Afghanistan have only themselves to blame for this massive English total. Incredibly, they started with a wicket maiden, and then completely lost control of things. No-balls, misfields, dropped catches - so many dropped catches - this innings had it all. A par score would've been about 150, and Afghanistan don't have a hope of chasing down this many. One thing's for sure - they'll still try, and provide some great entertainment in the process. Join us in a few minutes for the chase.
Luke Wright finishes on 99 not out off 55 balls, as Dawlat Zadran - who's been the best bowler today for Afghanistan by a distance - keeps the batsmen to 9 runs from the final over and picks up the wicket of Bairstow caught - yes, caught - by Sadiq in the deep.
Oh my. This over sees 32 runs - thirty two! - and a wicket. I've never seen anything like it. They're never going to catch anything, so Izatullah fires one full and straight to strike Buttler on the back leg and remove him lbw. That's the only moment of professionalism of the over from the bowler, however, as Bairstow slams his first ball - a no-ball - for six, a second no-ball is cracked away for one, and the Free Hit is caught by the fielder at long on ... who then then steps on the boundary marker to hand the batsman six more. Wright then plunders two more sixes off the hapless bowler, and ends the over one hit from a century.
Missed stumping! The ball after being struck on the head attempting a reverse sweep, Buttler charges past one that Nabi fires down the leg side but Shahzad can't collect cleanly. Buttler's then given a third life as Izatullah puts down a dolly at short third man. Afghanistan are competitive with bat and ball, but utterly shocking in the field. Once again, they're going to end up chasing at least 30 more than they should be.
WICKET! Another big over for England and a poor one from Afghanistan's fielders, despite the wicket. Morgan slaps a no-ball over extra cover for four, and two balls later should be out, but Shapoor Zadran puts down a simple chance. Morgan offers a second chance, toe-ending an attempted heave into the leg side, and the captain Mangal holds the catch.
England's charge at the death begins with a big over. Morgan's finally found the middle of his bat, lifting Nabi for six over midwicket, after which there's a moment of comedy as a fielder - who's not helped by some awkward bounce - dives over a Wright switch-hit at short third man. Wright adds another six down the ground, and Afghanistan's fielding lets them down once again as a fielder lets another one through at wide long on. Twenty-two runs come from the over, and England will fancy more than 160 now.
Opening bowler Dawlat Zadran comes back into the attack, and he also displays some really good changes of pace. He beats Wright with a scuttling slower ball that spins like a legbreak, and puts his body - his shin, specifically - on the line to keep the batsmen to just four from the over. Dernbach will be noting the efficacy of these slower balls, and England will be eyeing at least 160 from here.
Morgan brings up England's 100 with a single out to deep cover, but Nabi's huge changes of pace - bowling anything from 45mph up to 60mph - denies the batsmen any boundaries. Six runs from the over.
Mangal's kept Shenwari on for one over too many here, one feels. Wright's got the measure of his variations, and goes to 49 with a hop, skip and hoick down the ground. He brings up a 34-ball fifty immediately afterwards, and takes the toll to 15 from the over with a slog-sweep to deep midwicket.
Mangal makes a bowling change, but it's still offspin from this end as former MCC cricketer Mohammad Nabi comes into the attack. He comes round the wicket to Morgan, who's not quite found his timing yet on this two-paced track. Though Nabi's over includes a leg-side wide, just five runs come from it. Afghanistan's spinners are doing well to bring their side back into the match. By the way, you can find me on Twitter - my handle is Gomorezvidinha - and if you'd like to send some feedback the email address to use is email@example.com
Shenwari's spell continues, and it's another good over from the legspinner. He doesn't seem to have any magic deliveries, but spins the ball hard and pushes the odd one through, getting the ball to slide on to the batsman. His guile keeps the batsmen to just five singles from the over.
WICKET! A very fortuitous breakthrough for Afghanistan. Wright tapped a delivery along the ground back at the bowler Sadiq, who got a hand to it and parried the ball back onto the stumps. Hales was out of his ground, and is run out! Not a deliberate move from Sadiq, but Afghanistan need a little luck. The wicket brings Eoin Morgan to the crease, and he's immediately off the mark.
Despite the boundary, this is another decent over from Shenwari. Wright might've holed out as a sliced slog goes high in the air ... but again falls safely on the off side. He's then beaten by a quicker one, but strikes back with a powerful thump down the ground.
Spin from both ends, Karim Sadiq into the attack and bowling darting offspin from around the wicket. He almost forces the breakthrough as Hales plays too early at one, but the leading edge lands safely in no-man's land on the off side. Hales looks a little unconvincing against the slower bowlers.
Legspinning allrounder Samiullah Shenwari is into the attack, and he almost shoots a slider past Hales' bat. The batsman survives, but Afghanistan will be pleased that only four runs come from the over.
Afghanistan's grip is loosened further as Dawlatzai's first over disappears for for 14. He's too wide to Wright, who cuts him to the point boundary, and too full to Hales, who collects a brace of fours down the ground. England's nerves will have been calmed by now, and Afghanistan need a lift with the Powerplay over.
The pressure begins to diffuse as Hales thumps one - in the air, mind - through extra cover and then clips a leg-stump half-volley to fine leg. Wright follows suit, walking out at the bowler and clubbing a full ball down the ground. Wright ends the over with an almighty strike way, way over long-on, and England are looking a lot more healthy as 23 runs flow from the over.
Wright's second boundary comes courtesy of a muscled pull through midwicket, but Dawlat's riposte is swift as he then beats the Englishman on both the inside and outside edges. The final delivery scuttles under the bottom edge of a flashing blade, and the lesson here is clear: hit a length, neither too full nor too short, and the batsmen will struggle.
Hales aims two shots into the off side which are both stopped by Mohammed Nabi, and another scrambled single takes him off strike. Wright is up and running with a fierce strike through the covers, Shapoor pitching the ball up a little too far. Still, just five from the over and England's run rate is under four.
The other Zadran, Dawlat, finds the edge of Hales' bat with his first delivery but the ball flies well over a leaping slip and down to third man. He's snaking the ball consistently away from the right-hander, and beats his outside edge before Hales sets off for a suicidal tip-and-run to mid-off. A direct hit with the shy would've caught him short. Dawlat ends the over with a vicious lifter that Wright has to fend away from his throat. This is really spirited stuff from Afghanistan.
WICKET! Shapoor Zadran has removed a circumspect Craig Kieswetter with his sixth ball. Well, we'd all been suspecting bounce, but Shapoor's first ball has scuttled through very low outside off, bouncing a couple of times in front of Shahzad. His second carries through nicely, and Kieswetter lost his trust in the pitch. He tried to run the sixth ball down to third man, but it bounced less than he expected and he played on!
Afghanistan will have some experience of conditions here, after their spirited performance against India, and another quick, bouncy track is expected. That does mean that England's fast bowlers could make life very difficult for Afghanistan's batsmen, but will also reward shot-making.
Afghanistan have won the toss and will bowl against England in their second group game.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the World Twenty20 Group A clash between England and Afghanistan at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.