T20 World Cup 2016 Highlights: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Highlights – T20 World Cup 17 March 2016. SL vs Afg Highlights at Kolkata, Watch Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Cricket Highlights on Thursday, 17th March 2016.
Cricket Series: T20 World Cup 2016
Sri Lanka Squad: Asghar Stanikzai*, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad†, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran, Usman Ghani
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Sri Lanka go their World T20 campaign off to a winning start after a hard fought 6 wickets win over a spirited Afghanistan team Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Stanikzai won the toss for Afghanistan and elected to bat first. They were dealt a huge blow when the in-form Mohammad Shahzad was dismissed with his score on 8 from 13 balls. Zadran and Stanikzai made good use of the power play overs to give Afghanistan some much needed momentum. It was the bat of Stanikzai that did most of the damage, and he climbed into the Sri Lankan attack, hitting 4 towering sixes in his 62 from just 47 balls. Shenwari played a vital knock towards the latter parts of the innings, blasting 31 from just 14 balls to take them to a competitive score of 153/7 after the allotted 20 overs. Perera was the top wicket taker for Sri Lanka, ending with figures of 3/33. Chameera was the most economical, giving away just 19 runs from his 4 overs spell.
Chandimal and Dilshan got Sri Lanka off to a decent start before Chandimal tried one big shot too many when he was caught with his score on 18 from 17 balls. Thirimanne and Perera both got off to starts but failed to push on, leaving most of the work for Dilshan, who had no problems getting his side over the line. He smoked 83 runs from just 56 balls to get Sri Lanka past the target with 7 balls still remaining in the innings. Mathews gave good support towards the latter parts of the chase, scoring 21 from 10 balls. Afghanistan had plenty of chances to win the match, but one has to mention their poor ground fielding which cost them plenty of runs.