Jul 23, 2019-Tuesday
Metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai,
Other cities - Noida,
Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal
, Chandigarh , Dehradun,
Toss won by
MAN OF THE MATCH, EOIN MORGAN, says it was a fantastic day for them, he had a wonderful day, the wicket was good and he enjoyed batting. He feels Afghanistan started really well but they fought back very strongly after that. States he never thought it was going to be his day, with a sour back, he never felt he could produce an inning like that. He feels good to compete with the youngsters in this side. Mentions it was a special day, Afghanistan is a strong side, it is a different challenge against their spinners and playing at the World Cup is also a completely different challenge and they are enjoying it. Informs he has changed his game a lot since he started playing, the shots he played before were effective when he started playing but now his hitting down the ground has improved a lot.
The England bowling will maybe be a little disappointed as they could not bundle this Afghanistan batting line-up out cheaply. However, the positive for them was, Adil Rashid who was struggling for form had a good day as he finished with a three-fer. Wood was once again good with the ball. Archer was a touch expensive but also finished with a three-fer. However, the only thing England will be worried about in this game is their fielding which was once again below par. Stay tuned for the presentation.
Chasing a huge target, you need to get off to a flier but that was not the case. They lost Noor Ali Zadran early. Their skipper, Naib, did play with intent but he too fell after getting off to a start. After his wicket, the Afghans probably decided to play out the 50 overs instead of going after the target and that was probably the right decision. Rahmat Shah, who was dropped early on, along with Shahidi played themselves in and added a 52-run stand before the former was dismissed. However, Shahidi continued batting and his partnership with Afghan was probably the best of the innings. The two decided to take on the bowlers and played with intent, they added a 94-run stand and in quick time. Afghan missed out on a well-deserved half ton though by only 6 runs. Shahidi ended up as the top scorer with 76. The lower-order did not contribute a lot but ensured they weren't bowled out.
A comprehensive win for England! Don't think that was ever in doubt after their batsman smashing the Afghanistan bowlers to all parts of the ground and putting up a mammoth 397. Afghanistan though can take heart from the fact that this is their best batting performance in a World Cup game.
OUCH! This last ball sums up the horrible day Afghanistan have had today. Archer is a fiery customer and he ends the match with a vicious short ball, Ikram Ali Khil looks to get out of it's way but it strikes him on his helmet. That's it from this game. ENGLAND WIN BY 150 RUNS.
On the body, Ikram looks to flick but it rolls of his thigh pad towards short fine leg.
Dawlat Zadran is the new batsman in.
OUT! In the air...and Bairstow takes it. He has not had the best of days in the field but he takes his second catch of the game. Rashid Khan's struggle in the middle comes to an end. Archer bangs it short around off, Rashid looks to smash it over point but gets a top edge. It goes high in the air towards backward point. Bairstow stationed there sits under it and takes an easy catch. He does a fist pump looking at the crowd.
On the pads, Ikram looks to flick but it goes off the thigh pads towards short fine leg. The batsmen take a run and it has been signaled as leg bye.
Full toss again on off, Ali Khil defends it out.
Full toss on off, Ali Khil keeps it out.
Play and a miss to finish the over. Back of a length ball over the stumps, Rashid looks to hit it on the off side but misses.