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June 18, 2019


22:45  WC: Morgan's blazing ton powers England to big win:  


Afg 247-8 (50 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

England captain Eoin Morgan blasted a record 17 sixes in a blistering innings of 148 to power England to a thumping 150-run victory against Afghanistan in the World Cup group stage match in Manchester.

Morgan's blazing century powered England to a commanding 397 for six in their 50 overs after they had elected to bat.

In reply, Afghanistan never really challenged with the bat and finished on 247 for eight, with Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scoring with 76.

Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid picked up three wickets each, while Mark Wood's pace proved too be hot to handle for the Afghans as he claimed two for 40.

The left-hander smashed the fourth-fastest World Cup century off just 57 balls and went on to beat the previous six-hitting record shared by India's Rohit Sharma, West Indies' Chris Gayle and South Africa's AB de Villiers.

Jonny Bairstow smashed 90 and Joe Root made 88, but it was Morgan's breathtaking six-hitting display that turned the match into a statistician's delight.

The team's combined 25 sixes broke England's own record of 24 in an ODI match.

Seemingly defenceless against Morgan's onslaught, Afghanistan's spin spearhead Rashid Khan logged the worst bowling figures in the history of the World Cup - 110 runs off nine overs without a single wicket.

22:43  England rout Afghanistan by 150 runs:  


Afg 247-8 (50 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

England among the wickets now as Najibullah is beaten by a slower ball from Wood as he looks to slog but misses and is bowled for 15.

The next ball is a short ball as left-hander Ikram looks to duck under but gets a glove which narrowly falls short of wicketkepeer Buttler, diving to his left.

Rashid Khan has a swing but is deceived by the change of pace from Wood and then ducks under a short ball followed by another play and miss.

Archer bowls a good bouncer to Ikram who does well to defend it and then takes a single to point.

Rashid then carves the England fast bowler over the off-side for two runs before he swings but can't get hold of it followed by another mishit.

Rashid finally connects with one as he clears the fielder at mid-off for a four and then skies the next ball high for a couple.

Archer strikes in the final over with the wicket of Rashid, who has another swing but ends up hitting it straight to Bairstow, who finally manages to hold on to a catch on his third attempt.

The last ball is a quick bouncer as Ikram is hit on the helmet with England completing a crushing victory by 150 runs.
22:25  England set for big win vs Afghanistan:  


Afg 234-6 (46 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

A good short ball from Woakes to Shahidi as the left-hander fends it on the leg side but the bowler can't get to the ball.

Najibullah then pulls a short ball over midwicket for a six followed by three singles to get 10 runs from the over.

Pacer Wood is back into the attack, replacing Rashid, who finished with three for 66 in 10 overs.

Afghanistan's batsmen can manage just five singles from the 45th over.

Archer from the other end. Three singles from the first three balls before Shahidi makes room and clubs a length ball straight down the ground for a four.

Archer then foxes Shahidi with the slower ball as he walks across his stumps and misses the glance and is bowled after a good innings of 76 from 100 balls.
22:09  England set for big win vs Afghanistan:  


Afg 212-5 (43 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Rashid comes back into the attack. He makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Afghan, who gets the edge and is caught by Root after a good innings of 44.

Mohammed Nabi comes out all guns blazing as he lofts the first ball he faces from Rashid over long-on for a six.

Woakes continues as he bowls a tight over, giving away just four singles in his eighth over.

Rashid then strikes again with the wicket of Nabi, who looks for another big hit but skies it high and is caught by Stokes.

Najibullah Zadran reverse sweeps the first ball he faces, from Rashid, for two runs past the fielder in the slips. He tries the same shot again but this time he is beaten as the umpire turns down the appeal for caught behind.

England take the review but there is no edge and the left-hander survives.
21:55  England set for big win vs Afghanistan:  


Afg 196-3 (40 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

This is good batting from Afghanistan as they are taking on the England bowlers.

Afghan sweeps Rashid square on the leg side for a four before he pulls a short ball fine for one.

Woakes comes back into the attack, replacing Archer. Afghan is beaten first ball before he pulls the next for a single and Shahidi takes one off the next.

A single to Afghan as just three runs come from the 38th over.

In the next over, Afghan clips Rashid on the leg side for one before Shahidi plays the reverse sweep for two runs and then sweeps a full toss for another couple, and keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Just two singles from the Woakes over as Afghanistan reach 196 for three in 40 overs, needing 202 from the last 10 overs for victory.
21:39  Shahidi hits fifty but Afghanistan struggle:  


Afg 180-3 (36 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

England bring back Archer. Afghan slaps the first ball square for two runs and then pulls another short ball past midwicket for a four.

He then tries the pull shot again but this time he is beaten by the extra pace and bounce before he tries to slash the next over point but he misses again.

Afghan then top edges the pull shot as it goes high but Bairstow puts down the catch behind square on the leg side as he drops his second catch of the innings.

Afghan tries to sweep Rashid and is beaten as Buttler appeals for stumping which is referred to the third umpire but is his feet is back in the ground.

He then hits the next ball to square leg for one before he hits the next past point for a couple.

Rashid then slips one down the leg side as it goes down the leg side as Buttler also misses to concede three wides.

Singles off the next two balls before Shahidi sweeps Rashid the last ball square on the leg side for a four, to get 12 from the over.

Shahidi completes his half-century with that boundary off 68 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes.

Afghan top edges the pull against Archer as he continues to chance his arm for two runs on the leg side and then takes a single.

Shahidi is then beaten by a full delivery outside the off-stump before he glances the fifth ball fine for a four.
21:25  Afghanistan struggle; England in control:  


Afg 153-3 (33 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Rashid bowls a beauty to beat Shahidi on the outside edge before he sweeps the next ball for a single.

Afghan then watchfully defends the remaining three balls to end the Rashid over.

Wood continues to bowl short at Shahidi who pulls it fine on the leg side for a four. The next ball is again a half-tracker as Shahidi shuffles across and helps it along to fine leg for one.

He then clips a full delivery through square leg for two runs before he swings a short ball over the long-on fence for a six. This is brave batting from Shahidi, who was earlier struck on the helmet.

An angry Wood responds with a quick bouncer which Shahidi ducks under.

Afghan then joins in the party as he misses the slog sweep but makes good connection two balls later for a six over midwicket.

Rashid gives it a lot of flight as Shahidi comes down the track and smashes it over long-off for the second six of the over as Afghanistan cross the 150-run mark, in the 33rd over.

That last six has taken the tally of sixes in the match to 31 -- the most in an One-Day International.

Afghanistan are looking to push on the tempo, hitting 27 from the last two overs.
21:13  Afghanistan struggle with the bat:  


Afg 125-3 (30 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Wood is back into the attack after four overs from Stokes in his first spell. He tries a short ball as Shahidi defends and then offers no shot to the next before taking a single.

Asghar Afghan then blocks the last two balls as Wood bowls another good over.

This is turning out to be a lacklustre contest with Afghanistan just content to get some batting practice and not even attempting a few shots on a flat wicket.

Rashid gives away three singles in his second over before Wood gives away just two in his fifth over.

After a few tight overs, Afghan looks to break the shackles as he chips down and lofts Rashid over the midwicket fence for a six.

Shahidi also comes down but gets it off the outside of the half of the bat, for another run to sweeper cover.

Rashid slips the quicker down the leg side as Afghan pulls it fine for another four.

In the next over, Shahidi gets a thick outside which goes past the slip fielder for a single.

Afghan then does well to keep out the bouncer as Wood bowls it right at the body before he pulls the next for one to midwicket.

Wood then hits Shahidi on the helmet with a quick bouncer as the left-hander takes his eye off the ball trying to duck under but is struck flush on the helmet.

All the England players check on Shahidi as the physio also comes out to check on the left-hander, who is undergoing some concussion tests.

Shahidi was back on his feet immediately and in more good news he feels good enough to continue his batting.

Not surprising the last ball is again a bouncer as Shahidi defends it on the leg side for one.
20:49  Afghanistan struggle with the bat:  


Afg 104-3 (25 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

A single to Rahmat and Shahidi before the former glances the third ball from Moeen fine on the leg side for a four.

He then takes one to point before Shahidi takes a single off the last ball.

Stokes keeps bowling tight as he gives away just four singles in his third over, with Afghanistan looking in no rush at the moment.

The asking rate has gone over 11 as Rahmat and Shahidi looking for some batting practice, not even taking a chance or two against spinner Moeen.

Moeen gives away just two runs in his seventh over as Afghanistan bring up their 100, in the 23rd over.

Another quiet over from Stokes as he concedes just two runs before England make a change as Adil Rashid replaces Moeen, to bowl the 25th over.

He strikes in his first over as Rahmat hits a full toss straight into the hands of Bairstow at deep midwicket to perish for 46.

Afghanistan are 104 for three in 25 overs, needing another 294 runs for victory at an asking rate of above 11.
20:33  Afghanistan struggle; England in control:  


Afg 86-2 (20 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Rahmat taps Moeen into the covers for a single before Shahidi comes down the track and drives it to long-off for one.

Rahmat has had enough of the blocking as he comes down the track and lofts it over long-off for a six before slapping the next to long-on for one.

Ben Stokes comes into the attack as Wood is given a break after a superb first spell of one for seven in three overs.

The first ball comes in as Rahmat fails to connect and is hit on the thigh pad before he gets an inside edge for a single to square leg.

Shahidi then hits a wide delivery through point for two runs before he is beaten as he pokes at a wide delivery.

In the next over, Rahmat gets an edge off Moeen which goes through the vacant slip region for a four. Defending a target of nearly 400, England still not feeling confident to have a fielder or two in the slips.

A single to Rahmat to long-on before Shahidi defends the last two balls.

England have held their frontline spinner Adil Rashid, aiming to give Moeen much needed-match practice ahead of the important games coming up in the latter half of the World Cup.

Stokes also needs to get his bowling in the groove as he is also called into the attack early. He bowls another tidy over, conceding just six runs from his two overs.

Afghanistan struggle to 86 for two in 20 overs, with Rahmat on 34 and Shahidi on 12.
20:11  Wood strikes; Afghanistan lose 2nd wicket:  


Afg 66-2 (16 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Moeen rushes through his second over, giving away just four singles as Afghanistan struggle to get going after Naib's dismissal.

Hashmatullah Shahidi edges a wide delivery as he pokes without moving his feet but it goes past the second slip fielder for a four.

Wood then gets one to bounce extra as Shahidi again looks to play at it but is beaten before he offers no shot to the last ball.

Two singles from the first two balls before Rahmat has a close shave as he looks for a quick single and is sent back but Buttler has thrown it to the wrong end.

Rahmat then picks a single to point before Shahidi also does the same last ball.

Afghanistan struggle to 66 for two in 15 overs, still needing another 332 for victory in 35 overs at nearly 10 per over.

A quick bouncer from Wood over the leg stump line as left-hander Shahidi ducks under it and then defends the next.

Shahidi then blocks a full delivery before ducking under another short ball as Wood bowls a maiden.
19:56  Wood strikes; Afghanistan lose 2nd wicket:  


Afg 53-2 (12 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

England introduce spin at the end of Powerplay as Moeen Ali comes into the attack.

The first ball straightens a bit as Rahmat defends watchfully before taking a single off the next.

Two more singles from the last two balls as Afghanistan go past the 50-run mark, in the 11th over.

Mark Wood comes into the attack. He strikes in his first over as Naib top edges the pull shot and Jos Buttler takes an excellent diving catch.

Naib played some brave shots to score 37 from 28 balls, hitting four fours and a six but was done in Wood's pace and was too late on the pull.
19:48  Naib, Rahmat steady Afghanistan:  


Afg 48-1 (10 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Naib decides to break the shackles as he pulls a short ball from Archer over midwicket for a four.

The next ball is fuller and this time Naib swings it over the same region for a six as he makes a statement.

Archer again pitches it up as Naib lofts it over mid-off this time for a boundary to catch Archer completely off-guard.

A quick short ball on the body is pulled to fine leg for a single before Rahmat ducks under a bouncer before he is beaten last ball as he pokes away from his body.

In the next over, Naib gets a leading edge as he looks to hit it across the line and picks up two runs before Woakes bowls a leg side wide.

Naib then picks a single followed by two more off the last two balls.

Naib clips Archer on the leg side for one before Rahmat looks to drive a wide delivery and is beaten and he then tries the pull but misses again.

Archer bowls another three dot balls as he gives just a single in his fourth over.

Captain Naib providing the Afghanistan fans something to cheer for. He flicks Woakes through square leg for a four and then carves the fourth ball over the off-side for another boundary and keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Naib continues his attacking approach as he tries to swing Archer over midwicket but is beaten and he gets a single from the next.

Rahmat pulls the last ball but doesn't connect properly for three runs as Afghanistan reach 48 for one in 10 overs.

Captain Naib has shown some fight, slamming 36 from 24 balls, while Rahmat has made 10 from 29 balls.
19:26  Afghanistan struggle after early wicket:  


Afg 13-1 (5 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Naib taps Woakes on the off-side for a single before Rahmat also takes one before the former is beaten as he flirts with a wide delivery outside the off-stump.

Archer bowls a good short ball to Rahmat, who does well to get out of the way before taking a quick run in the covers.

Naib clips the next ball through square leg for a couple and then blocks the next off the backfoot with a straight bat.

He tries to pull the last ball but is beaten as Afghanistan struggle to nine for one in four overs.

Rahmat gets the first boundary for Afghanistan as he slaps a short wide delivery from Woakes off the backfoot through the covers for a four.

He then hangs hit bat out and gets the regulation outside edge but Bairstow at first slip puts down an easy offering. It came at a good height and he had enough time to pouch it but ended up spilling it.

Afghanistan struggle to 13 for one in five overs.
19:17  Afg lose early wkt after England post 397:  


Afg 4-1 (2 ovs) vs England 397-6 | Scorecard

Chris Woakes to open the bowling for England. Noor Ali defends the first ball before he is beaten by the incoming delivery.

Woakes then bowls a wide down the leg side and then defends the rest of the over.

The exciting Jofra Archer from the other end. Gulbadin Naib drives the first ball he faces straight down the ground past mid-off for three runs to get off the mark.

Archer strikes with the second delivery as Noor throws his bat at a wide delivery but only ends up dragging it back on to his stumps to be bowled for a duck.

Rahmat Shah then manages to play out the rest of the over, as Archer makes a cracking start with the ball.
18:50  Morgan's 71-ball 148 powers England to 397:  


England 397-6 (50 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Captain Eoin Morgan smashed his way into the record books, blasting 17 sixes - the most in a one-day international cricket innings - on his way to 148 off just 71 balls to power England to a mammoth 397 for six against Afghanistan in Manchester.

India's Rohit Sharma, West Indie's Chris Gayle and South Africa's AB de Villiers had shared the previous record of 16 sixes in a one-day international innings.

Morgan scored more than a hundred runs off sixes alone, and only hit four fours in his innings. After knocking his 17th six over the boundary rope, he was caught out next ball in the deep.

The left-hander's century was the fourth-fastest in World Cup history, scored in 57 balls, and he reached that milestone with a six as well.

It was a run-feast for the England batsmen as Jonny Bairstow stroked 90 from 99 balls, while Joe Root helped himself to 88 from 82 balls.

Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan had a forgettable outing, giving away 110 run in nine overs -- the most runs conceded by a bowler in ODIs.

England lost a few quick wickets at the end and narrowly missed out on the 400-run mark, as they lost four wickets for 35 runs in the space of 15 balls.
18:34  Morgan's 71-ball 148 powers England to 397:  


England 397-6 (50 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Rashid comes back into the attack, to bowl the 49th over. Moeen continues the assault on the leggie as he lofts the first ball wide of long-off for a six as Rashid completes his century too with the ball.

Stokes then has a swing and is beaten but manages to make his crease before the wicketkeeper whips off the bails.

Stokes then picks a single to deep square leg before Moeen swings the last ball for a six to get 14 from the over.

Rashid has been thrashed for 110 runs in his nine overs, the most expensive figures by a bowler in World Cups.

Zadran to bowl the final over. He strikes first ball with the wicket of Stokes, who shuffles across but misses the yorker and is bowled for two.

A good short ball as Chris Woakes hits the pull on the body and survives a run out chance as the bowler misses the direct hit.

Another good bouncer as Moeen top edges the pull which goes fine on the leg side for a four.

Zadran then bowls a high bouncer which is called a wide before Moeen pulls the next for a six to keep England in with the chance of getting 400.

The pacer then bowls a length ball on the leg stump which Moeen flicks over midwicket for another six.

The last ball is a good yorker as Morgan slaps it to sweeper cover for one as England finish agonizingly short of 400.
18:21  Morgan out for 71-ball 148; Eng 5 down:  


England 364-5 (48 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

The stage is perfectly set for the two big hitters of the England team -- Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.

Buttler tries to scoop Zadran over the fine leg fielder but is beaten before he pulls the pacer for a single on the leg side.

Buttler gets the next ball behind square on the leg side for two runs to get off the mark.

Zadran provides Afghanistan further relief with the wicket of Buttler, who miscues the pull shot as he is deceived by the change of pace and is caught at mid-off for two.

Moeen Ali hits the first ball he faces to point before the pacer bowls a leg side wide and he then takes a single off the last ball.
18:15  Morgan out for 71-ball 148; Eng 4 down:  


England 359-4 (47 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Afghanistan captain Naib brings himself back into the attack. But no stopping Morgan who lofts the first ball back over the bowler's head for his 15th six.

It's raining sixes at Old Trafford as he pulls the medium pacer for another maximum over long-on. That is his 16th six, to equal the record for most sixes in an ODI innings, jointly held by Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.

A slight relief for Afghanistan as Morgan can only dig out the yorker on the leg side for a single to get off strike.

Root chances his arm but he ends up holing out the slower ball to the fielder at long-on to perish after a good innings of 88 from 82 balls.

It ends a good partnership of 189 runs from 102 balls for the fourth wicket with Morgan, which has left Afghanistan totally battered and bruised.

Naib misses the yorker as Morgan lofts it down the ground for another six, his 17th of the innings -- a new World record in ODIs for the most sixes in an innings.
18:08  Morgan slams 75-ball century; Eng cross 300:  


England 340-2 (46 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Afghanistan trust their most experienced bowler Rashid to continue despite going for runs, as they look for a wicket to stop this England onslaught.

This time Root comes down the track and lofts the leggie over long-on for a six.

Morgan then slog sweeps the fourth ball over square leg for another maximum and ends the over in the same style with another six down the ground, the third of the over.

Rashid also on course for his century, giving away 21 runs in his eighth over, for a total of 96 runs conceded in eight overs.

Morgan has slammed 13 sixes so far, the most by an England batsman in an ODI.

Pacer Zadran starts his new over with a leg side wide. He then bowls a full toss which Root crashes through the covers for a four and then pulls the next to deep square leg for one.

Morgan continues to entertain the crowd as he smacks Zadran down the ground for a six. He then cuts a short wide delivery over the covers for a boundary as Afghanistan look totally clueless on how to stop this England attack.

Root tries the paddle reverse off the last ball but fails to make connection.

England in sight of 400 as they smash their way to 340 for two in 46 overs.

Morgan has hammered 129 from 66 balls at a strike rate of nearly 200, hitting 14 sixes and four fours, while Root is on 88 from 81 balls.
17:59  Morgan slams 75-ball century; Eng cross 300:  


England 302-2 (44 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

No stopping Morgan as he continues the fireworks. He comes down the track and lofts Nabi straight back over his head for a big six!

Nabi drops short and Morgan pulls it high over midwicket for another six to raise the 100-run stand from just 65 balls.

Will Root also look to join the party and try to hit from his end too?

Mujeeb continues as Root hits the first ball past point for one and Morgan plays the reverse sweep which drops just short of the fielder inside the circle at thirdman for another run.

Root then plays the inside out lofted shot for just one before Mujeeb does well to bowl three dot balls in a row to Morgan.

He finishes with good figures of just 44 runs conceded in his 10 overs, when all the others around him have gone for plenty.

It is turning out to be a horror day with the ball for Rashid. Morgan lofts the second ball straight down the ground for a six to continue his assault.

He then slaps the googly which is slightly short through the covers for a couple before he pulls a half-tracker over midwicket for a six to race into the 90s, from just 55 balls.

Morgan then hammers Rashid's last ball for another six to race to his century in majestic fashion from just 57 balls, having hit three fours and 11 sixes.

Three sixes in the over as Rashid gives away 21 runs in his seventh over.

Root also looks to join the party as he shuffles across and paddles medium pacer Naib fine on the leg side for a four.

Three singles and a double from the last ball as England race past 300, in the 44th over.
17:42  Root, Morgan hits 50s; England eye big score:  


England 255-2 (40 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Zadran bowls a good short ball which hits Morgan on the gloves as he tries to fend it and he gets a single.

Root then glances it fine for a couple before cutting a short wide delivery for a four over point.

Another short ball is pulled for a couple by Root and he keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Mujeeb is back into the attack. A single to Root before Morgan sweeps the fourth ball for two runs before taking one off the last ball to keep strike.

Nabi is back for another spell. Morgan pulls the first ball over midwicket for a six to race to his fifty in grand style, from just 36 balls.

The England captain has changed gears and not surprising as there is still some batting to come including Jos Buttler.

In the next over, Morgan slog sweeps Mujeeb over midwicket for a six and two balls later sweeps it fine for a four.

Mujeeb tries the quicker delivery which slips down the leg side and is called a wide and they also steal a run as it beats the wicketkeeper.

England are 255 for two in 40 overs, and certainly look set to post around the 350-run mark.

Morgan has smashed his way to 67 from 43 balls, while Root has made 66 from 68 balls.
17:24  Root, Morgan take England past 200:  


England 217-2 (36 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Rashid is back into the attack. A single each to Morgan and Root before the former cuts a wide delivery past point for two runs before he again plays the same shot off the last ball to get another three runs.

Pacer Zadran is back into the attack. After two dot balls, Morgan gets the outside edge but it falls short of the wicketkeeper before he takes one.

Root then pulls the fifth ball for two runs as the pacer gives away just three runs.

England are set for a huge total as they reach 199 for two in 35 overs, with Root on 53 from 57 balls and Morgan on 26 from 24 balls.

Morgan hits Rashid through the covers for two runs before he slog sweeps the next but Zadran at deep midwicket pedalling back messes up an easy opportunity to give the England captain a lifeline and also a boundary.

Morgan then hits the next ball in the same region and clears the fielder comfortably this time around for a six.

The last ball is again short and Morgan plays the pull shot to good effect again for the second six of the over.

Rashid goes for 18 runs in the over when infact he should have got the wicket of Morgan.
17:10  Root hits fifty, England set for huge score:  


England 188-2 (33 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Nabi comes back for another spell. A single to Root before Morgan plays three dot balls and then gets off the mark with one run to long-off. Root hits the last ball square on the off-side for a couple to make it four runs from the over.

Naib comes under attack from Morgan. He oversteps to concede a no-ball and gives away a free hit which Morgan pulls over midwicket for a six.

The England captain then lofts the next ball straight down the ground for another six before taking one.

Root picks a single off the last ball as Naib gives away 15 runs in his eighth over.

Meanwhile, Root continues his golden run with the bat. He picks a single off Nabi on the leg side to complete his fifty from 54 balls, his fifth half-century in six innings in ODIs.

Morgan looks keen to get on with things and quicken the scoring rate. He reverse sweeps a wide delivery from Nabi past the slip fielder for a four to race to 18 from 11 balls.

Morgan chips the last ball which falls just short of long-off for a single.
17:01  Bairstow out for 90; England lose 2nd wkt:  


England 164-2 (30 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Captain Naib brings himself back into the attack. The medium pacer does well to give away three singles in his sixth over.

Another change from the other end as Mujeeb is back for his second spell. Three singles from five balls before Bairstow clips the last ball square on the leg side for two runs.

Naib tries the slower ball as Root picks a single before Bairstow is unable to get a run off the next three deliveries.

Bairstow then looks to play a forceful shot but is foxed by the change of pace as he ends up chipping it back to the bowler.

Bairstow misses out on the century as he perishes after a fluent 90 from 99 balls, having hit eight fours and three sixes.

England are well placed for a total well in excess of 300 as they reach 164 for two in 30 overs, with Root unbeaten on 45 from 49 balls.
16:48  Bairstow hits fifty, England go past 150:  


England 155-1 (27 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Nabi from round the wicket. Root clips the first ball to short fine leg where the fielder slips and ends up giving away a single to continue Afghanistan's poor showing on the field.

Bairstow then pulls a short ball through square leg for a four before he keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Bairstow looking to stay as long as possible. Root picks one to long-on before Bairstow drills a full delivery from Rashid through the covers for a four and retains strike with one from the last ball.

Baristow continues to be quite smart with his shot selection. Just a slight error in line and length from the Afghanistan bowlers, and Bairstow has been quick to make most of it.

An overpitched delivery from Nabi is hit straight down the ground for a six as England go past the 150-run mark, in the 27th over.

Bairstow has stroked his way to 86 from 88 balls, while Root has eased his way to 40 from 43 balls.
16:37  Bairstow hits fifty to build England's score:  


England 132-1 (24 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Rashid overpitches as Root drives it through the covers and gets two runs before he takes a single two balls later.

Bairstow then plays out the last three balls as Rashid bowls a tidy second over.

Naib also does the same, conceding just three singles in the following as England's batsmen seem content to just keep the scoreboard ticking over and not take any unnecessary risks at this stage.

Nabi is back into the attack as he replaces Rashid, who bowled just two overs.

Root cuts the first ball behind point as the fielder does well to keep it inside the ropes and keep it down to three. Three more singles from the rest of the over as Nabi concedes six runs in his third over.

Change of ends from Rashid. The first ball is a googly which Bairstow defends and gets an inside edge before he slogs the next across the line over midwicket for a four.

He gets a thick outside edge to thirdman for two runs before he clears his front leg and swings Rashid over the midwicket fence for a six.

Singles off the last two balls as Rashid goes for 14 runs in his third over.
16:23  Bairstow hits fifty to lift England:  


England 106-1 (20 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Afghanistan introduce their main spinner Rashid Khan into the attack, to bowl the 19th over.

Root slaps the second ball square on the off-side for two runs before he takes a single.

Bairstow then gets a thick outside edge as he tries to play the cover drive to a full delivery but it falls wide of the fielder and goes for two.

Bairstow then hits the last ball down the ground to long-on for a single to keep strike.

Afghanistan's fielding has been quite sloppy. The fielder at point lets one go through his hands to give Root a single as England bring up their 100, in the 20th over.

Bairstow drills the last ball through the covers for a four to bring up his fifty in some style, from 61 balls, as England reach 106 for one in 20 overs.
16:12  Bairstow, Root drive England forward:  


England 92-1 (18 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Change of ends for Nabi as he takes over from Naib. This time he bowls a good second over, giving away just four singles as England reach 72 for one in 15 overs.

Interestingly, Naib also switches ends as he replaces Rahmat. And he also bowls a steady over, with just four singles coming from it.

Afghanistan mixing up things here as Rahmat now comes back into the attack, after another one-over spell from Nabi.

He gifts Root a full toss which he sweeps through midwicket for a four and then clips the next ball through the same region for two runs.

Root then slaps it past point for another couple followed by two singles off the last two balls to get 11 from the over.

Naib's medium pace posing no threat for Bairstow, who clubs the slower ball back over the bowler's head for a four.

England have laid a good foundation as they reach 92 for one in 18 overs.

Bairstow has preferred to play the waiting game, hitting 43 from 56 balls, while Root has eased to 21 from as many balls.
15:57  Vince out for 26; England lose 1st wicket:  


England 68-1 (14 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Afghanistan are happy to continue with Mujeeb, who bowls his sixth over on the trot. And he keeps things in check, giving away just two singles in his 11th over.

And no surprise that Afghanistan introduce spin from the other end too. Bairstow makes his intent clear as he slog sweeps the second ball over midwicket for a four.

Three singles off the next three balls before Root cuts a short ball behind point for another four as Nabi gives away 11 runs in his first over.

Mujeeb, who bowled a tidy spell of six for 18 runs with the new ball, is given a break as Gulbadin Naib is called into the attack.

Bairstow throws his bat at a wide delivery hitting it uppishly through the vacant gully region for a single to thirdman.

Root then gets an inside edge which narrowly misses the stumps before he defends the next two balls as just a single comes from the over.

Leg-spinner Rahmat Shah comes into the attack in place of Nabi. The first ball is a beauty as he gets a little bit of drift, getting Bairstow to come forward to defend the full delivery which turns away sharply to go past the edge.

He then taps the next ball on the off-side for a single before Root slaps a short ball to sweeper cover for one.

Bairstow then takes the aerial route as he lofts a flighted delivery from Rahmat straight down the ground for a six.
15:42  Vince out for 26; England lose 1st wicket:  


England 46-1 (10 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Mujeeb bowls another tidy over, conceding just two singles, for a total of just 16 runs in five overs, not allowing the two batsmen to break free in the Powerplay.

Pacer Zadran continues to bowl short as Vince miscues the pull shot before he gets the shot right next ball for two runs.

But he perishes attempting another pull shot as he gets the top edge and is caught at short fine leg for 26.

Some good tight bowling by Afghanistan has resulted in this wicket as Vince tried to break the shackles but was unable to control the pull shot.

Joe Root gets a short ball first up which goes high over him and is called a wide before he gets off the mark with a single.

Afghanistan have not let England get away in the Powerplay, restricting them to 46 for one in 10 overs, on a pitch which looks completely flat.

Bairstow has taken his time to get his eye in, scoring a cautious 17 from 28 balls.
15:31  Bairstow, Vince give England a good start:  


England 40-0 (8 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Afghanistan doing well to keep the normally-aggressive Bairstow quiet. Mujeeb starts his third over with two dot balls to Bairstow before he crashes a wide half-volley through the covers for a four.

He then clips one off his pads on the leg side for a single before Vince defends the last two balls.

Afghanistan bowling quite a few short balls, allowing England to release the pressure. Bairstow pulls a short ball from pacer Zadran through midwicket for a boundary to take his score to 15.

A single to Bairstow before Vince clubs the pacer uppishly to the right of mid-off for a four.

Another short ball which Vince pulls as it falls just short of deep square leg for one.

Mujeeb continues as Vince picks a single before Bairstow goes for the pull initially before deciding last minute against playing the shot as the ball turns away.

Bairstow happy to play cautiously against Mujeeb as he plays four dot balls in a row to end another good over from the spinner.

Vince looks to force the issue as he lofts Zadran back over his head for a four and then leaves alone the bouncer.

Another misfield from Afghanistan as Vince gets two runs as it goes through the fielder in the covers.

Vince then plays the pull shot, hitting it uppishly but Mohammad Nabi at deep square leg is unable to judge it cleanly and lets a big opportunity go begging. He was caught in two minds as he initially went back before deciding to rush towards the ball but was well short.
15:15  England off to a steady start vs Afg:  


England 15-0 (4 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Mujeeb bowling in a good channel just around the off-stump as he keeps Bairstow quiet with five dot balls in a row.

He perished to Imran Tahir in the first game and is trying to be watchful against spin early on.

The last ball is a wide half-volley as Bairstow drives it through the covers for three runs.

Zadran bowls it short outside the off-stump as Bairstow leaves it alone before he pulls the next for a single to deep midwicket.

Zadran does well to bowl a tight over, as Vince is unable to get a run off the last four balls as just a single comes from it.
15:08  James Vince opens for England:  


England 11-0 (2 ovs) vs Afg | Scorecard

Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman to open the bowling for Afghanistan, while England have a new opening pair in Jonny Bairstow and James Vince, who replaces the injured Jason Roy.

Mujeeb gets some drifts into right-hander Vince who defends the first ball before clipping the next through square leg for two runs to get off the mark.

Vince then defends a flighted delivery on the off-side before he clips the next through uppishly for another couple of runs.

Mujeeb gets some extra bounce and little bit of turn as Vince is beaten before he watchfully defends the last ball.

Dawlat Zadran from the other end. Bairstow clips the first ball on the leg side for a single before Vince pulls a short ball through midwicket for a four.

Two balls later he drives it straight down the ground as the fielder at mid-on fumbles to give away a single and Bairstow takes another run.
14:56  Roy ruled out; Moeen replaces Plunkett:  

Check out the playing XIs of the two teams:

England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w/k), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil (w/k), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran.

14:42  England win toss, elect to bat vs Afg:  


England captain Eoin Morgan has won the toss and elected to bat against Afghanistan in Manchester on Tuesday.

Morgan has recovered from his back spasm and will lead England but Jason Roy misses out with a hamstring tear and is replaced by James Vince.

The hosts have made one more change as spin all-rounder Moeen Ali replaces pacer Liam Plunkett.

Afghanistan have made three changes as Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Najibullah Zadran are included in the team.

Afghanistan have four defeats from four matches so far but have shown plenty of glimpses of the talent they possess -- especially in a narrow loss to Sri Lanka.

Conversely, the host already have three victories to their name and also beat the Afghans by nine wickets in a warm-up match ahead of the World Cup.
14:29  England aim to inch closer to semis vs Afg:  


Welcome to the coverage of the World Cup match between England and Afghanistan in Manchester on Tuesday.

Struck by a series of injury setbacks, England will look to get the combination right when they take on the low-ranked but spirited Afghanistan in their bid get closer to a semi-final berth.

Opening batsman Jason Roy was also forced off the field during the same match due to a tight hamstring and has been ruled out of the game on Tuesday and Friday (against Sri Lanka).

Himself in doubt for the Afghanistan game, captain Eoin Morgan insisted there is no need to hit the panic button just yet.

In case Morgan isn't fully fit, vice captain Jos Buttler is likely to lead the team which boasts of a strong bench strength that includes the likes of Tom Curran and Moeen Ali.

After suffering a shock loss to Pakistan, England have got their act together, excelling in all three departments and the hosts will want to continue riding on the winning momentum.

On the other hand, Afghanistan will be eager to post their first win in the ongoing 50-over showpiece.

Playing in their second World Cup, the bottom-placed Afghanistan lost all four of their matches till now to South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand respectively.

However, the players from the war-torn nation can take confidence from the fact that they almost pulled off a win against Sri Lanka.

The main concern will be batting as Afghanistan are yet to play out 40-plus overs in any of their games.

They made an encouraging start against South Africa, with openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran watchfully negotiating the early overs but failed to capitalise on that.

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