Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets in the 3rd ODI of the 3-match series at the Pallekele Stadium in Pallekele on Tuesday. This was after Afghanistan had earlier taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
With this win, Sri Lanka not only avoided a series sweep but also avoided the criticism they faced after losing the second ODI. But there’s been a record in this match made by Ibrahim Zadran.
Zadran’s impressive 162 not out came off just 138 balls which was consisted of 15 fours and four sixes. He reached his hundred in the 39th over, getting to it off 100 balls and then accelerating to score 58 runs off his next 38 balls.
This innings broke the record for the highest individual score by an Afghanistan player in ODIs, previously held by Mohammad Shahzad’s unbeaten 131 against Zimbabwe in 2015.
According to the Sportnews BD experts, Ibrahim Zadran is the well-deserved recipient of the Player of the Series award, and rightfully so. His 278 runs at an average of 92.66 was outstanding.
When asked about the record he achieved in this game- getting the highest individual score in ODIs in Pallekele, and also notching up the highest individual score in ODIs for Afghanistan- Ibrahim says that he was unaware of it.
Zadran was very happy with his performance, and also added that he took his time before going for his shots because the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat well.
After losing quick wickets, their initial plan was to target 250 runs, but after these milestones were reached they decided to go for 300 instead. Ibrahim ends by saying that he’s proud to play for his country, and dedicates this award to his family.
Earlier, Afghanistan elected to bat first. Ibrahim Zadran was the stand-out performer with the bat. His 154-run partnership with Najibullah Zadran rescued Afghanistan after a shaky start and they were able to post a total of over 300 runs on the board.
However, despite putting up a brave fight with the ball, they were ultimately beaten by their opponents due to some excellent batting in the latter stages of the game, as well as the conditions fairing better for the opposing team due to the dew setting in.