LIVE: World Twenty20 – Afghanistan v England

LIVE: Afghanistan v England – the action from the World Twenty20 in Colombo

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UPDATED:

14:49 GMT, 21 September 2012

Stay up to date with all the action from the opening match of England's World Twenty20 defence in Sri Lanka with Sportsmail's
unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action
unfolds in Colombo. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

Afghanistan v England: Essentials

Afghanistan: Shahzad (wkt), Mangal (capt), Sadiq, Stanikzai, Nabi, Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Naib, Dawlatzai, Dawlat, Shapoor.

England: Hales, Kieswetter (wkt), Wright, Morgan, Buttler, Bairstow, Patel, Broad (capt), Swann, Finn, Dernbach.

Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and SJA Taufel (Australia)

TV umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)

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12th over: England 84-2 (Wright 43, Morgan 4)

In comes Nabi to bowl his right-arm off spin. Wright cuts a single. A leg bye is added before Wrigh then works another single. It's been a while since England scored a boundary. A wide is followed by a Morgan sweep for a single.

11th over: England 79-2 (Wright 41, Morgan 3)

Singles are the order of the day as the spinner Sadiq continues. Five from the over again and England are ticking along nicely still. At the current rate England will post 144.

10th over: England 74-2 (Wright 38, Morgan 1)

Morgan gets off the mark with a pull to midwicket. before Wright pulls two to midwicket. He then flicks another two runs this time to square leg. Five from the over and we're at the halfway stage of the innings.

WICKET! Hales run out (Sadiq) 30

What a way to go… wright drives back down the ground and Sadiq manages to flick the ball onto the stumps with Hales already on his way.

9th over: England 69-1 (Hales 30, Wright 34)

Close! Wright sends one high into the night sky but the ball lands safely between the fielders on the off side – two runs added. Shot! Wright dances down the track and clobbers Shenwari through long on for a one-bounce four. Hales clips two to midwicket after another misfield – nine from the over.

8th over: England 60-1 (Hales 28, Wright 27)

More spin to come, this time from Sadiq. Hales picks up two to square after a misfield. Two singles follow – a decent over from Sadiq.

7th over: England 56-1 (Hales 25, Wright 26)

Shenwari comes into the attack for Afghanistan to bowl a bit of his right-arm spin. Wright cuts a single to the cover boundary. Smart bowling from Shenwari who is turning it both ways… Hales clips a single to mid on. Wright pulls two runs to midwicket to make it four from the over.

6th over: England 52-1 (Hales 25, Wright 23)

Four! Wright continues the flurry of boundaries after a Hales single with a cut down to third man. Shot! Hales doesn't bother running for that one, straight over the bowler's head form a one-bounce four. Four! Hales makes it 14 from the over clipping the ball powerfully along the ground and back past the bowler.

5th over: England 38-1 (Hales 16, Wright 18)

What's that hit! Shapoor bangs one in just back of a length and the ball rears up and beats batsman and keeper for four byes. Four! Hales calmly finds the gap cutting in front of square. Four! Leg-stump half volley and a poor bit of fielding at fine leg sees Hales' clip run away to make it three four sin a row. Hales takes to single to mid off… Shot! Wright clubs a drive back past the bowler for four. Six!!! That's gone a long, long way over long on from Wright's bat and it's 23 from the over.

Evasive action: Hales gets out of the way as Wright drives back down the ground

Evasive action: Hales gets out of the way as Wright drives back down the ground

4th over: England 15-1 (Hales 7, Wright 8)

Dawlat into his second over. Hales pulls a single to square leg. Shot! A long hop from Dawlat and Wright pulls with ease through midwicket. A good response from the seamer though as the next ball jags back in and nearly cuts Wright in half. Five from the over again – England rebuilding nicely here.

3rd over: England 10-1 (Hales 6, Wright 4)

Shapoor to continue… Hales times two square drives perfectly but can only find the fielders. A single is punched to cover. Four! Wright slightly mistimes that drive, but they all count. Five from the over.

2nd over: England 5-1 (Hales 5, Wright 0)

Close! Hales slashes a cut that just clears slip and runs away for the first boundary of the innings. Close again! Hales pushes straight to captain Mangal at cover and would have been out with a direct hit. Dawlat Zadran gets plenty out of the pitch to Wright, continuing Afghanistan's good start – five from the over.

Got him: Shapoor celebrates the wicket of Kieswetter

Got him: Shapoor celebrates the wicket of Kieswetter

WICKET! Kieswetter b Shapoor 0

Got him! Kieswetter struggled to time it throughout that over and drags the last ball of the over on. Wicket maiden. What a start!

1st over: England 0-0 (Kieswetter 0, Hales 0)

Shapoor Zadran will open the bowling for Afghanistan. The left-arm quick was the pick of their bowlers against India – taking two wickets. Variable bounce straight away on show. Kieswetter is struggling to get him away…

2.57pm: Having said that, it may just be the treatment the Sri Lankans have given it, even England's sounded a bit lively and, dare I say it, musical. Anyway, back to the cricket. Hales and Kieswetter to open for England…

Raring to go: England sing the national anthem

Raring to go: England sing the national anthem

2.55pm: Afghanistan have got a cracking anthem by the way – very energetic.

2.53pm: The players are out on the field for the anthems. It looks like a very poor crowd at the R Premadasa Stadium.

2.45pm:
So, England are defending the trophy they won back in 2010. Of today's
XI only five of that team remain – Kieswetter, Wright, Morgan, Broad and
Swann.

2.37pm: Broad
confirmed he would have bowled first too, but it's a good opportunity
for England to post an imposing total. They head into this game on form
having won both of their warm-up matches against Australia and Pakistan,
but they will want to put the low batting total against the latter to
the back of their minds.

2.33pm: England have opted to pick Samit Patel over Tim Bresnan, giving Broad two spin options alongside Graeme Swann. Other than that it is as we expected, with the in-form Luke Wright preferred to Ravi Bopara at No 3.

2.32pm: Afghanistan have won the toss and elected to bowl.

2.30pm: Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of England's World Twenty20 opener. Victory over Afghanistan today will ensure the holders' progression to the Super Eight stage, but the minnows showed they are no mugs by pushing India all the way on Wednesday and Stuart Broad's side will have to be at their best.

Reigning champions: England are defending the crown they won in 2010

Reigning champions: England are defending the crown they won in 2010