Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)_Monitoring, Speaking at a press conference following the match, Nabi admitted that Afghanistan posted a total of 20-25 runs short, and bemoaned the team’s fielding and bowling.
He also expressed regret over the dropped catches, which, had those been caught, would have changed the game according to him.
Afghanistan rode on Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 84 to post 176-run target, but during Sri Lanka’s run-chase, there were a couple of drop catches (one in the 13th when Gunathilaka was batting and the other in the 16th with the batter on strike being Bhanuka Rajapaksa).
Gunathilaka’s catch was dropped by Karim Janat while Rajapaksa’s was dropped by Samiullah Shinwari. Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka seemed pretty happy with his team’s performance in the game. Most of the batters stepped up for Sri Lanka with openers Pathum Nissanka (35) and Kusal Mendis (36) giving them a solid start with a 62-run stand.
Afghanistan’s next match be against Pakistan on Wednesday, and on Thursday they will take on India.