders in the circle (no ball) FOUR
31.3 . Udana to Najibullah Zadran a well directed short one, follows the batsman who was backing away, can’t make contact no run
31.2 4 Udana to Najibullah Zadran short outside off, too much width and he slaps this over cover-point, one bounce and into the boundary FOUR
31.1 . Udana to Najibullah Zadran length outside off, lift off the wicket for Udana as the batsman jabs at it and is beaten outside off no run

End of Over No.31 136/8 Last Over (1 run)

30.6 . Malinga to Hamid Hassan full slower one outside off, watches it closely and defends safely no run
30.5 . Malinga to Hamid Hassan another attempted yorker, turns out to be a low full toss, brings his bat down straight and even more importantly, on time no run
30.4 W Malinga to Dawlat Zadran yorker and that’s vintage Malinga! On middle stump and he had no chance with that as it crashes into middle stump OUT
Dawlat Zadran b Malinga 6 (25m 18b 1×4 0x6) SR: 33.33
30.3 . Malinga to Dawlat Zadran another slower, full delivery, dipping on the batsman but he watches it closely and defends to midwicket no run
30.2 . Malinga to Dawlat Zadran short one, gets him on the side of the grille as he goes for the pull and misses no run
30.1 . Malinga to Dawlat Zadran another full slower one, squeezed to mid-on for one no run
30.1 1 Malinga to Dawlat Zadran Slower ball, full and down the leg side, completely bamboozled the batsman but unfortunately for Malinga, it wasn’t on target 1 wide

Lasith Malinga has not won an ODI in a Sri Lanka shirt since their victory over Zimbabwe at Hambantota on 6 July 2017 – a record that sees him with 21 defeats and 1 no result

End of Over No.30 135/7 Last Over (2 runs)

Barnburner of a finish on the cards. Here to take you to the end is Ankur!

29.6 . Lakmal to Najibullah Zadran short of a length very wide outside off, sucker ball for Najibullah going for a flat-footed waft but doesn’t edge it. no run
29.5 1 Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran full on off stump, nudged to mid-on. Udana was on the ring and had too much ground to cover. 1 run
29.4 . Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran good length ball on fourth stump, punched to extra cover. no run
29.3 . Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran good length ball, defended back to Lakmal. no run
29.2 . Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran good length ball on fourth stump line, Dawlat hops back to defend off the back foot to extra cover. no run
29.1 1 Lakmal to Najibullah Zadran good length ball on fourth stump, clipped off the back foot to square leg. This time they decide to take a single off the first ball of the over. Makes the decision to turn down a single earlier last over quite strange. 1 run

End of Over No.29 133/7 Last Over (3 runs)

Only one SL bowler could bowl 9 overs in this 41-over chase. Pradeep just did it. The rest can max out at 8.

28.6 . Pradeep to Dawlat Zadran bouncer. Ducks under it easily. no run
28.5 1 Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran good length ball on middle clipped through the leg side to the midwicket sweeper. Dawlat left to see off the final ball. 1 run
28.4 2 Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran fullish length on the pads, clipped through square leg. Dawlat has decided he can pinch two here on his gimpy leg so Najibullah can keep strike. Just hobbles through in the end. 2 runs
28.3 . Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran bouncer, Najibullah sways back. no run
28.2 . Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran full and wide outside off, driven square and flat in the air toward the point sweeper Thisara. He sprints in hard but this one wasn’t going to carry and he does well to field on a short-hop. Najibullah has decided that Dawlat is struggling too much to run hard and so they turn down a clear single. no run
28.1 . Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran cracker-jack! Fullish length ball seams across Najibullah and beats a flat-footed prod. no run

Arif: “I think this is the most exciting match in this world cup”. Well, the only competition so far for that title is the England v Pakistan match. Tournament was due for a thriller.

Meanwhile, Dawlat is getting treatment from the physio on his legs for the second time in two overs.

What is it?

ICC Cricket World Cup, 7th match: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Jun 4, 2019.

When is it?

Jun 4, 2019.

What time does it start?

2019-06-04 09:30:00 GMT, 2019-06-04 10:30:00 local

Which Ground is it Playing?

The match will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Score Cards

  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 34 Mohammad Shahzad 7 Hazratullah Zazai 25
    2nd 8 Rahmat Shah 2 Hazratullah Zazai 5
    3rd 2 Hazratullah Zazai 0 Hashmatullah Shahidi 2
    4th 13 Hashmatullah Shahidi 2 Mohammad Nabi 11
    5th 0 Mohammad Nabi 0 Gulbadin Naib 0
    6th 64 Gulbadin Naib 23 Najibullah Zadran 29
    7th 2 Rashid Khan 2 Najibullah Zadran 0
    8th 13 Dawlat Zadran 6 Najibullah Zadran 6
    9th 9 Najibullah Zadran 8 Hamid Hassan 0
    10th 7 Hamid Hassan 6 Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1
  • Batting R B 4 6
    Mohammad Shahzad caught 7 12 1 0
    Hazratullah Zazai caught 30 25 3 1
    Rahmat Shah caught 2 11 0 0
    Hashmatullah Shahidi caught wk 4 17 0 0
    Mohammad Nabi bowled 11 16 1 0
    Gulbadin Naib lbw 23 32 2 0
    Najibullah Zadran run out 43 56 6 0
    Rashid Khan bowled 2 4 0 0
    Dawlat Zadran bowled 6 18 1 0
    Hamid Hassan bowled 6 5 0 1
    Mujeeb Ur Rahman not out 1 1 0 0
    Extras (b 1, w 15, nb 1) 17
    Total (all out; 32.4 ovs) 152
  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    SL Malinga 6.4 0 39 3 5.85 (3w)
    RAS Lakmal 6 0 27 0 4.50 (2w)
    I Udana 6 0 28 1 4.66 (1nb)
    N Pradeep 9 1 31 4 3.44 (4w)
    NLTC Perera 4 0 19 1 4.75 (2w)
    DM de Silva 1 0 7 0 7.00
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    Summary

    Sports Event
    7th match Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka

    Location

    Sophia Gardens, Cardiff,
    Cardiff,Cardiff,ENG
    Starting on
    Jun 4, 2019
    Ending on
    Jun 4, 2019
    Description
    ICC Cricket World Cup, 7th match: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Jun 4, 2019.

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