Scorecard

Highest Impact Player of the match

Asghar Stanikzai (6.69)

Highest Impact Batsman

Asghar Stanikzai (6.69)

Highest Impact Bowler

Rangana Herath (2.91)

Highest Impact Player (Sri Lanka)

Tillakaratne Dilshan (6.58)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Dushmantha Chameera (1.10)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Samiullah Shenwari (1.09)

Defending World T20 champions Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets at the Eden Gardens on Thursday (17 Mar).

Although his knock was in vain, Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai narrowly edged Tillakaratne Dilshan as the highest impact player, and batsman, of the match.

Stanikzai’s 47-ball-62 contributed to nearly 41% of Afghanistan’s total and was scored under pressure, following the early dismissal of Mohammad Shahzad. He also had Partnership-Building Impact , the highlight being a 61-run stand for the fifth wicket with Samiullah Shenwari – who had the highest Strike Rate Impact for his feisty 14-ball-31.

The defending champions entered this tournament as the team with the joint-lowest Chasing Impact , but Dilshan showed why he had the highest Chasing Impact in the XI that took to the field today. He scored almost 54% of the target, built partnerships and stayed unbeaten ensuring there was no hiccup. He therefore emerged as Sri Lanka’s highest impact player of the match, and walked away with the ‘player of the match’ award too.

Stanikzai’s knock, however, had greater body because it came under pressure against a top-tier team.

Rangana Herath, meanwhile, pipped Thisara Perera as the highest impact bowler of the match. Herath took two top/middle order wickets in a tight spell that built pressure on the Afghans as they looked to accelerate. Perera scalped three top/middle order wickets, but was more expensive and had a negative Economy Impact . Dushmantha Chameera, however, finished with the highest Economy Impact in the match.

Both teams had six players apiece who registered a Match Impact of at least one (the minimum for a performance to not be deemed as a failure). Dilshan’s performance proved to be the differentiator.

 

Karthik Swaminathan