Innings Sri Lanka 381 for 3 (Nissanka 210*, Avishka 88, Fareed 2-79) vs Afghanistan
The visitors, who had opted to go with a four-strong seam attack, were left to rue their decision to bowl first having won the toss, with conditions proving ideal for batting. After a subdued start in the opening five in which just 22 runs were scored, Nissanka began to let loose.
There was a subdued period through the middle overs when Mohammed Nabi was rifling through his overs, but at the start and at the death the Afghan bowlers were at Nissanka’s mercy.
Azmatullah Omarzai was the first to feel the heat, taken for back-to-back boundaries through midwicket and then cover. Two overs later Fareed Ahmad was taken for 19, inclusive of two fours and a six – the latter off a free hit. Ahmad would go for a further 17 in his next over, Avishka doing the brunt of the damage on that occasion, as Sri Lanka raced to 90 by the end of the 10th over.