England vs Afghanistan Highlights, Cricket World Cup 2023: Afghanistan on Saturday defeated the defending champions by 69, in what is the biggest upset in World Cup so far. Chasing a target of 285 runs, England are all out at 215 runs in 40.3 overs.
Apart from Harry Brook (66) and Dawid Malan (32), no other English batter could manage to stand ahead of Afghan batters. For Afghanistan, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked three wickets each, Mohammad Nabi took two, while, Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi picked one each.
Earleier, Afghanistan were all out for 284 against defending champions England in their ICC World Cup match at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday. England won the toss and opted to bowl.
Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz top-scored for Afghanistan with a 57-ball 80 before being run out while his opening partner, Ibrahim Zadran, contributed 28 in a first-wicket partnership of 114 in 16 overs.
Replacing Najibullah Zadran in the playing XI, Ikram Alikhil grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made 58 off 66 balls, while star leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman chipped in 23 and 28, respectively.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid picked up 3/42 for England.
England, a powerhouse in the world of cricket, enters this encounter as one of the tournament favourites. Renowned for their aggressive style of play and strong batting lineup, they have consistently been a force to be reckoned with in previous World Cup editions. The likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler will be instrumental in England’s bid to secure victory and cement their dominance in the tournament.
On the other side of the pitch, Afghanistan is a team that has rapidly risen through the ranks of international cricket. With an array of talented spin bowlers and formidable hitters, they have the potential to deliver upsets and make a strong statement in the competition. Players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi are expected to play pivotal roles in Afghanistan’s strategy to challenge more established teams.
- Afghanistan scored at over 6 runs an over at the end of four overs. This is good beginning for the team!
- Gurbaz is looking good. Giving himself room. Looks very confident against this English attack. Is at 20 off 14 at the end of 5 overs. Great batting!
- Gurbaz reaches his 50 off 33 balls. Just his 3rd fifty in his career. What a game this young man is having.
- Afghanistan has scored 102 runs without losing a wicket at the end of 13 overs. That’s a run rate of over 7 per over. Great batting by the two openers.
- Gurbaz is run out at 80 off 57. What a great innings come to an end. He is visibly angry at his captain Hashmat for the run that wasn’t there. The downfall of this batting has begun. 3 wickets gone in quick succession. Run rate has slowed down as well. Omarzai comes to bat.
- 152.4 after 26 overs. Azmat is out as well. Things are not looking good for Afghanistan now. Livingstone gets his first wicket of the match. The spinners has brought England back in the game.
- Afghanistan’s innings come to an end at 284. They were all out in the final over. Last wicket fell to a run out. Something they struggled with through the innings.
8. Brief scores: Afghanistan 284 all out in 49.5 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 80, Ikram Alikhil 58; Adil Rashid 3-42) v England
9. England lose an early wicket in the form of Bairstow.
10. Joe Root departs early, falls to Mujeeb.
11. Nabi gets the wicket of Malan.
12. Naveen gets the wicket of Jos Buttler.
13. Rashid Khan dismisses Liam Livingstone in the 20.4th ball.
14. Mohammad Nabi departs Sam Curran in the 27.1st over.
15: England crosses 150-runs mark in the 30.5 overs.
16. Mujeeb departs Woakes in the last balls of the 33rd over.
17. After Woakes’s dismissal in the 33rd over, England lost its last hope Harry Brook to Mujeeb in 35th over.
18. Rashid Khan and he dismisses England’s Adil Rashid in the third ball of the of the 39th over. Topley joins Wood as England is on the brink to collapse.
19. England crossed 200-runs mark in the 40th over all thanks to Topley’s three consecutive boundaries.
20. Afghanistan defeated England in the biggest upset in World Cup so far, as the defending champions lost by 69 runs.