Sri Lanka set Afghanistan a 292-run target at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday for the Asia Cup 2023 Group B match. Sri Lanka scored 291-8 in 50 overs. Kusal Mendis scored 92 runs in 84 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes for Sri Lanka. After being run-out at the bowler’s end, he missed a well-deserved hundred. Sri Lanka started well with Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne hitting 63 runs in 10.2 overs. Read out complete details about Asia Cup 2023 and Sri Lanka targets 292 runs for Afghanistan down below.
Asia Cup 2023: Sri Lanka targets 292 runs for Afghanistan
Both failed to score after starting and were dismissed for 41 and 32 runs, respectively. In 43 balls, Charith Asalanka scored 36 runs. Dunith Wellalage (33 not out) and Maheesh Theekshana (28) contributed 64 runs in 63 balls for the eighth wicket to boost the innings. Both sides haven’t changed their starting lineups for this critical match.
Sri Lanka trounced Bangladesh by five wickets in their Asia Cup opener and started well. Sri Lanka can only miss the next round if Afghanistan beats them badly. Afghanistan must reach the target in 37.1 overs or less to qualify. Bangladesh qualified for the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 round after defeating Afghanistan in Group B by 89 runs. They lost their first match to Sri Lanka by five wickets.
Group B Qualification Scenarios:
Bangladesh — Qualified (official announcement awaits)
Afghanistan — Big margin victory against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka — A win or a low-margin defeat against Afghanistan
Afghanistan: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), 5 Najibullah Zadran. 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Karim Janat, 8 Gulbadin Naib, 9 Rashid Khan, 10 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Sri Lanka: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka. 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 8 Dunith Wellalage, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Matheesha Pathirana.