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ICC World Twenty20 2016

Super 10 phase, Group 1

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 83 from 56 balls to guide Sri Lanka past AfghanistanAFP
17:44

That is all for this particular live blog, but we will be back bright and early tomorrow to bring you live coverage of an Antipodean derby between Australia and New Zealand in Dharamsala.

There is also the smaller matter of England vs South Africa. Until then, goodbye.

17:26

So holders Sri Lanka get their ICC World Twenty20 title defence off to a winning start courtesy of an unbeaten 83 from Tillakaratne Dilshan. Their chase was certainly not without its hiccups, but the elder statesman saw them across the finish line with impeccable pacing.

Afghanistan - especially captain Asghar Stanikzai - proved their ability with the bat with an impressive second half to their innings, but ultimately they had no answer for Sri Lanka's vastly experienced opener. A series of fielding mishaps hardly helped their cause, either.

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Next up on their Group 1 agenda is a meeting with South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, face table-toppers West Indies in Bangalore.

17:24

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets

17:24

19th over - Sri Lanka 155-4

Sri Lanka win the match with an over to spare courtesy of two more fours from the brilliant Dilshan, the winning shot punched past mid-wicket.

17:20

Sri Lanka require 11 from their final two overs.

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18th over - Sri Lanka 143-4

Mathews panics as an inside edge off Dawlat Zadran almost hits the stumps. He then produces back-to-back fours,the first is is spilled by third man Gulbadin Naib and the second is struck very nicely indeed through mid-wicket. There was no stopping that.

17:15

23 needed from 18 now.

17:14

17th over - Sri Lanka 131-4

Mathews leads by example, providing a crucial six with just his second ball as he nails Rashid Khan over mid-wicket. He tries and fails with two more big shot attempts before hitting another gap for four.

17:11

16th over - Sri Lanka 120-4

Mathews joins Dilshan in the middle. The duo trade singles before Nabi's full toss is sent racing towards deep backward square leg. It's another horrible misfield that brings up 68 for Dilshan.

17:08

Wicket - Kapugedera (10) run out (Sri Lanka 113-4)

Kapugedera leaves his crease as Dilshan drives back down the pitch and bowler Nabi reacts smartly to divert the ball back on to the stumps. Unlucky for the batsman, but terrific work from Afghanistan's spinner.

17:04

15th over - Sri Lanka 113-3

Dilshan takes advantage of a full toss to power his fourth six of the innings. A run-out appeal on the 39-year-old is then referred to the third umpire but quickly dismissed. Kapugedera swipes Hassan for four through mid-wicket.

41 more runs needed from 30 deliveries.

17:00

14th over - Sri Lanka 99-3

Chamara Kapugedera is off and running with two singles. Dilshan then slogs a poor ball from Rashid to deep mid-wicket and a dreadful mistake from Shafiq Shafiqullah sees the ball slip through his hands and away for four.

16:56

13th over - Sri Lanka 92-3

Dilshan plunders five more to bring up his half-century. An overthow from Afghanistan then costs them precious runs and Shahzad complains to the umpire that he was blocked off.

The required run-rate now stands at 8.8.

16:54

Wicket - Perera (12) run out (Sri Lanka 85-3)

Shahzad reacts quickly to collect the ball and hit the wickets directly after Perera called through for an ill-advised single. He looks in at first glance but it's referred to third umpire Richard Kettleborough who gives it out.

16:49

12th over - Sri Lanka 85-2

Seven more runs to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Dilshan just five short of his 50 now and Perera has 12.

16:46

11th over - Sri Lanka 77-2

Dilshan nicks a single before Sri Lanka are gifted four leg byes when Shenwari's delivery is missed by the swinging Perera and turns past wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad away to the boundary.

The bowler is not happy and lets his teammate know about it.

16:42

10th over - Sri Lanka 71-2

Dilshan and Perera help themselves to a flurry of singles before the former announces his presence by whacking a long six down the ground. Not great bowling from Karim Sadiq.

16:39

Ninth over - Sri Lanka 60-2

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Wicket - Thirimanne (6) b Rashid Khan (Sri Lanka 58-2)

Thirimanne has looked far from convincing alongside the experienced Dilshan. Just two balls after hitting a four, he gets an inside edge on 17-year-old Rashid Khan's turning delivery that crashes into his leg stump.

Thisara Perera to the crease.

16:32

Eighth over - Sri Lanka 54-1

Dilshan takes command and runs well for two after a shot to square-leg. He notches another slightly risky couple before cutting off the back-foot nicely for four. Sri Lanka ease past the 50 mark.

16:29

Seventh over - Sri Lanka 44-1

Two singles for Dilshan and one for third man Thirimanne. The latter then survives an lbw appeal from Rashid Khan.

16:26

Wicket - Chandimal (18) c Shafiqullah b Nabi (Sri Lanka 41-1)

Nabi gets the breakthrough with just his second ball of the innings, coaxing Chandimal into coming down the ground and hitting a poor shot that is taken at mid-wicket.

16:22

Some much-needed spin now as Nabi is given the nod. Can he break up this threatening opening partnership?

16:19

Fifth over - Sri Lanka 41-0

An otherwise economical over from Zadran, who has demonstrated his football skills, is tarnished by a short ball being dispatched away for four. Chandimal's back-foot drive flies past the fielder and beyond the boundary.