Coach Trott Admits Lack of Communication on NRR Details
In a heart-wrenching turn of events at the Asia Cup 2023, Afghanistan found themselves out of contention due to a lack of awareness regarding Net Run Rate (NRR) calculations. Coach Jonathan Trott revealed that the team was unaware of the specific NRR permutations during their crucial match against Sri Lanka.
A tough but a very unfortunate loss 💔— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 5, 2023
Things were all set but suddenly it turned around completely as we fell short of victory & Super 4 by just 2 runs. Btw, extremely proud of #AfghanAtalan for the effort they have put in. Incredible stuff! 👏#AsiaCup2023 | #WakhtDyDaBarya pic.twitter.com/GCstMZgdrR
Afghanistan Missed Opportunity
Afghanistan’s journey in the Asia Cup ended in disappointment as they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Super Four stage. They needed to chase down Sri Lanka’s total of 292 within 37.1 overs to improve their NRR and advance. At the end of the 37th over, they were 289 for 8, just three runs away from victory, and bettering Sri Lanka‘s NRR.
Miscommunication on NRR
The critical moment came when Afghanistan required three runs off one ball. Mujeeb Ur Rahman attempted a big hit but was caught on the boundary. Rashid Khan, at the non-striker’s end, believed Afghanistan had lost the chance. However, they were still in the game if they reached 295 by the 37.5 overs, a single six would have sufficed. Unfortunately, this information was not communicated to the Afghan players.
Heroic Mohammad Nabi’s Effort
Mohammad Nabi‘s blistering innings of 65 off 32 balls had reignited Afghanistan’s hopes. His aggressive batting put them back in contention, but ultimately, Afghanistan fell short by just two runs, ending their Asia Cup campaign.
Sri Lanka’s 12th Consecutive ODI Win
Sri Lanka emerged victorious by a slim margin, extending their winning streak to 12 consecutive ODIs. While Afghanistan won hearts with their spirited performance, Sri Lanka’s net run rate worked in their favor.
Afghanistan‘s exit from the tournament highlighted the importance of clear communication and understanding NRR in high-stakes cricket matches.