Sri Lanka Cricket Team recorded an incredible victory against the mighty Afghanistan. The island nation chased 314 runs against all odds. With this victory, Sri Lanka is now in 9th place with 77 points from 21 matches. They still have not secured direct qualification for 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Afghanistan on the other hand would be disappointed as 314 is a huge target in ODI Cricket. The team was unable to seize key moments of the game that hurt them. Afghanistan has already qualified for the big event with 115 points from 15 games and is ranked 6th.
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Wanindu Hasaranga fined
During Hasaranga’s 3rd over, Najibullah Zadran’s LBW decision was overturned and Hasaranga was enraged and sent to the giant screen. The allegations were made by on-field referees Nitin Menon and Lyndon Hannibal, third referee Raveendra Wimalasari and fourth referee Ruchira Palliyaguruge.
Wanindu Hasaranga admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, eliminating the need for a formal hearing.
Steep road for Sri Lanka
The Island Nation would be well aware of their next ODI Series which is against New Zealand. They need to make sure they win the ODI Series which will take them to 97 points which will most likely secure them direct qualification. The way they won against Afghanistan says a lot about the dynamics of the team as Afghanistan has a dangerous spin attack and some good running bowlers are present.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka will have to pull his socks off as the team has to work on its fieldwork. In the 3rd ODI, the outfield players couldn’t stop the boundaries. Head Coach Chris Silverwood has a tough job as the absence of exiled all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne hurt the team a lot as he had a knack for breaking crucial partnerships.
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