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Summary

  1. In-play highlights and live text
  2. SL 155-4 (Dilshan 83 not out from 53 balls)
  3. Afghanistan 153-7 (20 overs) - won toss
  4. Stanikzai makes 62 from 47 balls
  5. England women beat Bangladesh earlier

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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All that, though, is for tomorrow.

Today, we've seen England women get off to a comfortable start and Afghanistan slayed by the Dilscoop.

Goodbye.

Naturally, we'll have it all covered here on the BBC Sport website. Our live pages will include in-play highlights, while the Test Match Special team will bring you all the action from what looks like a must-win game for England.

Australia also come to the party in the women's competition, with the three-time defending champions taking on a tricky South African side. Before that, Ireland face a very tough New Zealand outfit. 

Australia make their bow in the men's tournament, taking on Tasman rivals New Zealand in a repeat of last year's World Cup final. After that, England must get it right against South Africa.

Moving on, there's much to look forward to tomorrow, a big day in both the men's and women's competitions.

I'm not sure agree with you there, Jed. Afghanistan did just fine. If they hadn't run into a determined Dilshan, they could well have pulled off a result.

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Jed Court: Disappointing performance from Afghanistan that, a big opportunity missed. Should be doing much better.

Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai: "We felt we were 10-15 short but Dilshan took the responsibility and played very well. 

"We also missed a few in the field and made some big mistakes, we need to improve that. 

"We thank our president and ministers for coming here to support us today."  

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "It was a much-needed victory, we haven't played that well in the recent past. The bowlers bowled pretty well but credit should go to the Afghan batters. 

"We played really good cricket in the practice games and we just had to be positive from the word go. 

"We're not looking too far ahead, if we click we can do wonders as a team, but we're just taking one game at a time."

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Matthew Vernon: Three times Afg misfields have turned singles into fours. Add nine runs to what SL need. A whole different ball game.

Don't forget that you can catch up with all the highlights from this match at the top of the page. I recommend the hitting of Asghar Stanikzai during the Afghanistan innings. Some meaty blows in there.

All that heaps quite a bit of pressure on to England tomorrow. West Indies and Sri Lanka have won one. If Eoin Morgan's men are beaten by the Proteas, qualification is starting to look very unlikely.

View from the press box

Congrats to the reigning Champs SL for a fine win over Afghanistan. As for Dilshan you were brilliant in your response with the bat!

Man of the match

Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan: "I needed runs because I got two ducks in the warm-ups. I'm really happy with how I batted today.

"150 was a good total. It wasn't easy to hit the spinners, they got grip and turn. The dew was a factor later on. We still had to bat smart because they have quality bowlers.

"When you come to these tournaments, I always think the first match is important. Our senior guys have to stand up and do it for the team."

Sri Lanka could have wobbled at a couple of moments in this chase. First when Asghar Stanikzai led a blitz that bought 106 runs in the second half of the Afghan innings, then at 58-2 in the ninth over of the Sri Lanka chase. Dilshan, though, had his head in the fridge and his heart in the over. A masterclass in timing a chase.

Sri Lanka win by six wickets

SL 155-4

Won with a four. A quite brilliant knock by Tillkaratne Dilshan, who fittingly finishes it by belting a full toss through square leg. 83 not out for the veteran, the sort of knock his team needed when faced with a tricky chase against dangerous opponents. Sri Lanka avoid a slip-up.

Dilshan winning fours

SL 151-4

A couple of singles, a scampered two. Within one blow....

SL 147-4

Almost there now. Dilshan takes Hamid Hassan through cover for four. Seven to win.

SL 143-4 (need 11 from 12 balls)

Afghanistan order their drink in the Last Chance Saloon, throwing the ball to Dawlat Zadran. He bowls two lengths - very full and very short. Mathews gets lucky with an edge to third man for four, but then oozes class by clipping a full toss through the leg side for four. Sri Lanka are almost home and hosed.

Matthews fours

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Bumped into Jimmy Anderson and Ian Bell in Subway in St Lucia after a night out during the World Cup.

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SL 131-4 (need 23 from 18 balls)

Mathews looks to repeat the slog-sweep for six, not getting much bat on the ball. Much better is when he stands back to pull for four. The noise in the crowd is Sri Lankan - Afghan faces are increasingly glum. 

SL 127-4

A last over from the very impressive 17-year-old leggie Rashid Khan, with Graham Ford, who left his coaching role at Surrey to rejoin Sri Lanka, looking worried. He shouldn't be. Mathews lofts Rashid over mid-wicket from only the second ball he faces. 

Matthews four and a six

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BBC Afghan Service

#Afghanistan former embassador to #Pakistan in Afghan cricket teanm dress supporting his team. #bbccricket

#Afghanistan former embassador to #Pakistan in Afghan cricket teanm dress supporting his team. #bbccricket

Shaun Pollock

Ex-South Africa captain

"Nabi would have known that wasn't a great delivery, but he might have got away with it without that misfield."

SL 120-4 (need 34 from 24 balls)

Looking again, Nabi didn't know a great deal about it, he just stuck out a hand. Dilshan is joined by Angelo Mathews, a pretty ideal candidate to complete a run chase. Oh no, Afghanistan have done it again! Another misfield on the boundary brings another four. A tidy over is spoiled.

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Kapugedera run out 10 (SL 113-4)

Gone! Is this brilliant from Mohammad Nabi, or unlucky for Chamara Kapugedera? Dilshan drives the ball back at the bowler, who deflects the ball on to the non-strikers' stumps with Kapugedera out of his ground. What a way to go. Afghanistan hang in there.  

Kapugedera run out

Shaun Pollock

Ex-South Africa captain

"14 off that last over, Sri Lanka are starting to run away with it, and they might even think about net run-rate and how they can improve it by winning this game as soon as possible."

SL 113-3 (need 41 from 30 balls)

Oh dear. This is funny, but not for the poor chap in the crowd. The Dilshan six was heading towards a chap in a white uniform, who tried to field it. Instead, he took a blow in the chest and is now sitting down, looking sorry for himself. He's got a bottle of water and burly man giving him a rub. That might be enough to snap him back to health.

SL 106-3

Here comes Dilshan! Low full toss from Hamid, swatted over the leg side for a maximum. He's totally in control of this chase.  

Shaun Pollock

Ex-South Africa captain

"There was some clumsy fielding at the end of the 13th over, and then again at the end of the 14th. This time it's cost a boundary, it's something Afghanistan can't afford."

SL 99-3 (need 55 from 36 balls)

Chamara Kapugedera replaced Thisara Perera and is swiping at the returning leg-breaks of Rashid Khan. Dilshan remians happy with the singles on offer, almost biding his time for the right moment. It feels like it is going to be close, but you still fancy Sri Lanka, especially when a horrible misfield on the mid-wicket fence gives four to Dilshan.

Shaun Pollock

Ex-South Africa captain

"Dilshan's played very well, it's almost as though he's come out with a slightly different game plan in this match. He hasn't tried to flay it everywhere."

50 for Tillakaratne Dilshan

Afg 92-3

The old master is doing the business for Sri Lanka here. Tillakaratne Dilshan got two ducks in the warm-up matches, but will surely take his team to victory if he remains at the crease. 50 from 37 balls. 

Shaun Pollock

Ex-South Africa captain

"That was a surprise for the Afghanistan team. They weren't banking on it."

SL 90-3

Looking again, the ball barely went 10 yards away. It must have been Thisara's call, so he has no one else to blame. He could have dived too. Meanwhile. Dilshan flays a boundary to go to 49.

Dilshan four

Ian Bishop

Former West Indies pace bowler

"Richard Kettleborough says it's out, and Perera's gone for 12. An agile piece of keeping from Shahzad."

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Thisara run out 12 (SL 85-3)

Listen to the roar! Thisara Perera can't believe he's been given out, but the decision is correct. He called Dilshan through when the ball went behind the wicketkeeper. Mohammad Shahzad was quick to the ball, had his glove off and threw down the stumps. Perera only had his bat on the line, so has to go. A sniff for Afghanistan.  

Thisara run out

Third umpire

SL 85-2

A short single, a direct hit. Afghanistan aren't hopeful, but we'll take another look...