Sri Lanka stand-in skipper Kusal Mendis has played a mind-boggling innings against Afghanistan in the ongoing warm-up game in Guwahati. In the ongoing game, the Afghans won the toss and chose to field. Dimuth Karunaratne’s (8) poor form continued while Pathum Nissanka’s (30) started well but didn’t go on. On the other hand, Mendis is known for his stroke play but rotating the strike.
However, in the ongoing innings, he reminded of Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana from the 1996 World Cup which the Lankan Lions won. Meanwhile, in the ongoing game, Mendis scored 158 off just 87 balls including 19 fours and nine sixes. This makes for 130 runs in just boundaries. He and Sadeera Samarawickrama put together 138 runs for the third wicket. However, at 240/2 in 30 overs, the stand-in skipper decided to give a chance to others.
At the time of writing, Samarwickrama (39) has gotten out to Rashid Khan, who had a rare failure with the ball. Talking about the team’s score, they have reached 261/3 in 35.3 overs at the time of writing. On the other hand, India’s warm-up game against the Netherlands has been washed out. Last night, it was raining heavily in Thiruvananthapuram.
The rain carried forward to the ongoing day although it stopped for a while. However, the rain became heavier after a break of more than 30 minutes. The officials decided to abandon the game. Apart from this, Pakistan and Australia are playing each other in a warm-up game. Australia is batting first and has amassed 257/6 in 42.3 overs.
The likes of Glenn Maxwell and David Warner have scored fifties while the others were flattered to deceive. At the time of writing, Josh Inglis and Cameron Green are batting at the crease.
This is how Twitter reacted
Kusal Mendis is continuing his dream run in ODIs in the World Cup year.
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 3, 2023
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) October 3, 2023
— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) October 3, 2023
Only Pakistan batters doesn’t know how to bat against Afghan Spinners. Kusal Mendis ne poora nanga kardia inko #ICCWorldCup
— Aamir Malik (@Cagedm23) October 3, 2023
Meanwhile Kusal mendis bashing minnows Afghanistan in Warm Game.
— Cric mate (@Crickymate07) October 3, 2023
A masterpiece on the pitch! 🏏✨ Kusal Mendis crafts a century against Afghanistan, painting the innings with elegance and power. Cricket poetry in motion! 💯🇱🇰#ICCCricketWorldCup #WarmUpMatch #SLvsAfg pic.twitter.com/97h89bZpVL
— wajith.sm (@sm_wajith) October 3, 2023
Kusal Mendis warming-up for the World Cup with a sensational hundred off just 59 balls against Afghanistan (15×4, 4×6) 🏏🇱🇰 pic.twitter.com/nP6sWZJfQF
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) October 3, 2023
Lovely to see Kusal Mendis firing all over the park. This is his true potential, this is the real talent he was known for. He was meant to be the greatest batsman SL ever produced. I hope this will be his breakthrough tournament. Let’s go Champ. 💯🙏🏽 Rooting for you since day 1. pic.twitter.com/aePxY6CtKo
— Yasaran Pitawala (@YasaranPitta) October 3, 2023
Kusal Mendis on Fire 🔥. 100 up for Kusal Mendis as he strikes every bowler of AFG including Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, Abdul Rehman and more. He 25 boundaries till yet which includes 18 fours and 7 sixes.#PAKvsAUS | #INDvsNED | #SLvAFG | #WorldCup2023 | #ICCWorldCup | #KusalMendis pic.twitter.com/rkrBLTdiQV
— M.Bilal (@m_bilal_fazal) October 3, 2023
Hatts-Off to this player
— Fast Live Line (@FastLiveLine) October 3, 2023