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Afghanistan thrash Sri Lanka in ODI opener

November 27, 2022 00:00:00

KANDY, Sri Lanka, Nov 26 (AFP): Opener Ibrahim Zadran's sparkling century and four wickets by Fazalhaq Farooqi led Afghanistan to an emphatic 60-run win over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international on Friday.

Afghanistan posted 294-8 after electing to bat as Ibrahim, who hit 106, put on key partnerships, including a 118-run second-wicket stand with Rahmat Shah, who made 52, in Pallekele.

Afghanistan's Farooqi and fellow quick Gulbadin Naib shared seven wickets between them as the tourists bowled out Sri Lanka for 234.

Pathum Nissanka's 85 and a threatening 66 by Wanindu Hasaranga went in vain as Afghanistan ended the Sri Lankan innings in 38 overs.

But it was the batting that set the tone for Afghanistan's domination in the first ever bilateral ODI series between the two teams.

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