Incheon: Sri Lanka denied Afghanistan their first ever Asian Games gold medal as they overcame a batting slump to win the cricket final by 68 runs on Friday.
Bowled out for 133, the Sri Lankans hit back to skittle the impatient Afghan batsmen for 65 in the T20 match watched by a full house at the 2,500-capacity Yeonhui field in Incheon.
Jeevan Mendis grabbed three wickets for 13 runs and Isuru Udana and Chaturanga de Silva chipped in with two wickets apiece as the Afghans folded up in 17.4 overs.
Eight batsmen failed to reach double figures for Afghanistan, who are set to make their debut in the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
It was Sri Lanka’s first Asiad gold medal since the 2002 Games in Busan when Susanthika Jayasinghe won the women’s 100m and Damayanthi Darsha picked up the women’s 400m title.
Afghanistan have so far won five silvers — including two in cricket — and six bronzes since starting out in the inaugural Asiad in New Delhi in 1951.