England vs Afghanistan, ICC World Cup 2019, Highlights: Morgan, Archer fire England to 150-run win
England vs Afghanistan, ICC World Cup 2019: Follow all the highlights from the World Cup match between England and Afghanistan.
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As it happened: England have won the match by 150 runs. The victory was set up by England batsmen who put on 397/6 in 50 overs. Eoin Morgan slammed a majestic 71-ball 148 while Jonny Baitstow (90) and Joe Root (88) also chipped in with more than handy contributions. Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid scalped three wickets for England as Afghanistan could only muster 247/8 in 50 overs. Earlier, England won the toss and skipper Eoin Morgan elected to bat first. Afghanistan made three changes for this clash.
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Courtesy of this massive win, England go top of the table while Afghanistan find themselves at the bottom. In tomorrow’s clash, New Zealand will have a chance to go top of the table as they take on South Africa in Birmingham.
That’s it folks, England have won the match by 150 runs. The victory was set up by England batsmen who put on 397/6 in 50 overs. Eoin Morgan slammed a majestic 71-ball 148 while Jonny Baitstow (90) and Joe Root (88) also chipped in with more than handy contributions. Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid scalped three wickets for England as Afghanistan could only muster 247/8 in 50 overs.
One over left
Mark Wood ends his full quota of 10 overs with good figures of 2/40. Jofra Archer will now bowl the last over of the innings as England edge closer to another big win in the tournament.
2 overs left in the match
England are on the verge of a massive victory as Afghanistan now need 159 runs off 12 deliveries. Ikram and Rashid are in the middle and they will look to hit everything out of the park just to finish on a high.
Another one bites the dust
Mark Woods makes his presence felt once again as he castles Najibullah Zadran for 15. Afghanistan have lost their seventh wicket and are on the verge of a massive defeat. Ikram Ali Khil joins Rashid Khan in the middle.
Jofra Archer returns into the attack and straightaway makes things happen. The pacer castles Hashmatullah for 76 as Afghanistan lose their sixth wicket. Rashid Khan joins Najibullah in the middle now.
Chris Woakes drops the ball short and slow and Najibullah hits the ball over deep mid wicket for a huge six. This is the 33rd six of the match and it is an ODI record. Eoin Morgan hit 17 sixes to set his own world record.
In trying to clear the long on fence, Mohammad Nabi falls for 9 off the bowling of Adil Rashid. The ball went high in the air and Ben Stokes took a good high catch. Afghanistan have lost half their side now. Najibullah comes into the middle to join Hashmatullah Shahidi.
Nabi starts well
Mohammad Nabi comes into the middle and straight away hits a huge six over long on off the first ball that he faces. If that is the way that he is going to play then expect some good last eight overs.
Adil Rashid strikes
Adil Rashid produces an edge off Ashgar Afghan’s (44) bat and Joe Root takes a regulation catch at first slip. Afghanistan are four down now as Mohammad Nabi comes out in the middle.
Steady bowling from England
Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes are keeping things steady for England as everyone seem to be just going by the motion. Afghanistan can’t win this match because the required rate has gone over 17 now. It will take more than a miracle to win.
Hashmatullah Shahidi scores half century
9th half century of his ODI career
2nd half century of World Cup 2019
4th half century of 2019.
Fifty up for Hashmat
Hashmatullah slams his second half-century off the tournament and this comes off 68 deliveries. The southpaw goes down on one knee and sweeps the ball for a boundary to cross the 50-run mark in style. 12 runs came from the over from Rashid.
SIX and SIX
Asghar Afghan hits Adil Rashid for a huge six in between long on and mid wicket. Then, one ball later, Hashmatuallah hit the ball straight down the ground for the second six of the over. Afghanistan score 13 runs from the over as they are dealing in boundaries at the moment.
Four and six
Hashmatullah hit a boundary towards square leg to start the Mark Wood over and then, he slapped the ball down the ground off the second last ball of the over for a six. 14 runs came from the over from Mark Wood.
Hashmatullah is down on the ground after being hit on the helmet by Mark Wood. Joe Root has his head in his hand and he is in pain just by looking at the batsman. The players have converged on Hashmatullah to check on his condition as the physio is also out in the middle now. The batsman is up and running now and he seems to be fine.
Six and Four
Asghar Afghan seems to have decided that Afghanistan won’t get anywhere with just singles and he hits Adil Rashid for a six and four in one over. 12 runs came from the over from the spinner.
No boundary in 7 overs
Afghanistan is struggling to hit the ball out of the park as their last boundary came 7 overs ago. The batsmen are dealing in singles and doubles and there hasn’t been a scoring shot for a while now.
Rahmat Shah departs for 46
This is now his Highest score in World Cup.
He has been caught out 9/10 times in last 10 innings (inclusive of todays innings)
Adil Rashid bowls a full toss but gets a wicket for it. Rahmat Shah hits the ball straight into the hands of Jonny Bairstow at deep mid wicket. Afghanistan are three down now. Asghar Afghan joins Hashmatullah Shahidi in the middle now.
100 up for Afghanistan
Rahman Shah and Hashmatullah have steadied the ship perfectly for their team as Afghanistan have crossed the 100-run mark now. Shah has also moved into his 40s and he is leading the team’s charge in the chase.
20 overs bowled
Afghanistan have score 86 runs for the loss of two wickets in 20 overs. They need 312 runs to win in 30 overs. Impossible should be the word to describe Afghanistan’s chase from here on. The hosts know Afghanistan aren’t going anywhere taking singles and doubles.
Good first over from Stokes
Ben Stokes starts off on a good note as he gives away just 3 runs off his first over of the innings. With Afghanistan not even trying to go after the bowlers, its no surprise that the required rate has gone over 10.
Rahman Shah comes dancing down the track and hits Moeen Ali for a huge six down the ground. This is Shah’s first six of the innings as Ali concedes 9 runs from the over. Afghanistan need to get a move on soon in order to get even minutely closer to the target.
Hashmatullah Shahidi plays six dot balls as Mark Wood bowls a maiden over. The first of the innings. Afghanistan batsmen are happy with defending the ball at the moment and they seemingly just want to bat for as long as possible.
Gulbadin Naib departs for 37 runs
This is his 2nd highest score in 2019 after 46 vs Ireland in 2019.
The partnership between Rahmat Shah and Gulbadin Naib was 48 (highest 2nd wicket partnership for AFG in WC)
Mark Woods has broken this partnership as he gets rid of skipper Gulbadin Naib for 37. The right-hander went for the pull shot and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler took a good running catch. Afghanistan are two down now.
10 overs bowled
Afghanistan have done well to lose just one wicket despite the good bowling from England pacers. They have scored 48 runs in first 10 overs. Spin is now being introduced into the attack as Moeen Ali comes to bowl his first over of the innings.
Gulbadin on fire
After couple of quiet overs, Gulbadin is now taking the attack to Chris Woakes and hits him for two boundaries in the over. The first one he hit past the square fielder while the second went over the point fielder’s head. Afghanistan edge closer to 50.
Skipper on the attack
Gulbadin Naib takes the attack to Jofra Archer as he goes 4,6,4 in the pacer’s second over of the innings. He hit all the runs towards mid wicket as Archer kept dropping the ball short. Afghanistan are looking to build the innings by putting the pressure on the hosts.
Chris Woakes in not a happy customer as Jonny Bairstow drops a sitter in second slip. A regulation catch off the bat of Rahmat Shah and but Bairstow couldn’t keep hold of it. Rahman survives on 6.
Afghanistan on the backfoot
Gulbadin and Rahman are trying their best to stitch a partnership together after the loss of Noor Ali early. Woakes and Archer have been on the money so far and they haven’t given the batsmen any room to free their arm.
Archer strikes early
On just his second ball of the day, Jofra Archer gets rid of Noor Ali Zadra for 0. The right-hander inside edges the ball onto his stumps as Afghanistan lose their opener early. Rahman Shah joins skipper Gulbadin Naib in the middle.
Good start for Woakes
Chris Woakes gives away just one run in his first over and that too came courtesy off a wide. The pacer made the ball move in both the directions and that troubled the batsmen early on. Jofra Archer to bowl the second over now.
Chris Woakes has the new ball in his hands and he will bowl the first over of the innings. Noor Ali Zadran and Gulbadin Naib are opening the innings for Afghanistan and they will be eying a flying start to the chase.
Uphill task for Afghanistan
Afghanistan need 398 runs to win their first match of the tournament and it seems like an impossible task for the Asian minnows. All they can do is give a good account of themselves and hope to get closer to the target.
Moeen Ali hits a boundary and two sixes in the last over from Dawlat Zadran and he concedes 19 off it. England finish their innings at 397/6 in 50 overs. Eoin Morgan slammed 148 off 71 deliveries. Jonny Baitstow (90) and Joe Root (88) also chipped in with more than handy contributions.
Century for Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan comes to bowl his second last over of the innings but he is hit for a huge six by Moeen Ali over long off. With that, Rashid has now conceded 102 runs and has bowled 8.1 overs so far. This is now the most expensive over bowled by any bowler in World Cup history.
Buttler departs now
Jos Buttler cannot do any damage today as he is dismissed by Dawlat Zadran for 2. The right hander went for the slap shot but gave an easy catch to Mohammad Nabi at mid off. England are five down now but Morgan’s innings has ensured they are in commanding position in the match.
World record for Morgan
Eoin Morgan has now etched his named in history books as he becomes the first cricketer in the history of ODI cricket to score 17 sixes in an innings. However, after doing so, he gets dismissed by Gulbadin for 148. The southpaw is dismissed in identical fashion as Root as he too hits the ball into the hands of Rahmat at long-off. England are four down now.
Joe Root’s 88-run innings comes to an end as he is dismissed by skipper Gulbadin Naib. The right hander hits the ball straight into the hands of Rahmat at long on. England lose their third wicket as Jos Buttler comes into the middle now.
Another expensive over
England are only dealing in boundaries at the moment as Dawlat Zadran concedes 17 runs in the over. Root him the pacer for a boundary and then Morgan continued the onslaught and hit a four and a six. England primed for 400 now.
Record for Morgan
Eoin Morgan once again takes the attack to Rashid Khan and hits him for two sixes in the over. Joe Root too joined in the party and hit his first six in Rashid’s over. 21 runs came from that over as Morgan now holds the record for most sixes hit by an Englishman in an innings (13).
Century for Morgan
Eoin Morgan has completed his century off 57 deliveries and he brings it up in style. He hits three sixes off Rashid Khan in the 43rd over to go past the three figure mark. England have also crossed the 300-run mark. 13th ODI century for the England skipper and it has been sensational knock thus far.
Eighth six for Morgan
Morgan entered the pitch are Root but the skipper is way ahead in terms of who will reach the century first. He is now batting in his 80s courtesy of his seventh and eight six of the innings off Mohammad Nabi. 14 runs came from that over as England are only dealing in boundaries at the moment.
Fifty up in style
Mohammad Nabi drops the ball short and Eoin Morgan hits his fifth six of the innings over square leg. With that, Morgan brings up his half-century off 36 deliveries. 47th ODI fifty for England skipper.
Another expensive over
Dawlat Zadran now concedes 11 runs in the over as Joe Root and Eoin Morgan continue to deal in boundary. Root slammed his third boundary of the innings towards mid wicket in the over. It seems that England are about to go berserk in the last 10 overs.
2, Dropped, SIX, 0, 0, SIX
Dawlat Zadran comes up with a poor effort at mid-wicket and drops the catch of Eoin Morgan off Rashid Khan. The ball then rolls off for a boundary as well. Morgan then hits couple of sixes as well in the over and with that, the 50-run stand comes up between Morgan and Root. England are flying at the speed of knots now.
Joe Root scores a half century
32nd half century of his ODI career
1st half century against Afghanistan in ODIs
5th 50+ score of the World Cups.
4th 50+ score of World Cup 2019 in 5 innings (inclusive this innings)
6th 50+ score in ODIs in 2019.
Fifty for Root
Joe Root continues his good run of form in the tournament and he completes his half-century. This is Root’s 32nd ODI half-century and he is leading England’s charge in he match. Afghanistan need to get rid of him soon.
No ball and six
Eoin Morgan defended the ball and tried to steal a single but Gulbadin Naib reached the ball quickly and in trying to avoid the single he collides with the England captain. Naib then bowls a no ball and Morgan hits his over mid wicket for a huge six. He then his his second six straight down the ground. Rather interesting over this from the Afghan skipper.
Skipper Gulbadin Naib has done the trick for Afghanistan as he gets rids of Jonny Bairstow for 90. The right hander hits the ball straight at the bowler and Gulbadin took a good diving catch to dismiss Bairstow. Eoin Morgan comes out to bat now.
The 100-run partnership is up between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. They have taken 99 balls to reach this figure and alarm bells are now starting to ring for Afghanistan has there is still a lot of batting left for England in the innings. Fourth 100 run partnership in between this duo and this is now highest partnership between them in this World Cup.(last highest was 95 runs)
Four and SIX
Jonny Bairstow is now starting to cut loose as he takes the attack to Rashid Khan. He hit a boundary towards deep mid wicket and then hit a huge six over long-on to make it 14 from the over. The partnership is worth 88 now.
Jonny Bairstow scores a half century -
11th half century of his ODI career
2nd half century of the World Cup (last came against Bangladesh at Cardiff on 8 June 2019)
1st half century against Afghanistan in ODIs
4th half century in ODIs in 2019( most half centuries by him in a calendar year)
Fifty for Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow slams a boundary through the covers off Gulbadin Naib and with that, he brings up his half-century. England have also crossed the 100-run mark and they are in full command of their innings. Afghanistan need to break this partnership.
Rashid being introduced
Premier spinner Rashid Khan is being introduced into the attack now as Afghanistan look to break this partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. The two England batsmen are looking in good rhythm and that doesn’t bode well for the Asian team.
Root doing Root things
He has walked out and has started milking the spinners, cruising along at a run-a-ball and England are slowly building a solid platform to explode in the latter stages
Turn on offer
Rahmat Shah is introducted into the attack and there is assistance for him on the surface. Bairstow is beaten once, prods the next ball and then bangs one over long on for a maximum. Well, this is one way to negate the spin on a surface, but this is a good start for Rahmat Shah
Bairstow could attack the spinners
He was digging in and now that he is set, could go after the spinners. Root will always be busy and this is phase which might hurt the Afghan attack. They have to keep picking up the wickets!
And the bumper does the trick, Dawlat banged it in short, Vince went for the pull, does not time it too well and is caught by the man at short fine leg. Afghanistan get their first wicket, Vince has to depart.
England have been positive against the Afghan bowlers, but have not yet sprinted away. However, the fielding by the Afghans leaves a lot to be desired, they need to be more switched on and attacking out on the field. They need to keep chipping away at the wickets
Vince looking good
He has always been an aesthetically brilliant to watch and James Vince has started off positively. This surface looks like a proper batting belter and he can really hurt Afghanistan if he finds his groove
Vince, Bairstow open
Mujeeb has the new ball, he could trouble the England openers. Vince, who is making his World Cup debut, has been a man in form in the domestic circuit.
England (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
Gulbadin Naib speaks
Gulbadin Naib - We would have batted first as well, looks a good wicket, slightly Asian conditions. We are disappointed with our batting, have not even played 40 overs, we have a good chance to restrict them to a good defendable score. Three changes for us, Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing - Aftab, Zazai and Hamid are not playing
England win the toss
Eoin Morgan - We will bat first. Unfortunately, Jason Roy misses out, it’s a used wicket, they have done magnificently well to prepare the pitch, looks like a good wicket, played well the other day, carry for the seamers and turn for the spinners. Two changes, one forced, Vince replaces Roy and Moeen is back, in for Liam Plunkett
Finger crossed, we have good weather today, says Mike Atherton, in his pitch report. Decent sized boundaries all around the ground. This is an used pitch, the same track on which India-Pakistan match was played. It is very dry, the grass colour is dry, there should be some turn on offer, but it’s a great batting wicket, adds Michael Clarke.
Top 5 player battles
England will be looking to continue their brilliant run of form in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 when they take on Afghanistan in Southampton on Tuesday. The hosts have won three out of their four group stage encounters till now and with an impressive net run rate of +1.557, they are fourth in the points table. Afghanistan, on the other hand, has lost all of their four encounters and are placed at the bottom of the table with a net run rate of -1.638.
Here’s a look at the Top 5 players battles from England vs Afghanistan.
West Indies predicted XI
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib urged his batsmen to remain calm in the middle and play full 50 overs after yet another collapse saw them go down to South Africa by nine wickets.
Will this team respond?
England Predicted XI
The only downside for England were injuries to captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Jason Roy which forced them to leave the field and forced changes in the batting order.
Read about their predicted XI here.
Can Afghanistan provide some music?
Afghanistan came into the World Cup with a lot of expectations, there was music to their movements, there was purpose in the way they played their cricket and there was something vibrant about their players. Well, the things were there, it might still be there, but they have no results to show. The camp is beleaguered, the players are jittery and now they face England, their might, and perhaps another chance to translate all the aforementioned entities into something substantial. England will be without Jason Roy and perhaps Eoin Morgan, but the hosts are rampant, they still have enough firepower to bulldoze the jittery Afghans. Can Afghanistan rise and render some joy to this tournament, a tough task, but then, international cricket was never easy and these merry band of Afghans know this all too well.