Afghanistan put up a sizzling show in the Asia Cup 2022 opener as they handed Sri Lanka a crushing eight-wicket defeat at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday (Aug 27).
The opener of the multi-nation tournament saw the Afghans first dazzle with the ball and then put up a commanding show with the bat, to completely outplayed the favourites of the match.
After electing to bat, the Afghanistan bowlers, led by Fazalhaq Farooqi's three-wicket haul, restricted Sri Lanka to just 105. With the bowlers doing their job perfectly, the batsmen finished it off with 59 balls to spare.
Hazratullah Zazai (32 off 19) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (40 off 18) put up a sizzling opening stand of 83 off 37 to take the game away from Sri Lanka. The Lankans, who failed in all departments, including sloppy fielding, struggled to stop the opening pair as they hammered the ball around the park.
Needing 23 to win from 83 deliveries, Afghanistan lost opener Rahmanullah as Hasaranga handed Lanka the first wicket. But the damage was done already. Though a run out saw Afghanistan lose Theekshana, Nabi's men needed just three from more than half the innings left. Zazai finished off the match with an unbeaten 37 off 28, as Afghans began the tournament on a strong note.
Earlier, Afghanistan bowlers put on a scintillating show as they bowled out Sri Lanka for just 105. Fazalhaq Farooqi handed Afghanistan the perfect start as he pocketed back-to-back wickets in the very first over to reduce Lanka to 3/2. Naveen-ul-Haq struck in the very next over as Lanka lost their top three in the first two overs.