Afghanistan Defeat Sari Lanka and Knock out from Asia Cup

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Tuesday September 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team knocked five-time champions Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup with a 91-run win at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Batting first, Afghanistan made 249 on a slow pitch and their spinners did the rest to bowl out Sri Lanka for 158 in 41.2 overs. A measured half-century from Rahmat Shah helped Afghanistan to a competitive 249, and chasing 250, Sri Lanka never looked settled against Afghanistan’s spinners as they played poor shots and ran poorly between the wickets to be bowled out for 158 in 41.2 overs.
Mujeeb ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid and Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets apiece for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan lauded his players. He said: “Every batsman executed his plans. We spoke of partnerships especially. Credit to our fielders, they did well. When you want to play cricket for winning, you play positively. Our spinners, batsmen and bowlers did well. I would like to say thanks to the crowd for their support.”

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