Sri Lanka stave off feisty Afghanistan

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2015
Angelo Mathews opted to field and removed Nawroz Mangal to leave Afghanistan at 34 for 1© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAngelo Mathews opted to field and removed Nawroz Mangal to leave Afghanistan at 34 for 1
Asghar Stanikzai steadied the innings© AFP
© AFPAsghar Stanikzai steadied the innings
And Samiullah Shenwari provided support as the third-wicket partnership put on 88 runs off 105 balls© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAnd Samiullah Shenwari provided support as the third-wicket partnership put on 88 runs off 105 balls
Stanikzai became the first Afghanistan cricketer to score a fifty in the World Cup© AFP
© AFPStanikzai became the first Afghanistan cricketer to score a fifty in the World Cup
But Lasith Malinga and Sri Lanka pulled things back in the batting Powerplay yielding two wickets for 10 runs© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesBut Lasith Malinga and Sri Lanka pulled things back in the batting Powerplay yielding two wickets for 10 runs
Afghanistan managed only 53 runs in their last 10 overs to finish with a total of 232© AFP
© AFPAfghanistan managed only 53 runs in their last 10 overs to finish with a total of 232
Sri Lanka's chase began poorly as they lost Lahiru Thirimanne off the very first ball© AFP
© AFPSri Lanka's chase began poorly as they lost Lahiru Thirimanne off the very first ball
Sri Lanka were 2 for 2 when Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed by Shapoor Zadran© AFP
© AFPSri Lanka were 2 for 2 when Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed by Shapoor Zadran
Matters worsened when Hamid Hassan found Kumar Sangakkara's stumps and celebrated it with a cartwheel.© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesMatters worsened when Hamid Hassan found Kumar Sangakkara's stumps and celebrated it with a cartwheel.
Mahela Jayawardene, however, set about rebuilding the innings© ICC
© ICCMahela Jayawardene, however, set about rebuilding the innings
His bat broke, but Jayawardene marched on, adding 126 runs with Mathews© AFP
© AFPHis bat broke, but Jayawardene marched on, adding 126 runs with Mathews
Mathews was run-out, and Jayawardene followed giving Sri Lanka anxious moments at 178 for 6© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesMathews was run-out, and Jayawardene followed giving Sri Lanka anxious moments at 178 for 6
Thisara Perera, however, hit an unbeaten 26-ball 47 to take Sri Lanka home by four wickets© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesThisara Perera, however, hit an unbeaten 26-ball 47 to take Sri Lanka home by four wickets

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