T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka still in the mix for semifinal spot after victory over Afghanistan

Sri Lanka kept their slim hopes of reaching the T20 World Cup semi-finals alive by ending Afghanistan's chances with a six-wicket victory on Tuesday.

With the forecast rain staying away, Afghanistan amassed 144-8 as all of their top six batters reached double figures but no one made more than opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz's 28 off 24 balls.

Wanindu Hasaranga took 3-13 before Dhananjaya de Silva's 66 not out off 42 deliveries anchored a successful 145 chase, which was overhauled with six wickets and nine balls to spare at the Gabba.

Afghanistan, whose previous two matches were washed out, now cannot qualify from their Super 12s group while Sri Lanka will need to beat England in their final match on Friday and hope other results go their way to reach the last four.

Afghanistan will take on Australia on Friday with just pride to play for - although there was a concern moments before the finish as star spinner Rashid Khan appeared to jar his leg while fielding on the boundary and had to be helped off by the physios.

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