Day Three Highlights:

  • Afghanistan made a strong comeback on day three of the Test match.
  • Sri Lanka, resuming their innings at 439, lost their last three wickets for 39 runs.
  • Naveed Zadran was the pick of the Afghan bowlers, finishing with figures of 4 for 83.
  • Afghanistan, in their second innings, posted scores of 198 and 199 for 1.
  • Ibrahim Zadran played a crucial innings, completing a valiant maiden Test century and finishing the day unbeaten on 101*.
  • Rahmat Shah provided support with an unbeaten 46*.
  • Afghanistan has nine wickets remaining as they look to erase the 42-run deficit and establish a lead.

Batting Performances:

  • Ibrahim Zadran’s innings was the highlight of the day, displaying resilience and composure.
  • Noor Ali Zadran contributed with a gritty innings of 47 before being dismissed by Asitha Fernando.
  • Rahmat Shah remained unbeaten on 46 at stumps.
  • Sri Lanka’s bowlers struggled to make an impact on a good batting surface, with Asitha Fernando picking up the only wicket.

Missed Chances:

  • Sri Lanka had opportunities to dismiss Ibrahim Zadran but missed crucial chances, including a dropped catch and a chance at short mid-on.
  • These missed opportunities allowed Ibrahim to build a substantial partnership with Noor Ali Zadran.


  • Chamika Gunasekara suffered a blow to the head and was replaced by Kasun Rajitha as a concussion substitute.

Overall Summary:

  • Afghanistan’s batting resilience, led by Ibrahim Zadran’s century, has put them in a strong position to potentially take the lead in the match.
  • The pitch still seems good for batting, and Afghanistan has two inexperienced spinners who may exploit any assistance.
  • Sri Lanka will regret missed chances and will need to find breakthroughs early on day four to stay in control of the match.

The next day of play promises an exciting battle as Afghanistan aims to establish a lead, and Sri Lanka seeks crucial wickets to regain control.