Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi (L) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Lanka's Angelo Mathews. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi: Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the Group B match of the on-going 14th edition of the Unimoni Asia Cup being held at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium here. Catch all the action as it happened here from our Reporter N. D. Prashant:


Sri Lanka is all out for 158 runs. The five times champion are going home early after being knocked out of the Unimoni Asia Cup following their second successive loss. Afghanistan beating them by 91 runs to cement their place in the Super 4 stage along with Bangladesh.

This was also Afghanistan's  first ever win against Sri Lanka in three outings. They will be playing their last group match against Bangladesh on September 20 which will decide who tops the group.

Afghanistan's Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right, shares a light moment with Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga, (centre) wearing helmet, as they leave the field at the end of the match. AP


Afghanistan 1st innings
Mohammad Shahzad lbw Akila Dananjaya  34
Ihsanullah lbw Akila Dananjaya  45
Rahmat Shah c Thisara Perera b Dushmantha Chameera 72
Asghar Afghan lbw Shehan Jayasuriya  1
Hashmatullah Shahidi b Thisara Perera  37
Mohammad Nabi c Thisara Perera b Lasith Malinga 15
Najibullah Zadran b Thisara Perera  12
Gulbadin Naib c Akila Dananjaya b Thisara Perera 4
Rashid Khan b Thisara Perera  13
Aftab Alam Not Out   7
Mujeeb Ur Rahman b Thisara Perera  0
Extras 0b 2lb 0nb 0pen 7w  9
Total (50.0 overs)  249 all out 

Fall of Wickets: 1-57 Mohammadi, 2-107 Janat, 3-110 Afghan, 4-190 Zurmatai, 5-203 Shahidi, 6-222 Nabi, 7-227 Zadran, 8-242 Naib, 9-249 Khan, 10-249 Ur Rahman

Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk 
Lasith Malinga 10 0 66 1 
Dushmantha Chameera 10 2 43 1 
Thisara Perera 9 0 55 5 
Akila Dananjaya 10 0 39 2 
Dhananjaya de Silva 5 0 22 0 
Shehan Jayasuriya 6 0 22 1 

Sri Lanka 1st innings
Kusal Mendis lbw Mujeeb Ur Rahman  0
Upul Tharanga c Asghar Afghan b Gulbadin Naib 36
Dhananjaya de Silva Run Out (Sub)  23
Kusal Perera b Rashid Khan  17
Angelo Mathews c Rashid Khan b Mohammad Nabi 22
Shehan Jayasuriya Run Out Rashid Khan  14
Thisara Perera b Gulbadin Naib  28
Dasun Shanaka b Mujeeb Ur Rahman  0
Akila Dananjaya b Mohammad Nabi  2
Lasith Malinga lbw Rashid Khan  1
Dushmantha Chameera Not Out  2
Extras 2b 5lb 0nb 0pen 6w  13
Total (41.2 overs)  158 all out 

Fall of Wickets: 1-0 Mendis, 2-54 de Silva, 3-86 Perera, 4-88 Tharanga, 5-108 Jayasuriya, 6-143 Mathews, 7-144 Shanaka, 8-153 Perera, 9-156 Perera, 10-158 Malinga

Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk 
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 9 1 32 2 
Aftab Alam 7 0 34 0 
Gulbadin Naib 8 0 29 2 
Mohammad Nabi 10 1 30 2 
Rashid Khan 7.2 0 26 2 

Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite and Ahsan Raza
Match Referee: David Boon


Lanka's 8th wicket falls (A Dananjaya b Mohammad Nabi 2), reach 153 for 8 in 39 overs.


Sri Lanka is reduced to 143 for 6 in 35 overs. Skipper Angelo Matthews' patience runs out and he finds Rashid Khan at long-on off Mohammad Nabi.

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan celebrates the run out of Shehan Jayasuriya during the match. Ahmed Kutty/Gulf news


Sri Lanka have been reduced to 116 for 5 in 30 overs.


Sri Lanka is at 105 for 4 at the end of 26th over, with Shehan Jayasuriya on 13 not out and Angelo Mathews on 8 not out.

Afghanistan's Gulbadin Naib, right, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga, left. AP


Sri Lanka lose their 3rd wicket (MDKJ Perera b Rashid Khan 17) in the 20th over, reach 88 for 3


Sri Lanka reach 59 for 2 in 15 overs. Had lost DM de Silva in the previous over through a run out for 23.


Sri Lanka is 28 for 1 at the end of 8th over.

Afghanistan's Mujeeb Ur Rahman eyes for the ball as Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga runs to make it successfully to the crease. AP


Afghanistan couldn't have asked for a better start, the Lankans are straightaway in troubled waters losing Kusal Mendis in the first over. Mujeeb Ur Rahman trapping him leg before.


Innings break: Five times Champion Sri Lanka staring at an early exit have bowled out Aghanistan for a modest total of 249 in 50 overs at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Though it's a gettable target, small totals in pressure matches has often proved tricky and Sri Lankan frontline batsmen will have to show lot of application and spine that they were thoroughly missing in the opener against Bangladesh.

Afghanistan has lost 3 wickets in the final over, as Sri Lankan pacer Thisara Perera bagged 5 wickets in total.

Large number of Sri Lankan cricket fans turned out to watch the match at the Shaikh Zayed stadium. Ahmed Kutty/Gulf news

Half time scoreboard

Mohammad Shahzad lbw b Dananjaya 34
Ihsanullah Janat lbw b Dananjaya 45
Rahmat Shah c T Perera b Chameera 72
Asghar Afghan lbw b Jayasuriya  1
Hashmatullah Shahidi b T. Perera 37
Mohammad Nabi c T. Perera b Malinga 15
Najibullah Zadran b T. Perera  12
Gulbadin Naib c Dananjaya b T. Perera 4
Rashid Khan b T. Perera  13
Aftab Alam not out   7
Mujeeb Ur Rahman b T. Perera  0
Extras: (lb 2, w 7)   9
Total: (all out; 50 overs)  249

Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Shahzad), 2-107 (Janat), 3-110 (Asghar), 4-190 (Shah), 5-203 (Shahidi), 6-222 (Nabi), 7-227 (Najibullah), 8-249 (Rashid), 9-249 (Rashid)

Bowling: Malinga 10-0-66-1 (3w), Chameera 10-2-43-1 (1w), T. Perera 9-0-55-5, Dananjaya 10-0-39-2 (3w), D. de Silva 5-0-22-0, Jayasuriya 6-0-22-1

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga, left, reacts after Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, right, hit a boundary on his delivery. AP


7th wicket falls (Najibullah Zadran b NLTC Perera 12) in the 48th over. Afghanistan is 229 for 7 at the end of this over.


Afghanistan lose their 6th wicket (ohammad Nabi c NLTC Perera b Malinga 15) in the 47th over, reach 224.

Sri Lanka's Dushmantha Chameera reacts after an unsuccessful attempt to run-out Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi. AP


5th wicket falls (Hashmatullah Shahidi b NLTC Perera 37) in the 45th over, and they reach 208 for 5 at the end of this over.


4th wicket falls, Rahmat Shah departs, caught by NLTC Perera and bowled by Chameera for 72 runs in the 42nd over. Afghanistan reach 193 for 4.


An excellent partnership between Afghan batsmen Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah is in progress, they have amassed 56 runs in 10 overs. Afghanistan is 166 for 3 at the end of 36th overs.

Fans cheer their teams during the match at the Shaikh Zayed stadium, Abu Dhabi. Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News


Afghanistan reach 156 for three at the end of 35th over. Rahmat Shah reached his half century too in this over. 


3rd wicket falls (Asghar Afghan lbw b Jayasuriya 1), Afghanistan is 113 for 3 at the end of 27th over.

Sri Lanka's Shehan Jayasuriya (C) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Afghanistan's Asghar Afghan. AFP


Afghanistan lose their 2nd wicket (Ihsanullah lbw b Dananjaya 45) in the 25th over.


Afghanistan reach the 100 mark in the 24th over, Ihsanullah is 44 not out, playing with Rahmat Shah at 20 not out. They also a made 50 runs partnership in this over.

Earlier, in the 12th over of the innings, Afghanistan had lost their first wicket (Mohammad Shahzad, given lbw to Dananjaya for 34). 

Sri Lanka's Akhila Danajaya celebrates the wicket of Afghanistan batsman Muhammed Shahazad. Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

This being a pressure match for Sri Lanka, runs onboard is always going to be a plus for Afghanistan on a wicket that is expected to slow down as the day progresses.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, who lost the opening match to Bangladesh by 137 runs in Dubai, brought in spinner Akila Dananjaya, Shehan Jayasriya and Niroshan Dickwella in the three changes from the first game. Out goes Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso and Suranga Lakmal. 


Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan(captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Ihsanullah Janat

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Shehan Jayasuriya
Umpires: Shaun George (RSA) and Anisur Rahman (BAN)
TV umpire: Rod Tuckr (AUS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)