Nabi to the fore as Sri Lanka crumble prior to rain

Mohammad Nabi claimed three wickets in an over as Sri Lanka suffered a dramatic collapse against Afghanistan in the Cricket World Cup.

On a grey day in Cardiff, Sri Lanka appeared primed to post a healthy total when they reached 144-1 after 21 overs.

However, off-spinner Nabi, who had already picked up the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne, then removed Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews in the 22nd and wickets continued to tumble as Afghanistan seized the initiative.

By the time rain forced an interruption after 33 overs, Sri Lanka were 182-8 and in huge trouble, having just lost top-scorer Kusal Perera for 78.

Having taken control of the contest, Afghanistan - whose only previous World Cup win came against Scotland four years ago - were hoping proceedings would be able to resume.

Tuesday's batting woes continued an abysmal run of form for Sri Lanka. They have lost nine of their 10 ODIs in 2019, the sole victory coming against Scotland.

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