Defending champions England knocked Afghanistan out of the World Twenty20 with a 116-run victory in a Group A match here yesterday. Luke Wright scored an unbeaten 99 off 55 balls as the Englishmen piled up 196-5 off their 20 overs.

Luke Wright
England’s Luke Wright slams one en route his 55-ball 99 against Afghanistan in Colombo yesterday. PIC/AFP

In reply, Afghanistan who put the English in after winning the toss, managed to score just 80 runs and were bowled out in 17.2 overs in the day-night encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium here.

Afghanistan's second successive defeat in the tournament (having lost to India by 23 runs earlier) meant both England and India qualified for the Super Eights round.