18:20 (IST), Jun 02
Afghanistan started off a bit slow and the dot balls crept up to Rahmanullah Gurbaz as he lost his wicket trying to be aggressive. However, after that, it was all about Afghanistan in this game. Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah started to build a partnership and they targeted debutant Matheesha Pathirana and scored 17 runs in his second over and never looked back since. Zadran was the aggressor and he continued to rack up the runs while Shah provided him with solid support from the other end. They put on a 146-run stand but unfortunately, Zadran missed out on his well-deserved century by just two runs. After that Shah also notched up his half-century and along with the skipper, Hashmatullah Shahidi took them near victory. Shah and Shahidi fell but Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran finished off the game with many balls to spare.