Twitter Reactions: Audacious Afghanistan knock lifeless Lanka out of Asia Cup

Twitter Reactions: Audacious Afghanistan knock lifeless Lanka out of Asia Cup

Afghanistan and Bangladesh qualify for the Super 4's.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After their indifferent performance against Bangladesh the other night in Dubai, Sri Lanka were in requisite of a win in order for them to stay afloat in the 2018 Asia Cup. However, they were unable to get their act together and slumped to another defeat, this time to Afghanistan, by 91 runs in Abu Dhabi. Asghar Afghan and Co were clinical and outplayed their opponents in all departments.

Rahmat Shah guides the Afghans

Bearing in mind the advantage of the team batting first, Afghanistan elected to bat first and got off to a blistering start. Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah Janat put on a stand of 57 runs from 60 balls. The first wicket came in the form of Shahzad, who flayed the willow with all his might. Thereafter, Janat and Rahmat Shah put their heads down for a 45-run partnership.

The skipper couldn’t make an impact, but Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi cobbled together 80 runs to put Afghanistan in a position of command. Shah scored 72 runs from 90 deliveries and eventually fell prey to speedster Dushmantha Chameera. In the end, fast-bowler Thisara Perera’s five-wicket haul restricted the Afghans to 249 in their 50 overs.

Lanka crash out

The Lankan run-chase was nothing short of shambolic. Kusal Mendis perished for a duck for the second time in two matches. Dhananjaya de Silva and Upul Tharanga put together 54 runs to restore sanity in their innings. The stand was broken by a horrendous mix-up between the batters, which led to the run out of de Silva. Kusal Perera and Tharanga took charge thereafter.

Just when the partnership threatened to take the match away from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan struck in his very first over. Tharanga succumbed to Gulbadin Naib and thereafter the writing was on the walls for Angelo Mathews and Co. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naib, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan chipped in with a couple of wickets each to take their team to the Super 4 of the event.

Here is how Twitter reacted

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