Over 20: Two big hits from Najib take Afghanistan past the 150 mark and they end with 153/7.
Over 19: 12 off the over and two wickets. 136/7
18.6 Perera to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT, gone.
End of a sensational knock from Stanikzai. Went down for a cheeky ramp this time, but Perera sticks to his length - full and wide - and forces Stanikzai to alter is stroke. He tries to dab a reverse lap past short third man but the ball lobs up off after Stanikzai failed to make adequate contact. Chandi takes an easy catch.
18.4 Perera to Shafiqullah, OUT
Dragged to deep midwicket. Shafiqulalh, trying to get under one just like his captain, does so but fails to time the delivery. More of the inside half and it carries all the way with that angular bat
Over 18: 6 off the over. 124/5
Over 17: Shenwari’s wicket and 13 off Kulasekara’s over. 118/5
16.3 Kulasekara to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT
Shenwari holes out this time. Pretty good line that, full and wide outside off. Shenwari backs away just a touch, and goes after it. gets under it sufficiently but not enough power behind the lofted drive. Skied and almost clears long-off but Perera catches it a foot or so inside.
Over 16: 11 off that over. Afghanistan starting to pick up the pace well now. 105/4
Over 15: 13 off the over. 94/4
Over 14: Six off Chameera. 81/4
Over 13: Two sixes by Stanikzai. 75/4
Over 12: 8 off Perera. 59/4
Over 11: 4 off Herath and Nabi’s wicket. 51/4
10.6 Herath to Mohammad Nabi, OUT
Given, Afghanistan’s struggles are continuing. Flat on middle, and skids on with the arm to strike Nabi plumb in front. Easy decision for the umpire and Afghanistan are spiralling downwards
Over 10: Just 2 off Perera, and the wicket of Sadiq. 47/3
9.3 Perera to Karim Sadiq, OUT, gone.
Sadiq’s iffy stay has ended now. All gone to pieces. Runs down to the pitch, looking for another big slog down the ground. Gets a faint edge which is gleefully accepted by Chandimal.
Over 9: Just one off the over and the important wicket of Noor Ali. 45/2
8.1 Herath to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT
Bowled him, around his legs. Herath fires one full and quick on leg. Noor Ali shuffles across and misses his premeditated sweep. The ball spins to hit the side of leg stump. A decent innings but lacked fluency.
Over 8: 2 off Chameera. 44/1
Over 7: 6 off Herath. 42/1
Over 6: 6 off Chameera’s first over. 36/1
Over 5: 8 off Mathews. 30/1
Over 4: Two boundaries from Noor Ali off Kulasekara. 22/1
Over 3: 6 runs and the wicket of Shahzad in Mathews’ over. 12/1
2.5 Mathews to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT
And Shahzad has to go now. Mathews has done the trick. Stuck to his line and length and Shahzad could not resist another massive heave. He backs away and looks for a pull into the leg side but a bit of outswing helps take a leading edge which lobs up for mid-on to take
Over 2: Three off the over again, this time off Kulasekara. 6/0
Over 1: 3 off captain Angelo Mathews’ first over. Afghanistan 3/0
Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai won the toss and opted to bat first against Sri Lanka in the Group I Super 10 match of the World Twenty20 in Kolkata on Thursday.
Asghar Stanikzai (C), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Karim Sadiq, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan.
Angelo Mathews (C), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmanta Chameera, Rangana Herath.