Sri Lanka were 51 for 4 and were teetering in chase of 233, but Afghanistan's inability to capitalise in their final few overs with the bat came back and prevented them from creating history
Sri Lanka undoubtledly have high hopes for the World Cup, but that is not the impression they are giving off with lumbering efforts in the field. Perhaps the game against Afghanistan is the push they need to transform
Plays of the day from the game between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in Dunedin
Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's close win against Afghanistan
Mahela Jayawardene's century helped bail Sri Lanka out of trouble to beat a resolute Afghanistan by four wickets in their World Cup 2015 Pool A encounter in Dunedin on Sunday.
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
Number of 50-plus scores for Afghanistan in ODIs versus the top 8 teams. Two of those are by Stanikzai
Runs scored by Afghanistan in the batting Powerplay, for the loss of 2 wickets. Five of those were extras
Number of wides conceded by Sri Lanka today, the joint highest in the tournament so far
Afghanistan's run rate in the first 35 overs. In the last 15 the rate dropped to 4.2
This was the first instance of Afghanistan's top eight batsmen all scoring at least 10 in an ODI innings
Number of times Afghanistan have taken a wicket off their first ball in an ODI. This was the first such instance
Number of times, in all ODIs, that both openers have been dismissed for first-ball ducks in an innings.
Number of 50-plus scores for Jayawardene in World Cup games, joint highest for SL with Jayasuriya
Number of hundred partnerships for SL in World Cup games since 2007, second only to Australia's 12