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Man of the Match Kumar Sangakkara says that it was a tough wicket to bat on, the batsmen needed to get settled and then take on the bowling. Praises Mathews and Perera for their batting at the death. Adds that they have to still improve in a few areas. Mentions that he had to focus on the basics and lay the platform before he could launch.
Angelo Mathews says that it was a very important game for them as they needed a win to get to the final. Adds that Afghanistan had a good bowling attack and that it was tough to score runs on this wicket. Mentions that it was a collective effort, the bowling attack proved that it was world class with this performance.
Mohammad Nabi says that they bowled brilliantly in the first 35 overs. Sangakkara played really well. Adds that they played well in the first 10 overs while batting but then Perera and Mendis bowled splendidly. Mentions that they will try and do well against India.
Just when it looked it was going well for Afghanistan, they lost Stanikzai and that proved to be the turning point as Afghanistan lost wickets in a flurry. Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi tried their best but the pressure was always building and they couldn't get Afghanistan past the finish line. Thisara Perera was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with three wickets.
A comfortable victory for Sri Lanka. They achieve a bonus point too and have qualified for the final. Sri Lanka did well to post a competitive total on the board after struggling early on. Sangakkara made a handy 76 while Mathews and Thisara Perera played breezy knocks at the death to power the Lions to 253. Chasing the target, Afghanistan lost Shahzad early but then Noor Ali and Stanikzai did well to rebuild the innings.
to Mirwais Ashraf
OUT! That's it! Sri Lanka win by 129 runs! Loopy and full outside off, turning away. Ashraf leans forward for a drive but gets an outside edge to short third man where Perera pouches a simple catch.
Comes forward and prods it into the ground.
Goes back and turns it to square leg.
Leans forward and drives it straight to point.
Shapoor Zadran is the last man in.
Ajantha Mendis to Dawlat Zadran
OUT! Sound of the timber! Loopy and full on off, spinning back in. Zadran leans forward for a loft but misses, the ball sneaks through his bat and pad to rattle the timber.
Quicker on middle, Zadran defends it into the ground.
Leans forward and prods it into the ground.
Lunges forward and defends it back to the bowler.
Ajantha Mendis to Mirwais Ashraf
Looks to drive but misses and gets hit on the pads. They run through for a leg bye.
Full on off, Ashraf drives it straight to cover.
to Dawlat Zadran
Beauty! Spins away after landing outside off, Zadran looks to defend off the front foot but misses.
Beaten! Loopy outside off, spinning away. Zadran misses his prod.
Length delivery outside off, spinning away. Zadran leaves it alone.