Afghanistan Men 152 ( 32.4 ) overs
Sri Lanka Men: 201 ( 36.5 ) overs
Sri Lanka win by 34 runs (DLS Method)
Toss - Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
Batsmens
R
B
4S
6S
SR
1
1
0
0
100
6
5
0
1
120
Bowler
O
M
R
W
Econ
6.4
0
39
3
5.85
Man of the Match
Nuwan Pradeep
Commentry
In over# 33
Runs : 7 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 1
Over 33. 7 runs. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. Afghanistan: 10-152(rr 4.61)
32.4
W
OUT! Bowled. Lasith Malinga to Hamid Hassan. In-swinging yorker, middle stump no foot movement defending, missed to. That's it, vintage Lasith Malinga, tailing the ball back in, getting it right in the block hole and under the bat and smashing into middle stump. Sri Lanka celebrate a win but they got out of jail here. A second batting collapse in two games will have the coaches concerned but they did show real character with the ball and they took their opportunities when they came. That's it for today, goodnight from Cardiff and we'll see you tomorrow.
32.3
6
SIX! Lasith Malinga to Hamid Hassan. Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. That's a huge hit, the slower ball is smashed into the stands by Hassan. Afghanistan just need six more of those.
32.2
.
Lasith Malinga to Hamid Hassan. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
32.1
1
Lasith Malinga to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. In-swinging yorker, down leg side on the front foot flick, bottom edge to leg gully for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
In over# 32
Runs : 8 Bowler: Isuru Udana Wickets : 1
Over 32. 9 runs. Bowler: Isuru Udana. Afghanistan: 9-145(rr 4.53)
31.6
W
OUT! Run Out. Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover, direct hit by Karunaratne. Brilliant work from the Sri Lankan captain. Najibullah wanted a run to keep the strike next over. He hit the ball to extra cover and set off. Karunaratne picked up and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end with Najibullah short of his ground. That's a killer blow for Afghanistan.
31.5
.
Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Slower ball back of a length, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
31.4
.
FREE HIT. Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Bouncer, outside off stump on the back foot hooking, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
31.4
4
FOUR! Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled to third man for 1 run. Four more, a big swing of the bat, a thick edge and it races away to the boundary. It's going to be a no ball too, there weren't enough men inside the circle, sloppy from Sri Lanka.
31.3
.
Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Short, outside off stump on the back foot hooking, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
31.2
4
FOUR! Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Well it looks like Najibullah is going to have a dart now and start playing a few shots. He's crashed that over extra cover.
31.1
.
Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
In over# 31
Runs : 1 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 1
Over 31. 1 run. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. Afghanistan: 8-136(rr 4.39)
30.6
.
Lasith Malinga to Hamid Hassan. Slower ball half volley, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by de Silva.
30.5
.
Lasith Malinga to Hamid Hassan. In-swinging full toss, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Perera.
30.4
W
OUT! Bowled. Lasith Malinga to Dawlat Zadran. In-swinging yorker, middle stump no foot movement defending, missed. Through him, that's too good for Dawlat, the classic inswinging yorker from Malinga smashes into the base of middle stump. At the other end Najibullah is going to have to think about attacking to try and knock off the 50 runs required.
30.3
.
Lasith Malinga to Dawlat Zadran. Slower ball full toss, down leg side backing away working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
30.2
.
Lasith Malinga to Dawlat Zadran. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge for no runs, fielded by de Silva.
30.1
.
Lasith Malinga to Dawlat Zadran. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Perera.
30.1
1
Wide Lasith Malinga to Dawlat Zadran. Slower ball full toss, down leg side on the front foot glancing, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
In over# 30
Runs : 2 Bowler: Suranga Lakmal Wickets : 0
Over 30. 2 runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. Afghanistan: 7-135(rr 4.50)
29.6
.
Suranga Lakmal to Najibullah Zadran. Seaming away back of a length, outside off stump no foot movement driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera. Well Dawlat is having some problems out there which are really hindering his mobility. He's had some treatment but isn't able to run well between the wickets.
29.5
1
Suranga Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to short mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Tillakaratna.
29.4
.
Suranga Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Karunaratne.
29.3
.
Suranga Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Lakmal.
29.2
.
Suranga Lakmal to Dawlat Zadran. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Karunaratne.
29.1
1
Suranga Lakmal to Najibullah Zadran. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot flick, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
In over# 29
Runs : 3 Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep Wickets : 0
Over 29. 3 runs. Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep. Afghanistan: 7-133(rr 4.59)
28.6
.
Nuwan Pradeep to Dawlat Zadran. Short, outside off stump swayed away Leave, to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
28.5
1
Nuwan Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
28.4
2
Nuwan Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Tillakaratna.
28.3
.
Nuwan Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran. Short, down leg side swayed away Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
28.2
.
Nuwan Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled to deep point for no runs, fielded by Perera. Almost carries to Thisara Perera at deep point. He does well to stop the ball going beyond him to the boundary. In fact they don't even take one.
28.1
.
Nuwan Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran. Seaming away back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
Afghanistan Men: 152 ( 32.4 ) overs
Sri Lanka Men 201 ( 36.5 ) overs
Toss - Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
Sri Lanka win by 34 runs (DLS Method)
RR : 4.2
CRR : 4.65
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
D Karunaratne

c: Zadran b: Nabi

30
45
3
66.67
K Perera

c: Mohammadi b: Khan

78
81
8
96.3
L Thirimanne

b: Nabi

25
34
1
73.53
K Mendis

c: Zurmatai b: Nabi

2
2
0
100
A Mathews

c: Zurmatai b: Nabi

0
2
0
0
D de

c: Mohammadi b: Hassan

0
4
0
0
T Perera

run out (Shahidi)

2
4
0
50
I Udana

b: Zadran

10
21
0
47.62
S Lakmal

not out

15
13
2
115.38
L Malinga

b: Zadran

4
14
1
28.57
N Pradeep

b: Khan

0
4
0
0
Extras 35(b 0, lb 10, WD 22, NB 3)
Total 201/10 36.5 overs

FOW:
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
6.0
0
34
2
5.67
7.0
0
53
1
7.57
3.0
0
19
0
6.33
9.0
0
30
4
3.33
4.0
0
38
0
9.50
7.5
1
17
2
2.17
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
M Shahzad

c: Karunaratne b: Malinga

7
12
1
58.33
H Zazai

c: Perera b: Fernando

30
25
3
120
R Shah

c: Mathews b: Tillakaratna

2
11
0
18.18
H Shahidi

c: Perera b: Fernando

4
17
0
23.53
M Nabi

b: Perera

11
16
1
68.75
G Naib

lbw: Fernando

23
32
2
71.88
N Zadran

run out (Karunaratne)

43
56
6
76.79
R Khan

b: Fernando

2
4
0
50
D Zadran

b: Malinga

6
18
1
33.33
H Hassan

b: Malinga

6
5
0
120
M Ur

not out

1
1
0
100
Extras 17(b 1, lb 0, WD 15, NB 1)
Total 152/10 32.4 overs

FOW:
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
6.4
0
39
3
5.85
6.0
0
27
0
4.50
6.0
0
28
1
4.67
9.0
1
31
4
3.44
4.0
0
19
1
4.75
1.0
0
7
0
7.00
In over# 37
Runs : 0 Bowler: Rashid Khan Wickets : 1
36.5
W
OUT! Bowled. Rashid Khan to Nuwan Pradeep. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, hit pad to. Not brilliant from Pradeep, if that's his defence maybe he would have been better off attacking. I'm not entirely convinced he was even playing a shot at that ball but it's hit the top of his off stump and Sri Lanka's innings comes to an end. It feels a very long time ago that Sri Lanka were 140-1, their rapid start aided by loose opening spells from Dawlat and Hamid Hassan. It was at that point Nabi did the damage to the Sri Lankan middle order and they went on a journey of self-destruction. Let's hope the rain stays away, Afghanistan have a real opportunity for a World Cup victory here.
In over# 36
Runs : 8 Bowler: Dawlat Zadran Wickets : 1
35.6
W
OUT! Bowled. Dawlat Zadran to Lasith Malinga. Slower ball yorker, outside off stump backing away Steer, bottom edge to. Very well bowled by Dawlat, much more effective than those short balls he was bowling. The slower ball yorker was executed perfectly and Malinga could do no more than chop it into his leg stump.
35.3
4
FOUR! Dawlat Zadran to Suranga Lakmal. Short, outside off stump backing away pulling, well timed in the air under control past long on for 4 runs. Short again and slapped over mid-on this time. I don't think that's the right tactic here.
35.1
4
FOUR! Dawlat Zadran to Suranga Lakmal. Short, off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Short and Lakmal is a tall man and he smashes it through mid-wicket, valuable runs for Sri Lanka.
In over# 34
Runs : 4 Bowler: Dawlat Zadran Wickets : 0
33.4
4
FOUR! Dawlat Zadran to Lasith Malinga. Back of a length, outside off stump backing away Slog, in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Clubbed over the top by Malinga who gave himself room to have a good swing at that one.
In over# 33
Runs : 0 Bowler: Rashid Khan Wickets : 1
32.2
W
OUT! Caught. Rashid Khan to Kusal Perera. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot reverse sweeping, Gloved in the air uncontrolled to wicketkeeper, by Mohammadi. Big appeal from Shahzad and Perera is gone too. He was looking to reverse sweep, the shot was on but the ball was too full and it just feathered the batsman's gloves on the way into the Shahzad's gloves, a good take from the big man. The Afghanistan players have all got their tails up here now, they sense they are in with a great chance in this game.
In over# 32
Runs : 0 Bowler: Dawlat Zadran Wickets : 1
31.3
W
OUT! Bowled. Dawlat Zadran to Isuru Udana. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, missed to. Oh dear, that wasn't pretty from Udana. A big swipe across the line and Dawlat has cleaned him up, the ball crashing into middle and off. With Kusal Perera at the other end and nearly 20 overs left to bat I'm not sure that was what was required.
In over# 26
Runs : 0 Bowler: Mohammad Nabi Wickets : 1
25.4
W
OUT! Run Out. Mohammad Nabi to Thisara Perera. Quicker length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover, fielded by Shahidi, by Mohammadi. Thisara Perera where are you going? He pushed the ball straight to cover and set off for a run. Kusal Perera sent him back in disbelief but it was too late, Shahidi had picked the ball up at cover and threw it in and Shahzad did really well to take it and swing his gloves round into the stumps, breaking them just before Thisara Perera could regain his ground.
In over# 23
Runs : 0 Bowler: Hamid Hassan Wickets : 1
22.6
W
OUT! Caught. Hamid Hassan to Dhananjaya de Silva. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement defending, outside edge in the air uncontrolled to wicketkeeper, by Mohammadi. Edged and taken by the big man behind the stumps. Hamid Hassan is a different bowler in this second spell, he's bowled with pace and movement and deserves that wicket. Dhananjaya de Silva's feet went nowhere and he got a genuine edge through to Shahzad who did the rest. What must Kusal Perera be thinking at the other end.
In over# 22
Runs : 0 Bowler: Mohammad Nabi Wickets : 3
21.6
W
OUT! Caught. Mohammad Nabi to Angelo Mathews. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot driving, outside edge in the air uncontrolled to first slip, by Mohammadi, by Zurmatai. Gone! Well taken by Rahmat Shah at first slip, the finger is up and Mathews is on his way. What an over from Nabi, there's no turn but he's causing all sorts of problems out there. Mathews was trying to push the ball off the back foot into the offside, he got the nick and the ball flicked off Shahzad's pad and Rahmat Shah reacted well to catch the ball to his left.
21.4
W
OUT! Caught. Mohammad Nabi to Kusal Mendis. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, outside edge in the air uncontrolled to first slip, by Zurmatai. Edged again and this time it's gone straight into the hands of slip. Two in the over for Nabi, finding the edge of the bat twice in two balls to Mendis. All of a sudden Afghanistan are back in this game and they're starting to enjoy themselves.
21.2
W
OUT! Bowled. Mohammad Nabi to Lahiru Thirimanne. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, inside edge to. Chopped on off an inside edge. Very slow from Nabi, Thirimanne went back but the ball didn't bounce very high and he dragged it back into off stump. Really cunning bowling from the experienced Afghan, back into the attack and he's picked up another wicket. Conditions aren't in his favour and he still finds a way.
In over# 17
Runs : 8 Bowler: Gulbadin Naib Wickets : 0
16.6
4
FREE HIT. FOUR! Gulbadin Naib to Kusal Perera. Slower length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Another no ball leads to another free hit which leads to another ball being smashed through the offside for four by Perera.
16.4
4
FREE HIT. FOUR! Gulbadin Naib to Kusal Perera. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep cover for 4 runs. After a couple of wides and being told he can't now change the field Gulbadin eventually bowls one Perera can hit and he smashes it for four over the offside, that takes him to 50.
In over# 15
Runs : 4 Bowler: Gulbadin Naib Wickets : 0
14.5
4
FREE HIT. FOUR! Gulbadin Naib to Lahiru Thirimanne. Slower ball short, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Thirimanne punishes the free hit. He was done by the change of pace but the trouble was it was so slow he was able to re-adjust, hold his position and then thump the ball down the ground.
In over# 14
Runs : 0 Bowler: Mohammad Nabi Wickets : 1
13.1
W
OUT! Caught. Mohammad Nabi to Dimuth Karunaratne. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on, by Zadran. Comes down the track but hits straight to the man at long on, that was not what the Sri Lankan skipper intended. He wanted to hit over mid-off but the face off his bat closed on impact and he picked out the man in the deep. Clever bowling and field placements from Nabi.
In over# 8
Runs : 8 Bowler: Mujeeb Ur Rahman Wickets : 0
7.3
4
FOUR! Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Perera. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed past deep point for 4 runs. Too short this time and cut away hard by Perera, he really is asserting himself on this game right from the start.
7.2
4
FOUR! Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kusal Perera. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Uses his feet and smashes the ball high towards the longest part of the ground. The ball bounces just inside the rope.
In over# 6
Runs : 4 Bowler: Mujeeb Ur Rahman Wickets : 0
5.6
4
FOUR! Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dimuth Karunaratne. Off break half volley, middle stump on the front foot flick, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Lovely timing, played under the eyes and into the gap on the legside.
In over# 5
Runs : 4 Bowler: Dawlat Zadran Wickets : 0
4.2
4
FOUR! Dawlat Zadran to Kusal Perera. Length ball, off stump on the front foot pulling, in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs, mis-fielded by Zazai.
In over# 4
Runs : 8 Bowler: Hamid Hassan Wickets : 0
3.5
4
FOUR! Hamid Hassan to Dimuth Karunaratne. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot working, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.
3.3
4
FOUR! Hamid Hassan to Kusal Perera. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Stand and deliver from Perera, that's the way he plays his cricket, smashing the ball over mid-off and away to the boundary.
In over# 2
Runs : 8 Bowler: Hamid Hassan Wickets : 0
1.4
4
FOUR! Hamid Hassan to Kusal Perera. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs. Lovely striking from Perera, already it looks like a good move from Sri Lanka to promote him up the order.
1.1
4
NEW BALL. FOUR! Hamid Hassan to Kusal Perera. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, past deep square leg for 4 runs. Pulled away with confidence first ball. Not a great start from Hamid Hassan.
In over# 1
Runs : 4 Bowler: Dawlat Zadran Wickets : 0
0.5
4
FOUR! Dawlat Zadran to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side on the back foot glancing, Gloved past fine leg for 4 runs. Tucked away off the hip. It came off the glove so it didn't go quickly but fine leg was quite wide and the boundary down there isn't too long so it's the first boundary to Sri Lanka.
In over# 33
Runs : 0 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 1
32.4
W
OUT! Bowled. Lasith Malinga to Hamid Hassan. In-swinging yorker, middle stump no foot movement defending, missed to. That's it, vintage Lasith Malinga, tailing the ball back in, getting it right in the block hole and under the bat and smashing into middle stump. Sri Lanka celebrate a win but they got out of jail here. A second batting collapse in two games will have the coaches concerned but they did show real character with the ball and they took their opportunities when they came. That's it for today, goodnight from Cardiff and we'll see you tomorrow.
In over# 32
Runs : 4 Bowler: Isuru Udana Wickets : 1
31.6
W
OUT! Run Out. Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover, direct hit by Karunaratne. Brilliant work from the Sri Lankan captain. Najibullah wanted a run to keep the strike next over. He hit the ball to extra cover and set off. Karunaratne picked up and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end with Najibullah short of his ground. That's a killer blow for Afghanistan.
31.2
4
FOUR! Isuru Udana to Najibullah Zadran. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Well it looks like Najibullah is going to have a dart now and start playing a few shots. He's crashed that over extra cover.
In over# 31
Runs : 0 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 1
30.4
W
OUT! Bowled. Lasith Malinga to Dawlat Zadran. In-swinging yorker, middle stump no foot movement defending, missed. Through him, that's too good for Dawlat, the classic inswinging yorker from Malinga smashes into the base of middle stump. At the other end Najibullah is going to have to think about attacking to try and knock off the 50 runs required.
In over# 27
Runs : 4 Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep Wickets : 1
26.4
4
FOUR! Nuwan Pradeep to Dawlat Zadran. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, past long on for 4 runs, mis-fielded by Fernando, mis-fielded by Malinga, mis-fielded by Mathews. Poor from Sri Lanka, between them they had three opportunities to stop that and they all missed it. Just a little push from Dawlat and it earns him four valuable runs.
26.1
W
OUT! Bowled. Nuwan Pradeep to Rashid Khan. Seaming in back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, hit pad to. That's through Rashid and it's removed the off bail. Again the batsman was on the back foot and got caught on the crease. The ball flicked his pad before making contact with the stumps. Pradeep wheels away in celebration, he's turning this game around again in Sri Lanka's favour.
In over# 25
Runs : 0 Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep Wickets : 1
24.5
W
OUT! L.B.W. Nuwan Pradeep to Gulbadin Naib. Length ball, off stump on the back foot working, hit pad to. That's close, up goes the umpire's finger. Gulbadin was back to a ball that was well pitched up. The Afghanistan captain opts to use their review, this will be all about whether or not the ball is hitting leg stump. It's umpire's call and Sri Lanka celebrate a vital breakthrough.
In over# 24
Runs : 4 Bowler: Dhananjaya de Silva Wickets : 0
23.6
4
FOUR! Dhananjaya de Silva to Najibullah Zadran. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot reverse sweeping, well timed past deep backward point for 4 runs. Takes on the reverse sweep and absolutely smokes it to the boundary. Najibullah got runs against Australia and he looks pretty confident out there in the middle.
In over# 19
Runs : 8 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
18.2
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Gulbadin Naib. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. That will be four more, off the back foot this time as Malinga tries to bang one in short.
18.1
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Gulbadin Naib. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past long on for 4 runs. Beautifully driven back down the ground with the full face of the bat.
In over# 16
Runs : 8 Bowler: Thisara Perera Wickets : 0
15.3
4
FOUR! Thisara Perera to Najibullah Zadran. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Again Najibullah gets plenty of bat on it and sends the ball running away for four.
15.1
4
FOUR! Thisara Perera to Najibullah Zadran. Back of a length, off stump no foot movement driving, in the air under control past deep point for 4 runs. Not much foot movement but a good connection sends the ball to the cover boundary.
In over# 15
Runs : 4 Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep Wickets : 0
14.3
4
FOUR! Nuwan Pradeep to Najibullah Zadran. Length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep cover for 4 runs. Doesn't try and hit the ball too hard, just leaning into the shot and that helps him caress it to the boundary rather than edge it to the slips.
In over# 14
Runs : 0 Bowler: Thisara Perera Wickets : 1
13.4
W
OUT! Bowled. Thisara Perera to Mohammad Nabi. Seaming in length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, hit pad to. What a beauty from Thisara Perera. That's nipped back off the pitch, it's crept through the gate, flicked off Nabi's pad and knocked back off stump. We have a game on our hands here in Cardiff.
In over# 13
Runs : 0 Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep Wickets : 1
12.5
W
OUT! Caught. Nuwan Pradeep to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Short, to leg on the back foot pushing, outside edge in the air uncontrolled to wicketkeeper, by Perera. That's another one for Sri Lanka, a really good piece of bowling from Pradeep. He's bowled very testing lines and lengths in this spell so far with two slips in place and has earned his two wickets. There was good bounce in this delivery and it got far too big for the push at the ball Shahidi was playing. Kusal Perara took it in two hands above his head. Afghanistan are four down now.
In over# 11
Runs : 4 Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep Wickets : 0
10.5
4
FOUR! Nuwan Pradeep to Mohammad Nabi. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long on for 4 runs. Hits through the line and over the top. Nabi saw one in his arc and decided it was time to show some aggression.
In over# 9
Runs : 0 Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep Wickets : 1
8.4
W
OUT! Caught. Nuwan Pradeep to Hazratullah Zazai. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled to fine leg, by Perera. What a great catch at fine leg by Thisara Perera. To defend small totals you need to take all the half chances you get. It's the important wicket of the explosive Zazai too. He was trying to pull but couldn't control the shot and it went in the air behind square. Perera dived low to his left on the run and caught the ball in two hands.
In over# 8
Runs : 0 Bowler: Isuru Udana Wickets : 1
7.5
W
OUT! Caught. Isuru Udana to Rahmat Shah. Seaming away length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, outside edge in the air uncontrolled to first slip, by Mathews. That's out, hard hands from Rahmat Shah and Udana has got him with that angle he creates across the right-hander. It wasn't the best shot, the ball certainly wasn't there for the firm drive Rahmat Shah was attempting. The ball took the edge and Mathews pouched a regulation catch at a wide first slip.
In over# 5
Runs : 4 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 1
4.4
W
OUT! Caught. Lasith Malinga to Mohammad Shahzad. Slower length ball, middle stump on the front foot flick, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to short mid wicket, by Karunaratne. That is out, caught by the skipper diving forward and Sri Lanka have their all important breakthrough. A good slower ball from Malinga bowled at the stumps and Shahzad chipped it tamely into the legside. Sri Lanka need more of those and fast.
4.1
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Hazratullah Zazai. Slower length ball, middle stump on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Once again Zazai gets that front leg out of the way and smacks the ball away to the boundary with a big swing of the bat.
In over# 4
Runs : 4 Bowler: Suranga Lakmal Wickets : 0
3.1
4
FOUR! Suranga Lakmal to Hazratullah Zazai. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot driving, well timed past long on for 4 runs. That early shape has died down and the full balls from the opening bowlers are being punished by these two powerful batsmen.
In over# 3
Runs : 4 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
2.3
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Hazratullah Zazai. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Malinga goes full looking for swing but there's none there and he gets crashed through the covers for four.
In over# 2
Runs : 4 Bowler: Suranga Lakmal Wickets : 0
1.5
4
FOUR! Suranga Lakmal to Mohammad Shahzad. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, past deep point for 4 runs. Nicely punched off the back foot by Shahzad, timed well enough to beat the fielders to the boundary. Runs flowing for Afghanistan early on.

Dimuth Karunaratne

30 (45)

73(79)

Kusal Perera

43 (34)

Kusal Perera

22 (18)

47(52)

Lahiru Thirimanne

25 (34)

Kusal Perera

0 (0)

2(2)

Kusal Mendis

2 (2)

Kusal Perera

0 (0)

0(2)

Angelo Mathews

0 (2)

Kusal Perera

3 (2)

3(6)

Dhananjaya de Silva

0 (4)

Kusal Perera

6 (12)

8(16)

Thisara Perera

2 (4)

Kusal Perera

4 (14)

14(35)

Isuru Udana

10 (21)

Kusal Perera

0 (1)

2(5)

Suranga Lakmal

2 (4)

Suranga Lakmal

12 (8)

16(22)

Lasith Malinga

4 (14)

Suranga Lakmal

1 (1)

1(5)

Nuwan Pradeep

0 (4)

Mohammad Shahzad

7 (12)

32(28)

Hazratullah Zazai

25 (16)

Hazratullah Zazai

5 (8)

7(19)

Rahmat Shah

2 (11)

Hazratullah Zazai

0 (1)

2(5)

Hashmatullah Shahidi

2 (4)

Hashmatullah Shahidi

2 (13)

13(25)

Mohammad Nabi

11 (12)

Mohammad Nabi

0 (4)

0(5)

Gulbadin Naib

0 (1)

Gulbadin Naib

23 (31)

52(67)

Najibullah Zadran

29 (36)

Najibullah Zadran

0 (4)

2(8)

Rashid Khan

2 (4)

Najibullah Zadran

6 (9)

12(27)

Dawlat Zadran

6 (18)

Najibullah Zadran

8 (7)

8(9)

Hamid Hassan

0 (2)

Hamid Hassan

6 (3)

6(4)

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

0 (1)