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Cricket World Cup Highlights In Pictures: Sri Lanka beats Afghanistan despite batting collapse

Updated : June 05, 2019 06:43 AM IST

Sri Lanka recovered from a dramatic batting collapse to knock over Afghanistan for 152 and seal a 34-run win for its first victory at the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday. The Sri Lankans imploded from 144-1 to 201 all out in an innings delayed by nearly three hours because of rain at Sophia Gardens in the Welsh capital. Chasing a revised target of 187 from a maximum 21 overs, Afghanistan slumped from 34-0 to 57-5 then battled back through a 64-run stand between Gulbadin Naib (23) and Najibullah Zadran (43). Sri Lanka again responded and took the final five wickets for 31 runs, with recalled seamer Nuwan Pradeep getting a career-best 4-31. Veteran paceman Lasith Malinga delivered the finishing blows with two trademark yorkers, ending a personal run of 22 one-day internationals without a win in Sri Lanka colors. The 1996 World Cup winner was trounced by New Zealand by 10 wickets in its opening group game, having lost all but one of 14 ODIs ahead of the World Cup. The national team is in something of a mess off the field, too, with a number of players and officials — including 1996 World Cup winner Sanath Jayasuriya — having been charged with not co-operating with anti-corruption investigators. This win should raise spirits although the error-strewn nature of the match couldn't help but strengthen the feeling this was a contest between the two teams likely fighting to avoid the last place in the 10-team group. It featured 52 extras, with Sri Lanka's 35 being the second-highest scorer on its card.

Sri Lanka's Nuwan Pradeep, left, celebrates with Dhananjaya de Silva taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Rashid Khan during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Nuwan Pradeep, left, celebrates with Dhananjaya de Silva taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Rashid Khan during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Isuru Udana celebrates the run out of Afghanistan's Najibullah Zadran with Dhananjaya de Silva during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Isuru Udana celebrates the run out of Afghanistan's Najibullah Zadran with Dhananjaya de Silva during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Isuru Udana celebrates the run out of Afghanistan's Najibullah Zadran during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Isuru Udana celebrates the run out of Afghanistan's Najibullah Zadran during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan is bowled by Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan is bowled by Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka celebrates their victory over Afghanistan, during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka celebrates their victory over Afghanistan, during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne during the Cricket World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne during the Cricket World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad claims the catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera during the Cricket World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad claims the catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera during the Cricket World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis during the Cricket World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis during the Cricket World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera is congratulated by his teammates after taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera is congratulated by his teammates after taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi during the Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Cardiff Stadium, Wales, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
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