ENG vs AFG T20: England team defeated Afghanistan by five wickets in their first match in the T20 World Cup. Batting first, Afghanistan scored 112 runs and England achieved the target for the loss of five wickets.
England beat Afghanistan by five wickets in the second match of the Super-12 round. English team captain Jos Buttler won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, Afghanistan were reduced to 112 runs in 19.4 overs. In reply, England chased down the target for the loss of five wickets. The team of England and Afghanistan have come face to face thrice in T20. England has won all three of these matches. All these three matches have been played in the T20 World Cup only.
Captain Jos Buttler and David Malan were dismissed for 18 runs. At the same time, Alex Hales returned to the pavilion after scoring 19 runs. Ben Stokes was dismissed for two and Harry Brooke scored seven. Except for Azmatullah Omerzai, all the Afghanistan bowlers got a wicket each.
Afghanistan’s batsman flop
ENG vs AFG T20: Afghanistan’s team got the first blow on the score of 11. Mark Wood caught Rahmanullah Gurbaz at the hands of wicketkeeper Butler. Gurbaz could score 10 runs. At 35, Afghanistan suffered a second blow. Ben Stokes got Hazratullah Zazai caught by Liam Livingstone. He could score seven runs in 17 balls. At 62, Afghanistan got the third blow. Sam Karan gets Ibrahim Zadran caught by Moeen Ali. He could score 32 runs in 32 balls. At present, Najibullah Zadran and Usman Ghani are at the crease.
Afghanistan got the fourth blow at 82. Najibullah Zadran was dismissed by Stokes for 13 runs. After this, Afghanistan got the fifth blow on the score of 91. Mark Wood caught captain Mohammad Nabi at the hands of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Butler took a great catch while diving behind the wicket. Nabi got out after scoring three runs.
After this, Azmatullah was dismissed after scoring eight runs. At the same time, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rehman could not even open the account. Sam Curran dismissed Fazlhaq Farooqui to bundle out Afghanistan’s innings for 112 runs in 19.4 overs. Karan took five wickets for 10 runs in 3.4 overs. He has become the first England bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is. Apart from this, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood got two wickets each. Chris Woakes took a wicket.
Great bowling, excellent fielding
For England, Curran returned half of the Afghanistan team to the pavilion, spending just 10 runs in 3.4 overs. Apart from Curran’s 5 wickets, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood also took 2-2 wickets. The fielders of the team gave excellent help to the fast bowlers of England. Liam Livingston, Rashid Khan and captain Jos Buttler made the team’s task easy by taking astonishing catches.
Rashid and Company got rid of sweat
This score was modest in front of a batting line-up full of mighty England batsmen and it seemed that England would achieve this target in fewer overs without much trouble. However, this did not happen. Afghanistan’s pacers kept their reins in the beginning, after which the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman applied such a break that the England batsmen yearned for runs. Wickets also kept falling from him.
Captain Butler returned to the pavilion inside the powerplay, while Alex Hales and Ben Stokes also failed. David Malan remained at the crease for a long time but Mohammad Nabi’s tremendous catch ended his game. In such a situation, Liam Livingston held one end and slowly took the team to the target. England had to wait till the 19th over to achieve the target of 113 runs.