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T20 World Cup: Big win for Sri Lankan cricket team, Afghanistan out of tournament

Brisbane: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets with nine balls to spare in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup here on Tuesday, thanks to a brilliant performance by the bowlers led by spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and a half-century from Dhananjay de Silva. While Sri Lanka kept their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive with this win, Afghanistan were knocked out of the race for the last four.

Afghanistan got off to a good start after winning the toss and batting first but after that they lost wickets at regular intervals. In the end, his team could only manage 144 runs for eight wickets. For him, opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 28 and Usman Ghani scored 27 runs. For Sri Lanka, Hasaranga took three for 13 in four overs while fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took two wickets for 30 runs in four overs.

After this, Dhananjaya finished Sri Lanka’s innings and played a fascinating innings of 66 not out off 42 balls. With this, Sri Lanka registered an easy victory by scoring 148 for four in 18.3 overs. Chasing a relatively small target, Sri Lanka did not start well. Pathum Nisanka (10) in Mujeeb ur Rahman (2 for 24) was soon shown the pavilion. Fazlhaq Farooqui (1 for 22) maiden the next over and tightened the screws.

However, Kusal Mendis (25) hit two consecutive fours in the next over as Sri Lanka scored 28 for one in the powerplay. Rashid Khan (2 for 31) dismissed Mendis in his first over. However, 14 runs came off this star spinner in the next over which included a four and a six from Dhananjay. Dhananjay also hit a six in the next over of Mohammad Nabi. Dhananjaya stitched a 54-run stand with Charit Aslanka (19) and 42-run partnership with Bhanuka Rajapaksa (18) to lead Sri Lanka to victory.

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