Luke Wright's blistering 99 off 55 balls gave England a comprehensive 116-run win over Afghanistan, knocking the Asian minnows out, in a Group A encounter at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday.

Wright smashed eight fours and six sixes as he helped England amass 196 for five. Afghanistan never looked in the chase and folded for 80 in 17.2 overs.

England, who were put into bat, made a slow start.

With the score on 109 for two in 15 overs, Wright again took the initiative, smashing 22 runs of Mohammad Nabi's 16th over. Eoin Morgan (27) and Wright strung together a partnership of 72 runs, putting the defending champions on the front foot.

Wright went on to become the highest individual scorer for England in T20 internationals.

Afghanistan made the worst possible start to the chase, losing five wickets in the first six overs. The Afghan batsmen showed their inexperience, getting out to some mindless shots.

Their brand of fearless cricket proved to be their downfall. After losing so many wickets in the Powerplay they still went after the bowling and were reduced to 28 for eight in the 11th over.

Gulbodin Naib (44) provided some late fireworks hitting five fours and three sixes but it was too little too late for the Asians.

 

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