6th Match, Colombo (RPS), Sep 21 2012, Group A (N), ICC World Twenty20
(17.2/20 ov, target 197)
England won by 116 runs
Player Of The Match
AFG Innings
Full commentary

10.50pm/6.20pm: Right, it's been a rollercoaster ride but, at the end of it, England remain on course and Afghani pride is, just about, still intact. That's your lot from me, Andrew McGlashan's report is in and there'll be more news and reaction on the site later. I'll be back again for England v India on Sunday. Cheerio until then.

10.40pm/6.10pm: Out on the field, Nasser Hussain is conducting the first post-match interview with Nawroz Mangal, Afghanistan's captain. Unfortunately, Mangal is using an interpreter ... and Nasser completely forgets to get the translation until the last couple of questions. He's a bit more comfortable talking to the other interviewees.

Stuart Broad, England's captain: "We batted maturely, Luke Wright's innings was outstanding and when the guys came in at the end and struck the ball it was very powerful and exciting to see. We bowled well at the start, you're always going to concede a few runs in T20 but it was a good win. It's amazing to see teams like Afghanistan here, it's important to grow the game and hopefully this inspires people in their country. We'll be fired up and wanting a win [against India] and that's the only attitude to take when you cross the line."

Man of the Match, Luke Wright: "Yeah, it was a bit of a special evening, I was desperate to play well and win games for England so it's special to be man of the match. We tried to hang around and see what we could get early on. As I've got older I've gone away and tried to work on my game and prove that I'm a better player. The amount of guys I've seen have time away from England, like Ian Bell, and come back a better players, talking to other coaches and players about how I could improve. I want to bowl more, I've been used a a bit of a one-over specialist. It's something that came from my knee injury but I'll keep working on it."

10.35pm/6.05pm: No need to check the temperature of the giant, then, he'll not be felled today. Another regulation win for the bigger boys looks pretty bad on paper for Afghanistan but they bowled with heart once again and, albeit only one of them, thrashed merrily with the bat. There have been plenty of bigger embarrassments. Victory also sends England (and India) through to the Super Eights and means Afghanistan are out.

Dernbach to Gulbadin Naib, OUT
and that's it, Dernbach gets the final wicket as Gulbodin slogs into the air off the toe of the bat, falling tragically short of a defiant half-century - still, he has bettered his previous T20I best by 27 runs and recorded the highest score by a No. 8 in the format. Silver linings aside, that means England win by 116 runs
Gulbadin Naib c Morgan b Dernbach 44 (42m 32b 5x4 3x6) SR: 137.50
Dernbach to Gulbadin Naib, no run
rolled out the back of the hand, punched to long-off, turned down one
end of over 1710 runs
AFG: 80/9CRR: 4.7 • RRR: 39.00 • Need 117 runs from 18b
Gulbadin Naib44 (30)
Izatullah Dawlatzai0 (3)
Steven Finn4-0-24-1
Graeme Swann4-2-22-2
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run
full and wide and slapped into the covers and it gets Gulbodin to the striker's end for the next over

Afghanistan's batting representative for today is still having fun out there

Finn to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR runs
Finn to Gulbodin Naib, 1 run, full length and wide of the stumps, Gulbodin edges across and plays an outrageous scoop for four to deep backward square
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, no run
takes the pace off this time, Gulbodin swings and misses
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide
bounced, wide of the stumps ... but too high
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, no run
full bunger at the stumps, clubbed straight back down the ground to long-on, doesn't take a single - he's just having some batting practice, is Gulbodin
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, no run
full length ball outside off, swings like a rusty gate and misses
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR runs
short ball, swatted out towards wide long-on, a vicious kick off the turf takes the ball past Bairstow's nose and over the rope for four

Broad rotates again, Finn on to trying shark out the final wicket