Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 1st ODI: There was a lot of excitement in the first ODI played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on Friday. Thanks to the powerful double century of opener Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka had scored 381 runs for three wickets in 50 overs after playing first. In response, Afghanistan lost five important wickets for just 55 runs, but then Azmatullah Omarzai and Mohammad Nabi created history.
There was a partnership of 242 runs for the sixth wicket between Omarzai and Nabi. Both scored centuries. Umarzai returned unbeaten on 149 runs. Whereas Nabi played an inning of 136 runs. However, Afghanistan team could not achieve the target and Sri Lanka won the first ODI by 42 runs.
Sri Lanka, who came to bat first, had a very good start. Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando made a partnership of 182 runs in 26.2 overs for the first wicket. Avishka Fernando returned to the pavilion after scoring 88 runs in 88 balls with the help of 8 fours and 3 sixes. After this, captain Kusal Mendis could score only 16 runs in 31 balls. However, Nissanka’s bat did not stop from the other side.
Sadira Samarawickrama also supported Nissanka well. He scored 45 runs in 36 balls with 4 fours and one six. Whereas Nissanka returned unbeaten on 210 runs in 139 balls with 20 fours and 8 sixes. Along with him, Charith Asalanka also returned unbeaten on seven runs. In this way, Sri Lanka made a mountain-like score of 381 runs for three wickets in 50 overs.
After this, Afghanistan’s start to chase the target of 382 runs was no less than a nightmare. The team got its first blow in the very second over on a total score of five. Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz could score only one run. After this the Afghan batsmen kept getting out on the lines of ‘Tu chal main aaya’. During this, Ibrahim Zadran was out after scoring 04, Rahmat Shah seven, Hashmatullah Shahidi seven and Gulbadin Naib scored 16 runs.
After the fall of five wickets for 55 runs, a record partnership of 242 runs was made for the sixth wicket between Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai. Umarzai scored unbeaten 149 runs in 115 balls with the help of 13 fours and 6 sixes. Whereas Mohammad Nabi played an inning of 136 runs in 130 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes. However, the Afghanistan team could still score only 339 runs in the stipulated overs and remained 42 runs short of the target.