Afghanistan 15-short from England upset
England just came from Mumbai after a brilliant 230 chase against South Africa. On the other hand, Afghanistan just struggling to get a win in the Super Ten stage. In Delhi, England just snipped a win over Afghanistan by 15 runs.
Winning the toss the England batsmen made good start. Though Jason Roy got out, James Vince and Joe Root taking England to a good total. But in the 6th over, Mohammad Nabi picked up Vince and Morgan back-to-back. Then Joe Root got out. Suddenly England were 42/4 in 6 overs.
The Afghanistan bowlers took the control over English batsmen. In 14.3 overs, England were 85/7. But In the 8th wicket, Moeen Ali and David Willey put on 57* runs. And this partnership changed the complexion of the match. Moeen Ali scored 41* runs off 33 balls including4 fours and 1 six. Willey scored a handy 20* runs. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan picked up two wickets.
Chasing 143 runs, Afghanistan lost 3 wickets for 13 runs inside overs. England bowlers took control over Afghanistan’s run rate. Noor Ali Zadran 17, Samiullah Shenwari scored 22 runs.
Just at the end, Shafiqullah Shafaq scored an unbeaten 35 off 20 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes. But it was too late. England went on to win the match by 15 runs. David Willey and Adil Rashid picked up 2 wickets.
England 142/7 (Moeen 41*, Vince 22,Nabi 2/17, Rashid 2/17) Afghanistan 127/9 (Shafaq 35*, Rashid 2/18, Willey 2/23)
Result: England won by 15 runs Man of the Match: Moeen Ali (41* and 1/17)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com