The Asia Cup 2022 kick started on 27th August, today, with the opening encounter taking place between hosts Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Mohammad Nabi's bowlers have inspired the watchers by accurate means, restricting them on a low total of 105.
Sri Lankan batters showcased a medicore batting show initially, losing three early wickets. Fazalhaq Farooqi removed the top-order batters Kusal Mendis and Charith Asalanka respectively, whereas, the opener Pathum Nissanka became Naveen ul Haq's prey.
Sri Lanka were 5/3, but the fourth-placed batter Danushka Gunathilaka, dragged them to 49, before handing over his wicket to Mujeeb ur Rehman. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the middle-order batter, although was Sri Lanka's top-scorer, but ended his stint on 38 runs.
Chamika Karunaratne tried his best to drag the team over 100, and succeed with his 31 runs coming from 38 balls. Notably, social media credits bowking coach Umar Gul for super duper bowling from Nabi's men.
No doubt, Fazal ended as the best bowler of the side, with a three wicket haul, delivering 3.4 overs, at an economy of 3. Rashid Khan could not manage a wicket but stopped flow of runs, conceding 12 from four overs. Nabi grabbed two wickets at an economy of 3.50, delivering all four overs.
Mujeeb although picked two wickets, but was less economical compartative to Rashid, Nabi, and Fazal. He conceded 24 runs in four overs. Naveen managed two scalps and yielded 23 runs in three overs. Afghanistan's batter now will look to chase 106 from 120 balls.