Wright gives England the edge against Afghans
Luke Wright scored a vital half century to help England record a total of 196-5 against an Afghan side which put the defending champions under pressure early on at the at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Wright scored 99 runs from 55 deliveries which included eight boundaries and six sixes to help England recover after the early loss of Craig Kieswetter (0) who was dismissed by Shapoor Zadran () at the end of the first over.
Ales Hales (31) quickly followed after he was run out at the non-strikers end after he was caught backing up but Wright and Eoin Morgan (27) steadied the innings with a 3rd wicket stand of 72.
Having picked up two early wickets and put England on the bat foot, the Afgans were unable to keep the pressure on the defending champs thanks to Wright and cameos innings from Jos Buttler (15) and Jonny Bairstow (12).