Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Test Day 4 Highlights – February 05, 2024

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Match Details:

SeriesAfghanistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2024
MatchSL vs AFG, Only Test
WhenFri, Feb 02 – Tue, Feb 06, 2024
Time04:30 AM (GMT)
WhereSinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
TossSri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl
ResultSri Lanka won by 10 wickets

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Day 4 Summary – Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Test Match:

Sri Lanka’s Second New Ball Dominance:

  • Sri Lanka started the day with the second new ball, which proved crucial in dismantling Afghanistan’s batting lineup.
  • Kasun Rajitha, the concussion substitute for Chamika Gunasekara, made an immediate impact by breaking the 108-run partnership between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah.

Jayasuriya’s Spin Masterclass:

  • Left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya emerged as the star with the ball, claiming a five-wicket haul in a devastating spell on the fourth day.
  • Jayasuriya’s deliveries gripped and leaped off the surface, causing trouble for the Afghan batsmen. He utilized the harder seam of the second new ball effectively.

Key Dismissals:

  • Ibrahim Zadran, who had a strong innings overnight, fell for 114 as Jayasuriya’s delivery went on with the arm, crashing into the off stump.
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi was dismissed with a turning delivery that took his outside edge, and Qais Ahmad fell to a brilliant slip catch by Dhananjaya de Silva.

Asitha’s Contributions:

  • Asitha Fernando, the standout seamer for Sri Lanka in the match, added to his wicket column by getting Ikram Alikhil to edge one to second slip, where Kusal Mendis took an excellent low catch.

Afghanistan’s Lower-Order Resistance:

  • Nasir Jamal showed resistance after lunch, scoring an unbeaten 41 with some aggressive strokes, but it was not enough to pose a significant challenge to Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan’s Collapse:

  • Afghanistan lost nine wickets for 82 runs on the fourth day, collapsing from a position of relative strength to setting a target of 56 for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Comfortable Chase:

  • Sri Lanka’s openers, Dimuth Karunaratne and Nishan Madushka, chased down the target of 56 runs in just eight overs, securing a ten-wicket victory.

Overall Match Impact:

  • Sri Lanka’s disciplined bowling, led by Jayasuriya and supported by Asitha, played a crucial role in their comprehensive win.
  • Afghanistan’s batting collapsed in the face of Sri Lanka’s second new ball strategy, leading to a convincing victory for the visitors.

Player Performances:

  • Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal’s centuries in the first innings set the stage for Sri Lanka’s dominance.
  • Prabath Jayasuriya’s five-wicket haul in the second innings was instrumental in restricting Afghanistan and ensuring a swift victory.

Sri Lanka’s all-round performance, both with the bat and the ball, showcased their dominance in the one-off Test match against Afghanistan.

Some Interesting Facts

FactsAfghanistanSri Lanka
Rankings11th8th
Head-to-Head Wins00
Last 5 matches StatusLWLLWLLWWL

Teams Squad

Sri Lanka Playing XI:

Dimuth Karunaratne, Nishan Madushka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva (c), Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Chamika Gunasekara, Prabath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando

  • Bench: Ramesh Mendis, Milan Priyanath Rathnayake, Lahiru Udara, Kamindu Mendis, Kasun Rajitha

Afghanistan Playing XI:

Ibrahim Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Nasir Jamal, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Zia-ur-Rehman, Qais Ahmad, Nijat Masood, Mohammad Saleem Safi, Naveed Zadran

  • Bench: Abdul Malik, Mohammad Ishaq, Baheer Shah, Zahir Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai