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