ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

England vs Afghanistan - Match 24

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date & Time: 18 June 2019

Afghanistan 247/8

RR: 4.94 | England beat Afghanistan by 150 runs

commentary

So, that is it from this game! Another win for England and another loss for Afghanistan. The hosts move to the top of the table and Afghanistan stay bottom. We have two other teams playing on the 19th of June. It is New Zealand taking on South Africa at Edgbaston. It promises to be a cracker and the game begins at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says the next two or three games are very crucial and they don't want to drop their intensity. States the intensity was still there in the second innings, they did make a few mistakes by dropping a couple of catches and he hopes they don't do that again. Further adds Stokes is bowling really fast along with Wood and Archer and it is great to have such players in the side.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, says how England played was exceptional, especially after the 30th over. Credits Morgan for the way he played and says it was one of the best innings he has seen. Reckons the wicket was different from the last 4 games and hence, they played an extra spinner, Mujeeb, who did well. Further adds Rashid was not at his best and hence, England scored around 400. Mentions they did a lot of good things in the field but the dropped catch of Morgan did hurt them a lot. States they are improving day by day and they are still learning. Ends by saying the target was big one, they weren't thinking about the target and were looking to play their normal game.

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 batsmen 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.

49.6
0
J Archer to Ali Khil, 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.
49.5
0
J Archer to Ali Khil, 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.

49.4
0
J Archer to R Khan, 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.
49.3
0
J Archer to Ali Khil, 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.
49.2
0
J Archer to Ali Khil, Full toss again on off, Ali Khil defends it out.
49.1
0
J Archer to Ali Khil, Full toss on off, Ali Khil keeps it out.
48.6
0
M Wood to R Khan, 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.
48.5
2
M Wood to R Khan, In the air but safe. Fuller on off, Rashid lofts it but does not time it well. It goes high in the air and lands at the vacant region at long off. The batsmen take two.
48.4
4
M Wood to R Khan, FOUR! Something for Rashid to cheer. Good length ball outside off, Rashid clears his front leg and smashes it to the right of mid off. Vince there dives on that side and gets his hand to it but that's not enough to stop it from going to the fence.
48.3
0
M Wood to R Khan, Swing and a miss. Short outside off, Rashid swings his bat at it but misses. This day just cannot get over soon for Rashid.
48.2
1
M Wood to Ali Khil, Bowls a yorker on leg, Ali Khil does well to dig it out and plays it towards mid on for a run.
48.1
0
M Wood to Ali Khil, Full on middle, Ali Khil defends it off the back foot.
47.6
0
J Archer to R Khan, Yorker outside off, Rashid looks to hit it but gets a bottom edge to the keeper.
47.5
0
J Archer to R Khan, Short again, Rashid flat-bats it to mid off.
47.5
0
J Archer to R Khan, WIDE! Bouncer bounces too high. It goes over Rashid's head and it has been wided.
47.4
2
J Archer to R Khan, This time Rashid gets some timing on it. Back of a length ball on off, Rashid hits it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple.
47.3
0
J Archer to R Khan, Not a good day for Rashid. Neither with the ball nor with the bat. Short ball outside off, Rashid looks to pull but mistimes it to mid off.
47.2
1
J Archer to Ali Khil, Very full on off, Ikram does well to get his bat down in time and hits it towards third man for a single.
47.1
0
J Archer to Ali Khil, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
46.6
0
M Wood to R Khan, Another play and a miss! Full and wide outside off, Rashid looks to drive but misses it completely.
46.5
0
M Wood to R Khan, Short of a length delivery, Rashid looks to hook but misses it.
46.4
0
M Wood to R Khan, Bowls it wide outside off, Khan looks to play at that but misses it.
46.3
1
M Wood to Ali Khil, On a length on middle, Ali Khil looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards the leg side for a single.

Ikram Ali Khil is the new man in.

46.2
0
M Wood to N Zadran, OUT! BOWLED! Wood bowls an off cutter which is full on middle, Zadran looks to slog but misses it and gets bowled. This is good bowling from Mark Wood.
46.1
0
M Wood to N Zadran, Short of a length delivery, Najibullah looks to pull but misses it.
45.6
0
J Archer to R Khan, Fuller and on middle, this is hit back to the bowler.

Rashid Khan walks out to bat next.

45.5
0
J Archer to H Shahidi, OUT! TIMBER! Archer has the last laugh. Shahidi shuffles right across maybe expecting a short one. Archer bowls it slow and on middle, Shahidi looks to work it fine but misses it completely and the stumps are shattered. A good innings by Shahidi comes to an end.
45.4
4
J Archer to H Shahidi, FOUR! Hammered! Full and on middle, this is smashed through mid on and it races away to the fence.
45.3
1
J Archer to N Zadran, Full length again, the batsman hits it through mid-wicket for a single.
45.2
1
J Archer to H Shahidi, Full length ball on the pads, the batsman flicks it towards square leg for a single.
45.1
1
J Archer to N Zadran, Slower one on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.

Jofra Archer is back!

44.6
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Shorter and on middle, the batsman ducks under it.
44.5
1
M Wood to N Zadran, This is outside off, it is guided down to third man for one.
44.4
1
M Wood to H Shahidi, Another single as this is guided through point for one.
44.3
1
M Wood to N Zadran, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
44.2
1
M Wood to H Shahidi, Another one on the pads, this is flicked through square leg for one.
44.1
1
M Wood to N Zadran, On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
43.6
1
C Woakes to N Zadran, Full and outside off, this is jammed through covers for one.
43.5
1
C Woakes to H Shahidi, This is on the pads, it is worked through square leg for one.
43.4
1
C Woakes to N Zadran, Shorter and outside off, Zadran looks to cut but it goes off the toe-end towards cover for one.
43.3
6
C Woakes to N Zadran, SIX! That is some hit! This is short and outside off, Zadran manages to drag his pull over the mid-wicket fence. That shot just proves this man is a strong man.
43.2
0
C Woakes to N Zadran, Outside off, Zadran swings but misses.
43.1
1
C Woakes to H Shahidi, In the air... but safe! Woakes follows Shahidi as he makes room with a short one. HS looks to defend but the ball hits the higher portion of the bat and lobs away from the bowler for a run.
42.6
0
A Rashid to N Zadran, NOT OUT! Nothing on Ultra Edge. England lose their review, don't think it will bother them though. The googly outside off, Zadran looks to reverse sweep but misses. Buttler takes it and appeals. The umpire shakes his head. Morgan reviews. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call is the right one.

A review as an appeal for a caught behind has been turned down. Zadran is the man in question.

42.5
2
A Rashid to N Zadran, Straightaway plays the reverse sweep, gets it fine on the off side for two.

Najibullah Zadran is the next batsman in.

42.4
0
A Rashid to M Nabi, OUT! Nabi holes out! Third wicket for Rashid. Right from the word go Nabi was looking to clear the fence. This time too his eyes lit up when he sees the flight on this delivery. It lands on middle, Nabi looks to go over long on but only manages to get a lot of height on it. Ben Stokes there takes an easy catch.
42.3
0
A Rashid to M Nabi, Slower through the air outside off, Nabi looks to go over covers but misses.
42.2
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single.
42.1
1
A Rashid to M Nabi, On the shorter side, Nabi looks to pull it hard but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for one.
41.6
1
C Woakes to M Nabi, On the shorter side, Nabi looks to pull but it goes off the bottom towards point for one.
41.5
1
C Woakes to H Shahidi, Just short! Shahidi comes down the track and Woakes bowls a slower one. HS looks to smash it over mid off but does not get the timing right. It goes uppishly towards mid off. Wood runs in and dives forward but fails to get to the ball. A single taken.
41.4
0
C Woakes to H Shahidi, On the stumps, this is pushed to the right of the bowler who dives to his right and saves a run.
41.3
1
C Woakes to M Nabi, Short and on the body, Nabi pulls it nicely behind square on the leg side for one.
41.2
0
C Woakes to M Nabi, A good short one on middle, Nabi looks to pull but gets a top edge which then hits the helmet and falls well short of the keeper.
41.1
1
C Woakes to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
40.6
6
A Rashid to M Nabi, SIX! Nabi is off the mark in an explosive way. Adil tosses it up on middle, Nabi does not wait for long and straightaway deposits into the stand over long on for a biggie.

The experienced Mohammad Nabi walks out to bat next.

40.5
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, OUT! Adil Rashid gets his second of the game. A flighted leg spinner pitching on off, Afghan looks to defend but the ball spins away from him and he gets an outside edge. It goes towards first slip, Joe Root there takes a regulation slip catch. A good innings from the former Afghanistan skipper. A fifty here would have been good for his personal record.
40.4
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, In the air...but safe. Flighted on middle, Shahidi comes down the track and chips it towards long on. It falls short of Woakes there.
40.3
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Tossed up on middle and leg, HS pushes it to mid on.
40.2
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Straighter on middle and leg, Shahidi plays a premeditated paddle which goes to short fine leg on a bounce.
40.1
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, Floated on off, Afghan gets down on one knee and sweeps it to backward square leg for a single.

Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the end of the game.

39.6
0
C Woakes to H Shahidi, Well stopped! This is full and outside off, it is jammed out to point. The fielder dives to his left and saves a run.
39.5
1
C Woakes to A Afghan, On the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.
39.4
1
C Woakes to H Shahidi, A low full toss, this is flicked towards deep square leg for one.
39.3
0
C Woakes to H Shahidi, Swing and a miss! Outside off, Shahidi looks to hit it on the leg side but misses.
39.2
0
C Woakes to H Shahidi, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
39.1
0
C Woakes to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, this is guided through point for one.
38.6
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
38.5
2
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Now the conventional sweep through square leg for a brace.
38.4
2
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Reverse sweep and it has been hit nicely through point. The fielder in the deep runs to his right, dives and saves two for his team.
38.3
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, The batter comes down the track and strokes it to mid off.
38.2
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, This is on the pads, it is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
38.1
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Makes room and Rashid follows him. Afghan looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
37.6
0
C Woakes to H Shahidi, Slower one and fuller in length, Shahidi looks to go hard at it but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
37.5
0
C Woakes to H Shahidi, Good length on off, this is blocked out.
37.4
1
C Woakes to A Afghan, This is angled into the batter, it is worked through square leg for one.
37.3
1
C Woakes to H Shahidi, On the fuller side on off, this is hit to mid off for a quick run.
37.2
1
C Woakes to A Afghan, Shorter and on middle, Afghan pulls it through square leg for one.
37.1
0
C Woakes to A Afghan, Length and outside off, Afghan hangs his bat out but gets beaten.

Chris Woakes is back on!

36.6
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, A dot to end as Shahidi works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
36.5
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, On the shorter side, Afghan pulls it through backward square leg for one.
36.4
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
36.3
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of it. Keeps it out.
36.2
4
A Rashid to A Afghan, FOUR! Swept and swept nicely! Afghan sees the line is outside off so he goes down on one knee, sweeps it through square leg and the ball beats the dive of the fielder in the deep and a boundary results.
36.1
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, On the stumps, it is kept out.
35.6
0
J Archer to H Shahidi, On a length on off, Shahidi plays it to point.
35.5
4
J Archer to H Shahidi, FOUR! Poor delivery from Jofra Archer. Length delivery on the pads, Shahidi flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
35.4
0
J Archer to H Shahidi, Length delivery on off, Shahidi plays it to point.
35.4
0
J Archer to H Shahidi, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer outside off, Shahidi does not bother to play at it.
35.3
0
J Archer to H Shahidi, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Shahidi looks to defend but misses it due to the seam movement on this one.
35.2
1
J Archer to A Afghan, On a length on middle, Afghan flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
35.1
2
J Archer to A Afghan, Short of a length delivery, Afghan pulls it over mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
34.6
4
A Rashid to H Shahidi, FOUR! Brings up his fifty in style! His 9th ODI fifty. He gets there by dragging his sweep from outside off, gets it behind square on the leg side and the ball races to the fence. He started off slowly but that blow on the head seems to have woken him up. He has scored freely since then. He would love to bat longer now.
34.5
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. One run added to the total.
34.4
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, This time connects with the sweep shot and hits it through square leg for one.
34.4
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, The leg spinner down the leg side, Shahidi looks to sweep but misses. Buttler fails to collect it and it goes towards fine leg for two. Wide has been signaled.
34.3
2
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Another slider outside off, this is guided past point for two.
34.2
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, Flatter and on the pads, this is pulled through square leg for one.
34.1
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, NOT OUT! Afghan is in! Floated outside off, Asghar looks to sweep but misses. Buttler whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and they show that AA is in.

A stumping appeal has been taken upstairs. England don't seem confident.

33.6
1
J Archer to A Afghan, DROPPED BY BAIRSTOW AGAIN! A short one on middle, the batter looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes high up in the air towards fine leg. JB there runs to his left, gets two hands to it but spills it. Jonny has not had a good day in the field.
33.5
0
J Archer to A Afghan, Goes short again, this time it is outside off. Afghan looks to upper cut it but misses.
33.4
0
J Archer to A Afghan, Another short one outside off, Afghan looks to pull again but misses.
33.3
4
J Archer to A Afghan, FOUR! He surely did not want to hit it that straight but he gets the desired result. Short and around middle, Afghan pulls it past mid on for a boundary.
33.2
0
J Archer to A Afghan, Back of a length on middle, blocked.
33.1
2
J Archer to A Afghan, A couple! Runs leaking now! Short and outside off, this is cut through point for a couple. 50-run stand up, it has come up in quick time. The two batters have shown good intent so far. Need to continue the good work.

Jofra Archer is back on!

32.6
6
A Rashid to H Shahidi, SIX! Second in the over! Shahidi is the man who hits it this time. Brilliant use of the feet by him. He gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over mid off. It carries over the fence. Afghanistan have decided to step on the gas here. 27 from the last two.
32.5
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Full on off, this is hit to mid off.
32.4
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
32.3
6
A Rashid to A Afghan, SIX! What a shot that is! Afghan comes down the track, gets close to the delivery and hits it over the mid-wicket stand for a biggie. The thing is, he went against the turn so it was a high risk shot. Came off though.
32.2
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Flatter and on off, this is kept out.
32.1
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Floated outside off, Afghan looks to sweep. He swung so hard that he lost his balance, misses the ball but both his feet are inside the crease.
31.6
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Dot ball. Bowls a bouncer, Shahidi does well to duck under it.
31.5
6
M Wood to H Shahidi, SIX! Innovative shot. Short delivery, Shahidi looks to pull but it goes off the top edge over long on for a maximum.
31.4
2
M Wood to H Shahidi, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They manage to come back for the second.
31.3
1
M Wood to A Afghan, What happened there? Full on middle, Afghan drives it straight past the bowler. It goes towards mid off where the fielder goes for a direct hit at the keeper's end but misses as it hits the footmark in that area. The batsmen take a single in the process.
31.2
1
M Wood to H Shahidi, Length delivery on middle, Shahidi shuffles across and flicks it towards fine leg. The batsmen cross ends.
31.1
4
M Wood to H Shahidi, FOUR! Nice shot. Length delivery on leg, Shahidi flicks it over fine leg for a boundary.
30.6
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, On off, this is blocked.
30.5
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Flatter and on middle, this is hit to mid on.
30.4
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
30.3
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, The googly and fuller on middle, this is swept through square leg for one.
30.2
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Tossed up outside off, Shahidi looks to defend but ends up playing inside the line. Beaten.
30.1
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Tosses it up on middle, this is hit to the left of the bowler who dives and saves a run.
29.6
1
M Wood to H Shahidi, Goes short again, this time it is at chest height. Shahidi works it by hopping through the leg side for one.

The Afghan physio is out and so is the English physio. They are having a concussion check on him. Good news is that Shahidi is up on his feet and shows the thumbs up. Also, a change of helmet for him.

29.5
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Right on the helmet! The batsman is down on the ground. Not good signs! This is quick and on the body of the batter. Shahidi looks to duck under it but is slow to do so. Hits him right on the helmet.
29.4
1
M Wood to A Afghan, Goes short again but this is outside off, this does not bounce as much as Wood wanted it to. Afghan pulls it towards wide mid on for one.
29.3
0
M Wood to A Afghan, OUCH! Short again and it is at a good height. Afghan fends at it awkwardly onto the leg side.
29.2
1
M Wood to H Shahidi, Good length and around off, HS looks to drive but the ball goes off the outside edge and down to third man for one.
29.1
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, On middle, this is worked to the left of the bowler. Shahidi sets off but is sent back. Rightly so as Wood scores a direct hit at the keeper's end. Shahidi was well in though.
28.6
4
A Rashid to A Afghan, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Afghan pulls it towards fine leg for a boundary. 12 runs have come from the over. Big over for Afghanistan.
28.5
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on middle, Shahidi comes down the track and plays it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen change ends.
28.4
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, Tossed up on off, Afghan drives it towards covers for a run.
28.3
6
A Rashid to A Afghan, SIX! Marvellous! Flighted delivery on middle, Afghan comes down the track and lofts it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
28.2
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Full on off, Afghan drives it to covers.
28.1
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Short on off, Afghan plays it to covers.
27.6
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Played to the point region by the batsman.
27.5
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Shorter and on off, Shahidi hops and defends it onto the ground.
27.4
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, On the off pole, this is kept out.
27.3
1
M Wood to A Afghan, Shorter and on off, Afghan hops and looks to defend but the ball goes off the outer half towards point for one.
27.2
0
M Wood to A Afghan, Nasty delivery! This is a bumper and a well-directed one. Afghan looks to fend at it by taking his eyes off the ball but it hits his glove.
27.1
1
M Wood to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, Shahidi hops and guides it down to third man for one.
26.6
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, BEATEN! Lands it on off and then gets it to turn away sharply. Afghan looks to defend but is beaten by the away turn.
26.5
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, Afghan dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of it. He keeps it out.
26.4
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, This is worked with the turn through square leg for one.
26.3
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, This is worked with the turn through square leg for one.
26.2
1
A Rashid to A Afghan, Flighted ball on off, this is eased down to long off for one.
26.1
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Shorter and around off, Shahidi goes back and slaps it through covers for one.
25.6
0
M Wood to A Afghan, Length delivery on off, Afghan keeps it out.
25.5
0
M Wood to A Afghan, Good length delivery on off, Afghan blocks it off the back foot.
25.4
1
M Wood to H Shahidi, Length delivery on off, Shahidi guides it towards third man for a run.
25.3
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Bowls a bouncer outside off, Shahidi does well to duck under it.
25.2
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, On a good length on off, Shahidi defends it out.
25.1
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Full on middle, Shahidi plays it to mid on.

Mark Wood is back into the attack.

24.6
0
A Rashid to A Afghan, The googly which lands on middle, it spins back sharply. Afghan looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

Asghar Afghan is the next batsman in.

24.5
0
A Rashid to R Shah, OUT! Shah has been dismissed of a full toss! He can't believe it. Rashid though is a happy, happy man. He gives this a lot of flight and it ends up being a full toss. Rahmat hits hard uppishly towards deep mid-wicket. It is the longer part of the ground and he does not get the power he would have wanted behind the shot. It goes to Bairstow who takes a good catch moving to his left. The opener got a chance to redeem himself and he did not make a mistake. The bowling change works wonders and a decent innings by Shah comes to an end. He though will be disappointed to not get to his half ton.
24.4
0
A Rashid to R Shah, The leg spinner on middle, Shah defends it.
24.3
1
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi keeps it out towards cover for one.
24.2
0
A Rashid to H Shahidi, Floats it on off, this is hit to mid off.
24.1
1
A Rashid to R Shah, This is flatter and on middle, Shah looks to push at it but the ball goes off the inner half through square leg for one.

Adil Rashid is into the attack.

23.6
1
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Shah plays this late and down towards third man for one. The fifty-run stand is up between the two. The way they have played though, seems like they aren't going for the win here and are happy to just bat.
23.5
0
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Short and around off, Shah evades it at the very end.
23.4
0
Ben Stokes to R Shah, The batsman gets a bottom edge of the bat on that one.
23.3
0
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Closer to the off pole, Rahmat looks to guide it down to third man but the ball is too close to play that shot. He ends up chopping it to the keeper.
23.2
1
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Outside off, this is guided through point for one.
23.1
0
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, On a good length and around off, this is guided to point.
22.6
0
M Ali to R Shah, Floated delivery on middle, Shah keeps it out.
22.5
2
M Ali to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Rahmat flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
22.4
0
M Ali to R Shah, On off, Shah plays it to covers.
22.3
0
M Ali to R Shah, Floated delivery on middle, Shah defends it off the back foot.
22.2
0
M Ali to R Shah, Tossed up delivery on off, Rahmat plays it to point.
22.1
0
M Ali to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah defends it off the front foot.
21.6
1
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Good length ball outside off, Shah glances it to fine leg and keeps the strike with a single.
21.5
1
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Very full on middle. Misses yorker by a mere inches. Shahidi milks it towards mid on and takes a quick run.
21.4
1
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Full now outside off, Rahmat nudges it to sweeper cover and gets to the other end.
21.3
1
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Good length ball around off, Shahidi strokes it to third man and gets a single.
21.2
0
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Now bowls it on the good length area, Shahidi taps it towards cover and looks for a quick single but he does not get it.
21.1
0
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Bouncer! It is on middle, Shahidi ducks under it.
20.6
1
M Ali to H Shahidi, Loopy delivery on off, Shahidi plays it towards point for a single.
20.5
0
M Ali to H Shahidi, BEATEN! Tossed up delivery just outside off, Shahidi looks to defend but misses it due to the turn on this one.
20.4
1
M Ali to R Shah, Floated delivery on off, Rahmat plays it towards point. The batsmen cross ends.
20.3
4
M Ali to R Shah, FOUR! Good shot. Flighted delivery on leg, Shah tickles it towards fine leg for a boundary.
20.2
1
M Ali to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi comes down the track and plays it towards covers for a run.
20.1
1
M Ali to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah flicks it towards square leg for a single.
19.6
1
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Shorter and on off, Shah guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
19.5
0
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Back of a length again and this is guided to point.
19.4
1
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Goes full this time, Shahidi works it wide of mid on for one.
19.3
0
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Back of a length around off, Shahidi looks to push it through the off side but gets beaten.
19.2
0
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Good length on middle, there is extra bounce on this one. Hits the glove of Shahidi as he tries to keep it out.
19.1
1
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Good length and around off, Rahmat guides it down to third man for one.
18.6
0
M Ali to H Shahidi, On middle, Shahidi keeps it out. Afghanistan need 315 runs in 186 balls.
18.5
0
M Ali to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on middle, Shahidi defends it off the back foot.
18.4
1
M Ali to R Shah, Tossed up on middle, Rahmat comes down the track and flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
18.3
0
M Ali to R Shah, Floated delivery on off, Shah defends it out.
18.2
4
M Ali to R Shah, FOUR! Short on off, Shah looks to guide but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
18.1
0
M Ali to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
17.6
0
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Shorter and around off, Shahidi evades it.
17.5
0
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, BEATEN! Back of a length and around off, this is angled away. Shahidi hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
17.4
2
Ben Stokes to H Shahidi, Fuller and outside off, this is carved through cover-point for an easy two.
17.3
1
Ben Stokes to R Shah, Back of a length on off, Shah looks to play it with an angled bat. The ball goes off the inner half on the leg side and the batters take one.
17.2
0
Ben Stokes to R Shah, A good short one, Shah looks to pull but misses.
17.1
0
Ben Stokes to R Shah, This is angled into the pads, Shah looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

Ben Stokes is into the attack now!

DRINKS!

16.6
0
M Ali to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi drives it towards mid off.
16.5
1
M Ali to R Shah, Full on middle, Shah drives it towards mid on for a run.
16.4
6
M Ali to R Shah, SIX! That has gone all the way! Mid off was up and inside the circle but it wouldn't have mattered as it went into the stands. Tossed up delivery on middle, Shah comes down the track and lofts it over long off for a biggie. A welcome boundary for Afghanistan.
16.3
1
M Ali to H Shahidi, Floated delivery on off, Shahidi drives it towards mid off for a single.
16.2
0
M Ali to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on off, Shahidi drives it back towards the bowler where Moeen Ali does well to stop it with a dive.
16.1
1
M Ali to R Shah, Tossed up on off, Shah drives it towards covers for a single.
15.6
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
15.5
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, On off, this is blocked.
15.4
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Goes wide of the crease and angles it on off, it is blocked.
15.3
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, A fumble may have saved Rahmat there! This is pushed to mid off. Shahidi wants a run and Shah responds. Shahidi then stops and asks Rahmat to go back. The mid off fielder gets to the ball but does not collect it cleanly. Could have been close had he scored a direct hit.
15.2
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, it is blocked.
15.1
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Short and on the body, the batter ducks under it.
14.6
1
M Ali to H Shahidi, Another single as Shahidi guides it through point.
14.5
1
M Ali to R Shah, Shorter and outside off, Shah looks to cut but ends up chopping it to the point region for one.
14.4
0
M Ali to R Shah, Wrong end! This is tossed up on off, Rahmat drops it on the off side and he wants a run, sets off but then is sent back. Buttler gets to the ball quickly but fires it at the bowler's end.
14.3
0
M Ali to R Shah, This is played with the angle to mid-wicket.
14.2
1
M Ali to H Shahidi, On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
14.1
1
M Ali to R Shah, Flatter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
13.6
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Another good delivery! Lands it on off and then slants it away. Shahidi plays inside the line and lets it go.
13.5
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, On the fuller side, the batter strokes it to mid on.
13.4
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Well bowled! Bends his back on this one and lands it around off, this one takes off. Shahidi hops and looks to defend but gets beaten.
13.4
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Bangs this one short and on middle, Shahidi ducks under it. It has been wided for height.
13.3
4
M Wood to H Shahidi, EDGY FOUR! Afghanistan won't mind how they come as long as they come. Fuller and on off, angles away. Shahidi looks to push at it but the ball goes off the outside edge. Between first slip and gully for a boundary.
13.2
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Shorter and outside off, HS shoulders arms to this one.
13.1
0
M Wood to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, Shahidi looks to defend but it goes off the outer half to point.
12.6
1
M Ali to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, Shahidi plays it towards point. The batsmen cross ends.
12.5
0
M Ali to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on off, Shahidi defends it off the front foot.
12.4
1
M Ali to R Shah, Tossed up on middle, Shah nudges it towards square leg for a run.
12.3
1
M Ali to H Shahidi, Floated delivery on middle, Shahidi flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
12.2
0
M Ali to H Shahidi, Flighted delivery on off, Shahidi defends it off the back foot.
12.1
1
M Ali to R Shah, Short and outside off, Naib makes room and cuts it towards point for a single.
11.6
1
M Wood to R Shah, Full and on the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket. They take one, think of a second but then bail out. End of a successful first by Wood.

Hashmatullah Shahidi walks out to bat next.

11.5
0
M Wood to G Naib, OUT! An excellent catch by Buttler sees the back of Naib. Wood makes an impact straightaway. This was too quick for Naib. Wood bangs it short and on middle, it hurries onto the batsman. Naib looks to pull but is way too late. The ball hits the top edge and goes high up in the air towards fine leg. Buttler runs after it and takes it with a dive forward. A decent innings from Naib comes to an end. He played with intent but needed to continue.
11.4
1
M Wood to R Shah, This is angled into the batsman, Shah works it through mid-wicket for one.
11.3
0
M Wood to R Shah, Another length ball on off, this is defended onto the ground.
11.2
0
M Wood to R Shah, Good length and on off, this one is blocked.
11.1
0
M Wood to R Shah, On the fuller side and tails back in a little. Shah pushes it to mid on.
10.6
1
M Ali to R Shah, Tossed up on middle and leg, Rahmat nudges it towards square leg for a run.
10.5
1
M Ali to G Naib, Floated delivery on middle, Naib flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
10.4
0
M Ali to G Naib, Tossed up on off, the skipper defends it out.
10.3
0
M Ali to G Naib, Flighted delivery on middle, Naib defends it off the back foot.
10.2
1
M Ali to R Shah, Full on middle, Rahmat drives it towards mid on for a single.
10.1
0
M Ali to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah comes down the track and pads it away.

Moeen Ali is on now!

Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.

9.6
3
J Archer to R Shah, Short of a length delivery, Shah pulls it over mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets. Afghanistan are 48/1 after Powerplay 1. At this stage England were 46/1. It has been a steady start from Afghanistan but they will need to accelerate from here.
9.5
0
J Archer to R Shah, On a good length on middle, Rahmat keeps it out.
9.4
0
J Archer to R Shah, On a good length and outside off, Shah shoulders his arms to this one.
9.3
0
J Archer to R Shah, Bowls a bumper on leg, Shah does well to duck under it.
9.2
1
J Archer to G Naib, Full on middle, Naib looks to slog but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen cross ends.
9.1
0
J Archer to G Naib, BEATEN! On a good length on middle, Naib looks to pull but misses it.
8.6
1
C Woakes to G Naib, Good length and outside off, Naib pushes at it with hard hands but the ball flies off the outside edge down towards third man for one. A productive over for the visitors.
8.5
0
C Woakes to G Naib, On the stumps again, this is pushed back to the bowler.
8.4
4
C Woakes to G Naib, FOUR! Up and over! Naib is dealing in boundaries! Short and outside off, Gulbadin slaps it over point and bags another boundary. The captain is playing a good knock here.
8.3
0
C Woakes to G Naib, Back of a length on off, Naib blocks it out.
8.2
4
C Woakes to G Naib, FOUR! This time he finds the middle! It is another slower one on middle, Naib waits for it and then pulls it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.
8.1
0
C Woakes to G Naib, Slower one! Naib looks to pull but is a touch early in the shot, ends up hitting it to short fine leg.
7.6
0
J Archer to R Shah, Full on off, Rahmat drives it to mid off.
7.5
0
J Archer to R Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat defends it out.
7.4
0
J Archer to R Shah, Full on middle, Shah drives it to mid on.
7.3
0
J Archer to R Shah, Short of a length delivery, Shah looks to pull but misses it.
7.2
0
J Archer to R Shah, Play and a miss! Archer bowls it on a good length and outside off, Shah looks to drive away from the body but misses it due to the away movement on this one.
7.1
1
J Archer to G Naib, On a length on middle, Naib flicks it towards square leg for a single.
6.6
1
C Woakes to G Naib, Another slower one outside off, Naib looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge, through the vacant slip region and down to third man for one.
6.5
1
C Woakes to R Shah, Shorter and outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
6.4
0
C Woakes to R Shah, Fuller and on off, this is driven nicely but to mid off.
6.3
0
C Woakes to R Shah, Back of a length ball on off, this is pushed to the man at covers.
6.2
1
C Woakes to G Naib, Back of a length around off, this is pushed to the man at mid off for one.
6.2
0
C Woakes to G Naib, Another slower one, this is down the leg side. Naib goes after it but misses. Wided.
6.1
2
C Woakes to G Naib, Leading edge for two! Slower one on middle, Naib closes the face of the bat a touch early. It goes off the leading edge through covers for two.
5.6
0
J Archer to R Shah, A lovely delivery to end but an excellent over for Afghanistan! Back of a length around off, Rahmat looks to defend but the ball straightens. He ends up playing inside the line and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
5.5
0
J Archer to R Shah, Short one, Rahmat may have been ready for it as he ducks under it with ease.
5.4
1
J Archer to G Naib, Archer goes short and on the body, Naib helps it on its way to the fine leg fielder. Takes one. Good sensible batting.
5.3
4
J Archer to G Naib, FOUR! Over mid off! Naib is taking Archer to the cleaners in this over. 14 from the first three balls. Full and on off, Naib lofts it over the mid off fielder and bags another boundary.
5.2
6
J Archer to G Naib, SIX! Naib is going for it! He has picked the bones out of this one. Another length delivery, Naib once again clears his front leg and tonks it over the mid-wicket fence.
5.1
4
J Archer to G Naib, FOUR! Dismissed! Short and on middle, Naib clears his front leg and smashes it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
4.6
0
C Woakes to R Shah, On the stumps, this is defended.
4.5
0
C Woakes to R Shah, Back of a length on off, RS pushes it to cover.
4.4
0
C Woakes to R Shah, On the off pole, Shah lunges and defends it onto the ground.
4.3
0
C Woakes to R Shah, EDGED AND DROPPED! A very straightforward chance there! Woakes is not happy and rightly so. This is on the fuller side and around off, shapes away a touch. Shah hangs his bat out but the ball goes off the outside edge and straight to Bairstow at first slip. He fails to hang on, Root at second slip looks to take it on the rebound but it falls away from him.
4.2
0
C Woakes to R Shah, Tightens his line and then bowls it on off, Rahmat defends it out.
4.1
4
C Woakes to R Shah, FOUR! Excellent shot for the first boundary of this innings! Slightly short and outside off, Rahmat Shah gets on top of the bounce and slaps it through covers for a boundary.

Chris Woakes has some issue with the landing area and the groundstaff are trying to solve the problem out there. Also, the Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib is down. We don't know what exactly the issue is.

3.6
0
J Archer to G Naib, Quick! Short and around off, it skids through. Naib is beaten for pace as he looks to pull.
3.5
0
J Archer to G Naib, On the stumps again, Naib stands tall and defends it onto the ground.
3.4
2
J Archer to G Naib, Short and on the body, Naib pulls it behind square on the leg side and takes two.
3.3
1
J Archer to R Shah, Well played and good running! Length and around off, this is pushed towards cover for a quick run.
3.2
0
J Archer to R Shah, Brute of a delivery! Fractionally short and this one zips through. Rahmat does well to pull his bat out of the way right at the end.
3.1
0
J Archer to R Shah, On the shorter side on off, this is guided to point.
2.6
0
C Woakes to G Naib, BEAUTY TO END! Fuller and it initially angles into the off pole which means the batsman has to play at it. Moves away in the end and beats the outside edge as Naib looks to push at it.
2.5
0
C Woakes to G Naib, First shot out of aggression! Length and around off, Naib looks to hoick it over the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
2.4
0
C Woakes to G Naib, Good length again on off, Rahmat looks to push it through the off side but it goes off the inner half to mid on.
2.3
1
C Woakes to R Shah, Another quick run! Shah is off the mark. He drops it on the off side and gets to the other end.
2.2
0
C Woakes to R Shah, Back of a length on off, this is defended.
2.1
1
C Woakes to G Naib, Back of a length on off, Naib stands tall and pushes it towards mid off for one.
1.6
0
J Archer to R Shah, A little too wide outside off, it is left alone. End of a successful first by Archer.
1.5
0
J Archer to R Shah, Lovely delivery! Back of a length on off, it straightens a touch. Rahmat initially looks to defend it but then pulls his bat out of the way.
1.4
0
J Archer to R Shah, Goes for the yorker on off, Rahmat is up for it, he jams it out.
1.3
0
J Archer to R Shah, Back of a length on off, Rahmat stands tall and defends it onto the ground.

Rahmat Shah is the next batsman in.

1.2
0
J Archer to Ali Zadran, OUT! Drags it on! Jofra Archer strikes on his second ball itself. Not the best of deliveries though. It is on a length and outside off, Noor Ali throws his bat at it away from the body. He only manages an inside edge which crashes into the stumps. Afghanistan have been rocked early. Exactly what you don't want chasing a huge target.
1.1
3
J Archer to G Naib, Good fielding! Slightly fuller and on off, Naib just uses the pace and strokes it through mid off. Woakes gives it a chase and manages to push it back in. The umpires do go upstairs to check and replays show, the effort is a good one. Afghanistan are underway!

Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
C Woakes to Ali Zadran, Woakes bowls it on a good length on leg, Zadran looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. Just 1 run of the first over. Good start from England.
0.5
0
C Woakes to Ali Zadran, On a good length on middle, Zadran defends it out.
0.4
0
C Woakes to Ali Zadran, On a good length on off, Noor defends it off the front foot.
0.3
0
C Woakes to Ali Zadran, Good length delivery on middle, Zadran defends it off the back foot.
0.3
0
C Woakes to Ali Zadran, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Zadran looks to flick but misses it.
0.2
0
C Woakes to Ali Zadran, BEATEN! Beauty of a delivery. That nips back in and cuts him into half. On a good length on middle, Zadran looks to defend but misses it due to the inswing on this one.
0.1
0
C Woakes to Ali Zadran, Woakes starts with a good length delivery outside off, Zadran plays it to point.

We are back for the chase. The England players and the umpires walk out to the middle. Noor Ali Zadran and Gulbadin Naib will open the batting for Afghanistan. Chris Woakes will start the proceedings for England.