Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka result: Highlights, scorecard and man of the match

The Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka result for the 30th match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Monday turned out to be a thrilling one as Afghanistan emerged victorious by seven wickets.

This was Afghanistan's third victory of this World Cup. They had already beaten stronger teams like England and Pakistan before and it didn't come as a surprise as they defeated the Lankans as well.

Sri Lanka were in a pretty strong position at 134/2, with Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis batting beautifully. But Mujeeb-ur-Rahman turned the tides in Afghanistan's favour dismissing both batters in quick succession.

None of the other Sri Lankan batters could make an impact after their dismissal, and they got bowled out for 241 with three balls to spare in their innings. Left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi was the pick of the Afghan bowlers with figures of 10-1-34-4 to his name.

Afghanistan's chase didn't start on a bright note as they lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz for a duck right in the first over of the innings. But Rahmat Shah steadied the ship thereafter with solid stands of 73 and 68 with Ibrahim Zadran and Hashmatullah Shahidi respectively. 

Shah played a good knock of 62 until he was dismissed by Kasun Rajitha while attempting a big shot. But once Azmatullah Omarzai joined Shahidi at the crease, Afghanistan became an unstoppable force.

Omarzai played a brilliant knock, remaining unbeaten on 73 from just 63 deliveries. Shahidi also remained unbeaten on 58 as their 111-run stand got their team home with seven wickets and 28 deliveries to spare.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka result: Afghanistan won by seven wickets

Afghanistan emerged victorious by seven wickets in the 30th match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against Sri Lanka at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

Match Highlights 

  • Mujeeb-ur-Rahman's spell turned the tide in Afghanistan's favour as he dismissed two settled batters in Samarawickrama and Mendis in quick succession. 
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi was brilliant as he claimed four wickets for just 34 runs.
  • Rahmat Shah played another good knock, making 62 runs after the fall of Gurbaz's wicket early in the innings.
  • Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi led from the front with an unbeaten 58 to his name.
  • Azmatullah Omarzai impressed with his batting again as he smashed an unbeaten 73 from just 63 deliveries, including six fours and three sixes.

Man of the Match | Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka result 

Fazalhaq Farooqi was adjudged the Man of the Match for his super spell of 10-1-34-4. The left-arm pacer dismissed top batters like Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka and Angelo Mathews. He was superb in every phase of the innings.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka final scorecard

The scorecard for Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka result is here:

Sri Lanka 241 All out in 49.3 Overs

Pathum Nissanka46605076.66
Dimuth Karunaratne15211071.42
Kusal Mendis (c)†39503078
Sadeera Samarawickrama36403090
Charith Asalanka22282078.57
Dhananjaya de Silva14261053.84
Angelo Mathews23261188.46
Dushmantha Chameera140025
Maheesh Theekshana29313193.54
Kasun Rajitha570071.42
Dilshan Madushanka04000
Mujeeb Ur Rahman1003823.800
Fazalhaq Farooqi1013443.400
Azmatullah Omarzai703715.2810
Rashid Khan100501520
Mohammad Nabi603305.500

Afghanistan 242/3 in 45.2 Overs

Rahmanullah Gurbaz04000
Ibrahim Zadran39574168.42
Rahmat Shah62747083.78
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)58742178.37
Azmatullah Omarzai736363115.87
Dilshan Madushanka904825.3330
Kasun Rajitha1004814.820
Angelo Mathews30180600
Dushmantha Chameera9.205105.4600
Maheesh Theekshana1005505.530
Dhananjaya de Silva402105.2500
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