The Lankans stifled Afghanistan top-order by reducing them to 51/4 after 11 overs before Stanikzai (62 off 47 balls) and Samiullah Shenwari (31 off 23) built the innings. The duo stitched 61 off 33 balls for the fifth wicket and Stanikazai got a life twice, on 34 and 44 respectively.

In pics: Afghans clash with Lankans in WT20 match

For Sri Lanka, veteran batsman Dilshan was the highest scorer, hitting 83 off 56 balls. With wickets falling at regular intervals, he played his part to perfection and guided the team to victory against stubborn opponents. Skipper Mathews (21) and opening batsman Chandimal (18)

Afghanistan which had a serious chance of winning against Sri Lanka, was let down by its fielders who gave away too many boundaries.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan: 153/7 (20/20 ov)

1-12 (Mohammad Shahzad, 2.5 ov), 2-44 (Noor Ali Zadran, 8.1 ov), 3-46 (Karim Sadiq, 9.3 ov), 4-51 (Mohammad Nabi, 10.6 ov), 5-112 (Samiullah Shenwari, 16.3 ov), 6-132 (Shafiqullah, 18.4 ov), 7-136 (Asghar Stanikzai, 18.6 ov)

Sri Lanka: 155/4 (18.5/20 ov)
1-41 (Chandimal, 5.2 ov), 2-58 (Thirimanne, 8.4 ov), 3-85 (Perera, 12.1 ov), 4-113 (Kapugedera, 15.1 ov)

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