Sri Lanka claimed their first victory in the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup after beating Afghanistan in the thrilling rain-interrupted match at Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) on Tuesday (4th June).
After Afghanistan decided to field first, Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 201 runs in 36.5 overs. When Sri Lanka was batting on 182/8 in 33 overs, rain interrupted that game, and later it was decided that it would be the 41-overs per side match.
Chasing down the revised target of 187 runs in 41 overs, Afghanistan was all out for just 152 runs (32.4 overs). Sri Lanka snatched an incredible 34 runs victory.
Brief Scores (41-overs per side): Sri Lanka – 201 in 36.5 overs (Kusal Perera 78, Dimuth Karunaratne 30; Mohammad Nabi 4/30)
Afghanistan (revised target 187 runs in 41 overs) – 152 in 32.4 overs (Najibullah Zadran 43, Hazratullah Zazai 30; Nuwan Pradeep 4/31)
Result – Sri Lanka won by 34 runs (DLS method)
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) Sri Lanka lost their last eight wickets for just 57 runs.
- It is the lowest runs addition for Sri Lanka during a Cricket World Cup match history. Their previous record was adding 81 runs for the last eight wickets against West Indies at Manchester on 7th June 1975.
ii) Sri Lanka successfully defended the revised target of 187 runs.
- It is the lowest successful defending target for Sri Lanka in their Cricket World Cup history. Their previous record was successfully defending 229 runs target against West Indies at Cape Town on 28th February 2003.
iii) Sri Lankan pacers combinedly took nine wickets in this match.
- It is the joint most wickets by the combined Sri Lankan pacers in a Cricket World Cup match history. It was the fourth time when the Sri Lankan pacers combinedly took nine wickets in a CWC match.
i) Afghanistan was bundled out for just 152 runs.
- It is the second lowest completed total for Afghanistan in their Cricket World Cup history. The lowest record is 142 (37.3 overs) against Australia at Perth on 4th March 2015.
i) Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan played his 100th international match.
- Rashid Khan becomes the seventh Afghanistan cricketer to play 100 international cricket matches.
i) Playing his 100th ODI innings, Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has scored 3,019 ODI runs.
- After Upul Tharanga (in 93 matches) and Marvan Atapattu (in 94 matches), Lahiru Thirimanne becomes the third fastest Sri Lankan batsman to complete 3,000 ODI runs.
- Lahiru Thirimanne becomes the eighth Sri Lankan left-handed batsman to score 3,000+ ODI runs.
i) Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi had the bowling figures of 9-0-30-4.
- It is the best bowling figures by an Afghanistan bowler in Cricket World Cup history. The previous record was 10-1-38-4 by Shapoor Zadran against Scotland at Dunedin on 26th February 2015.
i) Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has picked up 325 ODI wickets by the end of this match.
- Lasith Malinga is the tenth most wicket-taker in ODI history.
Top ten most ODI wicket-takers
|Player (Team)||Matches (Innings)||Wickets||Best bowling figures||Average||4wk/5wk|
|Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka/Asia XI/ICC World XI)||350 (341)||534||7/30||23.08||15/10|
|Wasim Akram (Pakistan)||356 (351)||502||5/15||23.52||17/6|
|Waqar Younis (Pakistan)||262 (258)||416||7/36||23.84||14/13|
|Chaminda Vass (Sri Lanka)||322 (320)||400||8/19||27.53||9/4|
|Shahid Afridi (Pakistan/Asia XI/ICC World XI)||398 (372)||395||7/12||34.51||4/9|
|Shaun Pollock (South Africa/Africa XI/ICC World XI)||303 (297)||393||6/35||24.50||12/5|
|Glenn McGrath (Australia/ICC World XI)||250 (248)||381||7/15||22.02||9/7|
|Brett Lee (Australia)||221 (217)||380||5/22||23.36||14/9|
|Anil Kumble (India/Asia XI)||271 (265)||337||6/12||30.89||8/2|
|Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)||220 (214)||325||6/38||29.02||10/8|