Lasit Malinga saviour of the Match as Sri Lanka fight back
Afghanistan, bidding for just their second win in a World Cup match and their first over a test nation were in command halfway through a gloomy day in Cardiff after dismissing Sri Lanka for 201.
But faced with a rain-revised target of 187 in 41 overs, their batting let them down again as they were bowled out for 152.
Victory saw Sri Lanka bounce back from a 10-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in their World Cup opener.
It was also just their second win in 11 one-day international matches this year following a defeat of non-test nation Scotland.
But Sri Lanka’s batting remains a concern. They were set for a huge total against Afghanistan at 144 for one but lost their last nine wickets for 57 runs, with spinner Mohammad Nabi taking three in five balls.
“We had a good start but suddenly we lost a couple of wickets,” said Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.
“That’s the negative part but otherwise bowling and fielding was a high note.”
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AFGHANISTAN: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid HassanSRI LANKA: Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Series: World Cup 2019
Toss: Afghanistan , elected to field first
Player Of The Match: Nuwan Pradeep
Match day: 04 June 2019
Umpires: Paul Wilson, Nigel Llong
TV Umpires: Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire: Ian Gould
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
Points: Sri Lanka 2, Afghanistan 0