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836dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Mahela, Thisara douse Afghanistan hopes

Afghanistan glimpsed the greatest victory of their short international history before Sri Lanka dragged themselves over the line in Dunedin by four wickets with 10 balls to spare - and the finish was tenser than that suggests

836dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Shenwari disappointed with batting slump

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

836dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

Listless Sri Lanka missing spark on the field

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

836dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

Poor fielding hurting Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have had poor form coming into the tournament but their greatest shortcoming has been in the field

Solid start

86

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

At his best against the best

3

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

Sri Lanka's Powerplay

10

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

Off the mark

16

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

Poor finish

4.82

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

Double digits all

1

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

First-ball wicket

1

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

Opening blues

2

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

Business as usual for Mahela

9

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

Another century stand

11

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