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
• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Wright's 99 helps England start impressively

The World Twenty20 continued to conform to expectation - disappointingly so, some will say - as England began the defence of their title with a 116-run hammering of Afghanistan

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England196/5(20 overs)
Afghanistan80(17.2 overs)

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 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

end of over 166 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 70/9CRR: 4.37 • RRR: 31.75 • Need 127 from 24b
Izatullah Dawlatzai0 (3)
Gulbadin Naib35 (24)
Graeme Swann4-2-22-2
Jade Dernbach2-0-16-1
Swann to Izatullah Dawlatzai, no run
length ball, tapped to cover
Swann to Izatullah Dawlatzai, no run
tossed up and defended back down the track
Swann to Izatullah Dawlatzai, no run
over the wicket, spinning back from outside off and blocked

That was a 44-run partnership for the ninth wicket. Not bad, particularly after what had gone before

Swann to Shapoor Zadran, OUT
and got him, slides on with the arm, inside the line of the bat and Dharmasena raises the finger, Zadran sloping off one run shy of double figures
Shapoor Zadran lbw b Swann 9 (25m 17b 0x4 1x6) SR: 52.94
Swann to Shapoor Zadran, SIX runs
shot! Zadran goes down on one knee and carves a mighty mow over deep midwicket for six more
Swann to Shapoor Zadran, no run
round the wicket, defended back to the bowler

Swann back on to try and break this, er, niggly partnership

end of over 1514 runs
AFG: 64/8CRR: 4.26 • RRR: 26.60 • Need 133 from 30b
Gulbadin Naib35 (24)
Shapoor Zadran3 (14)
Jade Dernbach2-0-16-1
Stuart Broad3-1-10-2

That's why everyone loves to watch Afghanistan. They've almost reached Kenya's low-water mark of 67, too

Dernbach to Gulbadin Naib, SIX runs
short ball, wide of off, steps back and crunched< over deep midwicket, that's gone a long way
Dernbach to Gulbadin Naib, SIX runs
pitched up outside off and smacked dismissively back over long-off for six! Now, if only they hadn't lost those eight early wickets...
Dernbach to Gulbadin Naib, no run
slower ball, outside off, completely dupes Gulbodin who had wound up for the big one and nearly fell over as he stepped outside leg to wait for it

"I am wondering if still the warm up games are going on..." chirps Mitesh, "believe the real tournament starts tomorrow. Hope it does!"

Best performances - batsmen
LJ Wright
99 runs (55)
8 fours
6 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
25 runs
1 fours
3 sixes
Gulbadin Naib
44 runs (32)
5 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
3 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SR Patel
SCJ Broad
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossAfghanistan , elected to field first
SeriesICC World Twenty20 2012
Player Of The Match
Luke Wright
Match numberT20I no. 268
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.10-22.30
Match days21 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)
Kumar Dharmasena
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Asad Rauf
Reserve Umpire
Aleem Dar
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsEngland 2, Afghanistan 0