Dilshan scored his 13th T20I half-century, that came off 37 deliveries, including four boundaries and a couple of sixes © aFP (File Photo)
Dilshan scored his 13th T20I half-century, that came off 37 deliveries, including four boundaries and a couple of sixes © aFP (File Photo)

Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan played a match-winning knock of 83, as he guided Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket win over minnows Afghanistan, in the Super 10 Group 1, Match 16 of the ongoing ICC World T20 2016, at the historic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on Thursday. The match was marred by a number of misfields from the Afghan players, while there were only a couple of wicket-takers for the side. Earlier, Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai won the toss and elected to bat first on a a typical slow track of Kolkata, as they finished on an average total of 153 for the loss of seven wickets, courtesy of Asghar Stanikzai’s 62. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Super 10 Group 1, Match 16 at Kolkata

Sri Lanka began the chase on a positive note, as the opener in the form of Dinesh Chandimal and Dilshan. who put up a helathy 41-run opening stand, before Chandimal was dismissed in the sixth over by Mohammad Nabi, after being caught by Samiullah Shenwari. It was followed by a brief 17-run stand between Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne, before the latter fell for mere six to Rashid Khan, who bowled him up. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Super 10 Group 1, Match 16 at Kolkata

At the score of 85 in the 13th over, Sri Lanka lost their third wicket in the form of Thisara Perera, who was unfortunately run out by Mohammad Shahzad for mere 12, followed by a 28-run stand between Dilshan and Chamara Kapugedara, before the latter was again unfortunately, and quite brilliantly ran out by Mohammad Nabi in the followthrough. Meanwhile, Dilshan scored his 13th Twenty20 International (T20I) half-century, that came off 37 deliveries, including four boundaries and a couple of sixes. It was the pair of Dilshan and Angelo Mathews, who batted out and comfortably saw Sri Lanka home, as they won by six wickets, with seven balls to spare.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 153 for 7 in 20 Overs. (Asghar Stanikzai 62, Samiullah Shenwari 31; Thisara Perera 3 for 33, Rangana Herath 2 for 24) vs Sri Lanka 155 for 4 in 18.5 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 83; Mohammad Nabi 1 for 24) by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: Tillkaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)