ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date & Time: 27 May 2019
RR: 9.2 | England beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets
So that brings this warm-up game to an end well before the normal scheduled time of close. England have given Afghanistan a battering and brought them back to ground after the Asian side's win against Pakistan in their first fixture. The hosts on the other hand will head into the opening fixture of the World Cup with supreme confidence which will be played at the same venue. Time till that though. There is another warm-up game which is going on currently between Australia and Sri Lanka where the former is chasing 240 to win. Switch tabs to follow the same. Bye-bye from here.
England skipper, Eoin Morgan starts by saying it was a really strong performance. Says Bangaldesh by mistake but then corrects himself as Rameez Raja reminds him and tells that Afghanistan is a really strong side and can be dangerous on their day so they had to be cautious. He feels that the competition for places in the side is extremely high and it is a good headache whom to chose. Morgan hopes he can select the best eleven on the day. Mentions that everyone is hungry to do well. He states that the top order gel with each other and the bowlers as well work as a team, making it easy for him as the skipper. Admits that somedays they might have to dig in but that will be dictated to them on that day but they will try their best to play free-flowing cricket. Expects wrist spinners to do well in the tournament just like it has been in the last couple of years all around the globe and hopes that the ones they have namely Rashid, and also Moeen to contribute well especially towards the latter part of the tournament. Reckons that it will be a cracking tournament opener for cricket fans when the massive game against South Africa comes around on Thursday.
Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says that they didn't take responsibility at the start of the day and did not bat well. Also agrees that England bowled well. Feels they were definitely favorites in home conditions. He reckons that they needed a better total on the board and that the main reason for the loss was them not batting well. He does not blame the bowlers too much and mentions they were attacked from the start of the innings. Naib says that his team would love to learn from the tremendous cricket that England played. Signs off by thanking the huge number of fans here, and hopes for the same in the upcoming games as well.
Jason Roy is down for a chat with Rameez Raja. He says that he feels really good and mentions that he wanted to enter the tournament with a bang. He feels that it was a good time to get a knock out in the middle leading into the first match. States that he would love to continue this on Thursday (against South Africa). Tells that he is ready for the first game and signs off by saying that all the boys are extremely excited for the World Cup to begin!
Earlier on in the day, England after opting to bowl first. Their bowlers proved their captain's decision to be right and bundled them out for a mere 160, never letting them off the hook. Root and Archer were the stars picking up 3 wickets each.
Nothing much to talk about in regards to Afghanistan bowling. Just like their batting, their bowling also left a lot to be desired about. All the bowlers except Rashid Khan went at an economy of 10 or more and only Nabi got a wicket. That meant that England got home in a canter.
Chasing a paltry score of 161, England openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got them off to a flier and were scoring at around 10 runs per over. Though Bairstow departed the job was done and Jason Roy continued his hammering of the Afghanistan bowlers and got his fifty in the process.
A walk in the park for England here at the Oval. They never looked in trouble and have sealed the game in just 17.3 overs.
Problems in the electronic sightscreen behind the bowler's arm. It suddenly starts flickering and causes a slight delay!
Gulbadin Naib introduces himself into the attack.
Powerplay 2 time! 11th to 40th over will see 4 fielders be allowed outside the 30-yard circle! Meanwhile, Rashid Khan comes back on.
Run out appeal! Roy is the man in question but he seemed to have been well in even though he did not ground the bat.
The new man in is Joe Root.
Stumping appeal! Good arm ball outside off which Bairstow misses. The keeper fumbled the ball as well but the ball went on to the stumps. Probably, Bairstow's leg was in the air. Let's see what the replays say!
Mark Wood was waiting with another couple of bats for Bairstow. He wants to test all the bats he has probably. We will have to wait to confirm if he changed his bat a second time though...
A change of bats for Bairstow. Surprising, considering the current bat was doing so well for him. Might have got a crack or something...
Changes, changes, changes! Aftab Alam comes on now.
Just one over for Rashid too! Mohammad Nabi comes on to replace him.
Change after just 1 over for Dawlat! Rashid Khan has been brought on to stop this carnage.
Dawlat Zadran to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
False start to begin with. Roy was not ready so he backs away as Hassan comes in to bowl.
We are back for the second innings. Afghanistan players are out in the middle and take their respective positions on the field. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are the openers for England. Hamid Hassan to take the first new ball for Afghanistan.