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Afghanistan Snatches Victory From Sri Lanka’s Jaws in a T20 Cricket Thriller

Fireworks erupt at both ends, but Afghan resolve clinches a narrow win in Dambulla.

The Sri Lankan night sky wasn’t the only thing ablaze in Dambulla. A fiery Afghan batting display in third T20 match of the bilateral series, ignited by Gurbaz and Zazai’s opening blitz, threatened to consume Sri Lankan whole cricket team. But the hosts fought back, refusing to go down without a fight. Nissanka’s lone warrior act kept the chase alive, and Kamindu’s late surge almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. However, in the end, it was Afghanistan who emerged victorious by a hair’s breadth, securing their only win in the series.

Gurbaz Unleashed: A Batting Masterclass

The Afghan openers came out with pent-up frustration, unleashing a whirlwind of sixes and fours. Gurbaz, finally finding his form, smashed a 43-ball 70, while Zazai’s brutal 45 off 22 left the Sri Lankan bowlers reeling. Their 88-run stand set the tone for a mammoth total, leaving Sri Lanka with a mountain to climb.

Nissanka’s Heroics: A Lone Star Shines Bright

Faced with a daunting target, Sri Lanka needed a hero. And who else to step up but the in-form Pathum Nissanka? His 30-ball 60, peppered with audacious shots, kept hope alive. But a cruel hamstring injury forced him off the field, leaving a void that proved too difficult to fill.

A Game of Tug-of-War: Momentum Swings Like a Pendulum

Despite Nissanka’s heroics, the required run rate remained a constant threat. Sri Lanka fought back, with Samarawickrama and Kamindu forging a crucial partnership. But just as the pendulum swung their way, Afghan bowling tightened, bringing them back into the contest. Dasun Shanaka and Kamindu’s late flourish offered a glimmer of hope, but it wasn’t enough.

The Final Nail: A Heartbreaking Miss by a Whisker

Needing 10 off the final over, the tension was palpable. Kamindu’s valiant effort fell just short, leaving Sri Lanka heartbroken. Afghanistan, despite their shaky moments, had held their nerve to secure a thrilling victory.

This match wasn’t just about the result; it was a showcase of attacking cricket, resilience, and the unpredictable nature of the T20 format. While Sri Lanka takes the series win, Afghanistan can hold their heads high, knowing they saved their best for last. And as the dust settles, one thing is certain: this T20 series has been a thrilling spectacle, leaving cricket fans wanting more.

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