Asia Cup 2022: Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi praises openers after win against Sri Lanka
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi praised the opener after the team’s 8-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the Asia Cup 2022 on Saturday. He claimed that the opening pair of Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz got things going well for the side.
headed by Mohammad Nabi At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets after outperforming them in all three game-related categories. Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 40 runs, and Hazratullah Zazai scored 37*. Hazratullah Zazai took one wicket for Sri Lanka.
The captain continued by praising Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who laid the team’s winning foundation.
“We discussed all these things in planning that we take early wickets in powerplay then we can do well. The openers played well and gave us a good start,” Mohammed Nabi said in a post-match press conference.
The star bowler of the team, Fazalhaq Farooqi, was lauded by the captain for his performance during the powerplay, which helped the team make an early breakthrough.
“Fazalhaq Farooqi is a good bowler. Bowled well in power play and gave us early wickets,” he added.
“We have played a lot of cricket in Sharjah and so has Bangladesh. It was a combination of both good bowling and good batting. There is no upset we are a proper team. We came here early and prepared for Asia Cup. The weather is much better than before. There are no problems in cricket. The youngsters love playing cricket. The future of Bangladesh cricket is very bright,” he added.
Afghanistan got off to a quick start in the game, scoring 83 runs without losing a wicket while chasing 106 as their openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
The pair smashed fours and sixes while pummeling Sri Lankan spinners all over the field. Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva’s dismissal of Gurbaz after he had amassed 40 runs in 18 deliveries ended the 83-run partnership.
Then Ibrahim Zadran joined the first player on the ice and fired some powerful shots. Zadran was run out by Maheesh Theekshana in the game’s tenth over. After making 5 runs off of 13 balls, he was ejected and returned to the pavilion.
Then Najibullah Zadran entered the crease to begin batting. In the Asia Cup encounter against Sri Lanka, Afghanistan scored 106 runs off just 10.1 overs, defeating Sri Lanka by an 8-wicket margin. Najibullah only bowled one over.
Prior to then, Sri Lanka lost its top five batters in the span of 10 overs, leaving the team in peril at 60/5. Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, and Charith Asalanka, the top three batsmen for Lanka, were cheaply eliminated.
Before Danushka Gunthilaka was out for 17 runs, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Danushka Gunthilaka shared 44 runs for the fourth wicket.
Rajapaksa scored 38 runs off of 29 pitches, playing a key knock. However, Mohammad Nabi chased him away.
Following Rajapaksa’s dismissal, the majority of the middle and lower order failed to score and dismissed without a batter reaching double figures.
Only Chamika Karunaratne attempted to outperform the Afghan bowlers, scoring 31 runs in a critical innings to help his team reach the 100-run barrier. On a track that seemed favourable for a spin assault, Fazalhaq Farooqi claimed the final wicket to dismiss Sri Lanka for 105 in 19.4 overs.