WT20 highlights: Ali stars as England beat Afghanistan by 15 runs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2016 19:01 IST
Afghanistan will look to opener Mohammad Shahzad to help them chase down England’s 142/7. (AFP)


Over 20: Two boundaries in that final over to give England a bit of a scare, but they win relatively comfortably in the end, by 15 runs.

Over 19: 11 off the over and Hamza’s wicket. 119/9

18.1 Jordan to Shafiqullah, OUT

Oops. Schoolboy stuff, really - clobbered out to Ali at midwicket, and sends back Hamza who realises his fate and stands mid-pitch! Quite sad really. Hangdog expression on his face as Ali throws to Jordan who whips off the bails

Over 18: 6 off the over. 108/8

Over 17: 14 off Stokes and the wicket of Shenwari. 102/8

16.4 Stokes to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT

One of the worst balls ever bowled, miles wide of off, short, slow - complete and utter filth - but Shinwari’s attempt to smack it over cover merely skies it straight to Root at extra-cover

Over 16: 5 off Chris Jordan and the wicket of Najibullah Zadran. 88/7

15.4 Jordan to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT

Oh well bowled, just short of a yorker and it’s dug out to the leg side. They run through for a single and Jordan, such an athlete, is quick to skip across and wing down the stumps. The batsman looks like he’s safely home, or has his bat bounced up while he grounded it?

Over 15: 6 off Stokes. 83/6

Over 14: 13 off the over, including a four and a six from Najibullah Zadran. 77/6

Over 13: 4 off the Rashid over and the wicket of Nabi. 64/6

12.5 Rashid to Mohammad Nabi, OUT

Nabi’s lured into this - well bowled by Ali. He gave it a touch more air, and Nabi tried to loft him over the top but miscues to Jordan at wide long-on

Over 12: 6 off Plunkett. 60/5

Over 11: 9 off Rashid, including a six from Mohammad Nabi. 54/5

Over 10: 5 off Plunkett. 45/5

Over 9: 5 off Rashid and the wicket of Noor Ali. 40/5

8.5 Rashid to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT

Short of a length and it gets stuck in the pitch - he’s much too quick onto it, tamely punching it back to Rashid who takes the simplest of catches

Over 8: 4 runs off Ali and the wicket of Rashid Khan. 35/4

7.5 Ali to Rashid Khan, OUT

Gone! Sharp catch! Driven on the up straight to Morgan at short extra-cover who leaps high to snaffle a smart catch

Over 7: 3 off Plunkett. 31/3

Over 6: 8 off Jordan. 28/3

Over 5: 7 off Willey. 20/3

Over 4: Maiden from Plunkett. 13/3

Over 3: 1 off Willey and the wicket of Gulbadin Naib. 13/3

2.6 Willey to Gulbadin Naib, OUT

Touch shorter and Gulbadin tries to heave this over the top but picks out extra cover

Over 2: 3 off Jordan and Stanikzai’s wicket. 12/2

1.6 Jordan to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT

Gone - sharp, quick ball. 89mph just outside off and the captain fends this straight to Root at first slip who takes it chest-height, smartly

Over 1: 9 off Willey and the important wicket of Shahzad. Afghanistan 9/1

0.3 Willey to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT

Gone! Afghanistan’s lynchpin is trapped in front to a swinging delivery on middle, bending back onto middle-and-leg

Afghanistan need to chase 143 to win, after a batting collapse coupled with some disciplined bowling helped restrict England to 142/7 in their World T20 match at New Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Wednesday.

(Afghanistan vs England World T20 full scorecard, ball-by-ball commentary, graphs and more)

Coming in to bat after captain Eoin Morgan won the toss, England collapsed spectacularly, going from 41/1 to 42/4 in the sixth over. The wickets kept tumbling, thanks mainly to poor shot selection from the English batsmen.

Tailenders Moeen Ali and David Willey were responsible for the rescue effort, taking England from 85/7 to 142/7, with Willey hitting 17 off 20 balls and Ali hitting 41 off 33. The 19th over fetched 25 runs for the Englishmen.

For Afghanistan, spinner Amir Hamza took three wickets and conceded 45 runs in his 4 overs.

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