In the ongoing high-stakes Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, Afghanistan found themselves chasing a formidable target of 241 runs. However, what caught viewers’ attention during the 18.5 over mark was a meticulously planned strategy displayed on a whiteboard in the Afghanistan dugout.
The whiteboard revealed a step-by-step strategy for Afghanistan’s innings, outlining the pursuit of their target. It indicated that Afghanistan needed to score 50 runs in the first 10 overs, 100 runs in 20 overs, 150 runs in 30 overs, and 200 runs in 40 overs, ultimately reaching the winning target of 242 runs by the 48th over.
This methodical approach aimed to guide the team’s batting strategy and ensure a systematic pursuit of the total score. Despite a positive start, with Afghanistan reaching 50-1 by the end of the 10th over, they encountered a setback by the 20th over, with the score at 87-2. This deviation from the planned trajectory highlighted the unpredictability and challenges of high-pressure matches.
CWC 2023, AFG vs SL match, Afghanistan had to chase 241 runs in 50 overs. But they were told to chase only 50 runs in every 10 overs
They did it to perfection
50-1 in 10 ovrs
87-2 in 20 overs
139-3 in 30 overs
201-3 in 40 overs
242 in 45 overs pic.twitter.com/vPGfT0E9Pm
— பனையேறி (@panayeri) October 31, 2023
Nonetheless, Afghanistan, riding high on confidence, aimed to secure another victory. In the end, Afghanistan didn’t reach its target by the 42nd over as originally projected but emerged victorious.
Azmatullah Omarzai played a brilliant unbeaten inning of 73*, and Hashmatullah Shahidi contributed significantly with a steady 58 off 74 balls, leading Afghanistan to a 7-wicket win in the ODI World Cup 2023. This win elevated Afghanistan above Sri Lanka in the points table.
With 6 points from 6 matches, Afghanistan secured the 5th position in the ODI World Cup points table. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka remained in 6th place with just 4 points and dwindling hopes of progressing in the ODI World Cup 2023. Afghanistan’s next match will be against the Netherlands, while Sri Lanka is set to face India in their upcoming fixture.