Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets in their ICC World T20 opener in Kolkata on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 18, 2016 1:56 pm
Dilshan top scored with unbeaten 83. (Source: PTI)

Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck an unbeaten 83 to help Sri Lanka open its title defense by beating Afghanistan by six wickets in their World Twenty20 Group 1 game on Thursday. Dilshan struck eight fours and three sixes off 56 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 155-4 in reply to Afghanistan’s 153-7. (Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos)

Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, ICC World T20 (CLICK HERE)

As it happened!

2040 hrs IST: ALL OVER! Sri Lanka score the winning runs in the 19th over, commence campaign with win

2230 hrs IST: WICKET! Dilshan drives straight, the ball takes the deflection from Nabi and crashes into the non-striker’s stumps. Kapugedera is out of the crease and has to depart

2222 hrs IST: Dilshan brings up his FIFTY off 37 balls. His 13th in this format

2221 hrs IST: Kapugedera joins Dilshan in the middle

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2218 hrs IST: WICKET! Sharp work by Shahzad behind the stumps finds Perera cms short of his ground. Sri Lanka 85/3

2211 hrs IST: At the end of 12 overs, Sri Lanka well-placed at 85/2. Need another 70 runs from 48 balls now

2200 hrs IST: WICKET! Rashid responds in style after conceding a boundary, cleans up Thirimanne. Sri Lanka 58/2

2158 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Sri Lanka in the 8th over. Dilshan brings it up with an elegant cut off Nabi

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2150 hrs IST: 17-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan into the attack. Exciting prospect, the young leggie

2145 hrs IST: WICKET! Chandimal is out after stitching a brisk little partnership with Dilshan. Nabi tastes success early in his over. 41/1

2140 hrs IST: Dilshan gets Sri Lanka off to brisk start. Just they kind of approach they need to put their campaign on track

2135 hrs IST: SIX! SIX! Pulls a short delivery and then gets down on one knee and Dil-scoops it over the ropes. Dilshan is away

2128 hrs IST: Karim leaks 10 from the first over – a four and a six

2127 hrs IST: Afghanistan start with Karim’s off-spin. Interesting, out of the box move

2125 hrs IST: Sri Lanka openers Chandimal and Dilshan are out in the middle. Asking rate touching the 8-run-per-over mark

2105 hrs IST: Afghanistan post 153/7 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. (Stanikzai 62; Perera 3/33, Herath 2/24)

2100 hrs IST: WICKET! Asghar is out after scoring a 47-ball 62. The skipper scored crucial runs, pushed Afghanistan’s total towards the end

2055 hrs IST: Shafaq looks to clear the ropes but fails to get over the fielder in the deep. Afghanistan lose their sixth wicket

2050 hrs IST: FIFTY for Afghanistan skipper Asghar, off only 42 balls

2046 hrs IST: WICKET! Sami goes big again but finds the fielder in the deep. 112/5

2045 hrs IST: SIX! Sami clears the ropes with ease. He’s doing the job for Afghanistan

2042 hrs IST: Another good over for Afghanistan. Sami hits a couple of boundaries off the last two deliveries. 105/4 after 16

2038 hrs IST: Afghanistan collect 13 from the Herath over – two sixes and a single over. They need more such overs to push their total over 120

2035 hrs IST: We are into the last six overs now. Afghanistan need a move on to post a decent total. 81/4

2029 hrs IST: SIX! SIX! Asghar launches Siriwardana for consecutive sixes. 16 coming from the over. Afghanistan 75/4 after 13

2025 hrs IST: More spin…Siriwardana to bowl his left-arm spin now

2020 hrs IST: WICKET! Afghanistan are falling apart. Nabi is out early, trapped in front by Herath. 51/4

2014 hrs IST: WICKET! Karim Ali arrives and he departs. Out caught-behind after attempting a reckless shot. Perera picks the wicket. Afghanistan 46/3

2010 hrs IST: WICKET! Noor Ali is bowled round his legs. Attempts a sweep off Herath, fails to put bat to ball. Afghanistan 44/2

2005 hrs IST: Noor Ali and Asghar have got their eye in. One of them needs to accelerate now

2000 hrs IST: Not a bad start by Afghanistan. They lost only one wicket and managed to score 36 runs in the powerplay

1948 hrs IST: After scratchy cover-drive, Noor Ali flicks one in fine fashion to the ropes. Consecutive boundaries

1945 hrs IST: WICKET! Short, but Shahzad gets into no position for the pull. Miscues it to Dushmantha, Mathews draws first blood for Sri Lanka

1942 hrs IST: Shahzad with the baseball slog, first boundary for Afghanistan in the third over

1936 hrs IST: Tight start by Mathews, concedes only three. Kulasekara to share the new ball with his skipper

1932 hrs IST: Mathews with the new ball for Sri Lanka, M Shahzad and Noor Ali the two openers

1930 hrs IST: Mathews leads his men out to the middle. Out come the Afghanistan openers, loud cheer for the duo

1915 hrs IST: Defending champions Sri Lanka, according to skipper Mathews, are underdogs this season. How often has this happened? From defending champs to underdogs

1910 hrs IST: The team sheets are out

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Karim Sadiq, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan

Sri Lanka: T Dilshan, D Chandimal (wk), HDRL Thirimanne, CK Kapugedera, AD Mathews (c), TAM Siriwardana, S Jayasuriya, T Perera, N Kulasekara, D Chameera, R Herath

1900 hrs IST: TOSS! Afghanistan have won the toss and they will bat first against Sri Lanka. Early team news is that Lasith Malinga won’t feature in the contest

1840 hrs IST: Here’s a quick preview of the game

1830 hrs IST: Good news for Sri Lanka – Lasith Malinga is out their doing training. Bad news – he’s wearing a brace

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The build up of Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan ICC World T20 match

It’s good to carry underdogs tag: Mathews

Angelo Mathews on Wednesday said it is good to carry the underdogs tag as it does not put the team under pressure. (Source: AP)

Undergoing a transition phase, defending champions Sri Lanka may not be in their elements in the build-up to the ICC World T20 but skipper Angelo Mathews on Wednesday said it is good to carry the underdogs tag as it does not put the team under pressure.

Sri Lanka fret over Malinga’s fitness

Lasith Malinga missed Sri Lanka’s warm-up matches before the start of ICC World T20 super 10. (Source: AP)

AT THE practice session on Wednesday morning, Lasith Malinga bowled a few deliveries with a shortened run-up in the nets before putting an ice pack on his injured knee. The Sri Lankan team management must have taken it with a pinch of salt. The flip side is that the Sri Lanka T20 captain has been recovering steadily ever since he picked up the injury following his match-winning spell against UAE in the Asia Cup last month. However, judging by the nature of his injury, it is quite safe to assume that the 33-year-old still didn’t look fit enough to play a high-intensity competitive fixture.

Afghans play foot-tapping cricket

Mohammad Shahzad (L) and Samiullah Shenwari celebrate Afghanistan’s win over Zimbabwe. The 59-run win helped Afghanistan progress. (Source: AP)

There is a bit of aspirational professionalism in most Associate teams. In some ways they are the feebler shadows of more accomplished full-member teams. Afghanistan, though, is almost all heart and joy. This isn’t to say they don’t play like professionals, but they have the soul of amateurs

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