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Sri Lanka Vs Afghanistan Live Score (ODI)

3rd ODI | 30 November, 2022 | Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

314 / 6 Overs49.4 R/R6.32 Fours28 Sixes7 Extras15

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Charith Asalanka 83 72 5 4
Dunith Wellalage 31 21 4 1
  • Right then, both captains share the trophy and that's all we have from this series. We look forward to your company in future for more exciting games. Until we meet again, it's goodbye and cheers!
  • Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, starts by thanking the crowd and calls it a great game of cricket. Feels that they were down at times but timely partnerships kept them going. Adds that in the middle phase with the ball, they were not up to the mark. Wants the bowling unit to get more disciplined. Shares that the plan was to take the chase deep. He praises Charith Asalanka for his outstanding knock and calls him a finisher.
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi, the captain of Afghanistan, says that they put good enough runs on the board but unluckily for them, the Lankan batters fared really well. Adds that Rashid did his job according to the plan but the other bowlers failed to execute their plans. Mentions that they were not up to the mark in the field. Tells that it was a tough series for them and is proud of his team for playing some good cricket.
  • Ibrahim Zadran is the unanimous choice for the Player of the Series award for scoring 278 runs at an outstanding average of 92.66. Says that he is unaware of the record he achieved in this game (got the highest individual score in ODIs in Pallekele and also notched up the highest individual score in ODIs for Afghanistan). Tells that he is very happy with the performance. Shares that the ball was not coming onto the bat, so he took time before going for his shots. Mentions that after losing quick wickets, their plan was to target 250, but once Najibullah Zadran completed his fifty and Ibrahim got his century, they decided to target 300. States that he is very proud to play for his country. Lastly, he dedicates this award to his family.
  • Charith Asalanka is the Player of the Match for his incredible knock. Says that he is really happy with his knock and the win. Tells that he believes in his captain and he is a magnificent batter. Adds that his knock helped him to settle down. Shares that when Dunith Wellalage walked in, he showed his faith in him and knew Dunith is a capable batter.
  • Time for the presentation...
  • Earlier, Afghanistan stuck to their template of batting first. Ibrahim Zadran was once again the star with the bat, scoring 162. His 154-run stand with Najibullah Zadran bailed out Afghanistan after early hiccups and they posted a 300-plus total on the board. They fought bravely with the ball and put themselves on top as well, but some excellent hitting towards the end along with the dew setting in meant that they ended on the losing side.
  • Charith Asalanka batted in different gears during his unbeaten knock of 83. His stand with Dinesh Chandimal was the need of the hour as Rashid Khan threatened to run havoc. After the chase got back on track slightly, Charith's partnership with Dasun Shanaka brought momentum in favour of Sri Lanka. Afghanistan though didn't back down and the Afghans again bounced back by removing Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga in quick time - both falling to Rashid's guile. Just when it appeared that the chase is done and dusted for the hosts, an unlikely but match-winning stand blossomed for the 7th wicket and earned Sri Lanka a much-needed 10 points on the ICC Super League table.
  • The chase started brightly for Sri Lanka with their openers showing good control and managing to put up a century stand. Kusal Mendis showed a lot of intent during his stay while Pathum Nissanka, who was not at his fluent best, played a perfect foil. It was after this partnership that Sri Lanka lost their way by losing a few quick wickets. Rashid Khan was instrumental in bringing Afghanistan back into the game with his double strike and the pressure mounted on the hosts.
  • Smiles in the Lankan camp! The crowd is ecstatic. The series is levelled. It's a record chase and their dressing room is elated. Not many would have given them a chance but they have done it and avoided the series loss. The hosts unearthed new heroes in Charith Asalanka and Dunith Wellalage. The former was limping but he brought his power game on and shifted gears as soon as he suffered cramps. A word of praise for Dunith who absorbed all the pressure and played some great shots to help out his team in crunch moments of the chase. A game to remember for a long time!
  • 49.4SIX! Sri Lanka get there with a maximum and it comes off the bat of Charith Asalanka who has battled through cramps to take his team home! Fazalhaq Farooqi bowls this one short and outside off, Charith Asalanka gets a hold of this one and deposits it over the deep square leg boundary for six runs. Sri Lanka have won this game by 4 wickets and have managed to level the series! 314/6
  • 49.3Bowls this on a good length and follows the batter as he looks to make room on the leg side. Dunith Wellalage hits this uppishly towards long on for one. Sri Lanka are now one hit away from sealing a win.
  • 49.2Swing and a miss! Fazalhaq Farooqi digs it in short and around off, Dunith Wellalage walks across the stumps and tries to pull but is early into the shot. 7 needed off 4 balls.
  • 49.1SIX! What a start to the final over for Sri Lanka! Fazalhaq Farooqi bowls this back of a length and outside off, Dunith Wellalage pulls this to the left of the deep mid-wicket fielder. Rashid Khan runs towards the ball and gets both hands on it but only manages to parry this over the ropes for a maximum. A massive let off in the context of the game as Rashid Khan usually takes these.
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi to deliver the final over. 13 needed off 6 balls.
  • 48.6Angles this into the batter on a good length, Dunith Wellalage hits this uppishly but finds the long on fielder this time. They take a run and Sri Lanka need 13 runs from the last over. 301/6
  • 48.5FOUR! The third boundary in the over and Sri Lanka needed this badly! Gulbadin Naib bowls this on a good length and outside off. He takes pace off and Dunith Wellalage reads it perfectly. He thumps this down to long on for four more runs.
  • Mohammad Nabi is having a word with Gulbadin Naib. The experienced man is just slowing up the proceeding. Smart ploy.
  • 48.4FOUR! Dunith Wellalage is playing a little gem of an inning! Gulbadin Naib bowls this on a shortish length and angling down leg, Dunith Wellalage blazes this past the short fine leg fielder for four more runs. 18 runs needed in 8 balls.
  • 48.3This is on a good length and outside off, Dunith Wellalage looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pads. A valuable dot ball for Afghanistan.
  • 48.2FOUR! That is a clever shot from Dunith Wellalage! He realizes Gulbadin Naib is bowling outside the off stump and on a good length. He gets across the stumps and paddles this towards fine leg for four runs.
  • 48.2WIDE! Pressure on Gulbadin Naib as he looks to keep the ball away from the batter. This is left alone as it's quite wide outside off and called wide once again.
  • 48.2WIDE! Bowls this one on a good length and wide outside the off stump, Dunith flashes his bat at it and misses. The umpire reckons it is beyond the tram line and calls this wide.
  • 48.1Gulbadin Naib bowls a short ball slower in the air and outside off, Charith Asalanka looks to smash this through the off side but slices it in the air. The ball lands just short of the long off fielder and the batters take a single.
  • Who will bowl the 49th over? It's going to be Gulbadin Naib. 29 needed off 12 balls.
  • 47.6FOUR! Fazalhaq Farooqi changes the plans and that costs Afghanistan a boundary! Attempts a yorker this time but ends up bowling a low full toss outside off, Dunith Wellalage makes room and creams this towards deep cover to get a much-needed boundary for Sri Lanka. 285/6
  • 47.5Continues bowling on a shortish length and gets this into the batter, Charith Asalanka pulls this awkwardly towards deep mid-wicket for another run.
  • 47.4Goes back to bowling short and outside off, takes some pace off the ball. Dunith Wellalage can only guide this to third man for a single.
  • 47.3This is full and angling down leg, Dunith Wellalage looks to go across the stumps and paddle this fine but misses. The ball goes through to the keeper and it seems like it skimmed the pads.
  • 47.2Bangs this in short once again and outside off, Charith Asalanka pulls this uppishly towards deep square leg for one.
  • 47.1Fazalhaq Farooqi bowls this short and outside the off stump, Dunith Wellalage pulls this towards deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • Change? No, Fazalhaq Farooqi will continue...
  • 46.6Floated into the pads on a fuller length, Charith Asalanka gets a leading edge towards short third man. Rashid Khan ends a wonderful spell taking four wickets for 37 runs in his 10 overs. 277/6
  • 46.5Bowls a googly outside off on a fuller length, Charith Asalanka gets beaten as he looks to work this leg side.
  • 46.4Goes 'round the wicket now and bowls this short, outside off. Dunith Wellalage pulls this towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 46.3Bowls this full and in line with the stumps, Dunith Wellalage gets behind the line of the ball and defends it firmly.
  • 46.2Bowls this one quicker and on the pads, Charith Asalanka clips this towards the leg side and takes a single.
  • 46.1Rashid Khan bowls this slightly short and outside off, Dunith Wellalage goes on the back foot and tucks the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 45.6Goes short once again and into the batter, Charith Asalanka decides to pull but backs away at the last moment. 40 runs needed in the last four overs. 274/6
  • 45.6WIDE! Fazalhaq Farooqi bangs this in short and outside off, Charith Asalanka leaves this one alone and the square leg umpire indicates that this is wide.
  • 45.5FOUR! Charith Asalanka gets under this one well! Fazalhaq Farooqi bowls a low full toss as he gets his yorker wrong. Charith Asalanka lifts this over the mid off fielder and the ball races away to the long off fence for four runs.
  • 45.4Bowls full once again and into the stumps, Charith Asalanka swings across the line and gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball goes towards the off side but Charith Asalanka cannot take a quick single.
  • 45.3Bowls a slower bouncer outside the off-stump channel. Charith Asalanka looks to pull but is early into the shot as the ball goes through to the keeper.
  • 45.2Goes full this time and outside the off stump, Dunith Wellalage slices this towards deep point and takes a run.
  • 45.1Fazalhaq Farooqi bowls this on a good length and into the pads, Charith Asalanka clips this ball into the mid-wicket region and hobbles across for a single.
  • 44.6Fuller and around leg, Asalanka keeps it out to the right of short fine leg and retains strike. 47 needed off 30 balls and Charith Asalanka is standing between Afghanistan and victory. 267/6
  • 44.5SIX! Charith Asalanka may be cramping but that has not affected his power game. Full and around off, right in the arc, Charith goes down and muscles it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. 48 needed off 31 balls.
  • 44.4Full and flighted outside off, Dunith Wellalage lifts it over mid off and picks up a single.
  • 44.3Skidding in from middle, it's helped towards square leg for a single.
  • Slight halt! Charith Asalanka is suffering from massive cramps here. The physios are out there to do some stretches and are trying to keep him hydrated. Sri Lanka need him out there at his best if they are to overcome this target.
  • 44.2SIX! Out of here! A touch short and on off, Charith Asalanka latches onto it and hoists it over long on for a biggie. He goes down after executing the shot and it looks like he is cramping.
  • 44.1Short and on off, Charith cuts it aerially but it falls wide of the point fielder.
  • 43.6Fires it flat and on off, Dunith plays late but finds short third man. What an over! 252/6
  • 43.5Quicker and fuller on off, Dunith Wellalage helps it to short mid-wicket and steps out looking for a run. He is sent back.
  • 43.4Brilliant from Nabi! Quicker and on off, skidding away, Dunith Wellalage plays late but Nabi at first slip dives to stop the ball from racing away.
  • 43.3Fuller on off, worked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 43.2A googly on the flatter side, around off and staying low, Dunith Wellalage pushes it towards point and crosses for a run.
  • 43.2Wide! Down the leg side, Dunith shuffles across to flick but misses.
  • Dunith Wellalage makes his way out to the crease with his team in a spot of bother.
  • 43.1OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Rashid has four and Sri Lanka are in tatters. Short delivery outside off, at 90 kph, Wanindu Hasaranga rocks back to cut but gets a bottom edge. It goes behind and Rahmanullah Gurbaz shows great reflexes to grab it safely. They jump in joy and Wanindu Hasaranga returns without even waiting for the decision. 65 needed off 41 balls.
  • 42.6Slider around off, skidding in from a short length, Charith cuts it to deep point where Noor Ahmad makes the stop. Two runs are taken. 65 needed off 42 runs. 249/5
  • 42.5On the pads, clipped in front of square on the leg side for a run.
  • 42.4Works it through square leg and picks up a single. Just one from the four balls. Pressure mounting.
  • 42.3Another poor delivery goes unpunished. Short and skidding down the leg side, Charith hits across the line but finds short 45.
  • 42.2Misses out! Fuller around leg, Charith Asalanka sweeps but finds short fine leg.
  • 42.1Fires it flat and around leg, it's defended towards mid-wicket.
  • 41.6Short and around leg, Asalanka pulls it to deep square leg and retains strike. Fifty for Charith Asalanka - a good knock by him but his target will be to take Sri Lanka home. 245/5
  • 41.5Flatter googly, landing short around off and turning in, Hasaranga has his bat down in time as he pushes it out to cover-point. They cross for a run.
  • Wanindu Hasaranga walks in next. 71 needed off 50 balls.
  • 41.4OUT! TIMBER! The magician strikes once again and he has got Afghanistan back in the game! Bowls a googly full and just outside the off stump. Dasun Shanaka plays for the line of the ball and keeps a massive gap between the bat and the pad. The ball rips back in and shatters the stumps and Rashid Khan runs off celebrating. He always delivers when Afghanistan need him the most and he may have just given them an opening once again. Dasun Shanaka has played a good inning but will now make the long walk back to the shed.
  • 41.3Slightly short and outside off, Charith Asalanka rocks back and cuts this towards deep point for a run.
  • 41.2Goes full and outside off, Dasun Shanaka pushes this past the diving Rashid Khan towards long off for a single.
  • 41.1Quicker and fuller around off, Dasun Shanaka drives it back to the bowler.
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi has played his trump card, in comes Rashid Khan again.
  • Change.
  • 40.6Change in pace again, a touch short and on off at 106 clicks, Shanaka eases it towards cover-point and crosses. 241/4
  • 40.5Shortish around off, punched off the back foot but the point fielder made a good stop.
  • 40.4FOUR! Superb timing! Fazalhaq Farooqi comes from 'round the wicket and hurls across a shortish delivery outside off, Dasun Shanaka stays back and guides it with sublime timing through backward point. 74 needed off 56 balls.
  • 40.3FOUR! This will release the pressure! Pace up from Fazalhaq Farooqi and he drags his length short as well. Around off, Shanaka rides the bounce and pulls it mercilessly over mid-wicket. There is a big gap there and it's a boundary.
  • 40.2Another dot. Fullish around off, at 105 kph, Shanaka gets on the front foot and pushes it to covers.
  • 40.1Slower one, full and around off, curling away, Shanaka plays late but finds point.
  • Powerplay 3 time. One extra fielder, i.e. 5 can now be put outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this inning. 82 needed off 60 balls and the ongoing partnership has handed Sri Lanka the momentum to charge forward!
  • 39.6This is slightly short and outside off, Dasun Shanaka goes back in the crease and pulls this to long on for one. 232/4
  • 39.5This is floated into the pads on a fuller length, Dasun Shanaka clips this towards wide long on and takes two more runs with much more ease this time.
  • 39.4This is full as well and outside off, Charith Asalanka plays this towards cover and a misfield by Rashid allows them to take an easy single.
  • 39.3Goes full and just outside off, Charith Asalanka works this towards deep backward point and they take another quick brace. The Sri Lankan batters showing some urgency here in their running between the wickets.
  • 39.2Goes full once again and outside off but much slower in the air. Dasun Shanaka taps the ball towards cover-point and takes a single.
  • 39.1Mujeeb Ur Rahman fires this one full and into the stumps, Dasun Shanaka clips the ball wide of deep mid-wicket and they run quickly to complete two runs.
  • Change? Nopes. Hashmatullah Shahidi was contemplating bringing in Noor Ahmad but then decides to stick with Mujeeb Ur Rahman from this end.
  • 38.6This is on a good length and angled into the stumps, Charith Asalanka defends this towards mid on. 223/4
  • 38.5FOUR! Charith Asalanka capitalizes on a low full toss! Fazalhaq Farooqi misses his yorker and bowls this in line with the stump. Charith Asalanka hits this straight to the left of the bowler and gets four runs.
  • 38.4Takes pace off this time and serves this full outside off. Dasun Shanaka is early into his shot and hits this uppishly to the left of point. They take a run.
  • 38.3Goes 'round the wicket and bowls this into the batter on a good length. Dasun Shanaka gets behind the line of the ball and defends solidly.
  • 38.2Goes full once again and on an off-stump line, Charith Asalanka knocks this to the right of mid off and takes a single.
  • 38.1Fazalhaq Farooqi begins the over with a slightly full delivery angled into the stumps, Charith Asalanka blocks this back towards the bowler.
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi has decided to hold back Rashid Khan's few overs. Fazalhaq Farooqi comes back into the attack. 0 for 27 in his 5 overs so far.
  • 37.6Bowls this into the pads on a fuller length, Charith Asalanka tucks this towards deep square leg and takes a run. 217/4
  • 37.5FOUR! Charith Asalanka uses the pace really well here! Mujeeb Ur Rahman fires this full and outside the off pole, Charith Asalanka plays this late and guides the ball towards third man for a boundary.
  • 37.4Continues bowling full and outside off, Dasun Shanaka plays this down to wide long on for a single.
  • 37.3Bowls this full and just outside off, Dasun Shanaka gives himself room and works this towards deep cover-point for a couple of runs.
  • 37.2Full once again and into the pads, Dasun Shanaka clips this towards mid-wicket.
  • 37.1Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowls this full and into the stumps, Dasun Shanaka defends this back towards the bowler.
  • 36.6This is short once again and outside off, Dasun Shanaka goes deep in the crease and plays this towards long on for a single. 209/4
  • 36.5Good reply from Rashid Khan! Bowls this full and just outside off, Dasun Shanaka pushes at this but gets beaten on the outside edge by the turn.
  • 36.4FOUR! This is been perfectly placed! Rashid Khan bowls a low full toss outside the off stump, Dasun Shanaka crunches this towards wide long off and collects four runs.
  • 36.3This is slightly short and outside off, Charith Asalanka cuts this towards deep backward point and takes one.
  • 36.2Bowls this one short and outside off, Dasun Shanaka rocks back and pulls this towards long on for a single.
  • 36.1Rashid Khan floats this one full and outside off, Dasun Shanaka drives this straight to the cover fielder.
  • 35.6Bowls this back of a length and outside off, Dasun Shanaka looks to pull this but gets an inside edge onto his back thigh. The ball rolls to the off side and they take a run. 202/4
  • 35.5Angles this into the pads on a fuller length, Charith Asalanka flicks this towards deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 35.4Gulbadin Naib comes 'round the wicket now and bowls this on a good length outside the off stump. Charith Asalanka shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 35.3On a good length and outside the off stump, Charith Asalanka strokes this beautifully towards deep point and takes a couple of runs.
  • 35.2This is short and outside off, Dasun Shanaka pulls this towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 35.1FOUR! This is loose bowling from Gulbadin Naib and Dasun Shanaka does not miss out! A slower delivery bowled down leg on a shortish length, Dasun Shanaka clips this past the fielder and finds the fine leg boundary for four runs.
  • 34.6Floated in the line of the stumps on a fuller length, Charith Asalanka tucks this towards deep square leg with soft hands and they're able to come back for the second. Good running! 193/4
  • 34.5Flights this one full and into the pads, Dasun Shanaka clips this towards backward square leg and takes a single.
  • 34.4Goes full this time and into the stumps, Dasun Shanaka plays this back towards the bowler.
  • 34.3Bowls this quicker in the air, on a shorter length and outside off, Dasun Shanaka looks to cut but is beaten by the pace.
  • 34.2Bowled full and on a leg stump line, Charith Asalanka works this towards long on and takes a single.
  • 34.2WIDE! Bowls this way down leg side on a shortish length, Charith Asalanka looks to pull but misses and the umpire calls this wide.
  • 34.1Rashid Khan starts the over with a full delivery outside off, Dasun Shanaka taps this towards the mid on region and takes a single.
  • Drinks break. 127 needed off 96 balls with 6 wickets in hand. This match is tightly poised at the moment and could go either way. Rashid Khan (5-0-14-2) returns to bowl.
  • 33.6On a good length once again and outside the off pole, Dasun Shanaka finally gets one away as he plays this to deep cover-point for a single. He will be back on strike for the next over and just 2 runs come from this one. 187/4
  • 33.5Make that four! This is a slower delivery bowled full and in line with the stumps. Dasun Shanaka taps this back down the pitch towards the bowler.
  • 33.4Third dot ball in a row. Gulbadin Naib bowls this on a good length and keeps it outside off. Dasun Shanaka defends this towards cover.
  • 33.3Goes full this time on the outside off stump line, Dasun Shanaka strokes this back towards the bowler.
  • 33.2Bowls this on a good length and outside the off stump, and gets the ball to nip back in slightly. Dasun Shanaka blocks this towards point.
  • 33.1Gulbadin Naib starts from 'round the wicket to the left-hander and angles this in from outside off on a good length. Charith Asalanka works this through mid-wicket and takes a run.
  • Gulbadin Naib returns for his second spell. His 3 overs so far have gone for 21 runs.
  • 32.6Bowls this one quick as well and into the legs, Charith Asalanka flicks this towards deep mid-wicket and takes one to keep strike. 185/4
  • 32.5This is into the pads on a fuller length, Charith Asalanka clips this towards the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 32.4This is bowled quicker and into the stumps, Charith Asalanka clocks this back towards the bowler.
  • 32.3SIX! Stand and deliver! Mujeeb Ur Rahman floats this one full and outside off Charith Asalanka lifts the ball over long off and gets a maximum.
  • 32.2Quicker around leg, it's eased through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 32.1What a beauty! Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowls a full delivery that goes straight with the arm. Dasun Shanaka looks to play at this but is beaten on the outside edge.
  • 31.6Taps it down on the off side and collects a quick run. 12 from the over! 177/4
  • 31.5Goes 'round the wicket now and serves this full and outside off, Dasun Shanaka blocks this towards backward point.
  • 31.4FOUR! Dasun Shanaka gets a boundary on the Free Hit! He does not slog this but times this to perfection. Noor Ahmad goes full and outside off, Dasun Shanaka hits this straight towards long off for four runs.
  • 31.4NO BALL! Noor Ahmad bowls this full and into the pads once again, Charith Asalanka gets an inside edge toward deep square leg for a single. The bowler has overstepped and it will be a Free Hit.
  • 31.3FOUR! Charith Asalanka gets a hold of this one! Noor Ahmad bowls a quicker delivery fired into the pads, Charith Asalanka goes back in the crease and lifts it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 31.2This is a fraction short and coming back into the batter, Charith Asalanka goes on the back foot and punches the ball to cover.
  • 31.1Noor Ahmad flights this one full and outside off, Dasun Shanaka taps this towards cover-point with soft hands and takes a quick single.
  • 30.6This is fired in full and into the pads, Charith Asalanka clips this to the right of backward square leg and they will not take a run. 165/4
  • 30.5This is slightly short and outside the off stump, Dasun Shanaka cuts this towards deep point and takes a single to get off the mark.
  • 30.4This is full as well and just outside the off pole, Dasun Shanaka gets behind the line of the ball and works it to the leg side.
  • Dasun Shanaka, the captain, walks in next.
  • 30.3OUT! TIMBER! That is a brilliant comeback from Mohammad Nabi! He gets the ball to skid through on a fullish length and in line with the middle stump. Dinesh Chandimal sits back in the crease, maybe expecting Mohammad Nabi to bowl short, and gets castled as the ball goes between bat and pad. Mohammad Nabi has got Afghanistan their fourth wicket and the partnership that was building has come to an end. My colleague reminds us that he has seen Chandimal getting out in this fashion quite regularly this year - On stumps, tries to flick, bowled! On stumps, tries to flick, leading edge, caught! On stumps, tries to flick, LBW! A chink in his armour, perhaps.
  • 30.2SIX! Dinesh Chandimal goes big and gets a maximum! Mohammad Nabi flights this one full and in line with the stumps, Dinesh Chandimal charges down the wicket and lofts this well over long on for a huge hit.
  • 30.1Mohammad Nabi bowls this full and outside off, Dinesh Chandimal uses his wrists and works this towards deep mid-wicket. They run well to complete two runs.
  • 29.6Finds the gap on the leg side as Chandimal flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 158 needed off 120 balls. 156/3
  • 29.5On middle, helped on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket.
  • 29.4Full and on middle, it's eased to long on for a single.
  • 29.3Appeal for a caught behind, but only from the keeper. Flatter and fuller, wide outside off, Charith Asalanka reaches out to drive but fails to connect cleanly. Rahmanullah Gurbaz collects the ball and jumps in appeal. Nothing from the bowler. Hashmatullah Shahidi looks at his keeper who fails to convince him for the DRS. Maybe, the ball brushing the ground.
  • 29.2Fuller and on middle, knocked down to long on for a single.
  • 29.1FOUR! A good start to the over for Afghanistan! Loopy delivery, full and outside off, Chandimal goes down and sweeps it firmly in front of square on the leg side. He finds the gap and gets a boundary.
  • 28.6Quicker and fuller on off, Asalanka pushes it off the front foot to backward point. Looks for a run but is sent back. 149/3
  • 28.5FOUR! Poor delivery and punished. Short and around off, Charith Asalanka hangs deep inside the crease and whacks it to deep cover for a boundary.
  • 28.4Darts it in full, around off, Charith defends it from the crease.
  • 28.3Flighted and on middle, Chandimal has his bat down in time as he works it to the right of mid-wicket for one.
  • 28.2Arm ball on off, forced down to long off for one.
  • 28.1Lets the ball spin back in from around off and hits it past the diving mid-wicket fielder. A single.
  • 27.6Misfield! Loopy and full outside off, Dinesh Chandimal drives it to mid off where Fazalhaq Farooqi misfields and gifts a single. 142/3
  • 27.5Short and outside off, Dinesh punches but finds the cover fielder.
  • 27.4Aerial! Tossed up outside off, Asalanka slices his attempted drive and it goes flying through point. They take a single.
  • 27.4Wide! Full and down the leg side, Charith tries to sweep but misses.
  • 27.3Quicker and fuller, outside leg, Chandimal works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 27.2Flatter and on the pads, it's quietly nurdled to square leg for a single.
  • 27.1Tossed up outside off, Charith leans forward to defend but it skids straight on to beat the outside edge.
  • 26.6FOUR! Floated delivery, landing full around off, Chandimal uses his feet to reach the pitch of the ball and lofts it over mid off for a boundary. 137/3
  • 26.5Fuller and on middle, clipped to square leg.
  • 26.4Goes on the back foot to a short ball and punches it to deep cover for a single.
  • 26.3Around off, played down to covers.
  • 26.3Turning down the leg side, Chandimal tries to flick but misses. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is not able to collect it cleanly and they cross.
  • 26.2Skidding in from around off, Asalanka pushes it towards mid on and takes a single.
  • 26.1Miscued! Floated and outside off, Charith tries to sweep but it takes the bottom edge and drops in front of first slip.
  • 25.6A low full toss outside off, Asalanka reaches out and strokes it to sweeper cover for one. 129/3
  • 25.6Wide! Spinning way down the leg side, Charith Asalanka leaves.
  • 25.5Fuller and outside off, Chandimal drags his sweep behind square leg for one.
  • 25.4Flatter and around leg, it's worked to deep square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 25.3Full and angling down leg, Dinesh Chandimal misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. There is a half-appeal but the umpire is not interested.
  • 25.2Goes full and wide outside off, Dinesh Chandimal slog-sweeps this towards deep mid-wicket and takes a couple of runs.
  • 25.1Flights this one full and in line with the stumps, Charith Asalanka guides this down to long on for a run.
  • Noor Ahmad will be brought into the attack on his debut.
  • 24.6Rashid Khan serves a googly to end the over and gets the ball to come back in sharply. Dinesh Chandimal misses the ball and gets hit on the pads. There is a massive appeal but the umpire remains unmoved. Afghanistan will not review this. 121/3
  • 24.5Continues bowling full and angles this into the stumps, Charith Asalanka eases this down to long on for a run.
  • 24.4Goes full once again and attacks the stumps, Charith Asalanka manages to keep this out as he defends this towards the bowler.
  • 24.3This is slightly short and pitching on leg. Dinesh Chandimal rocks back and tucks the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 24.2Flighted delivery bowled full and outside off, Dinesh Chandimal blocks this back towards the bowler.
  • 24.1CHANDIMAL IS SAFE! Flighted delivery, outside off and turning away, Chandimal tries driving but edges it behind. It brushes the pads of the keeper and deflects towards Gulbadin Naib at first slip. He is alert and catches the ball. Rashid is running in celebration but Chandimal is going nowhere. The two umpires get together and then go upstairs with the soft decision being out. It's a tight call as the ball is dying in front of the fielder. The third umpire watches multiple replays and decides that the ball has bounced. Very interesting. A similar kind of catch was deemed legal in the first inning when Dasun Shanaka had taken a low one. Raveendra Wimalasiri, the third umpire, thinks otherwise here and Gulbadin Naib leaves no stone unturned to register his displeasure. He might be spending his evening in the office of the match referee.
  • Review time! The umpires have gone upstairs to check if the catch has been taken cleanly.  The soft signal is out and replays show that there could be a couple of fingers under the ball there. The umpire reckons that the ball has touched the ground though.
  • 23.6Around off, a bit short, Chandimal flicks it through square leg for a single. 119/3
  • 23.5Very full around leg, Charith Asalanka pushes it back and Nabi is lazy in going down. The ball runs down to long on and they cross for a single.
  • 23.4Shortish and on off, Charith goes back to punch but it takes the inner half and rolls back to Nabi.
  • 23.3Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it with the spin to short cover.
  • 23.2Loopy this time, full and on off, Charith Asalanka defends it off the front foot to covers.
  • 23.1Slider around middle, skidding in, Charith moves back and defends it towards the bowler.
  • 22.6Around leg, Chandimal tickles it towards short fine leg and eyes a run but Asalanka sends him back. 117/3
  • 22.5Gets behind the line and punches it down to long on for a single.
  • 22.4Quicker one around leg, Asalanka defends it near his front pad.
  • Charith Asalanka makes his way out to the middle now.
  • 22.3OUT! STUMPS SHATTERED! Rashid Khan has tasted blood and he is on fire. Flatter googly, landing a bit short and around middle. It pitches and shoots into the batter who fails to read the length and variation. Dhananjaya de Silva is clueless as he tries to pull his way out out of trouble but misses. The ball goes on to shatter the stumps and de Silva is down just like Sri Lanka are now in this chase. He gets up to go back to the pavilion and Afghanistan have made a resounding comeback here. 198 needed off 165 balls.
  • 22.2Loopy and full, around off, it's pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 22.1Fullish and on off, a googly, Chandimal scuffs his shot down to long on, takes a single.
  • 21.6A little too full, around off, Chandimal takes his front foot forward and forces it down to long on for a run. 115/2
  • 21.5Full and on off, Dhananjaya brings out the sweep and sends it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 21.5Wide! Spinning down the leg side, the batter tries to flick but misses.
  • 21.4Turning into the batter from around off, Dhananjaya de Silva clips it on the leg side but again finds short mid-wicket.
  • 21.3Full and on off, de Silva helps it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 21.2Loopy and full around off, Dhananjaya de Silva defends it off his front foot.
  • 21.1Shortish and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • 20.6Googly around off, defended. 111/2
  • 20.5Full and outside off, de Silva pushes inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 20.4FOUR! This will release some pressure. Width outside off, the length is short and Dhananjaya de Silva plays late at it. He guides it wide of short third man for a boundary.
  • 20.3Goes on the back foot and punches it to covers.
  • 20.2Googly around off, de Silva covers the spin and blocks it from the back foot.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva makes his way out to the crease.
  • 20.1OUT! Through the gate! This is a huge wicket in the context of the game as the second opener is also dismissed and now there will be two new batters at the crease. A well-disguised googly from Rashid and the length is the key. It's a bit short and Pathum Nissanka thinks about forcing the issue from the back foot. But Rashid gets his wrong 'uns to spin back in at a good pace and that has brought Nissanka's downfall. He moves back to play it out but is late and the ball sneaks through to disturb the stumps. 207 runs needed in 179 balls and it's game on now!
  • 19.6This is full as well and in line with the stumps, Dinesh Chandimal tucks this towards mid-wicket. 107/1
  • 19.5Bowls it full and outside off, Dinesh Chandimal plays for the turn and is beaten on the outside edge. Rahmanullah Gurbaz whips the bails off and enquires but Dinesh Chandimal is in the crease.
  • 19.4This is delivered outside the off pole on a fullish length, Dinesh Chandimal taps the ball towards point and looks for a single that is not there.
  • 19.3On a fullish length and pitching on the leg stump line, Pathum Nissanka eases this down to long on for a run.
  • 19.2This is full and on the pads, Pathum Nissanka looks to sweep but does not connect cleanly as the ball goes towards backward square leg.
  • 19.1Mohammad Nabi flights this full and into the pads, Pathum Nissanka clips this uppishly towards deep square leg and they run well to complete a brace.
  • 18.6Continues bowling on a fullish length and outside off, Pathum Nissanka plays this down to straightish long on for a single. 104/1
  • 18.5Full once again and straight, Pathum Nissanka flicks the ball straight to the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 18.4Another googly served full and into the pads, Dinesh Chandimal forces this down to long on for a run.
  • 18.3A googly this time served full and outside off, Dinesh Chandimal mistimes his block back down the pitch towards the bowler.
  • 18.2Slightly short and outside off, Pathum Nissanka knocks the ball to long off and takes a single.
  • 18.1Rashid Khan bowls a slider full and in line with the stumps, Pathum Nissanka clips this towards mid-wicket.
  • Drinks break. Despite losing a wicket now, it's been a great start to the chase for the home team. Kusal Mendis' knock was impactful while Pathum Nissanka played a perfect supporting role in the century opening stand. Afghanistan appear to be behind the 8-ball at this stage but they will know that another wicket or two can change the complexion of this chase. While batting, Afghanistan started their dominance from the middle overs, can they do the same in their bowling inning? Dinesh Chandimal is the new batter. 213 needed off 192 balls.
  • 17.6OUT! CAUGHT! Mohammad Nabi draws first blood and it has taken quite a while to get the breakthrough! Mohammad Nabi flights this full and outside off, Kusal Mendis looks for the slog sweep but does not connect cleanly. The ball goes high towards deep mid-wicket where Rashid Khan pouches the catch comfortably. The 101-run partnership has been broken and Afghanistan will look to find some cracks in the Sri Lankan batting line-up. 101/1
  • 17.5Chance of a run out! This is full as well and outside off, Kusal Mendis plays this late as well and tries to get it past short third man. Ibrahim Zadran makes a wonderful stop but delays throwing the ball to the keeper. Had he done that quickly, Kusal Mendis could have been short.
  • 17.4Floats this one full and outside the off stump, Kusal Mendis gets his front foot forward and defends the ball towards cover.
  • 17.3This is short once again and outside off, Kusal Mendis punches this through covers and takes a couple of runs. That brings up the 100-run opening partnership between these two!
  • 17.2FOUR! This has been delicately played! A quicker delivery bowled full and on an off stump line, Kusal Mendis rocks back in his crease and plays this late towards third man for four runs.
  • 17.2WIDE! Straying down leg once again. Kusal Mendis looks to play this as well but misses and it is called wide by the umpire.
  • 17.1Mohammad Nabi bowls this slightly short and angling down leg, Kusal Mendis gets low to pull but finds the backward square leg fielder.
  • 16.6Great start from Rashid Khan! This is full and outside off, Pathum Nissanka blocks this back towards the bowler. Just three runs from the over. 94/0
  • 16.5Slightly short and outside the off stump, Kusal Mendis pulls it towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 16.4Googly served full and into the stumps, Pathum Nissanka clips the ball through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 16.3Quicker delivery sliding into the stumps on a fuller length, Pathum Nissanka gets his bat down in time and defends the ball to the off side.
  • 16.2Full and in line with the stumps, Kusal Mendis works the ball towards long on for a single.
  • 16.1Rashid Khan begins with a full delivery outside off, Kusal Mendis plays this watchfully towards short mid-wicket.
  • Rashid Khan is introduced into the attack. Can the magician strike?
  • 15.6This is slightly short and outside off, Kusal Mendis plays this late towards deep backward point and takes a run. 91/0
  • 15.5Continues bowling full and straight. Kusal Mendis defends this into the pitch.
  • 15.4Angled into the pads on a fuller length, Kusal Mendis clips this towards mid-wicket.
  • 15.3Fullish length and straight, Kusal Mendis sweeps the ball to deep square leg and Rashid Khan puts in a dive to save two runs.
  • 15.2Continues bowling full and in line with the stumps, Pathum Nissanka knocks this down to long on for a single.
  • 15.1Full once again and on the pads, Pathum Nissanka clips this towards mid-wicket.
  • 15.1WIDE! Mohammad Nabi fires this one way down the leg side on a fuller length, Pathum Nissanka looks to smash it but misses and this is called wide.
  • 14.6Goes full this time outside off, Kusal Mendis strokes the ball to deep cover and they run well to complete two runs. 86/0
  • 14.5A chance for Afghanistan but nothing comes off it! Gulbadin Naib bangs this in short and into the batter. Pathum Nissanka pulls this uppishly towards deep backward square leg and the ball falls just short of the fielder. They cross.
  • 14.4Bowls this one short and outside off, Kusal Mendis cuts the ball to deep cover and takes one.
  • 14.3Slower delivery bowled full and on the pads, Pathum Nissanka flicks this down to fine leg for a run.
  • 14.2This is on a good length and outside off, Pathum Nissanka blocks this towards mid off.
  • 14.1This is short and outside off, Kusal Mendis pulls the ball towards mid-wicket and a half-stop restricts them to a single.
  • 13.6Short once again and outside off, Kusal Mendis pulls this towards deep mid-wicket to keep the strike with a single. 80/0
  • 13.5He gets there finally! That is FIFTY for Kusal Mendis and he has played really well! Mohammad Nabi bowls this short and outside off, Kusal Mendis cuts this towards deep backward point and takes a couple of runs.
  • 13.4The pressure building as Kusal Mendis is unable to get his single to reach a half century. This is full as well and in line with the stumps, Kusal Mendis tucks the ball towards sqaure leg.
  • 13.3Make that three! This is full once again and straight. Kusal Mendis is watchful as he plays the ball towards mid-wicket.
  • 13.2Another dot ball. This is full and in line with the stumps, Kusal Mendis flicks this towards mid-wicket.
  • 13.1Mohammad Nabi bowls this full and just outside off, Kusal Mendis taps this towards the off side with soft hands.
  • 12.6Shortish on off, Nissanka goes on his toes and taps it down to backward point. 77/0
  • 12.5Aerial but safe. Slower one, full and outside off, Pathum is early into the shot and chips it towards mid off. Doesn't carry to the fielder.
  • 12.4Play and a miss! On a length and outside off, Nissanka flashes his blade at it but connects only with thin air.
  • 12.3Lands it on a length and close to off, Pathum plays late and guides it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 12.2Gulbadin Naib looked like he had the breakthrough but the decision has been reversed! He serves this on a good length and angles the ball into the stumps, Pathum Nissanka looks to pull but misses and gets hit on the back thigh pad. There is a huge appeal from the bowler and the keeper and after long contemplation, the umpire raises his finger. Pathum Nissanka decides to review this and UltraEdge shows there is no edge. Ball Tracking indicates that the ball is going over the stumps and Pathum Nissanka survives.
  • 12.1Gulbadin Naib serves this on a good length and outside off stump, Pathum Nissanka blocks this towards cover.
  • 11.6Loopy delivery bowled full and outside off, Kusal Mendis looks to work this leg side but gets a leading edge towards mid off. 75/0
  • 11.5This is on the pads and served full, Pathum Nissanka flicks the ball towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 11.5WIDE! Gets the ball to turn down the leg side, Pathum Nissanka misses his flick and the umpire indicates that this is wide.
  • 11.4Floats this one outside off on a fullish length, Pathum Nissanka pushes at the ball and gets an outside edge towards backward point.
  • 11.3Goes full once again and onto the pads, Kusal Mendis clips the ball to deep square leg for a run.
  • 11.2This is full and in line with the stumps, Pathum Nissanka eases the ball to long on for a single.
  • 11.1FOUR! Mohammad Nabi has been welcomed with a boundary! This is bowled slightly short and outside off, Pathum Nissanka goes back in the crease and plays this late past the short third man fielder for four runs.
  • Mohammad Nabi to roll his arm over.
  • 10.6Goes full this time and offers width outside off, Kusal Mendis strokes this past the point fielder and they take a couple of runs. 67/0
  • 10.5Continues bowling short and outside off, Pathum Nissanka slaps this towards deep cover and collects a run.
  • 10.4This is back of a length and outside off, Kusal Mendis opens the face of the bat and guides the ball to deep backward point for a single.
  • 10.3SIX! Kusal Mendis clears the boundary with ease! Gulbadin Naib bangs this in short and in line with the stumps, and Kusal Mendis pulls this over deep backward square leg for a maximum. That is the first six for Sri Lanka.
  • 10.2Bowls this slightly full and outside off, Kusal Mendis plays it late and a misfield from the fielder allows them to take two runs.
  • 10.1Gulbadin Naib begins with a shortish delivery outside off, Pathum Nissanka cuts the ball to deep cover-point and takes a single.
  • It will be Powerplay 2 now. Afghanistan will be allowed to place four fielders outside the circle till the 40th over. Gulbadin Naib is ready to bowl...
  • 9.6FOUR! Mujeeb continues to dart in his deliveries. Close to 98 kph this time, the line is a bit on the leg side and Mendis neatly paddles it down to fine leg for a boundary. Sri Lanka are 54 for none after Powerplay 1. 54/0
  • 9.5FOUR! Excellent from Mendis. This one is slightly full, around middle, Kusal goes down and hammers it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 9.4Fuller and on off, defended back off the front foot.
  • 9.3FOUR! Shot! A 102 kph short delivery, outside off, Mendis uses the pace by opening the face and he guides it through point.
  • 9.2On middle, it's tucked to square leg for one.
  • 9.1Uses the spin and angle to ease it towards square leg. They cross.
  • 8.6Length and around off, Kusal allows the ball to approach and runs it down to third man for a run. 40/0
  • 8.5Comes from 'round the wicket and bowls it on off, Mendis pushes it with an angled bat to point.
  • 8.4The line remains straight, on a length, Kusal turns and works it to short mid-wicket.
  • 8.3Sliding down the leg side, 135 clicks, Nissanka tries flicking but misses. It goes off his pads to square leg and they cross for a leg bye.
  • 8.2Another drive to a full ball by Nissanka but he finds mid off.
  • 8.1FOUR! Lovely! Too full from Fazalhaq Farooqi, coming over the wicket, it's around off and Nissanka drills it down to long off for a boundary.
  • 7.6Fullish and on middle, eased down to long on for one. 34/0
  • 7.5Quicker and down the leg side, swept to deep square leg for a run.
  • 7.4Fires it full and around off, at 104 kph, Mendis pushes it to covers.
  • 7.3Quicker one, around off, Mendis plays it down to short third man.
  • 7.2Tossed up outside off, turning in a hint, Kusal Mendis defends it from the front foot.
  • 7.1Full and flighted, outside off, Mendis is forward as he pushes it to point.
  • 6.6Angling in from a length around off, Nissanka tries to punch from the back foot but gets an inside edge onto the back thigh pad. 32/0
  • 6.5Back of a length, around off, Nissanka punches it to covers where Rashid Khan is quick to stop the ball.
  • 6.4Fuller and on off, Nissanka defends it softly to the off side.
  • 6.3Outside off, played down to third man for one.
  • 6.2FOUR! Again streaky! Fazalhaq Farooqi lands it on a length around off, shaping in, Mendis stays back to defend but it takes the inner edge and races down to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 6.1FOUR! Bang! Short delivery, around leg, Mendis pulls it wide of mid-wicket and it speeds away to the fence in no time.
  • 5.6Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it back to the bowler. 23/0
  • 5.5Allows the ball to spin back in from around off and nudges it through square leg for one.
  • 5.4Fuller on middle, hit across the line but straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 5.3Tossed up around off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 5.2PUT DOWN AND FOUR! Loopy delivery, full and around off, Kusal Mendis goes down for the slog sweep but it's not from the middle of the bat. The ball flies towards wide long on, Najibullah Zadran does well to reach the chance, tries to grab the ball but it slips out and rolls away to touch the fence. Mujeeb is unhappy.
  • 5.1Slightly short and on off, Pathum goes back and forces it to long on for one.
  • 4.6Pitches it up around off, Mendis plays a controlled drive towards mid off. Just a streaky boundary from the over. 17/0
  • 4.5Too full and outside off at 137 kph, Mendis mistimes his drive. It takes the bottom edge and goes on the bounce to the bowler.
  • 4.4Angles in a full ball on off, Mendis leans forward again and defends it with a loose bottom hand.
  • 4.3EDGY FOUR! Full in length and outside off, Mendis gets forward to drive but it takes the inside edge, beats the stumps and races down to fine leg for a lucky boundary.
  • 4.2Darts it in, on a length around off, Mendis defends it down from the crease.
  • 4.1Fazalhaq Farooqi comes from 'round the wicket and delivers it on a full length outside off, Kusal shoulders arms.
  • 3.6On the pads, Mendis stays back and eases it through square leg for a single. 13/0
  • 3.5Flying stop! Loopy and full outside off, Mendis drives it to covers where Mohammad Nabi dives across to his right to make a fantastic stop.
  • 3.4Too full and on off, knocked down to long on for one.
  • 3.3Uses the spin and works it off his pads to deep square leg for a single.
  • 3.2Turning in from around off, Mendis stays back and defends it down off the inside portion of his bat.
  • 3.1Short and on off, Kusal goes back to pull but fails to get enough timing. Drags it off the inside half to mid-wicket.
  • 2.6FOUR! Spoils a good over! A touch too full and wide outside off, Pathum gets the opportunity to lean into a drive and he thumps it through extra cover for a boundary. 10/0
  • 2.5Serves it full and around leg at 136 clicks, shaping away a tad, Pathum is squared up slightly in his stance as he blocks it down.
  • 2.4Keeps it very full this time, around off at 138 kph, Pathum Nissanka brings his bat down and keeps it out towards mid on.
  • 2.3Lands it full and outside off, again at 136 clicks, Pathum Nissanka drives but finds mid off.
  • 2.2Closer to off, full again at 136 kph, Pathum Nissanka defends it off the front foot.
  • 2.1Angling away from the right-hander, on a full length, Nissanka gets half-forward and pushes it to covers.
  • 1.6A touch too full, on middle, Pathum wrists it through square leg for a run. A tidy start from Mujeeb. 6/0
  • 1.5Flighted on off, the batter has just watchfully blocked this out.
  • 1.4A leg cutter, around middle, Pathum is squared up but somehow defends it back.
  • 1.3Drags his length short and lands it outside off, Nissanka cuts but finds point.
  • 1.2Tossed up, full and on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 1.1Flighted and on middle, Nissanka helps it towards square leg.
  • Will we see spin from the other end? Yup, Mujeeb Ur Rahman to make the first use of the second new ball.
  • 0.6On a good length this time and outside off, Kusal Mendis blocks this firmly towards cover. 5 runs from the first over for Sri Lanka. 5/0
  • 0.5Goes back to bowling full and on the pads, Kusal Mendis uses his wrists and flicks the ball towards deep mid-wicket. He is off the mark with a brace as well.
  • 0.4This is in line with the stumps and on a good length, Pathum Nissanka tucks this to deep square leg and takes a single.
  • 0.3Goes full and wide outside the off stump, Pathum Nissanka looks to drive but miscues his shot towards mid on.
  • 0.2Inswinger bowled on a good length but pitching outside leg. Pathum Nissanka looks to work this leg side but misses and gets hit on the pads.
  • 0.1Fazalhaq Farooqi begins with a yorker-length delivery in line with the stumps, Pathum Nissanka gets his leg out of the way and clips the ball to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

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