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World Cup 2023: Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

10:32 AM | 30 Oct, 2023
World Cup 2023: Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

PUNE – In the 31st match of the ICC World Cup 2023, Afghanistan continued their incredible momentum and defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in a convincing run chase on Monday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, India.

For the first time in the tournament's history, Hashmatullah Shahidi's team won two World Cup matches in a row. Prior to this year's major event, they had only won once in 2015 and 2019.

Like in their previous match win against Pakistan, when they took down 282 with eight wickets remaining, the Afghans shown incredible calm and refrained from taking risky or careless drives.

Afghanistan's successful run chase was largely due to Rahmat Shah, a right-handed batsman who scored 62 runs off 74 balls with seven fours.

Following Shah's removal by Kasun Rajitha, Azmatullah Omarzi and captain Shahidi partnered for 111 runs to win the match, leading their team to a significant victory.

Omarzai and Shahidi contributed 72 runs and 58 runs, respectively, to help their team reach the 242 run goal in 45.2 overs.

Afghanistan's bowlers caused problems for Sri Lanka's batting order during the first innings, as none of the hitters could muster a significant score except for Pathum Nissanka, who amassed 46 runs.

Opener Pathum Nissanka tried to take a strong start but he got little support from his opener partner Dimuth Karunaratne dismissed for 15 runs. 

Kusal Mendis (39) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (36) made an effort for a healthy partnership but Mujeebur Rahman sent them to pavilion. Maheesh Theekshana from tail order made 29 runs in a bid to raise the total. 

Fazal Farooqi claimed a four-wicket haul while Rahman got two wickets and Azmat Omarzai and Rashid Khan took one wicket each.

Earlier, Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl first against injury-hit Sri Lanka.

Asian sides are coming in today’s clash with thin chances of advancing to the semi-finals of the ICC leading tournament with just 4 points each from their 5 games.

Sri Lanka currently placed 5th on the points table with better run rate, and Afghanistan sit just below them at 6th spot.

Lankan Lion and Afghanistan bounced back into the CWC 23 with major victories, as Afghanistan stunned Men in Green and Sri Lanka made it two on the trot with win over struggling England.

If we look back, Sri Lanka hold strong recent record against Afghanistan, bagging their last three games in the ODI.

Squads

Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq

Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Dushmantha Chameera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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