India up and running

  • Last Updated: September 19 2012, 20:12 BST

Yuvraj Singh and Lakshmipathy Balaji claimed three wickets each as India opened their Group A campaign at the World Twenty20 with a 23-run win over Afghanistan.

  • Virat Kohli: top scored for India with 50 off 39 balls
  • Karim Sadiq: one of Yuvraj Singh's three victims during Afghanistan's run chase 

Spinner Yuvraj finished with 3-24 and seam bowler Balaji 3-19 to ensure Afghanistan were bowled out for 136 in pursuit of a target of 160 at the RPS in Colombo.

Yuvraj did most of the early damage, winning an lbw verdict against opener Nawroz Mangal (22) and following up by removing Karim Sadiq (26) and Asghar Stanikzai (6) with successive deliveries in the 12th over to leave Afghanistan struggling on 75-4.

Mohammad Nabi slammed two fours and two sixes in his 17-ball 31 to keep the run chase alive but he was caught off Ravi Ashwin's bowling and Balaji returned to polish off the innings in the final over.

Earlier, Virat Kohli's 50 was the top score in India's total of 159-5 after they had been asked to bat.

Kohli, who faced 39 balls and struck four fours and two sixes, was well supported by Yuvraj (18) and Suresh Raina (38) as India recovered from early trouble at 22-2 after left-arm paceman Shapoor Zadran (2-33) dismissed both openers, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished off the innings with a flourish, smashing 18 off nine deliveries.

Group A continues at the same venue on Friday when Afghanistan take on England.