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ICC World T20 2016: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets

Updated: 17 March 2016 23:13 IST - Published: 17 March 2016 18:31 IST
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As far as the World T20 is concerned, next up, we have for you a Group B game from Dharamsala between the Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand, set to take place tomorrow at 3 PM (IST)! The Sportskeeda live coverage or that game starts at 2:30 PM (IST).
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Afghanistan would look to take out positives from this game, as well as improve upon their fielding, that perhaps cost them this game.
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Overall, some good cricket was on display tonight by Sri Lanka as they begin their title defence on a positive note. They would look take this momentum into the further games that they play in the World T20.
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"We fell 15-20 runs short. Misfields cost us too. We will look to improve our perfromance in the next game," says Asghar, the Afghanistan captain.
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"It was a much-needed victory for us. The bowlers bowled pretty well. We played really good cricket in the practice games as well. We just gotta to go out there and be positive," says Mathews.
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Although Thirimanne departed early, Perera and Kapugedera played brief cameos and played the perfect supporting role for Dilshan to guide the Lankan innings. There were a couple of lusty blows by Mathews too in the end.
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They also didn't quite manage to pick up early wickets as Dilshan and Chandimal built up a 41-run opening stand to lay the plaform for the middle order.
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Afghanistan gave things away in the last few overs, especially through their misfields that cost them 12 runs where there should have bene only 3.
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"I needed runs in this game. I am really happy with this knock. I think we batted really well and built partnerships. The first match is really important in every tournament," says Dilshan.
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Dilshan played a match winning innings of 83 not out off just 56 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes and he is the player of the match!
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Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets in their first league game!
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18.5 Hassan to Dilshan, FOUR! Dilshan hits the winning four through midwicket and SL win their first game by six wickets!
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18.4 Hassan to Dilshan, 2 runs, another yorker outside off, Dilshan guides it towards third man behind point for a couple
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18.3 Hassan to Mathews, 1 run, full ball, squeezed towards long-on for a single
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18.2 Hassan to Dilshan, 1 run , driven towards the on side towards long-on
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18.1 Hassan to Dilshan, FOUR! Dilshan is playing a gem! Smashed through the covers for another four!
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Afghanistan have given it away in the field in thelast 5 overs !
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Just 11 needed now off the last 2 overs!
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17.6 Zadran to Dilshan, 1 run, yorker outside off, Dilshan smashes it straight to cover, but sprints through for a quick single
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17.5 Zadran to Mathews, 1 run, waist high full toss, Mathews guides it towards deep point for a single
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17.4 Zadran to Mathews, FOUR! Driven through the on side, and beats the men at long on and deep midwicket for a four
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17.3 Zadran to Mathews, FOUR! Another misfield! Bad cricket by Afghanistan! Outside edge off Mathews' bat, and the third man behind point misfields this time!
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17.3 Zadran to Mathews, WIDE! Too high outside leg stump!