ICC World T20, Day 3: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan at the Eden Gardens

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets in the ICC World T20 contest in Kolkata on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2016 12:19 am
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Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, T Dilshan top scores with 83* and helps Sri Lanka cross the line in the 19th over. (Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos)

Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan

As it happened

# All over! Sri Lanka score the winning runs

# WICKET! Kapugedera departs without scoring many runs. Sri Lanka lose their fourth wicket

# FIFTY for Dilshan, his 13th in T20Is. This one coming off 37 balls

# Shahzad with fine work behind the stumps and Perera is cms short of his ground. Sri Lanka 85/3

# 12 gone, Sri Lanka 85/2. Need another 70 from 48 for victory

# Rashid strikes! The 17-year-old leggie cleans up Thirimanne. Sri Lanka two down for 58

# FIFTY up for Sri Lanka in the eighth over of the innings. Dilshan and Thirimanne in the middle

# Much needed! Nabi scalps Chandimal, breaks a threatening Sri Lanka opening stand. 41/1

# Dilshan dealing in boundaries, on the charge for Sri Lanka in the 154-run chase

# Dilshan goes down on one knee and Dil-scoops it over the fence. Consecutive sixes for the opener

# Chandimal collects from Karim’s first. Hit a sweep for a boundary and big hit over the fence for a maximum

# Afghanistan, after doing fine recovery job with the bat, have task cut out with the ball. Need to bowl well to win this one

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

# Afghanistan skipper Asghar is out after scoring a 47-ball 62. Scored very crucial runs and stitched an important partnership with Shenwari

# Shafaq with the big shot but finds the fielder in the deep

# Asghar brings up his FIFTY, off only 42 balls

# Sami goes big but finds fielder in the deep. Afghanistan five down now

# Sami Shenwari hits a couple of boundaries, takes the total past 100. Afghanistan 105/4, four to play

# Two sixes, a single from the Herath. This approach would help them push the total over, atleast, 120

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

# Captain leads from the front. Hits Siriwardana for consecutive sixes. Much needed move on for Afghanistan

# Nabi is the next man to return to the pavillion. Herath traps the right-hander in front. 51/4

# Karim Ali arrives and he departs. Out caught-behind after attempting a reckless shot. Perera picks the wicket. Afghanistan 46/3

# Set man Noor Ali departs. Clean bowled round his legs while attempting a sweep off Herath

# Not a good but not a bad start either for Afghanistan – 36/1 after the powerplay

# The other MS – Mohammad Shahzad doesn’t last long. Miscues one, Mathews picks the wicket

# The Eden strip wears a dry look. Pakistan scored 201 against Bangladesh here, but it was a day game

# Sri Lanka in a huddle, they would like to get their campaign off to winning start after a disastrous Asia Cup outing

# Two teams are out for the national anthems. Good support for both at the Eden Gardens

# Teams

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

# Toss – Afghanistan elect to bat, still no Malinga for Sri Lanka

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

# Team India hits the nets ahead of the high-profile contest against Pakistan. Raina, meanwhile, takes some time out to sign autographs

# Some protection before hitting the ground

# England women close innings at 153/7. Good enough total to defend?

# In the women’s encounter underway in Bengaluru, England women are slowly moving along against Bangladesh women. Charlotte Edwards has a FIFTY in the bag. Three overs left, England are 118/4.

# Afghanistan will be making their debut in the Super 10 stage

# WATCH: ICC looks forward to the match (App users click here)

# Battle of the scoops: ‘Dilscoop’ or ‘Shahzad scoop’

BUILD-UP

# The main talk before the game is over Malinga’s fitness

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Lasith Malinga last bowled against UAE and made an impact with his 4/26 which was instrumental in their only win in the Asia Cup T20.

# While skipper Angelo Mathews is happy with the ‘underdogs’ tag

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Angelo Mathews feels that the Sri Lankan team requires one victory in the tournament to gain the momentum back.

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