At the Brisbane Men’s T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by six wickets to keep their hopes of making the semi-finals alive.
Despite yet another subpar fielding effort, Sri Lanka managed to restrict Afghanistan to 144-8 thanks to spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s 3-13.
At the Gabba, Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 66 helped his team reach their goal with nine balls remaining.
Afghanistan has been eliminated after their previous two games were postponed.
To qualify for the semi-finals, Sri Lanka must defeat England and Afghanistan must defeat Australia.
Afghanistan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Usman Ghani added 42 for the first wicket after winning the toss and electing to bat. They took advantage of some loose bowling and fielding errors.
However, the introduction of Hasaranga altered the game’s course, as he applied pressure and did not concede a boundary in four overs.
It was a low total, and winners cruised to victory on a pitch with large boundaries.