Afghanistan Beat Sri Lanka In Asia Cup Opener

DUBAI- Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the opening match of the 15th edition Asia Cup in Dubai on Saturday.

Afghanistan thrashed the five-time champions Sri Lanka with 59 balls to spare in the Group B match.

Chasing a target of 106 runs, openers Hazratullah Zazai (37 not out off 28) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (40 off 18) set the stage with an 83-run stand. Earlier, Mohammad Nabi won the toss and opted to bowl first, then Fazalhaq Farooqi rocked Sri Lanka with a two-wicket opening over. Bhanuka Rajapaksa top scored for Sri Lanka with a 29-ball 38, while Chamika Karunaratne made 31.

Fazalhaq Farooqi (3/11), Mohammad Nabi (2/14) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/24) shared seven wickets among them for Afghanistan.

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