Nissanka’s unbroken 210 was Sri Lanka’s first ODI double century, breaking Sanath Jayasuriya’s previous high score of 189 against India in 2000. It was also the equal fifth-highest individual score in one-day internationals.
Sri Lanka defeat Afghanistan after a record Nissanka double-ton
Sri Lanka’s 381-3 was also their largest score in the stadium and the team’s fourth-highest overall. Nissanka’s knock comprised 20 fours and eight sixes from the 139 balls he faced in his first innings.
“Great to be part of the dressing room in such an historic moment.
“It was tough out there but Pathum did well to soak up all the pressure and put us on top.”
Dushmantha Chameera took the other two wickets, but walked off midway through his eighth over, claiming back pain. Omarzai (149 not out) and Nabi (136) rallied back with a 242-run stand for the sixth wicket, Afghanistan’s second-highest total for any wicket in ODIs, to give Sri Lanka a scare. Omarzai scored his first hundred with a flicked six off pacer Janith Liyanage.
In Sri Lanka’s innings, Avishka Fernando scored 88 runs off 27 deliveries before being caught at backward point by Ibrahim Zadran. Skipper Kusal Mendis came next in, but he failed to make an impact, falling for a 31-ball 16. Sadeera Samarawickrama scored 44 from 36 deliveries in his 120-run partnership.