Afghanistan has punched five-time champions Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup 2018 with a 91-run win in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, Afghanistan were all out for 249 in 50 over on a pitch that looked to be on the slower side, making stroke-making difficult.
Rahmat Shah top-scored for the Afghans with a composed 72 off 90 balls, while pacer Thisara Perera was the most successful bowler for the Islanders with figures of five for 55.
In reply, Sri Lanka never looked settled against the Afghan spinners as they played poor shots, ran poorly between the wickets and not one batsman showed intent to be bowled out for 158 in 41.2 overs.
Twitter was relatively surprised by the result, with many commenting on Afghanistan’s rise in world cricket coinciding with Sri Lanka’s downfall.
Here are some of the reactions:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 17, 2018
Outstanding performance by @ACBofficials to defeat Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup and qualify for the Super 4. The more they play, the better they keep getting. Many congratulations to the Afghan boys.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 17, 2018
Well played @ACBofficials 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Sri Lanka have some serious thinking to do before next years World Cup!
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) September 17, 2018
Five time champions Sri Lanka are out of the #AsiaCup2018 even before one of the participating side (India) have played their first match. This is quite a unique situation in an international tournament!#AsiaCup#SLvAFG #AFGvSL
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 17, 2018
— ICC (@ICC) September 17, 2018
Mass suicide by Sri Lanka: poorly thought out run chase, unforgivable run outs, terrible strokes. Nothing to take away from Afghanistan though. Grit in batting and marvellous bowling #AsiaCup
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 17, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 17, 2018
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 17, 2018
Afghanistan,inspirational performance,such a potent spin attack with Mujeeb and Rashid Khan! #AFGvSL
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 17, 2018
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) September 17, 2018
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 17, 2018
— Shafiq Stanikzai (@ShafiqStanikzai) September 17, 2018
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) September 17, 2018
Sri Lanka out even before India plays their first game 😂😂😂😂
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 17, 2018