Latest Match Report – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan One Test 2023/24

Sri Lanka 439 (Mathews 141, Chandimal 107, Naveed 4-83) and 0 for 56 (Karunaratne 32*, Madushka 22*) in defeat Afghanistan 198 (Rahmad 91, Vishwa 4-51, Ashita 3-24) and 296 (Ibrahim 114, Jayasuriya 5-107, Ashita 3-63) by ten wickets

Using Sri Lanka's second new ball, Afghanistan lost by ten wickets on the fourth day. With only one wicket down, Afghanistan lost nine wickets remaining for 82 runs to take the lead. Left-arm spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya was the chief destroyer, picking up five wickets in a devastating spell either side of lunch. Asitha Fernando took two more wickets for his one wicket yesterday and Kasun Rajitha was also dismissed twice.

Some lower-order hitting stretched Afghanistan's total to 296, but none of their other stands even crossed 25 as they started their second innings with two hundred partnerships. With little pressure on them, Sri Lanka's openers hammered home the runs within eight overs, with Dimuth Karunaratne making 32 off 22 balls and Nishan Madushka making 22.

The second new ball was five overs. Sri Lanka took it immediately and won soon after. Rajitha played a concussed substitute for Samika Gunasekara to end the 108-run second-wicket partnership between Ibrahim Sadran and Rahmat Shah. In his first over, on the second new ball, he gave Rahmat an angle and then straightened it a bit over the fourth stump line. Rahmat was forced to play and was able to provide a slender edge through the wicketkeeper.

Jayasuriya then entered the field and the hard crease of the ball allowed his balls to catch and bounce off the surface. He bowled out Dinesh Chandimalal Ibrahim for 109 runs.

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Ibrahim bowled a spin ball in the 90th over, but it went bare-handed, spun between bat and bat, and clattered into the off-stump, ending Afghanistan's best innings so far. . Ibrahim added just 13 runs to his overnight score as he fell to 114 runs.

Hashmatullah Shahidi turns one and takes his outside edge; Qais Ahmed dived forward at slip and intercepted the ball centimeters from the ground to Dhananjaya De Silva; And Zia-ur-Rahman left a Jayasuriya delivery that continued with the arm and hit the off-stump – the second time Jayasuriya had claimed such a dismissal in this match.

In between wickets, Jayasuriya also added one of Sri Lanka's best seamers – Asitha – to his wicket column in the tournament. Bowled a length and outside off stump, he was at second slip for an edge to Ikram Ali, where Gusal Mendis also dived forward for a superb low catch.

At this stage Afghanistan were 5 for 13 in the space of eight overs, but after lunch, Naseer Jamal showed some more swagger, scoring an unbeaten 41 with five fours and a six. It never seemed to be enough. Although. Jayasuriya slipped into Navid Chadran's stumps to complete his five-wicket haul. Ashita and Rajita wiped their tails.

No hiccups in the chase. Madushka and Karunaratne batted in the same aggressive manner as they did in the first innings. They hit seven fours and a six between them.

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