ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019

England vs Afghanistan - Match 8

Venue: The Oval, London

Date & Time: 27 May 2019

England 161/1

RR: 9.2 | England beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets

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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.

17.3
6
G Naib to J Roy, SIX! What a way to finish the game! An easy win for England. THEY WIN BY 9 WICKETS! A short ball on middle, pulled over deep mid-wicket with ease by Roy. He ends on 89 not out and has powered England to win with 32.3 overs left!
17.2
1
G Naib to Joe Root, Run down to third man for a single by Root this time. A biggie away now are England!
17.1
0
G Naib to Joe Root, Good length ball outside off, driven back to mid off.
16.6
1
R Khan to Joe Root, A shorter one on middle, swept away to deep square leg for a single.
16.5
1
R Khan to J Roy, Punched off the back foot by JR. One run added to the total.
16.4
1
R Khan to Joe Root, Flatter on middle, pushed through mid-wicket and for a single.
16.3
0
R Khan to Joe Root, Cut away again by Root but straight to the fielder.
16.2
0
R Khan to Joe Root, Root has defended the ball coming ahead with a straight bat.
16.1
0
R Khan to Joe Root, The batsman plays the square cut and finds the point fielder.
15.6
4
G Naib to J Roy, FOUR! Pulled away with disdain! Short again from the skipper, Roy pulls this ball away over mid-wicket. There is no fielder in the deep and that will be a boundary. 150 comes up for England. 10 needed now!
15.5
0
G Naib to J Roy, Slower short ball outside off, Roy was lining up to pull that but he then adjusts to pat this ball to mid on.
15.5
0
G Naib to J Roy, Wide! Bouncer on middle gone too high and penalised by the umpire.
15.4
0
G Naib to J Roy, Slower ball on middle, Roy angles this pull away to mid-wicket. Root was backing up a long way but dives back to get in as the fielder at mid-wicket attempted for a direct hit at the bowler's end.
15.3
1
G Naib to Joe Root, Short ball on middle, pulled away by Root to deep mid-wicket for a single.
15.2
2
G Naib to Joe Root, On a length outside off, angled away to the left of point for a couple of runs.
15.1
0
G Naib to Joe Root, Root defends the ball off the back foot with a straight bat.
14.6
0
R Khan to J Roy, Flatter leg spinner outside off, Roy looks to cut it away but the ball goes past the outside edge. Good ball.
14.5
0
R Khan to J Roy, Roy pats this ball wide outside off to point.
14.4
4
R Khan to J Roy, FOUR! Short ball on middle, Roy drags this pull away. He still manages to get it wide of deep mid-wicket and to the rope. This is a battering.
14.3
0
R Khan to J Roy, What was Roy doing there? He initially looks to ramp the ball but then seeing this ball flatter outside off, he dabs this to short third man.
14.2
6
R Khan to J Roy, SIX! That is nearly on the road yells Isa Guha on air. A flatter one on middle, Roy lifts this powerfully over cow corner. Huge! That came right off the middle of the bat.
14.1
1
R Khan to Joe Root, Flatter on middle, punched back down to long on off the back foot for a single by Root.
13.6
0
G Naib to J Roy, First bad shot from Roy! A length ball outside off, Roy looks to hit this through the line and goes for an ugly swipe across the line but misses the ball.
13.5
6
G Naib to J Roy, SIX! That is into the sightscreen. Not the one behind the bowler but the one behind the keeper. A length ball on middle, Roy gets into position early, inside the line before scooping the ball over the keeper's head. Goes all the way!
13.5
0
G Naib to J Roy, Bouncer gone wayward. It is down the leg side and has been wided by the umpire.
13.4
1
G Naib to Joe Root, Bowled on the middle and leg stump line, flicked away through square leg for a single by Root.

Problems in the electronic sightscreen behind the bowler's arm. It suddenly starts flickering and causes a slight delay!

13.3
1
G Naib to J Roy, Short ball outside off, Roy looks to pull this but mistimes it to mid on. The single is taken.
13.2
1
G Naib to Joe Root, Root angles this short ball outside off down to third man once more for a single.
13.1
1
G Naib to J Roy, Short outside off, Jason dabs this down to third man for a single.
12.6
0
R Khan to Joe Root, Flighted and almost yorker length. Root keeps it out towards the backward point region. 40 off 37 overs needed.
12.5
1
R Khan to J Roy, A slightly slower one this time on middle, Roy comes ahead to defend but the ball goes off the outside half to the off side. A single is taken.
12.4
1
R Khan to Joe Root, Short ball on middle, punched away down to long on for a single by Joe.
12.3
0
R Khan to Joe Root, Root cuts this ball away but this time it goes straight to the point fielder.
12.2
0
R Khan to Joe Root, The batsman has played that off the front foot and back down the ground. The ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end.
12.1
4
R Khan to Joe Root, FOUR! Late, late cut! Almost off the keeper's glove. A length ball wide outside off, Root waits for the ball before deftly placing it past short third man. Boundary!
11.6
1
G Naib to Joe Root, Tapped down to third man for a single. Root will keep strike for the next over.
11.5
0
G Naib to Joe Root, Bowled on the pads, the bowler gets lucky as Root's glance finds the short fine leg fielder. Dot ball, a rarity!
11.4
1
G Naib to J Roy, Short on middle and leg, Roy angles this ball away with a half-pull to fine leg for a single.
11.4
0
G Naib to J Roy, Wide! Bowled waywardly outside off, penalised by the umpire.
11.3
4
G Naib to J Roy, FOUR! Serious hammering this for Afghanistan says Rameez Raja on air and it is. A length ball outside off, Roy slashes this cut to the right of deep cover. The ball reaches the fence in a canter.
11.2
4
G Naib to J Roy, FOUR! Stand and deliver! A length ball on a slower pace outside off, Roy just waits for the ball and then smashes it over the head of the mid off fielder with a flowy hit. The ball flies off the meat of the blade and to the fence on one bounce.
11.1
1
G Naib to Joe Root, Outside off on a good length, punched away to deep point for a single by Root. The fielder in the circle got a hand to it by diving to his right and hence slowed the ball down.

Gulbadin Naib introduces himself into the attack.

10.6
1
R Khan to Joe Root, Dabbed wide of point by JR. A single is taken and Root retains strike.
10.5
1
R Khan to J Roy, FIFTY FOR ROY! He has been terrific again. What a talent! Roy pushes this ball down to long off for a single and gets to the landmark. This must give him a lot of confidence going into the main tournament.
10.4
1
R Khan to Joe Root, Pushed to the right of the cover region by Root for a single down to long off.
10.3
0
R Khan to Joe Root, Flatter outside off, cut late by Root but straight to the third man fielder.
10.2
0
R Khan to Joe Root, Pushed off the back foot to the right of the bowler.
10.1
0
R Khan to Joe Root, Short drag down from Rashid, Root though mistimes his pull straight to the mid-wicket fielder.

Powerplay 2 time! 11th to 40th over will see 4 fielders be allowed outside the 30-yard circle! Meanwhile, Rashid Khan comes back on.

9.6
4
M Nabi to J Roy, FOUR! Roy is in a deadly mood today. He once again gets a floated ball on off, Roy hammers it over mid off for a boundary. 100 also comes up with that boundary.
9.5
4
M Nabi to J Roy, FOUR! Roy is in a hurry here! He gets a tossed up ball on off, Roy smashes it over covers and gets a boundary as it crosses the ropes on a bounce.
9.4
1
M Nabi to Joe Root, Tossed up on middle, Root follows the boundary with a single down to long on.
9.3
4
M Nabi to Joe Root, FOUR! Short on the body, Root pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
9.2
1
M Nabi to J Roy, SAFE! The foot was landed inside the crease. Tossed up on off, Roy strokes it to long off and takes a single. The fielder from deep hits the stumps at the bowler's end. Replays show that though Roy was taking it casual he was in.

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.

9.1
2
M Nabi to J Roy, On the pads, Root flicks it wide of fine leg and gets a couple.
8.6
1
A Alam to J Roy, Good length ball on off, Roy strokes it to mid on and takes a quick single to finish off the over.
8.5
1
A Alam to Joe Root, On the body, Root turns it away to fine leg for one.
8.4
0
A Alam to Joe Root, Full on off, Root plays a beautifully off drive but straight to the man at mid off.
8.3
4
A Alam to Joe Root, FOUR! Poor from Alam and rightfully punished. It is full on the pads, Root flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
8.2
0
A Alam to Joe Root, Full again around off, Root drives it to the man at cover.
8.1
0
A Alam to Joe Root, Full length ball on off, Root defends it to start the over.
7.6
1
M Nabi to Joe Root, Joe Root gets off the mark by pushing this ball to long on. He keeps strike for the next over.
7.5
0
M Nabi to Joe Root, Root has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
7.4
0
M Nabi to Joe Root, Flatter one outside off, Root goes for the reverse sweep but the ball goes off the top half of the bat and not exactly where Root intended it to go. The keeper in fact, moved to his right and it ricocheted off his right leg after hitting the bat. Could be coined as a chance but it was a 1 in 100 chance.
7.3
0
M Nabi to Joe Root, Defended off the front foot by the new batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

The new man in is Joe Root.

7.2
0
M Nabi to J Bairstow, OUT! Yes, indeed! The foot is in the air and Bairstow is a gonner. Such a piece of luck this for Afghanistan. No doubt it was a brilliant ball from Nabi, an arm ball outside off, which Bairstow looks to drive but misses. The keeper, Rahmat Shah though misses the ball too. Luckily for Afghanistan though, the ball goes back onto the stumps. The keeper appeals and the square leg umpire takes it up. Replays show that it is out as the back foot is not grounded in time. A wicket against the run of play for the Asian side.

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!

7.1
1
M Nabi to J Roy, Flatter one on leg, punched back down to long on for a single by Roy.

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...

6.6
0
A Alam to J Bairstow, Bouncer outside off, Jonny decides to leave the ball alone. 14 off this over!
6.5
4
A Alam to J Bairstow, FOUR! This is such sublime batting. The bowler cannot do much there. A good length ball outside off, Bairstow is literally doing what he wants. He gets low and sweeps this in front of square leg and for a boundary.
6.4
0
A Alam to J Bairstow, Another full ball, another fleshy drive to mid on from YJB.
6.3
0
A Alam to J Bairstow, The batsman has driven it to mid off.

A change of bats for Bairstow. Surprising, considering the current bat was doing so well for him. Might have got a crack or something...

6.2
6
A Alam to J Bairstow, SIX! 10 runs off the first two balls! A short ball on middle, Jonny Bairstow stands tall and deposits the ball over cow corner. The ball ends up in the crowd yet again. Afghanistan bowling being torn by the England openers here.
6.1
4
A Alam to J Bairstow, FOUR! On the pads, Bairstow flicks this away with ease. Finds the gap to the right of mid on. The ball races away from the fielder chasing.

Changes, changes, changes! Aftab Alam comes on now.

5.6
6
M Nabi to J Roy, SIX! Huge! 16 off the over! A flatter one on off, Roy clears his front leg before lofting this over long off. Clears the fence with ease too. Into the crowd!
5.5
0
M Nabi to J Roy, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot down the ground.
5.4
4
M Nabi to J Roy, FOUR! Punched away! Some shot this. A flatter one on off, Roy stands tall and punches this away through cover-point. The timing was so good on that shot.
5.3
1
M Nabi to J Bairstow, Bairstow punches this ball to the left of mid off where Zadran makes a diving stop. He saves 3 runs. Good fielding after that dropped catch from him.
5.2
4
M Nabi to J Bairstow, FOUR! Short and punished! A drag down from Nabi on middle, Bairstow goes deep in the crease and pulls this away through square leg. Beats the infield and finds the rope.
5.1
1
M Nabi to J Roy, DROPPED! You just cannot do such things at this level. A flatter one outside off, Roy hits it hard but flat to mid off. Dawlat Zadran there tries to move his hand to the right and catch that ball but it comes so fast to him that he cannot hold on. The ball goes in and out. A single is taken. Life for Roy!

Just one over for Rashid too! Mohammad Nabi comes on to replace him.

4.6
0
H Hassan to J Bairstow, YJB has dug out that yorker at the last second.
4.5
4
H Hassan to J Bairstow, FOUR! On the pads and that is easy for a man in form. He just nonchalantly flicks this away through wide mid on for a boundary. There was only winner there in the race between bowler and fielder.
4.4
1
H Hassan to J Roy, Hit really hard to the right of mid on by Jason but Nabi dives to his right and stops the ball. Saves 3 runs for his team.
4.3
0
H Hassan to J Roy, Fuller length ball on middle, driven beautifully to mid on by Roy. Such good timing on that one.
4.2
0
H Hassan to J Roy, Roy tries to come down the track to this ball on a length and flick it away but misses the ball. It hits him on the thigh pad.
4.1
0
H Hassan to J Roy, On a length on off, driven on the front foot towards mid on.
3.6
1
R Khan to J Roy, Roy pushes this through mid off for a single. 10 runs off Rashid's first! The run rate consistently being above 10 as well!
3.5
1
R Khan to J Bairstow, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
3.4
2
R Khan to J Bairstow, Bairstow turns this ball past fine leg for a couple of runs. Excellent placement.
3.3
0
R Khan to J Bairstow, It's been driven superbly but straight to the cover fielder by Bairstow.
3.2
1
R Khan to J Roy, Pushed down the long on for a single by Roy this time. Smart batting.
3.1
4
R Khan to J Roy, FOUR! Rashid Khan travels as well. A flatter and quicker delivery wide of off stump, cut away through point. The ball goes through the infield and to the rope.

Change after just 1 over for Dawlat! Rashid Khan has been brought on to stop this carnage.

2.6
0
H Hassan to J Bairstow, Play and a miss. Length ball outside of, it keeps low after pitching. Bairstow looks slap it but it goes under his bat on a bounce to the keeper.
2.5
1
H Hassan to J Roy, Full again this time Roy plays it wide of mid off and gets a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
2.4
4
H Hassan to J Roy, FOUR! Full on off, Roy comes down the track and smashes it through mid off for a boundary.
2.3
1
H Hassan to J Bairstow, Now gets a single down to third man.
2.2
4
H Hassan to J Bairstow, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries for Bairstow. This one goes off the edge but he will take it. Length ball outside off, Bairstow slashes it but gets an outside edge over the slip cordon for a boundary.
2.1
1
H Hassan to J Roy, On the pads, Roy flicks it to mid-wicket and gets one.
1.6
4
D Zadran to J Bairstow, FOUR! Two in two. This time on the leg side. Good length ball on off, Bairstow pulls it over square leg for a boundary.
1.5
4
D Zadran to J Bairstow, FOUR! Smacked. Full on off, in the slot of Bairstow. He drives it straight down the ground for a boundary. His first off the day.
1.4
3
D Zadran to J Roy, On the pads, Roy flicks it wide of mid-wicket. Aftab Alam gives it a chase and stops the ball before the fence. They run the first one hard and get three as the ball comes to the keeper.
1.3
0
D Zadran to J Roy, Good length ball on off, Roy strokes it straight to the man at cover.
1.2
0
D Zadran to J Roy, Good length ball on off, Jason this time taps it back to the bowler.
1.2
0
D Zadran to J Roy, WIDE! Over-corrects his line and length and sprays it down the leg side. Roy looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
1.1
4
D Zadran to J Roy, FOUR! He starts just like Hassan. He bowls it on a length and provides width to Roy. Jason does not hesitate and smashes it through covers for a boundary.

Dawlat Zadran to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
H Hassan to J Bairstow, Another one that keeps low. It is on a length outside off, Bairstow looks to drive but it goes under his bat to the keeper. 5 runs off the first.
0.5
0
H Hassan to J Bairstow, Length ball outside off, Bairstow looks to pull it but the ball goes under his bat.
0.4
0
H Hassan to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Jonny starts with a solid front foot defense.
0.3
1
H Hassan to J Roy, Now gives the strike to Bairstow but guiding this length ball to third man.
0.2
0
H Hassan to J Roy, Corrects his line and bowls it closer to the off stump. Roy blocks it off his back foot.
0.1
4
H Hassan to J Roy, FOUR! What a start! Hassan provides width outside off. Roy needs no time to settle and pounces on it. He smashes it over point for a boundary to start the run chase in a handsome manner.

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.