T20 World Cup 2016: England vs Afghanistan Highlights, T20 World Cup on 23 March 2016. ENG vs AFG Highlights at Delhi, Watch England vs Afghanistan Cricket Highlights on Tuesday, 23rd March 2016.
Cricket Series: T20 World Cup 2016
England Squad: EJG Morgan*, MM Ali, SW Billings, JC Buttler†, LA Dawson, AD Hales, CJ Jordan, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, RJW Topley, JM Vince, DJ Willey
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England kept their chances alive in the World T20 with a 15 runs win over Afghanistan. It was difficult going for the favorites England, who had to dig deep for the win.
Morgan won an important toss for England, opting to bat first. Roy was the first man dismissed when he was bowled by Hamza in the 3rd over with his score on 5. Vince and Root got the score up to 42 before a double strike by Nabi rocked the England top order. A run out in the same over them struggling at 42/4. Both Butler and Stokes followed soon after to leave England on the ropes with 6 wickets down and just 57 runs on the board. The Afghanistan spinners were spot on and at times unplayable. Ali with 41 from 33 balls and Wiley with 20 from 17 balls rescued the England innings towards the latter overs to get them up to a respectable score of 142/7. The Afghan attack will not be happy with their bowling during the death overs, knowing that they had the chance to keep England well under 120. Nabi was the best with the ball, ending with figures of 2/17 from his 4 overs.
Willey was the hero to England as he managed to dismiss the dangerous Mohammad Shahzad in the opening over of the chase with his score on 4. With the kingpin’s wicket down the rest of the line-up seemed to be lost, not knowing how to structure the chase. The swing of Jordan and Wiley upfront was enough to unsettle Afghanistan, before the spin of Ali and Rashid proceeded to break their backs. Plunkett was also magnificent with the ball, bowling his 4 overs for just 12 runs. Afghanistan ended their innings on 127/9, giving England a much needed 15 runs win.