World Cup 2015: Mahela Jayawardene Hits Ton, Sri Lanka Survive Afghanistan Scare

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 | 0

Riding on a belligerent century from veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka eked out a nervy four-wicket win over Afghanistan as they kept the upset bug at bay at Dunedin on Sunday.

Earlier, the flip of the coin turned up in Sri Lanka’s way, who decided to bowl first. Subsequently, driven by a half-century from Asghar Stanikzai (54), Afganistan posted 232 runs on the board before getting bundled out in the last over of their innings.

For Sri Lanka, fast-bowlers Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews picked up 3 wickets apiece, while Suranga Lakmal also chipped in with 2 wickets.

In response, the Asian contenders lost both their openers in no time, eventually being reduced to 51-4. Jayawardene (100) and Mathews (44), then, joined hands for a constructive 126-run partnership that anchored their triumph in the penultimate over.

Jayawardene was declared the Man of the Match for his contribution with the bat.

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