At the point when Angelo Mathews won the throw, he promptly selected to bowl first with the impression of unleashing fear in type of Lasith Malinga on Afghanistan batting line-up. Yet his thoughts were mercilessly dashed when Afghanistan openers Javed Ahmedi and Nawroz Mangal started the innings on a positive note. The Afghanistani side demonstrated that regardless of being labeled minnows, they are no suckers in the continuous ICC Cricket World Cup competition. In the wake of posting a less than impressive score of 232 runs in the first innings, the Afghans’ gave little space to the Sri Lankan side as the match went ahead till the 48 over. Nonetheless, it was Sri Lanka who resisted the urge to panic and inevitably won the match by 4 wickets.
Prior in the first innings, the Sri Lankan bowlers confronted trouble in confining Afghanistan on 232 when they were all situated to try for 260 or more aggregate at one purpose of time. The disgraceful batting presentation amid powerplay cost Afghanistan an opportunity to stance close unthinkable focus for Lankan side. Their adolescence in pivoting strike amid center overs is a tireless issue in the competition. Nonetheless, the Afghan bowlers played their heart out as they made Sri Lanka win each run they scored.
Concerning Sri Lanka, the group didn’t have a strong begin as the side was tottering on 88/4 with both their openers Dilshan and Thirimanne back in the shade with Golden Duck against their name. The openers’ disappointment taken after with Kumar Sangakarra having an uncommon disappointment put the onus on Skipper Angelo Matthews and Mahela Jayawardene who set up a hundred run association to haul Sri Lanka out of trench. Anyway at last it was Perera’s 26 ball 47* that took Sri Lanka home.