After a break, Sri Lanka is back in the Test format. They are facing Afghanistan in the only scheduled Test in the series. The match commenced on February 2 at the Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground. While batting first, the Afghans lost wickets frequently. But Rahmat Shah’s dismissal was an exciting moment of the match. In Prabath Jayasuriya’s delivery, Sadeera Samarawickrama took an amazing catch.
The Exceptional Catch:
On February 2, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan met in the only Test match of the series at the Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground. After a long, both teams are locking horns in the longest format of the cricket. After losing the first few wickets quickly, Rahmat Shah played an excellent innings. He pushed Afghanistan’s innings with his excellent knock.
In the 46th over, Prabath Jayasuriya came to bowl. On the first delivery, he got the desired success. Rahmat Shah was on strike at the beginning of the over. As the batter attempts a sweep, the fielder swiftly shifts to the left. Rahmat manages a paddle sweep, and Samarawickrama, moving across, snags the ball with his left glove near his shin before securing it with both hands.
The TV umpire checks for a potential bump ball but confirms it hit the bat’s sticker and then went into the gloves. Now, the question is whether it’s a clean catch. Alex Wharf reviews from a couple of angles and is confident it’s a fair catch. Samarawickrama’s impressive fielding concludes a stylish inning from the batter. Rahmat Shah missed a well-deserved century and was dismissed in 91 runs.
In the beginning, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first. While batting first, Afghanistan lost their first wicket in the very first over. Ibrahim Zadran was dismissed on a duck. Noor Ali Zadran walked away after scoring 31 runs. Rahmat Shah was giving hope to Afghanistan’s innings. He lost his wicket while batting on 91 runs.
Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi scored 17 runs and walked away. Quais Ahmed is batting on 21 runs and Nijat Masood is batting on 4 runs. Sri Lankan bowler Vishwa Fernando picked up 4 wickets in 51 runs. Prabath Jayasuriya took 2 wickets in 60 runs. The Afghanistan side lost 7 wickets and batting on 190 runs.