ENG vs. AFG HIGHLIGHTS: In a historic encounter at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday, October 15, 2023, Afghanistan’s cricketers etched their names in the annals of the game by defeating England and securing their first-ever ODI World Cup win against a Test-playing nation. The Afghan batters, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Ali Khil, played pivotal roles in this monumental victory, contributing fifties that propelled their team to post a competitive total of 284 in their 50 overs.
Stellar Performances: Gurbaz and Khil Shine
The explosive Rahmanullah Gurbaz laid the groundwork for Afghanistan’s success by blazing his way to a scintillating 80 off just 57 balls. His aggressive batting at the start set the tone for the innings and put England on the back foot from the outset. Gurbaz’s ability to find gaps and strike boundaries consistently was a testament to his batting prowess.
On the other hand, Ikram Ali Khil, the wicketkeeper, displayed composure and calculated strokeplay towards the end of the innings. His 58 off 66 balls played a crucial role in stabilizing the Afghan innings. Khil’s partnership with Gurbaz ensured that Afghanistan reached a competitive total that their bowlers could defend.
Spin Magic: Rashid, Nabi, and Rahman
Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, three renowned Afghan spinners, weaved a web around the English batsmen. They combined their talents to pick up a total of eight wickets, dismantling England’s batting lineup systematically.
Rashid Khan’s guile and control were evident as he scalped three important wickets, conceding just 42 runs in his 10 overs. Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman complemented Khan perfectly, applying pressure from the other end and picking up crucial wickets.
England, the defending champions, found themselves in a difficult position right from the beginning of their chase. The brilliance of the Afghan spinners made scoring difficult, and they lost wickets at regular intervals. In the end, they were bowled out for just 215, falling short by 69 runs.
Squad and Head-to-Head Stats
Before the match, England had a dominant record against Afghanistan in ODIs, having won both of their previous encounters. However, this historic victory for Afghanistan marks a turning point in their cricketing journey.
- Total matches played: 2
- England won: 2
- Afghanistan won: 0
- No result: 0
- Tied: 0
England Squad for ODI World Cup
- Jonny Bairstow
- Dawid Malan
- Joe Root
- Jos Buttler (c)
- Harry Brook
- Liam Livingstone
- Sam Curran
- Chris Woakes
- Adil Rashid
- Mark Wood
- Reece Topley
Afghanistan Squad for World Cup
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz (w)
- Ibrahim Zadran
- Rahmat Shah
- Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)
- Azmatullah Omarzai
- Mohammad Nabi
- Najibullah Zadran
- Rashid Khan
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman
- Fazalhaq Farooqi
- Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023
- Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
- Live Toss (IST): 01:30 PM IST
- Match Start Time (IST): 2:00 PM IST
Telecast and Streaming
Cricket enthusiasts in England can catch the live action on Star Sports. For those looking to stream the match online, Hotstar provides free live streaming of the England vs. Afghanistan World Cup match in India.
This historic victory for Afghanistan not only adds a significant chapter to their cricketing journey but also highlights the unpredictability and excitement that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has to offer. Afghanistan’s remarkable performance against a cricketing powerhouse like England underscores the competitive spirit and the bright future of the sport.