ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts as Sri Lanka Beats Afghanistan by 34 Runs

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts as Sri Lanka Beats Afghanistan by 34 Runs

Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by 34 (DLS method) in the seventh match of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Tuesday. Sri Lanka was skittled out for 201 runs after Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib won the toss and decided to put the opposition in. Afghanistan was set a revised target of 187 runs after rain intervention. The Afghan team got off to a flyer with Hazratullah Zazai taking on the Sri Lankan bowlers. However, Mohammed Shahzad wicket led to the opening of floodgates.

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In fact, Zazai had the rub of the green when he was dropped by Kusal Mendis off the bowling of Lasith Malinga. However, Malinga got the wicket of Mohammed Shahzad in the same over when Dimuth Karunaratne took a good low catch. Furthermore, Zazai could not make the most of the reprieve as he was caught brilliantly by Thisara Perera at deep fine leg when the southpaw batsman could not find the gap.

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts as Sri Lanka Beats Afghanistan by 34 Runs

Low Scoring thriller.

Rahmat Shah was soon dismissed by Isuru Udana when the right-hander got an outside edge which was taken by Angelo Matthews at first slip. Thisara Perera bowled a peach of a delivery to dismiss Mohammed Nabi as the ball came back into the right-hander to hit the top of off-stump.

Nuwan Pradeep bowled with fire for Sri Lanka as the right-hander scalped four wickets in his spell. In fact, Sri Lanka played with an all-seam up bowling attack and it was a great selection decision on the green deck.

Afghanistan’s hopes ended when Najibullah Zadran who scored 43 was run out from the direct hit of Dimuth Karunaratne.

Afghanistan, Twitter Reactions

Earlier, Sri Lanka went down like a pack of cards in their batting innings. The Island nation was going strong at 144-1, however, a collapse saw them bundle out for 201 runs. Mohammed Nabi scalped three wickets in the 22nd over to turn the match on its head. Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals and Nabi scalped four wickets.

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Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka as he scored a fine knock of 78 runs from 81 balls. However, Perera didn’t receive support from the other end.

Here is how Twitter reacted:


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