Afghanistan got a sensational victory in Asia Cup. Sri Lanka crashed out of the Asia Cup 2018 after the defeat. All-around Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 91 runs in the Group B match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Monday. In the chase, Sri Lanka lost wickets right from the first over. Upul Tharanga (36) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23) later forged a 54-run second wicket stand but failed to convert their initial starts into big scores. In the middle overs, skipper Angelo Mathews (22) and Thisara Perera (28) played crucial knocks but failed to help their side cross the line.
For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan scalped two wickets each. Earlier, top-order batsman Rahmat Shah scored a brilliant half-century as Afghanistan posted 249 runs against Sri Lanka, after opting to bat first. Rahmat Shah played a cautious knock of 72 runs from 90 balls to help his side post a challenging total on a batting-friendly wicket. His innings was laced with five boundaries. Openers Ihsanullah Janat (45) and Mohammad Shahzad (34) also contributed crucial runs on top of the order to get Afghanistan to a decent start. The duo stitched together a crucial first wicket stand of 57 runs before Shahzad fell prey to Akila Dananjaya. Later, Hashmatullah Shahidi (37) played a key knock in the middle-order. For Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera bagged a five-wicket haul while Akila Dananjaya scalped two wickets for 39 runs.