Mahela Jayawardene has been confident at the crease © IANS
Mahela Jayawardene was awarded Man of the Match for his match-winning hundred © IANS

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And as expected, Mahela Jayawardene has been conferred Man of the Match for his match-winning hundred.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 236/6 | Overs 48.2

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 9 (17) Thisara Perera 47 (26)

And Thisara Perera hits the winning runs with a boundary of Mohammad Nabi. Afghanistan played beautifully and had they showed a little more patience with the bat, they could have pulled this off. But they’ll take a lot from this game and learn lessons from their Asian neighbours. Sri Lanka seized the key moments and came back strong after the initial collapse. Jayawardene played beautifully.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 230/6 | Overs 48

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 9 (17) Thisara Perera 43 (24)

First ball, wicket or maybe not because only the on-field umpire thinks show. On referral by Mendis, replays show he missed it. Next ball hit to point for a single. And a four of the second last ball takes Sri Lanka closer to win.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 219/6 | Overs 47

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 8 (15) Thisara Perera 33 (20)

Six of the first ball from Dawlat Zadran’s over. Gave a full-toss and Perera didn’t miss out. Second ball is smashed to point for a boundary. Third ball is a yorker and is dug-out for a single but damage has been done. Fourth ball is hit by Mendis to long on for a single, smart cricket. Fifth ball is edged but drops just short.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 207/6 | Overs 46

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 7 (14) Thisara Perera 22 (15)

Shapoor Zadran comes in to bowl his last over and possibly a very crucial one too. First ball is sensibly hit to off by Mendis for a single. Second ball is edged by Perera over the keeper’s head for a four, handy and lucky runs. Next ball he mis times and falls just short of mid-off. Mendis pulls the next ball to mid-wicket and a good stop sees two runs being saved.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 197/6 | Overs 45

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 6 (13) Thisara Perera 13 (10)

Afghanistan is building the pressure with dot balls but a wicket would work wonders for them. Two runs comes of the third delivery. Fourth ball is nicely cut by Perera to the extra-cover boundary.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 188/6 | Overs 44

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 4 (11) Thisara Perera 6 (6)

This is turning out to be a very exciting match. The run-rate pressure is building on Sri Lanka as well. Afghanistan can seal this with a wicket here. Three of that over only.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 185/6 | Overs 43

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 1 (5) Thisara Perera 6 (6)

There’s a good buzz going around the Afghani fielders with those two wickets. And Shapoor Zadran drops a catch at a crucial point. Pressure on both sides.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 183/6 | Overs 42

BATTING: Jeevan Mendis 0 (1) Thisara Perera 5 (3)

Mahela Jayawardene has holed out to third man in attempt to upper cut it over the third-man fence! And now pressure on Sri Lanka or so we thought because Perera has cut his first ball to point for four. That’s a great comeback delivery though.

OUT! Mahela Jayawardene 100 (120) c Nawroz Mangal b Hamid Hassan

Live Score Sri Lanka: 178/5 | Overs 41

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 100 (118), Jeevan Mendis 0 (0)

And there’s a wicket! He tapped it to silly mid-on and set off for a quick single but this time the throw is at the stumps and Mathews is out at a crucial time. But Jayawardene gets a single and with that a crucial match-saving (most likely winning) century.

OUT! Angelo Mathews 44 (81) run-out Nabi

Live Score Sri Lanka: 175/4 | Overs 40

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 98 (115), Angelo Mathews  43 (79)

Wicket scare for Jaya, but it’s only brushing his thigh pad and not his bat. Good decision by the on-field umpire. Just one run of the over so far. Dawlat is stepping on the gas but it may well be too late. three of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 172/4 | Overs 39

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 97 (111), Angelo Mathews  42 (77)

Afghanistan are not even attempting to be more aggressive, singles are coming at will for Sri Lanka. They are merely defending the ball and setting off. Lack of captaincy experience against top-sides showing. Meanwhile the intent from fast bowlers has dipped.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 167/4 | Overs 38

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 96 (108), Angelo Mathews  37 (74)

And six for Jayawardene and with that shot Sri Lanka have been confirmed as the best team to win it from here. Afghanistan now no longer need a wicket, they need two quick ones.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 157/4 | Overs 37

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 88 (104), Angelo Mathews  35 (72)

The partnership has been match-saving for Sri Lanka and they’ve snatched the game away without really hammering the ball at any point. Singles are coming very easy for Sri Lanka.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 152/4 | Overs 36

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 85 (100), Angelo Mathews  33 (70)

The spinners have been largely ineffective and Dawlat Zadran has been brought in to try and pick a wicket. But he seems to have lost some intent. It’s a lesson for Afghanistan as to how to bat in the middle overs. A hundred partnership up for the pair. Five runs of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 147/4 | Overs 35

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 81 (96), Angelo Mathews  32 (68)

Wickets have ditched Afghanistan and with that their hopes of their maiden World Cup win are deserting them slowly. Angelo Mathews who was looking rather edgy is also getting fours now.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 136/4 | Overs 33

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 76 (91), Angelo Mathews  27 (61)

Mirwais Ashraf has come back into the attack. Good bowling to contain but wickets are the need of the hour. But Jayawardene seems impenetrable.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 135/4 | Overs 32

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 76 (88), Angelo Mathews  26 (58)

Hamid Hassan has been brought back into the attack to try and create some damage but with the swing worn off, can he take a wicket? Meanwhile Mathews’ scoring rate is creeping up slowly. With the required run rate being less than six an over, Afghanistan have no choice but to go for the wicket.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 130/4 | Overs 31

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 74 (86), Angelo Mathews  24 (54)

And Jayawardene has turned the pressure completely back onto the Afghanistanis with those consecutive boundaries of the 30th over. It seems like he’s racing to a 100 and the Afghani bowlers are starting to lose their shape a bit here.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 117/4 | Overs 29

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 62 (79), Angelo Mathews  22 (49)

The pair are slowly growing in confidence and in runs. Afghanistan should start worrying here. 11 runs came of the 28th over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 103/4 | Overs 27

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 54 (72), Angelo Mathews  16 (44)

The fifty partnership is up for Jayawardene and Mathews and Mathews has been a spectator to sheer class at the other end for most part. Afghanistan need a wicket.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 99/4 | Overs 26

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 51 (69), Angelo Mathews  15 (41)

Angelo Mathews gets a single of the first delivery and Jaya gets a single of the second delivery to bring up his fifty; a crucial one! Five singles of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 94/4 | Overs 25

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 49 (66), Angelo Mathews  12 (38)

Afghanistan will be wary of the recovery powers of these batsmen and will have to think wickets now. They have contained well but a wicket may be more essential. Shapoor bowls through the pain. Mathews gets a single of the fifth ball. Sixth ball is full to leg stump and Jaya duly puts it away to the backward square leg boundary.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 89/4 | Overs 24

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 45 (65), Angelo Mathews  11 (33)

Shenwari continues and out in the field Shapoor seems to be having real trouble with his knee. Limps out of the ground but like the brave man he is returns to the field. Another missed run out opportunity, Afghanistan have fielded well but their throwing has been poor.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 86/4 | Overs 23

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 44 (62), Angelo Mathews 9 (30)

Shapoor is just losing his shape a little. But a lovely third ball which gets good bounce and has Jayawardene on his toes in defence. Fourth ball breaks the bat! Four runs of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 82/4 | Overs 22

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 41 (57), Angelo Mathews 8 (29)

Samiullah Shenwari continues. While Jaya is going very smooth, Mathews has struggled. Just one of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 81/4 | Overs 21

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 40 (53), Angelo Mathews 8 (27)

Shapoor comes back into the attack, from the other end. His third ball is a juicy half volley whicha confident Jaya drives through covers for four. Next ball is a quick and risky single. Mathews is really struggling to get the ball away.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 76/4 | Overs 20

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 35 (50), Angelo Mathews 8 (24)

Samiullah Shenwari comes into the attack. Second ball hit through point for a quick couple. Jaya is doing all the scoring for now and is growing in comfort. Fourth ball is guided to third man but is intercepted brilliantly by the short third-man fielder to save three runs.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 73/4 | Overs 19

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 32 (45), Angelo Mathews 8 (23)

Mirwais Ashraf has bit of a trouble with the back after the first ball. In fact it’s more than a little as he has walked out of the park. Ashghar Stanikzai comes in to replace him. SL will look for some easy runs against him., and he concedes a boundary of the fifth ball as Jaya pulls the short ball to mid-wicket.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 66/4 | Overs 18

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 27 (41), Angelo Mathews 7 (21)

Shapoor comes back into the attack. Keeps it fuller throughout the over as compared to his first spell. Fifth ball is a half-volley but Mathews doesn’t get the timing on his drive right, no run. Final ball is back of length and rises on Mathews, defended. No run of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 66/4 | Overs 17

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 27 (41), Angelo Mathews 7 (15)

Third ball is lose by Ashraf and is punched by Mathews through covers for a couple. Nudges next ball to backward square for a quick single. Fifth ball is in the channel outside off, no run. Three off that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 63/4 | Overs 16

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 27 (39), Angelo Mathews 4 (11)

Mohammad Nabi brings himself on. Concedes a few easy singles of the first three deliveries. Fourth ball is a dot. Fifth ball yields another single. Four runs of the over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 59/4 | Overs 15

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 25 (36), Angelo Mathews 2 (8)

Mirwais Ashraf has kept it nice and tight. The Sri Lankans are nervous which is displayed in Mathew’s inadequate use of feet movement. Jayawardene gets to a 100 World Cup runs in that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 56/4 | Overs 14

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 23 (31), Angelo Mathews 1 (7)

Hamid Hassan seems to be having some problem. Unclear if it’s got to do with his boot or ankle. Not a great sign for Afghanistan. Fifth delivery is a full-toss above waist height and the umpire calls it no and issues a warning.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 52/4 | Overs 13

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 21 (28), Angelo Mathews 0 (3)

Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble here as the captain walks out. And a missed run-out opportunity after the second ball due to miscommunication by the batsmen. Pressure on the Sri Lankans. Just the single of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 51/4 | Overs 12

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 20 (25),

First ball goes to the boundary of this Hassan over. Jayawardene has put the secret lound and clear — bad balls shall be hit for four. Fifth ball of the over is hit for another boundary. And wicket of the next delivery! Karunaratne gets the edge and the slip fielder gets the catch at second attempt.

OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne 23 (32) c Mangal b Hassan

Live Score Sri Lanka: 42/3 | Overs 11

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 15 (21), Dimuth Karunaratne 19 (30)

Mirwais Ashraf has come in to replace Dawlat. What does he have in store? Hasn’t quite got his line and length right just as yet. Concedes four effortless singles in the first five deliveries. Last ball of the over is a peach and gets the outside edge but the captain doesn’t have a slip in place and four runs of that ball.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 35/3 | Overs 10

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 13 (17), Dimuth Karunaratne 14 (28)

First ball is a full length delivery at middle and leg and Jayawardene leans into it and pushes it through the leg side for a couple. Three runs of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 32/3 | Overs 9

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 10 (13), Dimuth Karunaratne 14 (26)

Afghanistan bowlers have built the pressure and more importantly, they have maintained it. One run to leg side by Malinga in the fourth delivery. Good buzz in the field after the early wickets. Just the single off that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 31/3 | Overs 8

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 9 (9), Dimuth Karunaratne 14 (24)

First ball is hit through leg for a single. Second delivery is a peach which is well defended by Karunaratne. Fourth balls just misses the the outside edge, another peach off a good length this time. Next ball misses the outside edge by a little yet again.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 30/3 | Overs 7

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 8 (8), Dimuth Karunaratne 14 (19)

Dawlat Zadran strays twice down the leg and Jayawardene punishes him on both occasions; once with a two and the second raced to the fine-leg boundary. Rectifies his line in the following deliveries maintaining the line outside off. Fourth ball is cut away for a single.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 23/3 | Overs 6

BATTING: Mahela Jayawardene 1 (2), Dimuth Karunaratne 14 (19)

Hamid Hassan comes in as first change for  Shapoor Zadran. Shapoor’s knee obviously not allowing him to operate in longer spells. Second ball is hit firmly but a good effort at point doesn’t let the batsman escape with a single. And OUT! Kumar Sangakkara can’t believe it! Peach of a delivery from Hassan, came in to the left hander of the pitch and Sanga plays on, only to see Hassan do an ecstatic celebration cart-wheel. Mahela Jayawardene walks in to try and perform the rescue operation. Last ball of the over pulled to mid-wicket boundary for four.

OUT! Kumar Sangakkara 7 (13) b Hamid Hassan

Live Score Sri Lanka: 17/2 | Overs 5

BATTING: Kumar Sangakkara 7 (10), Dimuth Karunaratne 9 (17)

The Afghanistan bowlers after a good start can’t afford to rest on their laurels with the class act of Sangakkara at the crease. Fourth ball is a wide outside off but Karunaratne almost edges. Fifth ball is hit nicely to the leg side for three runs, good running.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 13/2 | Overs 4

BATTING: Kumar Sangakkara 7 (10), Dimuth Karunaratne 6 (12)

Karunaratne trying to get right back into the game, hits the second ball confidently but straight to point for no run. The next delivery is an even more confident on-drive for three runs. Sangakkara could’ve been walking back to the pavilion if it wasn’t for bad fielding and the next ball is hit to deep point for four.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 6/2 | Overs 3

BATTING: Kumar Sangakkara 3 (7), Dimuth Karunaratne 3 (9)

After the early wickets, Sri Lanka are obviously under pressure and the Zadran-duo are pumped. Another wicket here could prove disastrous to Sri Lanka. Are we looking at another upset? Can’t quite say yet but a good start. Two runs of that over.

Live Score Sri Lanka: 4/2 | Overs 2

BATTING: Kumar Sangakkara 2 (6), Dimuth Karunaratne 2 (4)

And the second Zadran comes to the party. Dilshan out for a golden duck of the second ball of the second over. It was a back of a length ball and Dilshan tried to cut it without much room on offer and has paid a heavy price. Sri Lanka in deep trouble here.

OUT! Tillakaratne Dilshan 0 (1) c Zazai b Shapoor Zadran

Live Score Sri Lanka: 1/1 | Overs 1

BATTING: Kumar Sangakkara 1 (1), Tillakaratne Dilshan 0 (0)

What a start for Afghanistan! Dawlat Zadran for a change has come on to down the first over and he has taken a wicket on the first ball itself. Lahiru Thirimanne has been trapped in front of the wickets! Kumar Sangakkara is the new batsman, and he survives a run-out chance on the final ball.

OUT!  Lahiru Thirimanne lbw b Dawlat Zadran 0 (1)

Live Score Afghanistan: 232 | Overs 49.4

BATTING: Shapoor Zadran 1 (1)

Not good signs for Afghanistan as their lead bowler seems to be having a problem with his knee. Third ball off the over misses yorker length by a little and Zazai smashes it through covers for a handy four. But gets the leading edge the very next ball and it all ends. And that completes an abysmal death performance by Afghanistan.

OUT!  Afsar Zazai 19 (38) c Herath b Malinga

Live Score Afghanistan: 227/9 | Overs 49

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 15 (35)

Angelo Mathews bowls another good over. Concedes a four of the third ball but only because of an outside edge from Zadran’s bat. But recovers well and bowls him out after two balls as Zadran has a wild slog. And the ninth wicket falls the very next ball.

OUT! Dawlat Zadran 4 (5) b Mathews

OUT! Hamid Hassan 0 (1) c Mendis b Mathews

Live Score Afghanistan: 222/7 | Overs 48

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 14 (34) Dawlat Zadran 0 (1)

The master of death bowling, as he is often called, Malinga comes in to try and contain Afghanistan but he’s obviously having an ordinary time. Second ball is a low full-toss on the pads which Ashraf guides down legside for four. But two balls later he has his revenge as Ashraf gets caught at deep fine leg, that wicket should encourage him. Fifth ball is a short ball which is half pulled to deep backward square for a single.

OUT! Mirwais Ashraf 28 (32) c Lakmal b Malinga

Live Score Afghanistan: 216/6 | Overs 47

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 12 (32) Mirwais Ashraf 24 (29)

Sri Lanka may not be getting the wickets but they have the match well under control as the task to up the ante seems too daunting for the Afghani pair at the crease. Nothing very exciting happening here. And just when that is said, Mirwais Ashraf gets a leading edge over the wicket-keeper’s head for six. This could bring up the bat-size debate.

Live Score Afghanistan: 206/6 | Overs 46

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 11 (30) Mirwais Ashraf 17 (25)

And Mirwais decides to start the first ball off the 46th over with a huge hit for six. That also brings up the 200 for Afghanistan in spectacular fashion. But they need more of those. So it’s 11 runs from that over and Afghanistan have managed to break the shackles just a little bit. Last ball landed safely bang in the middle of three fielders.

Live Score Afghanistan: 195/6 | Overs 45

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 8 (26) Mirwais Ashraf 9 (22)

No much recovery in terms of run rate for Afghanistan in the 45th over. Just 5 runs coming of it. To his credit, Lakmal has been bang on the money not giving any looseners. Just three runs off that over.

Live Score Afghanistan: 192/6 | Overs 44

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 7 (24) Mirwais Ashraf 7 (19)

Afghanistan are finding it extremely difficult to get a move on. Poor showing by Afghanistan here, especially after they got a good start. Just three runs from that Angelo Mathews over.

Live Score Afghanistan: 189/6 | Overs 43

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 6 (22) Mirwais Ashraf 5 (15)

At one point Sri Lanka were under extreme pressure in face of some intelligent batting by Afghanistan. But after the fall of a few careless wickets, Afghanistan are finding it difficult to even score singles even as we enter the final ten overs of the innings.

Live Score Afghanistan: 178/6 | Overs 39

BATTING:  Afsar Zazai 4 (12) Mirwais Ashraf 0 (1)

This must be getting absolutely frustrating for the Afghanistani fans now. The batsmen are simply not pushing themselves to stay on and get settled. They’re playing reckless shots and the next to fall is Najibullah Zadran; another gift to Sri Lanka. Wicket goes to Lakmal; his second.

OUT! Najibullah Zadran 10 (15) c Perera b Lakmal

Live Score Afghanistan: 172/5 | Overs 36

BATTING: Najibullah Zadran 9 (10) Afsar Zazai 0 (0)

Afghanistan are losing the plot here. They’re attempting absolutely redundant shots and most wickets have been gifts by the batsmen. Malinga bowled a good length towards middle and leg which Nabi tried to glance rather awkwardly only to hear the sound of leather rattle timber. Afghanistan are simply gifting the game away to Sri Lanka.

OUT! Mohammad Nabi 21 (27) b Malinga

Live Score Afghanistan: 157/4 | Overs 33

BATTING: Mohammad Nabi 18 (18) Najibullah Zadran 0 (1)

And Samiullah Shenwari has made a big blunder by holing out to mid-off just when Afghanistan were looking so threatening. Thisara Perera is the man who makes the breakthrough. He already had a boundary for the over and could well have waited for another over to smash his next but he made the mistake and Sri Lanka are right on top.

OUT! Samiullah Shenwari 38 (70) c Mathews b Perera

Live Score Afghanistan: 131/3 | Overs 28

BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 32 (56) Mohammad Nabi 0 (3)

And Sri Lanka have got the much sought-after breakthrough in form of Asghar Stanikzai who was poised well for a bigger knock, probably even three figures. But he went for the big shot against Herath only to pick out the fielder at long-on. Important wicket and poor thinking by Stanikzai. Skipper, Nabi walks out to attempt a partnership will the well-settled Shenwari.

Asghar Stanikzai 54 (57) c Mendis b Herath

Live Score Afghanistan: 125/2 | Overs 26

BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 28 (51) Asghar Stanikzai 53 (53)

Crucial and mature innings by Asghar Stanikzai here. Great innings, he’s looked steady at the crease and has been partnered well by Samiullah Shenwari. Sri Lanka should be sweating by now because this partnership is looking increasingly threatening.

Live Score Afghanistan: 102/2 | Overs 22

BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 21 (39) Asghar Stanikzai 39 (40)

Samiullah Shenwari and Asghar Stanikzai are both batting with purpose here. Initially Stanikzai looked like he was at crease only for slog-fest, but has settled into his role beautifully. They’ve put up a fifty run partnership. Sri Lanka’s bowling seems to be lacking the penetration even to derail slightly lesser established batsmen.

Live Score Afghanistan: 68/2 | Overs 16

BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 11 (25) Asghar Stanikzai 20 (18)

After the two initial wickets, Afghanistan have done well to go unscathed yet. But they may want to keep their shots in check as their looking a tad too risky on the odd occasion. The bowling has been average, with the exception of Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal who have looked quite good.

Live Score Afghanistan: 38/1 | Overs 9

BATTING: Javed Ahmadi 22 (19) Asghar Stanikzai 4 (5)

Angelo Mathews brings himself on and proves it to be the right decision off the very first ball as Mangal got caught at silly mid-off. The next ball he got an outside edge that dropped short and he got an inside edge later in the over which missed the stumps and went past the keeper racing to the boundary for handy four runs.

OUT! Nawroz Mangal 10 (30) c Thirimanne b Mathews

Live Score Afghanistan: 34/0 | Overs 8

BATTING: Javed Ahmadi 22 (19) Nawroz Mangal 10 (29)

Suranga Lakmal has certainly appeared more threatening than Maling but even he’s been largely unsuccessful. Two boundaries from that over coming from Ahmadi’s bat as he grows in confidence.

Live Score Afghanistan: 24/0 | Overs 7

BATTING: Javed Ahmadi 13 (15) Nawroz Mangal 10 (27)

Malinga is looking really off-colour. He’s getting swing but his accuracy has been awry to a large extent. His yorkers as usual are spot on but the lack of real pace is making it easy for the batsmen to dig out. His last ball was a half-volley and was smashed by Mangal elegantly through the covers.

Live Score Afghanistan: 19/0 | Overs 6

BATTING: Javed Ahmadi 13 (15) Nawroz Mangal 6 (21)

After an increasing edgy start, the Afghanistan openers have become slightly more comfortable. To add to their misery, Mahela Jayawardene dropped a catch at slips during the sixth over giving Ahmadi a second life. There is some movement and the Afghani batsmen must play the ball late. After six overs, Afghanistan are 19 for 0 after 6 overs.

Afghanistan XI: Nawroz Mangal, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi(c), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai(wk), Mirwais Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran

Sri Lanka XI: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal Catch Live Streaming of the match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan here

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the 12th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday. I am Rishad DSouza, and I will be presenting to you all the live updates from this match. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

Sri Lanka lost their opening match, which was also the first game of the 2015 edition of cricket’s premier tournament, against New Zealand by 98 runs at Christchurch on February 14. It only served to extend their miserable stay in New Zealand so far. Worse, premier fast-bowler Lasith Malinga, who returned to the squad after nursing an ankle injury, conceded 84 runs from 10 overs without taking a wicket. He will however, be integral to the Sri Lankans in Sunday’s game. Also crucial to Sri Lanka’s fate would be the form of the top-order, especially veterans Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who are playing their last World Cup. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

Afghanistan, who suffered a 105-run loss at the hands Bangladesh in their World Cup debut match, will look to put their best foot forward despite Sri Lanka being the bigger team. The Afghans will rely on the performances of all-rounders such as Samiullah Shenwari and Mohammad Nabi. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeevan Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera.

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Afsar Zazai (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Mirwais Ashraf, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Javed Ahmadi, Usman Ghani

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