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Despite Zadran’s record, Afghans lose 3rd ODI

Despite Zadran’s record, Afghans lose 3rd ODI

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1 Dec 2022 - 11:49
Despite Zadran’s record, Afghans lose 3rd ODI
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1 Dec 2022 - 11:49

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s audacious opener Ibrahim Zadran has set a new record in the final One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

With a superb 162 off 138 deliveries, Zadran smashed the record for the highest ODI score by an Afghan player, NDTV reported.

The opener raced to his century in the 39th over off 100 balls. Smashing 15 fours and four sixes, he went on to plunder 58 runs from his next 38 balls.

With three hundreds in just eight ODI innings to his credit, he broke the record of Mohammad Shahzad’s unbeaten 131 against Zimbabwe in 2015.

Despite Zadran’s outstanding knock which lifted the visitors to 313, Afghanistan were denied a win by Charith Asalanka and Dunith Wellalage.

With their brilliant contributions, Sri Lanka chased the target down to draw the series 1-1. The triumph gave the hosts 10 World Cup Super League points.

As the Sri Lankans earned a four-wicket win, Rashid Khan bowled magnificently, but other bowlers failed to deliver. Several dropped chances helped the hosts level the series.

Zadran, who was declared Player of the Series, said: “I’m very happy with my performance. The ball was keeping low and stopping, so I took my time in the beginning. We lost three wickets in the middle, but then me and Najib played well.

“I kept telling him we’ll try for 250 but after he got 50 and I got my hundred, our target was 300. I will try to do more great things for my country, for the people of Afghanistan…”

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