Sam Curran led the best way with wonderful figures of 5/10 as title contenders England, aided by some unbelievable catches, bowled out Afghanistan for 112 in a Tremendous 12 Group 1 match.
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Whereas left-arm fast-medium bowling all-rounder Curran did the majority of the harm, England had been additionally helped by as many as three beautiful catches after Jos Buttler opted to bowl.
As It Happened
Ibrahim Zadran (32) and Usman Ghani (30) had been the 2 fundamental contributors for Afghanistan.
When England batted, Liam Livingstone (29 off 21 balls) was there until the top to see the workforce by way of after they misplaced 5 wickets. England received with 11 balls to spare.
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Buttler didn’t final lengthy, falling for an 18-ball 18 to Fazalhaq Farooqi however the Afghans didn’t have sufficient on the board to pose any type of menace to an English line-up that bats deep.
Alex Hales, too, acquired out after making 19 in 20 deliveries however that didn’t are available the best way of a convincing England victory.
Ben Stokes (2) was out cheaply too, leaving England at 65 for 3 within the eleventh over. It turned 97 for 5 within the sixteenth over, when Rashid Khan had Harry Brook (7) caught by Ibrahim Zadran.
On a energetic Optus monitor that inspired an excellent contest between the bat and the ball, Afghanistan managed 35 runs within the powerplay after dropping Rahmanullah Gurbaz within the second over.
Declared match for the sport after being hit by Shaheen Afridi through the warm-ups, Gurbaz produced an outrageous shot to drag Chris Woakes over fine-leg for a six, however a fast 146kph Mark Wooden supply reduce brief his keep within the center as he edged it to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Wooden welcomed Ibrahim Zadran with a 154kph thunderbolt that went previous the surface edge after holding its line from simply again of a size. Nevertheless, the following ball was a full toss and it was duly smashed by way of the covers, easing Zadran’s nerves.
After hardly getting the strike, Hazratullah Zazai acquired into the act by enjoying Woakes over cowl level for a boundary.
Wooden saved bowling quick on the different finish, however Zadran was equal to the duty, flaying a imply brief ball from the English pacer over superb leg for a most.
As Afghanistan entered the center overs seeking to enhance the run fee, Liam Livingstone pulled off a blinder operating in from the deep, to sign the departure of Zazai after the batter had seemed to slash one over third man. Ben Stokes, who opened the proceedings for England, was the bowler on that event.
With Afghanistan at 37 for 2 in seven overs, Sam Curran was launched into the assault, and Usman Ghani flicked him for 4.
Nevertheless, England succeeded in preserving issues tight within the center earlier than Curran returned to dismiss Zadran, due to a superb catch by Moeen Ali at backward level.
In the meantime, Stokes was seen grimacing after finishing his third over, but it surely didn’t look severe.
Najibullah Zadran hit Adil Rashid for a six straight down the bottom in a 13-run thirteenth over earlier than Wooden got here again to examine the circulation of runs.
Stokes despatched again Najibullah, this time it was the flip of Adil Rashid to provide you with a superb catch because the fielder, stationed at mid-on, he went again and accomplished a wonderful catch after protecting quite a lot of floor.
Buttler added his identify to the record of phenomenal catches when he grabbed on to the ball after a nicely directed brief ball by Wooden had Mohammed Nabi in all kinds of bother.