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Sri Lanka earn first Cricket World Cup win as Afghanistan let chance slip away

• Sri Lanka 201; Afghanistan 152. Sri Lanka win by 34 runs on DLS
• Nuwan Pradeep takes career-best four for 31 to deny underdogs

When Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996, Afghanistan did not even have a cricket team. So the fact they failed to pull off what would have been a famous first victory in this tournament against a Test-playing nation should be seen in its proper context.

Still, this will feel like an opportunity missed for a country who have defied the odds to rise to the sport’s top table after being formally recognised by the International Cricket Council only in 2001.

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