SL vs AFG ODI World Cup 2023 highlights: Omarzai and Shahidi carry Afghanistan to 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Afghanistan completed another clinical win in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 after beating Sri Lanka by   seven  wickets. With this triumph, the Afghani team has so far defeated former World Cup winners – England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the 2023 edition of the tournament. Afghanistan also jumped up to the fifth spot on the points table with this victory.

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Talking about the game, Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first. Backing this decision, Fazalhaq Farooqi caught Dimuth Karunaratne at a score of 15. Rescuing the Sri Lankan innings, the run-scoring regulars Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama got off to great starts but couldn’t put up a lot of runs. 

These short knocks and a few quick wickets kept the Lankans on the ground. Carrying the tail, veteran star Angelo Mathews took the 1996 champions to a score of 241 runs. Maheesh Theekshana also contributed well as he scored 29 in 31 balls. For Afghanistan, Fazalhaq Farooqi was the star as he picked up a four-wicket haul while giving away 34 runs in his 10 overs.

After a great bowling effort, Afghanistan got off to a poor start with Rahmanullah Gurbaz going out on zero. But Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah built a crucial 73-run stand that built the perfect platform for the likes of Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai to finish off comfortably. 

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