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Charith Asalanka stars as Sri Lanka wins thriller for ODI . series upgrade


Charit Asalanka beat an 83-match unbeaten streak as Sri Lanka overcame a record 314 to overtake Afghanistan by four goals in Tuesday’s one-day international and ended the series 1-1 on Wednesday. afghanistan opening match Ibrahim ZadranHis record of 162 – the highest individual score for an Afghan – came to naught after he took tourists to 313-8 in Pallekele. Sri Lanka was in trouble with the score 249-6, but the left-handed pair of Asalanka and Dunith Wellalage put on an unbeaten record of 65 to send the team home with two spare balls.

The island nation hopes to win the right to go straight to next year’s ODI World Cup in India with 10 important points in the Super League after the victory.

Asalanka, battling cramp in the second half of his 72-ball knock-out, hit six as the home crowd erupted in joy with the highest chase ever to come. now at the location.

Wellalage, 19, also kept his cool in 31 of 21 balls as he smashed Gulbadin Naib for three fourths in the 49th round to ease the pressure on Asalanka, who denied multiple hits as he jumped around.

The Afghan spinning witch Rashid Khan returns the number 4-37.

Sri Lanka got off to a strong start with the opener Pathum Nissanka (35) and Kusal Mendis (67) runs 101 times.

Dinesh Chandimal and captain Dasun Shanaka There are also helpful contributions of 33 and 43.

Asalanka then stood firm for 79 runs with Shanaka as the duo coordinated cautiously and aggressively in the right dose.

Rashid broke through to Shanaka bowling with a googly that shook the stumps and quickly delivered a fourth blow like Wanindu Hasaranga walking back was caught behind the two before Asalanka and Wellalage took over.

Ibrahim, 20, stood out in an Afghanistan shirt, the team that automatically qualified for the World Cup after the previous downpour, with 278 runs including 106 wins in the opener.

He did 154 runs with his left hand Najibullah Zadranwho made 77, to rebuild Afghanistan’s innings after three early goals and put Sri Lanka in a difficult position.

The effort is Afghanistan’s fourth best wicket partnership, breaking the 2013 record of 144 between Nawroz Mangal and Samiullah Shinwari against Scotland.

It was Ibrahim’s third century in just his eighth ODI and surpassed Afghanistan’s previous high score of 131 due to Mohammad Shahzad’s failure.

Ibrahim stood firm against pitchers as he overcame his previous best of 121 games unbeaten before starting on the final ball of the half.

He hit 15 fours and four sixs on his 138-ball hit.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)

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