Gurbaz defeats 80 as Afghanistan score 175/6 against Sri Lanka

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Young fly-half Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave a brilliant display of his dashing running game as his 45-ball 84 was the cornerstone of Afghanistan’s competitive total of 175 for 6 against Sri Lanka in a Super 4 match of the Asian Cup on Saturday.

However, Afghanistan will be a little disappointed as the last five overs yielded just 37 runs and lost five wickets in a jiffy, with the sacking of GUrbaz putting a damper on the flow of runs in some way.

Gurbaz, the 20-year-old right-hander, who was part of IPL champion team Gujarat Titans, broke a half-dozen sixes and added 93 in just 10.4 overs with Ibrahim Zadran (40) to bring Afghanistan to a more than respectable total. at Sharjah Cricket Ground.

The evening belonged to Gurbaz, who had some luck when Danushka Gunathilaka’s foot hit the rope as he went for a back-to-back second six against mysterious spinner Mahesh Theekshana, after sweeping him for his first six.

However, there was no turning back even though the right-hander didn’t use his feet much against the spinner.

Wanindu Hasaranga’s sweep on the cow corner was a treat to watch, as were the two ground sixes off Chamika Karunaratne, which aimed for maximum power with hand-eye coordination and minimal foot movement.

There was one punch Asitha Fernando among the half-dozen sixes he hit and once he was knocked out, bowlers in Sri Lanka had a sense of respite on a pitch where the lateral boundaries are really short.

Zadran received some vigorous hits though, as did Rashid Khan (9) late in the rounds in Afghanistan to take the score close to 180.

While spinners Theekshana (1/29) and Hasaranga (0/23 in 4 overs) gave just 52 in eight overs, it was skipper Dasun Shanaka (0/22 in 2 overs) and Karunaratne (0/ 29 in 2 overs), who dropped 51 runs in four overs for the “fifth bowler’s quota”.

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