Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018, Group B 3rd match - Sri Lanka eliminated after losing second successive game.(AFP)
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018, Group B 3rd match - Sri Lanka eliminated after losing second successive game.(AFP)

As it happened Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018, Group B match at Abu Dhabi: Afghanistan win by 91 runs, Sri Lanka eliminated

A target of 250 proved too much for Sri Lanka as they were bowled out for 158 in 41.2 overs against Afghanistan. The result means that the Islanders have been eliminated from the Asia Cup in the very first stage. Chasing the target, Lanka got off to a terrible start losing Kusal Mendis in the very first over and never got going. Afghanistan spinners spun a web around the batsmen picking up six wickets. Thisara Perera was the top scorer with 28. Earlier, Afghanistan bowled out for 249 in their allotted 50 overs and Sri Lanka need 250 to stay alive in Asia Cup 2018. Rahmat Shah was the star with the bat for Afghanistan scoring a good 72. He was ably supported by Shahidi and Ihsanullah. For Sri Lanka Thisara was the star, picking up five wickets and giving away only 55 runs.Follow Live Cricket Score, Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018, Group B 3rd Match here:

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 12:35 AM IST
00:31 hrs IST

That’s it, thanks for joining us

That’s it from us, thanks for joining us. Do join us tomorrow as India play their first match in this year’s edition.

00:28 hrs IST

Mathews on performance

“Shocking performance by the whole team, even in the first game, we got all out for 150-odd. Congratulations to Afghanistan, they outplayed us. We got a good start but once again lost our way in the middle overs. The bowlers did well, the fielding had also improved from the last match. It’s just the batting unit that let us down. We played better cricket in the latter part of the South Africa series. Just disappointing to see the way the boys went about it. We just couldn’t handle pressure. Not passing 150 on both occasions is very shocking and disappointing.”

00:20 hrs IST

Afghanistan win

Sri Lanka are all out for 158 and Afghanistan win by 91 runs. As a result Sri Lanka have been eliminated from Asia Cup 2018.

00;13 hrs IST

Hammer blow for Sri Lanka

Thisara is clean bowled by Naib for 28 and that is a hammer blow for Sri Lanka. Only one wicket now stands between Afghanistan and a famous win.

00: 04 hrs IST

Dananjaya’s wicket leaves SL in peril

Akila Dananjaya is bowled by Nabi and Sri Lanka are now eight down and on the verge of elimination. This has been a desperate attempt by them.

23:56 hrs IST

Shanaka goes now

Out!!! Shanaka goes now! Sri Lanka are now seven down and on the verge of elimination. Still over a 100 to get and Afghan spinners have plenty of overs left.

23:50 hrs IST

Massive blow for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka lose their captain! he is caught at Long-on by Rashid Khan off the bowling of Nabi for 22 and a hrad task just got a little more harder.

23:47 hrs IST

Thisara’s day?

Thisara did brilliantly with the ball, may be it’s his day and he can take Sri Lanka over the line.

23:38 hrs IST

Thisara, Matthews take Lanka forward

Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews have done well in the last few overs and batted sensibly. Sri lanka are not out of the woods yet but the situation has improved slightly.

23:28 hrs IST

Responsibility on Mathews

Angelo Mathews needs to play a captain’s innings for Sri Lanka. The way he has batted doesn’t inspire much confidence and his running between the wickets leads a lot to be desired too.

23:17 hrs IST

Jayasuriya run-out

OUT!!! Another run out for Sri Lanka and Shehan Jayasuriya is run out. The Islanders were in trouble as it is and this run out is travesty given their situation. SL 108/5

23:14 hrs IST

Req run-rate over 6

The required run rate is now over 6 runs an over. Sri Lanka have to take a few chances now and the way Rashid is bowling it’s a big risk. Interesting phase of play up ahead.

23:05 hrs IST

Afghanistan applying pressure

After picking up two wickets Afghanistan have really put the brakes on scoring. The run rate meanwhile is climbing all the time.

22:50 hrs IST

Tharanga goes, SL in trouble

Tharanga is out now, Naib gets him for 36 and Sri Lanka are now in deep trouble. SL 88/4 and still need 162 more runs to win.

22:46 hrs IST

Perera departs

Rashid khan comes into the attack and strikes in his very first over. Perera goes for an ill-advised sweep and his stumps are disturbed. SL 86/3.

22:37 hrs IST

Perera crucial for Lanka

How Kusal Perera does will be crucial for Sri Lanka, he is an aggressive batsman and can take pressure off the other batsman. Upul Tharanga needs to bat through the innings.

22:23 hrs IST

Run rate creeping up

Sri Lanka are 59/2 after 15 overs and the run rate is creeping up. Sri Lanka must manage it well especially since Rashid Khan is yet to bowl.

22:15 hrs IST

Dhananjaya goes

What a mess? Dhananjaya is run out and he was looking so good. Sri Lanka have shot themselves in the foot. SL 55/2 and in need of another partnership.

22:05 hrs IST

Sri Lanka accelerate

Sri Lanka have picked up the pace in the last few overs and they are now in a better situation than they were. First powerplay is over but Lanka will face tough test when Rashid Khan comes into the attack.

21:53 hrs IST

Sri Lanka steady

After losing Sri Lanka are steady and scoring at a decent rate. They have to ensure that the run rate does not ballon out of control.

21:43 hrs IST

Tough chase ahead

The ball is spinning, it is seaming. If it wasn’t difficult for Sri Lanka already, Afghan bowlers have conditions that will make the chase tough.

21:31 hrs IST

Afghanistan applying pressure

having put up a competitive score, Afghanistan are applying some real pressure on Sri Lanka who need to win this game to stay alive in the tournament. Can the Islanders handle the pressure?

21:20 hrs IST

Sri Lanka lose first wicket

The chase is underway and Sri Lanka have already lost a wicket. Mujeeb has Mendis LBW and this is a horrifying start for the islanders. SL 0/1

20:52 hrs IST

Sri Lanka bowl out Afghanistan

Brilliant by Thisara Perera, he picks up three wickets in the last over of the innings and Sri Lanka now need 250 runs to win and stay in the tournament.

20:39 hrs IST

Thisara gets Najibullah

OUT!!!! Thisara has Najibullah’s stumps disturbed, exactly the wrong time to be losing wickets for Afghanistan but Sri Lanka won’t mind.

20:30 hrs IST

Malinga gets Nabi

Malinga has outfoxed dangerous looking Nabi for 15 and Afghanistan have now lost 6 wickets. Thisara with the catch. AFG must be careful, they don’t want to be bowled out.

20:26 hrs IST

Afghanistan accelerate

Afghanistan are looking to accelerate against the likes of Malinga and Co. They are doing a pretty good job and a score of in and around 250 could be a very competitive total.

20:16 hrs IST


Thisara gets Shahidi for 37, a set batsman goes for Afghanistan as we move into the last five overs. An opportunity is there for both teams who will pounce.

20:09 hrs IST

Tamim Iqbal ruled out

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the rest of the Asia Cup with a broken hand after batting despite his injury in the opening match, an official said Monday.

“He got two fractures in his hand. He would not be able to continue here and also for the next three to four weeks,” team manager Khaled Mahmud told AFP from Dubai.

20:02 hrs IST

Rahmat departs

Finally a breakthrough for Sri Lanka as Rahmat Shah is dismissed for 72, Afghanistan 190 for the loss of four wickets. The right-hander was foxed by the slower delivery and he ended up giving an easy catch to Thisara Perera/

19:59 hrs IST

Onus on Rahmat Shah

Rahmat Shah, who has already scored a brilliant fifty, has an impressive strike rate of 152 between overs 41-50 and that can be bad news for Sri Lanka. End of the 41st over and Afghanistan are 190 for the loss of three wickets.

19:51 hrs IST

Afghanistan well placed

39 overs gone and Afghanistan are 178 for the loss of three wickets. Rahmat Shah (61*) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (28*) are looking in good touch and they are in the perfect position to launch a late onslaught against Sri Lanka.

19:43 hrs IST

Rahmat dropped

Rahmat Shah dropped by Dasun Shanaka on the boundary. Sri Lanka could have done with a wicket of a set batsman.

19:38 hrs IST

Another 50 partnership

Shahidi and Rahmat have added more than 50 for the fourth wicket. Time to put pedal on the accelerator.

19:33 hrs IST

50 for Rahmat

Rahmat Shah has brought up his 50 against Sri Lanka. The longer he can bat the better it will be for Afghanistan. AFG 154/3

19:25 hrs IST

Malinga the key

Lasith Malinga has 6 overs left out of 16! that could be key in the latter overs. BUT!!! will he be able to bowl 6 overs in quick succession in this heat.

19:23 hrs IST

Decent partnership in progress

Shahidi and Rahmat have added 36 runs together and have done a great job for their team, as we move towards the last third of the first innings, the phase could define the direction this match goes.

19:12 hrs IST

Afghanistan thwart SL

After two quick wickets Afghanistan have not allowed SL to completely run through their line-up. Credit to them for that but they must carry on. AFG 137/3.

19:02 hrs IST

Time for SL to put more pressure

Sri Lanka have picked up two quick wickets, they must not let up. Wickets at constant intervals will not allow their opponents to run away with the match. SL must keep putting pressure.

18:53 hrs IST

Afghanistan lose two quickly

You lose one, you lose two. Afghanistan captain is the one to go now. Trapped plumb in front by Shehan Jayasuriya for 1 and Sri Lanka have an end open. AFG 110/3

18:46 hrs IST

Afghanistan lose 2nd wicket

Afghanistan have lost their second wicket. Initially it was given not out but Sri Lanka reviewed and the result goes in their favour. Dangerous Ishanullah goes for 45. Boy Sri Lanka needed that. AFG 107/2

18:38 hrs IST

100 up for Afghanistan

100 up for Afghanistan and they are only one down. They are in good position to have an assault later on. we are currently in the 24th over.

18:27 hrs IST

Jayasuriya into the attack

Shehan Jayasuriya is now into the attack as Afghanistan look to accelerate. They are closing in on 100 and Sri Lanka need breakthroughs and if they don’t get them they are in for a big chase.

18:20 hrs IST

Afghanistan go again

After losing their first wicket for 57, Afghanistan are starting to build another partnership. It was important that they didn’t allow Sri Lanka to get back to back wickets. AFG 83/1.

18:10 hrs IST

Afghans well placed

Drinks break and Afghanistan are well placed to increase the run rate in latter or middle overs. Remember Sri Lanka need to win this match or they are out of Asia Cup 2018.

18:00 hrs IST

Number of changes in Sri Lanka XI

Sri Lanka, who lost the opening match to Bangladesh by 137 runs in Dubai, brought in spinner Akila Dananjaya, Shehan Jayasriya and Niroshan Dickwella in the three changes from the first game.

Out go Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso and Suranga Lakmal.

17:54 hrs IST

Shahzad departs

First wicket for Sri Lanka as Mohammad Shahzad was trapped LBW for 34, Afghanistan 57/1. Shahzad went for a reverse sweep but the ball struck his pads and the umpire had no doubts as he raised his finger.

17:48 hrs IST

Sri Lanka bowlers ineffective

Three fast bowlers used by Sri Lanka till now but all of them have failed to bother the Afghanistan openers. Even with Akila Dhananjaya adding a new dimension to the attack, the batsmen are looking quite comfortable and 50 comes up in 10.5 overs.

17:34 hrs IST

Solid partnership

Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah Janat are playing quite well and this partnership is already worth 32 off 42 balls. This is exactly the start that they would have hoped for and right now, Sri Lanka will be desperate for a wicket. Afghanistan 32/0

17:26 hrs IST

Lucky break for Afghanistan

What an eventful over from Lasith Malinga! Three short balls and every time, Mohammad Shahzad played it towards third-man. First time, it was a dropped chance from Dhananjaya. The second one fell short and the third one rushe to the boundary. Afghanistan 28/0

17:19 hrs IST

Couple of boundaries

The batsmen are trying to break the shackles and a couple of boundaries have put them back on track. Shahzad is well known for his aggressive batting and this is turning out to be a good start. Afghanistan 18/0

17:11 hrs IST

Cautious approach from Afghanistan

The second over from Dushmantha Chameera produced no runs but the two openers are looking quite comfortable out in the middle. The pitch is not doing anything abnormal and a good start to the innings can produce the perfect foundation for the innings. Afghanistan 6/0

17:03 hrs IST

Shahzad starts with a boundary

Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah Janat are the openers for Afghanistan while Lasith Malinga started proceedings for Sri Lanka. The Afghans were off to a good start as Shahzad got a boundary early in the over through third-man. AFG 7/0

16:54 hrs IST

Afghanistan Playing XI

Mohammad Shahzad(w), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan(c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

16:48 hrs IST

Anthem time

It is time for the national anthems as both teams have made their way into the field. This is a big match for Sri Lanka as a loss today can knock them out of the competition. On the other hand, Afghanistan will be looking to begin their campaign with a victory.

16:37 hrs IST

A look at Sri Lanka XI

Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews(c), Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera

16:35 hrs IST

Matthews wanted to bat

Angelo Matthews also wanted to bat first. At the toss, he said - “I was going to have a bat first as well. Looks a good pitch, decent covering of grass and should hold on well. Looks good to bat but you cannot win all the tosses. The more you think, more pressure you will put yourself under. Crucial to go out there and have some fun. He was terrific last game and hopefully he can contribute to a winning cause today.”

16:32 hrs IST

Afghanistan opt to bat

Afghanistan have won the toss and they have decided to bat first. Skipper Asghar Afghan had no doubts after winning the toss and even Sri Lanka captain Angelo Matthews said that they would have bat first if they won the toss.

16:27 hrs IST

Pakistan begin with a win

Pakistan thrashed an inexperienced Hong Kong by eight wickets in a one-sided match to open their Asia Cup campaign in style on Sunday.

Pakistan’s bowling attack was too hot to handle for Hong Kong in Dubai as Usman Shinwari finished with 3-19 and Hasan Ali took 2-19, while leg-spinner Shadab Khan managed 2-31 to bowl Hong Kong out for 116 in 37.1 overs.

Pakistan then completed the chase comfortably for the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman (24) and Babar Azam (33), while Imam-ul-Haq finished on 50 not out after just 23.4 overs.

16:10 hrs IST

Threat of Rashid and Mujeeb

But Afghanistan’s remarkable returns in limited-overs cricket have largely been down to the spinners – Khan, Rahman and Nabi mainly – who have troubled batsmen time and again with their variations. Khan, the No.2 bowler on the ICC ODI Rankings, has emerged as a breakaway talent over the past two years and has taken his wickets’ tally to 108 from 47 games at a remarkable average of 14.22. Rahman, the 17-year-old, is a mystery finger spinner, capable of bowling the off-break, the leg-break and variations of both. He has 37 wickets from 18 ODIs at 18.21 and with spin expected to play a big role in the tournament, could prove out to be Afghanistan’s trump card.

16:00 hrs IST

Mathews rues mistakes

Fielding is an area of concern for Sri Lanka. There were plenty of dropped catches in the first game and thereafter, their batsmen didn’t show up at all. “It was a pretty bad effort from the whole team,” said Angelo Mathews. “After having them 3/3, we let them off the hook by dropping catches. And Mushy batted very well. We made lot of bad decisions while batting. It was a good wicket to bat on. I thought 260 was a chase-able total. But we made a lot of mistakes. We lost too many wickets and no one got going today.”

15:50 hrs IST

Must-win game for Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews and his men will take on Afghanistan in a must-win fixture for them in Dubai – the five-time champions have not had the best start, and need their batting to step up against Ashgar Afghan’s team, who have a number of quality spin-bowling options. Afghanistan, too, will be careful with the bat against Sri Lanka. The only loss they incurred in the ODI series against Ireland came because of a batting failure, when they capitulated for 182.

15:30 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Afghanistan will also look to start their campaign in the six-nation tournament with a victory. They have not defeated Sri Lanka in an ODI, losing both their previous encounters, and will want to change that statistic. Having lost to Bangladesh in their opening game by 137 runs, Sri Lanka will look to get their campaign back on track when they take on Afghanistan. It is a must-win game for Angelo Mathews and his men. For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga made a great comeback to the national team with a four-wicket haul against Bangladesh. The pacer looked fit and hungry, and dismissed Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, and Mosaddek Hossain in his 10-over spell. Dhananjaya de Silva, who picked up a brace with his off-spin, will also be an integral crux of the Sri Lankan bowling attack, as must Akila Dananjaya.

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