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Mahela Jayawardene’s century helps Sri Lanka avoid a major World Cup upset

Winning the toss and asking the world cup debutants to bat, Afghanistan put up a good fight with 88 run partnership between Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shenwari. Playing against the strong Asian giants Afghanistan put up a decent total of 232.

While chasing the 1996 world champions made a terrible start losing both the openers on duck. And the collapse did not stop there, Hamid Hasan bowled Kumar Sangakkara for seven and Dimuth Karunaratne was caught behind for 23.

Srilankans were having a tough time as they were 51 for four at one point. Jayawardene meanwhile slammed his 19th century. But Afghanistan were in a mood to create the first upset of the tournament as they claimed 6 Sri Lankan wickets for 178 runs.

Thisara Perera, with an aggressive 47 of 26 balls, and Jeevan Mendis 9 of nine came together in a stand of 58 towards the end to finish off the job.

 

Scoreboard: /icc-cwc-2015-live/results-folder/12th-match-pool-a-afghanistan-v-sri-lanka/

Picture Gallery:

1. Captains sign the bat at the toss.

 

2. Asghar Stanikzai plays the ball through the on side.

 

3. Asghar Stanikzai acknowledges his half-century. 

 

4. Angelo Mathews claims Dawlat Zadran's wicket!.

 

 

5. Mohammad Nabi steps out to hit this one.

 

6.Mahela Jayawardene sends this sailing on the on side.

 

7. Mahela Jayawardene's bat breaks on impact.

 

8. Kumar Sangakkara was clean bowled with a quick one from Hamid Hassan.

 

9. Hamid Hassan celebrates with a cart wheel after removing Kumar Sangakkara.

 

11. ....And it continues...

 

12. Fans cheer for Afghanistan.

 

13. Mahela Jayawardene signs off with Player of the Match award.

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