9.4 short delivery which cramps Ahmadi for space as he looks to pull this one away through midwicket, but really was in no position to execute the stroke as this ends up going off the top-edge high towards midwicket, who is able to safely get under it in the end. Ahmadi is disgusted with himself as he storms off the pitch 40/2
    8.1 and straightaway he does the damage as he delivers this military medium-paced delivery on off which is chipped straight to silly mid-off, who takes a simple catch 34/1
    27.1 advances down the track to try and hammer Herath over cow corner, but doesn't quite middle it so as he ends up holing out to the fielder in the deep. Ends a spirited knock from the Afghanistan batsman, who has played a wonderful hand for his team 128/3
    32.5 Thisara gets some reward with plugging away at this line outside of off as Shenwari ends up throwing it away with a hard slap to mid-off, who takes it comfortably at stomach-height 157/4
    35.4 Nabi temporarily forgets who he is facing off too as he attempts another midwicket heave, but plays down the wrong line as the ball collides into the leg stump after he went through with the stroke. The skipper has to go as Afghanistan teeter every so delicately on 169 for 5 169/5
    38.1 sent soaring high in the air by Zadran, as he attempted to go down the ground, with Perera taking the catch somewhere near the non-striker's. Another blow as we head into the business end of the innings 175/6
    49.4 and the innings comes to a close just a few balls before the quota as Zazai, looking for quick runs, ends up holing out to the slip who has to back away a couple of faces after the mis-timed slog didn't quite come off. Herath takes the catch comfortably 232/10
    47.4 another slow delivery which this time falls in the general vicinity of a fielder as Mirwais top-edges this attempted pull to hole out directly at long leg. Afghanistan seven down now with not too many deliveries to face in the innings 221/7
    48.5 Mathews strikes timber as Dawlat's brief stay comes to a close as he plays all around this fuller one on the stumps, with the ball taking care of the rest 227/8
    48.6 Mathews on a hat-trick next game as Zazai has to go now after failing to clear midwicket with this lusty blow, instead hitting it straight up in the air, with Jeevan running hard over on the leg side to settle under it 227/9
    not out
    23 (lb 6, nb 1, w 16)
    232 all out (49.4 Overs, RR: 4.67)
    SL Malinga9.414134.24446051
    RAS Lakmal10.013623.60402120
    AD Mathews7.004135.85233120
    NLTC Perera10.005415.40335210
    HMRKB Herath10.004114.10363110
    BMAJ Mendis3.001304.3391000
    Fall of wickets:1-34 (Nawroz Mangal, 8.1 ov), 2-40 (Javed Ahmadi, 9.4 ov), 3-128 (Asghar Stanikzai, 27.1 ov), 4-157 (Samiullah Shenwari, 32.5 ov), 5-169 (Mohammad Nabi, 35.4 ov), 6-175 (Najibullah Zadran, 38.1 ov), 7-221 (Mirwais Ashraf, 47.4 ov), 8-227 (Dawlat Zadran, 48.5 ov), 9-227 (Hamid Hassan, 48.6 ov), 10-232 (Afsar Zazai, 49.4 ov)
    0.1 and what a way to get Afghanistan off and rocking as he delivers a full delivery on the pads which strikes Lahiru in line. The keeper and slips know he is gone right away as the umpire doesn't hesitate to raise the finger. This was definitely in line, and hitting the back pad 0/1
    1.2 Shapoor is the man in Dunedin. Gets across a back of a length delivery at good pace, and carry off the deck. Dilshan, facing his very first ball, ends up tickling an edge to the keeper after this bounced a little more on him than he expected. Both openers in the shed with just eight deliveries bowled in the innings. Afghanistan off to a fantastic start! 2/2
    5.3 breaks through Sangakkara's defence as Hamid Hassan has set the University Oval on fire! The Big Kahuna falls as he is beaten through the gate to this one swinging in from wide of off, with Hamid Hassan putting in a rather awkward cartwheel to finish off the celebrations 18/3
    11.6 Hamid Hassan is producing the good as he gets Dimuth to go after a length delivery outside of off which catches the outside edge to provide a straightforward chance to the slip, who is able to complete the catch after fumbling the first take. Hassan gets down on one knee and looks to the heavens, almost Freddie-Flintoff style. Sri Lanka four down and in a world of trouble 51/4
    41.2 Hassan is the man with the golden gun as he has managed to prise out the wicket all of Afghanistan would have wanted. Gets Mahela to flick at this back of a length through third man aerially, with this hit well enough to fly comfortably to third man in the deep, who takes it safely. Big, big blow as Hassan falls to his feet and then looks to the heavens once more. Afghanistan back into this I reckon, but Sri Lanka still ahead on the equation 178/6
    40.3 Mathews looks like he has fallen just short of his ground as they attempted a quick single to this one played softly on the leg side. The close-in fielder is able to pick it up and fire in a direct hit in one fell swoop to throw down the striker's end, with the captain inches away. Ends a terrific rearguard 44 as he slams the dressing room window after storming his way back to the pavilion 177/5
    not out
    not out
    6 (lb 2, nb 1, w 3)
    236/6 (48.2 Overs, RR: 4.88)
    Dawlat Zadran9.004414.88312210
    Shapoor Zadran10.014814.80335000
    Hamid Hassan9.004535.00305001
    Mirwais Ashraf8.103103.79293000
    Mohammad Nabi5.202805.25121010
    Asghar Stanikzai0.50607.2021000
    Samiullah Shenwari6.003205.33153000
    Fall of wickets:1-0 (HDRL Thirimanne, 0.1 ov), 2-2 (TM Dilshan, 1.2 ov), 3-18 (KC Sangakkara, 5.3 ov), 4-51 (FDM Karunaratne, 11.6 ov), 5-177 (AD Mathews, 40.3 ov), 6-178 (DPMD Jayawardene, 41.2 ov)

Match Notes

Another century stand


Number of hundred partnerships for SL in World Cup games since 2007, second only to Australia's 12

Business as usual for Mahela


Number of 50-plus scores for Jayawardene in World Cup games, joint highest for SL with Jayasuriya

Opening blues


Number of times, in all ODIs, that both openers have been dismissed for first-ball ducks in an innings.

First-ball wicket


Number of times Afghanistan have taken a wicket off their first ball in an ODI. This was the first such instance

Poor finish


Afghanistan's run rate in the first 35 overs. In the last 15 the rate dropped to 4.2

Off the mark


Number of wides conceded by Sri Lanka today, the joint highest in the tournament so far

Double digits all


This was the first instance of Afghanistan's top eight batsmen all scoring at least 10 in an ODI innings

Sri Lanka's Powerplay


Runs scored by Afghanistan in the batting Powerplay, for the loss of 2 wickets. Five of those were extras

At his best against the best


Number of 50-plus scores for Afghanistan in ODIs versus the top 8 teams. Two of those are by Stanikzai

Solid start


Runs for Afghanistan after the first 20 overs, their second-best versus one of the top eight sides. Best - 95 versus Pakistan in Sharjah, 2012

ICC Cricket World Cup

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