ENG beat AFG by 9 wickets | Afghanistan vs England Highlights And Cricket Score 8th ODI Match

ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019

Date: May 27, 2019 Start Time: 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT | 10:30 Local
Venue: The Oval, London
AFG
160/10 Overs: 38.4
ENG
161/1 Overs: 17.3
England beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets

Match Commentary

Afghanistan vs England Highlights And Cricket Score - 8th ODI match - Commentary

End of Over : 38.4 AFG: 160/10

So 161 to get, it should be an easy chase for England. Afghanistan will need to bowl out of their skin if they want to even make a fight out of this. Join us in a while for the second innings.

Ben Stokes is caught for a chat. He states it was a good performance from the boys on the field. Says the two warm-up games being so close to each other makes a difference when one comes back so well after the earlier defeat. When asked about fitness, Ben admits that their bodies might be a little tired as they have been playing cricket continuously now, talks about the Pakistan series. Reckons Adil Rashid's shoulder looks fine now. Feels that it was important for them to have an excellent start with the ball as Afghanistan are good early on with the bat. Signs off by saying it is vital to have a third spinner some days and it was nice to see Joe Root picking up wickets.

As for England's bowling, 7 bowlers were used by them. With Jofra Archer and Joe Root picking up 3 each. Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes were the others to get into the wicket column with one a piece. Overall everyone was good for England with the ball but they will be slightly disappointed not to restrict Afghanistan under 140.

After winning the toss, England skipper Eoin Morgan put Afghanistan to bat. The innings did not start brightly for the visitors. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Though opener Noor Ali Zadran got a good start he could not convert it. They lost half their side for 88. Mohammad Nabi then played a good hand with the tail and gave them something to bowl and took the total to 160.

Comprehensive performance with the ball from England. Though they will feel they should have restricted them under 150 but Nabi's 44 has taken Afghanistan over 150 and has given them something to bowl at.

38.4 W

Jofra Archer to Mohammad Nabi. OUT! The foot is okay says the third umpire. He will remain with the soft signal and AFGHANISTAN END WITH 160 on board. What an excellent catch that is in the deep! This is brilliant from Bairstow. Not even 40 overs they have played. The last ball is a short one outside off, Nabi looks to cut but the ball flies off the top edge and to third man. Bairstow initially takes the catch just inside the rope but realising that he would lose balance, throws the ball in the air, takes a step out before coming back in to complete the catch coolly. Well done, YJB! Archer ends with 3 wickets.

Nabi is caught at third man by Bairstow. The umpire wants to check whether Bairstow has stepped on the rope and hence takes the decision upstairs. The soft signal is OUT!

38.3 0

Jofra Archer to Mohammad Nabi. Good comeback! Archer sees Nabi back away and hence bowls a slower ball following the batsman. Nabi has to adjust and can only pat it away towards cover.

38.2 4

Jofra Archer to Mohammad Nabi. FOUR! Top edged and four! Short ball on off, Nabi looks to pull this away but the ball goes off the top edge and flies over the slip region. Too fine for third man to come around.

38.1 0

Jofra Archer to Mohammad Nabi. A length ball on top of off stump, defended back to the bowler by Nabi.

Jofra Archer is back on.

End of Over : 38 7 Runs AFG: 156/9
37.6 4

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. FOUR! Smashed and smashed hard. Moeen bowls it full on off, Dawlat hits it hard straight. The ball deflects off the umpire's leg and goes to the long fence for a boundary.

37.5 0

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. Moeen flights it on the stumps, Dawlat defends it off the front foot.

37.4 2

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. In the air but safe. Dawlat takes the aerial route and lofts it over the bowler's head. The ball falls in no man's land and they get a couple.

37.3 0

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. Outside off, Dawlat defends it towards cover.

37.2 0

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. Floated on middle, Dawlat taps it back to the bowler.

37.1 1

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Tossed up on middle and leg, Nabi milks it to long on and gets a single. 150 comes up for Afghanistan with that single.

End of Over : 37 7 Runs AFG: 149/9
36.6 6

Adil Rashid to Dawlat Zadran. SIX! Huge! Zadran gets down low on one knee and slogs this ball outside off over long on. Brilliant shot from the number 11. These are valuable runs being added for the last wicket.

36.5 0

Adil Rashid to Dawlat Zadran. Leg spinner outside off, Zadran looks to drive this back to the cover fielder but misses as the ball turns away. Buttler fumbles behind the wickets.

36.4 1

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Flatter leg spinner on off, Nabi comes ahead to defend the ball but it goes off the inside edge. A quick single is taken as the ball rolls towards the leg side.

36.3 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

36.2 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball towards cover by Mohammad.

36.1 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Stifled appeal but no movement from the umpire. A flatter leg spinner outside off, Nabi looks to paddle this but fails to put bat on ball. He gets hit on the pad and it runs fine on the leg side. No run though. The quiet appeal is turned down.

End of Over : 36 6 Runs AFG: 142/9
35.6 0

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. This time finds the man at cover.

35.5 4

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. FOUR! What a shot from Dawlat. He has taken everyone by surprise there. Moeen bowls it full outside off, Dawlat smashes it through mid off for a boundary.

35.4 0

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. Outside off, Dawlat leaves it alone.

35.3 1

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Unnecessary this. Tossed up on off, Nabi taps it back to the bowler. Moeen looks to flick it onto the stumps but misses and they take a run.

35.2 1

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. Outside off and short, Dawlat punches it to sweeper cover for a single.

35.1 0

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. The batsman has punched the ball off the backfoot.

Moeen Ali to continue...

End of Over : 35 4 Runs AFG: 136/9
34.6 1

Adil Rashid to Dawlat Zadran. Flatter outside off, Dawlat slaps it to sweeper cover and keeps the strike. Bold decision this to take the run of the last ball.

34.5 0

Adil Rashid to Dawlat Zadran. Flighted on off, Dawlat blocks it off his front foot.

34.4 1

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Plays a premeditated paddle sweep to the leg spinning ball outside off. It goes towards short fine leg and they take a run.

34.3 2

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. On the pads, Nabi turns it fine of fine leg and gets a couple.

A slight stoppage in play as the physio comes out to have a look at Nabi who got hit on the neck on the previous ball while attempting to sweep. The umpire decides to take Drinks as well! England are right on top here having picked up wickets at quick intervals and they have just one more to pick up for them to bowl out Afghanistan. Nabi is still out there though and he is the only hope for the Asian side to get anywhere close to a respectable total.

34.2 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Ouch! That must have been hurt. Leg spinner pitching on off, Nabi looks to sweep it against the spin. He misses and the4 ball goes through the glove and hits him on his neck. He holds his neck in pain and this halt will call for drinks.

34.1 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Leg spinner pitching on off, Nabi looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

Adil Rashid comes back on with a change of ends.

End of Over : 34 3 Runs AFG: 132/9
33.6 1

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Floats it on off, Nabi nudges it to mid on and takes a quick single to keep the strike.

33.5 1

Moeen Ali to Dawlat Zadran. Tossed up on middle and leg, Dawlat does well to stroke it to mid on and takes a single.

33.4 1

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Short on the body, Nabi pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

33.3 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Tossed up on off, Nabi strokes it to mid on.

33.2 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Once again short, Nabi once again punches it to the man at mid on.

33.1 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Shorter on off, Nabi punches it to mid on.

Change of ends for Moeen Ali.

End of Over : 33 5 Runs AFG: 129/9
32.6 1

Joe Root to Mohammad Nabi. Nabi drives this through mid on for a single. He retains strike for the next over.

32.5 1

Joe Root to Dawlat Zadran. A high full toss on the hips, turned away to square leg by Zadran. A single is taken.

32.4 0

Joe Root to Dawlat Zadran. The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to cover.

The last man in is Dawlat Zadran.

32.3 W

Joe Root to Aftab Alam. OUT! Aftab Alam has thrown it away and he did not need to. He just had to give strike to the more experienced player and better batsman at the non-striker's end. A flatter one outside off, Aftab comes down the track and looks to cut the ball away but it goes off outside edge of the bat and lobs in air. The backward point comes a little in to take the easiest of catches. One wicket away now England from bowling out the Asian side. Root has picked up 3 meanwhile!

32.2 1

Joe Root to Mohammad Nabi. Fired in quicker on middle, Nabi eases it down to the ground to long on for a single.

32.2 wd

Joe Root to Mohammad Nabi. Leg spinner gone wrong, goes down the leg side. Wided by the umpire.

32.1 1

Joe Root to Aftab Alam. Short outside off, cut away to deep cover for a single by Alam.

Joe Root comes back on now. Meanwhile, we see good sportsmanship as Stokes ties the shoe laces for Aftab Alam.

End of Over : 32 9 Runs AFG: 124/8
31.6 1

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Tossed up on off, Aftab strokes it to long off and gets a run.

31.5 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. On the stumps, Aftab defends it off the front foot.

31.4 1

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Now takes a single by punching it through covers.

31.3 6

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. SIX! Flat and over. Nabi is not gonna die without trying. Rashid flights it outside off, Nabi demolishes it over cover for a maximum. The man in the deep can just watch it sail over his head.

31.2 1

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. On the pads, Alam turns it towards fine leg and gets one.

31.1 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Flighted on off, Alam drives it to cover.

End of Over : 31 14 Runs AFG: 115/8
30.6 2

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Takes the risk of taking two and gives the strike to Alam. Floated on off, Nabi drives it beautifully through covers. The sweeper cover gathers it and Nabi unselfishly takes two.

30.5 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Flighted on middle, Nabi drives it back to the bowler. Moeen dives to his right and stops the ball.

30.4 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Now calmly punches it to mid on.

The ball seems to have lost shape after that hit from Nabi. The fourth umpire is seen running in with the box of balls.

30.3 6

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. SIX! Second of the over and Nabi has decided to take on Moeen. He gives it air and bowls it slower outside off, Nabi gets on one knee and thrashes his sweep over the mid-wicket fence. It is a short boundary on that side but that went 3 rows back and would have been a six anywhere in the world. He hit it so hard that we will have to take the new ball.

30.2 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Now hits it hard but straight to mid off.

30.1 6

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. SIX! Don't even bother looking that is six the moment it left the bat. Brilliant use of the feet. Nabi comes down the track and whacks this tossed up ball on off over long off for a biggie.

End of Over : 30 1 Runs AFG: 101/8
29.6 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Shorter on the body, Alam looks to pull but gets hit on the body.

29.5 1

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. On the pads, Nabi flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets one.

29.4 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. On the pads, Nabi paddle sweeps it but finds short fine leg.

29.3 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Floated on off, Nabi drives it straight to cover.

29.2 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Skidder on middle, Nabi does really well to keep it out.

29.1 0

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Short outside off, Nabi defends it off the back foot.

End of Over : 29 0 Runs AFG: 100/8
28.6 0

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. Maiden over! The flighted off spinner on off is kept out by Aftab Alam coming ahead.

28.5 0

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. Pushed through to mid-wicket by AA.

28.4 0

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. Ali fires a yorker in on middle, Aftab keeps this ball out somehow by getting his bat down on time.

28.3 0

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. Fired in outside off, driven hard to cover by Aftab. Does not get the placement on that well-time shot.

28.2 0

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. Alam comes ahead and defends this ball flighted outside off.

28.1 0

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball back to the bowler.

End of Over : 28 3 Runs AFG: 100/8
27.6 1

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Alam looks to pull this short ball but times it really poorly off the higher part of the willow. The ball goes to mid-wicket for a single who has a shy at the bowler's end. Misses. Cheers in the crowd as Afghanistan get to 100!

27.5 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Another flatter one on middle, defended back to the bowler watchfully.

27.4 1

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Flatter on middle, turned towards square leg for a run by Nabi.

27.3 1

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Flighted outside off once more, Alam gets to the pitch of the ball by reaching out and pushes it to deep point for a run.

27.2 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Played to the point region by the batsman.

27.1 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Flighted leg spinner outside off, Alam looks to drive this ball but fails to put bat on it.

End of Over : 27 4 Runs AFG: 97/8
26.6 1

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. It's been lofted over mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.

26.5 0

Moeen Ali to Aftab Alam. Flighted ball outside off, driven towards mid off a little uppishly.

26.4 1

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Pushy defense through the cover-point region by Mohammad. Single taken.

26.3 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Flighted off spinner outside off once more, Nabi comes ahead and defends it solidly.

26.2 0

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Fuller ball outside off, driven towards mid-wicket by MN.

26.1 2

Moeen Ali to Mohammad Nabi. Flatter one outside off, paddle swept by Nabi down to fine leg for a couple of runs.

End of Over : 26 1 Runs AFG: 93/8
25.6 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Tossed up on middle and off, Aftab does well to keep it off and see off the over.

25.5 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Flights it on the stumps, Alam defends it.

Moeen Ali with a change of ends.

25.4 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Short on the body, Aftab looks to pull but misses and gets hit on the body.

25.3 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Googly outside off, Alam does well to read it and block it.

25.2 0

Adil Rashid to Aftab Alam. Short outside off, Aftab cuts it to the man at point.

25.1 1

Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi. Starts with a short ball outside off, Nabi strokes it to long off for a single.

Adil Rashid to have a go with the ball now.

End of Over : 25 4 Runs AFG: 92/8
24.6 0

Joe Root to Aftab Alam. Cut hard to the point fielder. Excellent over for England comes to an end, Afghanistan are 92/8 at the halfway mark of their innings.

24.5 0

Joe Root to Aftab Alam. Another leg spinner on off stump, Alam pats the ball towards cover.

Aftab Alam is the new man in.

24.4 W

Joe Root to Rashid Khan. OUT! Two wickets in two balls. Rashid Khan departs first ball. Root has his second wicket. A flatter leg spinner on the off stump line, Rashid backs away to cut but the ball flies to the right of slip off the thick outside edge. Stokes there takes a really smart, fast-reaction catch! He has a surprised smile on his face and with good reason as well. He cannot believe how he has taken that one himself. Anyway, Afghanistan in deep, deep trouble here!

Rashid Khan walks out next to bat.

24.3 W

Joe Root to Mohammad Nabi. OUT! Hardly in the frame. Flighted ball outside off, Nabi strokes it through covers. The sweeper cover comes in and gathers it. They complete the two but take on the arms of Jonny Bairstow. He throws it at the keeper's end. The throw is a very good one. Buttler whips the bails off quickly. The square leg umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and confirm that Najibullah Zadran was well short.

Najibullah Zadran the man in question and it looked out to the naked eye. That was a suicidal run and the throw was perfect too. The umpire though goes upstairs to make sure!

Another run out appeal!

24.2 1

Joe Root to Najibullah Zadran. Shorter on off, Zadran punches it to covers for a run.

24.1 1

Joe Root to Mohammad Nabi. Leg spinner but it ends up being a full toss on the pads, Nabi flicks it to deep square leg and gets a single.

End of Over : 24 5 Runs AFG: 88/6
23.6 0

Moeen Ali to Najibullah Zadran. Flatter ball on middle, defended well by Zadran coming ahead.

Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.

23.5 W

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. OUT! The sixth one goes down! That is straight down the throat of the long on fielder. The second wicket of the over! A flighted ball outside off, Naib takes the invitation to hit it over long on but fails to get it over the fielder. He hits it straight and the ball does not have the strength to clear the ground. Stokes runs to his left and takes a smart catch. Afghanistan in massive trouble here, throwing their wickets away really.

23.4 0

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball back down.

23.3 W

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. OUT! Shahidi has thrown his wicket away with an unnecessary run out. A flatter ball on the pads, turned towards square leg by Naib. The batsmen decide to go for the risky second. That though is the wrong decision they make as Plunkett in the deep throws the ball right on top of the stumps at the bowler's end and Ali removes the bails. The umpire takes it upstairs where the replays show that Hashmatullah is short. Half the side back in the hut now! Najibullah Zadran is the new man in to the crease.

Run out appeal taken upstairs! Shahidi is the man in question, Ali at the non-striker's end seems confident that he has got his man in time!

23.2 4

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. FOUR! Crunched away! Short outside off, cut away hard by Naib through point. The ball beats the fielder at the boundary easily.

23.1 0

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Flatter off-spinner on middle and leg, Naib tries to turn this away through square leg but misses the ball. It goes off the pads towards the off side. The impact was outside leg so there is no appeal.

End of Over : 23 5 Runs AFG: 83/4
22.6 1

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. On the pads, Naib flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.

22.5 1

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.

22.4 1

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. Shorter on off, GN punches it to deep cover for a single.

22.3 0

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. Tossed up on middle and leg, Naib strokes it straight to mid on.

22.2 1

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. On the pads once again, HS glances it to mid-wicket for a single.

22.1 1

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. On the pads, Naib turns it away to fine leg for a run.

End of Over : 22 2 Runs AFG: 78/4
21.6 0

Moeen Ali to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Short and punches straight to cover.

21.5 1

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Floated on middle and leg, Naib milks it to long on for one.

21.4 1

Moeen Ali to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Floated on off, Shahidi comes down the track and drives it to long off for a single.

21.3 0

Moeen Ali to Hashmatullah Shahidi. On middle and leg, HS flicks it to mid-wicket.

21.2 0

Moeen Ali to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Off spinner pitching on middle and leg, Shahidi looks to flick but misses. The ball hits him on his pad. The bowler and the keeper go up in appeal but the umpire is not interested.

21.1 0

Moeen Ali to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Tosses it up on middle and leg, Shahidi taps it back to the bowler.

End of Over : 21 2 Runs AFG: 76/4
20.6 1

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Punched back through mid on by Hashmatullah. A single is taken and Hashmatullah will be back on strike.

20.5 0

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Shahidi comes forward and defends this ball to mid-wicket.

20.4 0

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

20.3 0

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Shahidi comes a little down the track and then pushes this ball to the point fielder.

20.2 0

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Around the wicket to the southpaw, bowled flatter on middle. Pushed back to the bowler by the southpaw.

20.1 1

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. Bowled flatter on the leg stump line, eased away to mid-wicket for a single by the skipper.

End of Over : 20 1 Runs AFG: 74/4
19.6 1

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Moeen tosses it up on off, Naib strokes it wide of mid on. The fielder there dives to his left and looks to stop it with a dive but cannot do it. The ball deflects off him and goes behind. They take a single.

19.5 0

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Floats it on off, Naib drives it straight. It is so straight that it hits the stumps.

19.4 0

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Tossed up on off, Naib drives it to point.

19.3 0

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Short on middle, Naib punches it to the man at mid on.

19.2 0

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Floated outside off, Naib strokes it to the man at cover.

19.1 0

Moeen Ali to Gulbadin Naib. Starts with a shorter ball around off, Naib hits it straight back to the bowler.

Spin from both ends. Moeen Ali comes on to bowl now.

End of Over : 19 4 Runs AFG: 73/4
18.6 0

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Outside off, Shahidi pushes it to cover.

18.5 1

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. Tossed up on middle, Naib strokes it to the right of diving Root to long on for a single.

18.4 1

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. On the pads, Shahidi flicks it to mid-wicket for one.

18.3 1

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. Flighted on off, Naib drives it to long on for one.

18.2 1

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Tossed up on middle and leg, Shahidi comes down the track and milks it to long on for a single.

18.1 0

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Shorter on off, Shahidi strokes it to the man at mid off.

End of Over : 18 1 Runs AFG: 69/4
17.6 0

Ben Stokes to Gulbadin Naib. Low full toss outside off, Naib takes it on the full before driving it on a bounce to the cover fielder.

17.5 0

Ben Stokes to Gulbadin Naib. Stokes goes wide of the crease to deliver this ball but it wide outside off. Gulbadin drives this ball towards cover.

17.4 0

Ben Stokes to Gulbadin Naib. Patted back down the ground to the bowler this time by Naib.

17.3 0

Ben Stokes to Gulbadin Naib. Bouncer on middle, the batsman is not interested and lets the ball go through.

17.2 0

Ben Stokes to Gulbadin Naib. Well outside off, left alone by the skipper.

17.1 1

Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Bowled back of a length on middle, Shahidi opens the face of the bat and gets the ball to go through cover-point for a run.

End of Over : 17 2 Runs AFG: 68/4
16.6 0

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. Once again bowls a leg spinner to the right-hander. It os on off, Naib defends it to see off the over.

16.5 1

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Good shot for a single. Root tosses it up on off, Shahidi beautifully drives it to long off for a single.

16.4 0

Joe Root to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Flighted on off, Shahidi drives it to the man at cover.

16.3 1

Joe Root to Gulbadin Naib. Root bowls a leg spinner. He is trying variations here. It is on the pads, Naib glances it to square leg and gets off the mark.

The skipper, Gulbadin Naib walks out at number 6.

16.2 W

Joe Root to Asghar Afghan. OUT! Root strikes in his first over as well. The break has brought in a lapse of concentration for Afghan. Root tosses it up nicely on off, Asghar looks to heave it over long on. He does not time it well and hits it straight to Jason Roy stationed at long on. He takes an easy catch.

16.1 0

Joe Root to Asghar Afghan. Starts with a full toss on middle and off, Afghan hits it straight to mid-wicket. Will feel he has missed on an oppurtunity there.

Drinks break! England have started this warm-up beautifully. They bowled with pace and precision in the first 10 overs where they picked 2 wickets. Stokes came on and struck in his first over as well. Afghanistan have found the going tough but now Afghan and Shahidi are settling in slowly. Time for them to stitch a big stand here. Spin after the break for the English, Joe Root is into the attack.

End of Over : 16 5 Runs AFG: 66/3
15.6 0

Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Short ball outside off, Shahidi looks to ramp this over slips. He misses the ball.

15.5 0

Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Pushed to the cover region by the southpaw.

15.4 1

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. Bowled on the hips, Afghan looks to work it fine on the leg side but it goes off the handle and a part of the glove towards the left of the keeper where Buttler dives and stops it. Cannot prevent the single though.

15.3 0

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. Good bouncer! The batsman ducks under the ball at the last moment.

15.2 0

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.

15.1 4

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. FOUR! Cut away hard! The short boundary that side and Afghan takes full toll. A ball wide outside off, Asghar transfers the weight on the back foot and then cuts it easily past point. Beats third man with ease.

End of Over : 15 2 Runs AFG: 61/3
14.6 1

Tom Curran to Asghar Afghan. Flicks it uppishly towards deep square leg and keeps the strike with a single.

14.5 1

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Full outside off, Shahidi strokes it to deep point and gets to the other end.

14.4 0

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Full to follow it up. HS pushes it to point.

14.3 0

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Bouncer again. This is the clearly the plan here from England.It is once again well directed as it is on the body. Shahidi does not take any risk and ducks under it once again.

14.2 0

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Full now on off, Shahidi defends it off the front foot.

14.1 0

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Short and coming in with the angle. Shahidi ducks under it.

End of Over : 14 2 Runs AFG: 59/3
13.6 0

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. On off, Afgan defends it to see off the over.

13.5 0

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. Another play and miss. Full outside off, Asghar looks to drive it but misses. Stokes looks in good rhythm today. A positive sign for all the English fans.

13.4 1

Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Outside off and full, Shahidi drives it to sweeper cover for a run.

13.3 0

Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Now fuller on off, Shahidi pushes it to the man at cover.

13.2 0

Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Brilliantly directed bouncer. It is on the body and bowled at 139 kph. Shahidi does well to get down in time.

13.1 1

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. Good length ball on middle, Afghan looks to flick it but gets an inside edge which lobs towards the square leg region off the pads for a single.

End of Over : 13 7 Runs AFG: 57/3
12.6 0

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Pushed towards the off side by Shahidi to end the over.

12.5 0

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. From around the wicket to the southpaw again, it is a slower-ball yorker. Well kept out towards the bowler by Hashmatullah.

12.4 1

Tom Curran to Asghar Afghan. Worked off the pads to fine leg for a single by Afghan.

12.3 1

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Pushed towards deep cover for a run by the southpaw.

12.2 4

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. FOUR! Shot of the day so far! A fuller length ball outside off, Shahidi gets into position nice and early before leaning into this drive. Gets it in the gap as well wide of deep cover.

12.1 1

Tom Curran to Asghar Afghan. Good length ball on middle, Afghan turns it through square leg for a single. The bat turned in his hand as he played that shot.

End of Over : 12 6 Runs AFG: 50/3
11.6 1

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. 50 up for Afghanistan and Afghan is off the mark too. On the pads, Asghar flicks it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike with a single. Tidy start from Stokes. 6 runs and a wicket.

11.5 0

Ben Stokes to Asghar Afghan. Length ball on the stumps, Afghan defends it.

Asghar Afghan walks out to bat now.

11.4 W

Ben Stokes to Noor Ali Zadran. OUT! Bowled! Stokes bowls it on a length. He hits the deck hard on middle and off. The ball comes in slightly after pitching. Noor Ali looks to defend but it gets an inside edge and the ball goes on to hit the top of middle and leg. Stokes strikes in his very first over. Afghanistan have lost their third.

11.3 0

Ben Stokes to Noor Ali Zadran. Now bowls it full on off, Noor Ali defends it off the front foot. Shows good composure there to follow the boundary with a dot.

11.2 4

Ben Stokes to Noor Ali Zadran. FOUR! Brilliantly pulled. There is a fine leg in place just for that. Stokes bowls it short but Noor Ali pulls it fine of the man at fine leg and gets a boundary.

11.1 1

Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Stokes bowls it full around off, Shahidi runs it down to third man for a single.

Ben Stokes has been brought on now.

End of Over : 11 6 Runs AFG: 44/2
10.6 0

Tom Curran to Noor Ali Zadran. Good length ball on middle and leg, Ali Zadran flicks it to mid-wicket.

10.5 0

Tom Curran to Noor Ali Zadran. Curran pulls his length back Ali Zadran defends it off the front foot.

10.4 4

Tom Curran to Noor Ali Zadran. FOUR! What a flick! Gull on middle and off, Noor Ali moves to the line of the ball and flicks it over mid on for a boundary.

10.3 1

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Outside off now, Shahidi drives it to sweeper cover for a single.

10.2 0

Tom Curran to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Full on off, Shahidi drives it straight to the man at short cover.

10.1 1

Tom Curran to Noor Ali Zadran. Starts with a length ball onn the pads, Noor Ali flicks it to square leg and gets to the other end.

Powerplay 2 signalled by the umpire. Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Tom Curran now into the attack.

End of Over : 10 0 Runs AFG: 38/2
9.6 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Maiden over! On a length on middle and leg, patted right back to Woakes by Hashmatullah. England's Powerplay! Afghanistan are 38/2 at end of 10 overs.

9.5 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Driven hard towards cover by the southpaw this time.

9.4 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Slightly back of a length and on top of middle, patted back on the surface towards the bowler.

9.3 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Good ball right on the money! Well defended by Shahidi though back down the ground.

9.2 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Fuller this time, driven down to mid off by the southpaw.

9.1 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Good length ball outside off, pushed off the back foot towards mid off.

End of Over : 9 8 Runs AFG: 38/2
8.6 4

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. FOUR! The over has ended just the way it has started. On the pads this time, Noor Ali flicks it wide of square leg and gets a boundary. Two boundaries sandwiched between 4 dots to finish the over.

8.5 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Short again. This time on the body, Noor Ali once again ducks under it.

8.4 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Good length ball on the pads, Noor Ali flicks it to the man at square leg.

8.3 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Bouncer on off, Noor Ali sits under it and lets it carry to the keeper.

8.2 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Fuller on off, Ali Zadran defends it.

8.1 4

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. FOUR! Slower ball gone wrong. Archer tries to surprise the batsman with a 116 kph ball outside off, Noor Ali looks to whack it over point but gets a thick outside edge which flies over the slip cordon for a boundary.

End of Over : 8 1 Runs AFG: 30/2
7.6 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Fuller length outside off, driven towards mid off by Shahidi.

7.5 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Back of a length outside off, punched towards cover-point by the southpaw.

7.4 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

7.3 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. On the money again from Woakes, defended back down the ground by HS.

7.2 0

Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi. That pinged off the middle of the bat but goes to straight to Stokes at cover. Good shot but no placement.

7.1 1

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Bowled on the hips, tucked away to fine leg by Noor Ali for a single.

End of Over : 7 2 Runs AFG: 29/2
6.6 0

Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Bouncer! It is bowled at 146 kph outside off, Shahidi sways away from it.

6.5 2

Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi. That was not far away from a disastrous run out. Shahidi gets a ball on the pads, he flicks it through mid-wicket. Ben Stokes gives it a chase and stops it. They get two. Shahidi comes halfway down the track for the third but Noor Ali was not aware that he had come for the third so he sends him back. The throw from Stokes at the keeper's end is a very poor one. It goes to backward point and Shahidi is back in his crease.

6.4 0

Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Back of a length ball on off, HS blocks it off his back foot.

6.3 0

Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Play and a miss! Good ball from Archer. Fuller outside off. Archer holds the seam beautifully. Shahidi has a poke at it but misses. The ball just misses his outside edge.

Shahidi is on the ground! He has been hit right on his crown jewels by a pacy Archer delivery. The physio comes running in, maybe time for some magic spray. Nice to see him back on his feet and taking some time to compose himself by a little jogging!

6.2 0

Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Ouch! Right on the box. That must be painful and we all know. Good length ball on middle and leg, it comes in after pitching. Shahidi looks to defend but he misses and the ball hits him hard. He straightaway goes down wincing in pain.

6.1 0

Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Comes 'round the wicket and cramps the batsman for room bu bowling it closer to the body. Shahidi flicks it to mid-wicket.

End of Over : 6 2 Runs AFG: 27/2
5.6 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Length ball on off, Ali Zadran defends it off his front foot.

5.5 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. On the stumps, Noor Ali blocks it.

5.4 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Length ball coming in to the batsman. It is pitched on middle and leg, Noor Ali looks to flick it but gets hit high on the thigh pad.

5.3 2

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. In the air...but safe. The idea was right, the timing was not. Good length ball on off and middle, Noor Ali comes down the track and looks to hit it over short mid-wicket. He does not time it well so it does not even go close to the fence but he times it well enough to hit it over and away from the fielder and get a couple.

5.2 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Once again Woakes targets the stumps and Noor Ali blocks it.

5.1 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Length ball on off, Ali Zadran defends it within the crease.

The new man in is Hashmatullah Shahidi.

End of Over : 5 5 Runs AFG: 25/2
4.6 W

Jofra Archer to Rahmat Shah. OUT! Soft dismissal! Archer bowls it back of a length. He hits the pitch hard. Rahmat looks to play the pull but he is late on his shot. He ends up chipping it straight to mid on. Liam Plunkett there takes a dolly. Second wicket for Jofra in the game. Rahmat Shah, arguably Afghanistan's current best batsman departs. He has made just 35 runs in the two warm-up games combined.

4.5 0

Jofra Archer to Rahmat Shah. On off, Shah pushes it to cover.

4.4 3

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Length ball on off, Noor Ali times his drive through cover. Moeen Ali gives it a chase and pulls it back before the ropes. Ben Stokes throws it and they get three.

4.3 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Good length ball around off, Noor Ali defends it off the back foot.

4.2 2

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Good shot! Noor Ali takes his front leg out of the way and slashes it past point. The ball does not get to the fence as the fielder mops it. They get two.

4.1 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Jofra hits the deck hard on a length. It is on off, Noor Ali taps it to point.

End of Over : 4 2 Runs AFG: 20/1
3.6 0

Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

3.5 0

Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah. What a jaffa! A length ball outside off, swinging away and beats the outside edge as Rahmat tries to defend the ball towards the off side.

3.4 0

Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah. Slightly back of a length on off and some inswing on that, Rahmat misses the ball and gets hit high on the thigh pad.

3.3 2

Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah. On middle and leg this time, worked through mid-wicket for a couple of runs by Shah.

3.2 0

Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah. Well left in the end one would have to say. A length ball outside off and coming in late, Rahmat covers the stumps and then lets the ball go to the keeper. Good technique.

3.1 0

Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah. Good ball on a length just outside off, watchfully defended back to the bowler by Rahmat.

End of Over : 3 1 Runs AFG: 18/1
2.6 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Good length ball on off, Ali Zadran defends it off the back foot to see off the over.

2.5 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Short ball around off, Noor Ali sways away from it.

2.4 0

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. On off, Noor Ali taps it to the man at point.

2.3 1

Jofra Archer to Rahmat Shah. Good length ball on off, Rahmat plays it with soft hands towards third man and gets off the mark.

2.2 0

Jofra Archer to Rahmat Shah. Outside off on a good length, good pace and good followthrough quips Wasim Akram on air. Well left by Rahmat.

Rahmat Shah walks out at number 3.

2.1 W

Jofra Archer to Hazratullah Zazai. OUT! High in the air and taken easily by Moeen Ali at mid on. A length ball from around the wicket, Zazai wants to pull it away after backing away but the ball hits him high on the bat and goes straight up and with absolutely no distance. Moeen has the simplest of catches that he completes. Jofra strikes, must give him so much confidence before the big tournament to pick up these early wickets.

End of Over : 2 5 Runs AFG: 17/0
1.6 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Dot to finish the over. End of an eventful over from Chris Woakes. The last ball is on middle and leg, Noor Ali rocks onto his back foot and blocks it.

1.5 4

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. FOUR! Excellent shot! Length ball outside off, Ali Zadran gets on his back foot and slashes it through covers for a boundary.

1.4 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. NOT OUT! There is no bat and the ball has grazed his elbow on its way to the keeper. Back of a length ball pitching on off, Ali Zadran looks to defend but misses. There was a noise as it goes to the keeper. The England players are confident and go up in a strong appeal. The umpire agrees and raises his finger. Noor Ali straightaway takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and the Ultra Edge shows that it clipped his elbow. Afghanistan retain their review.

Review time! Noor Ali has been adjudged caught behind here but he has reviewed straightaway. Let's see what the replays say, maybe the ball hasn't hit the bat...

1.3 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Good length ball on off, Rahamat plays it owith soft hands towards third man and gets off the mark with a single.

1.2 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Outside off on a length, Noor Ali leaves it alone.

1.2 wd

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. WIDE! Woakes misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Ali Zadran looks to flick it but misses. Wide signalled.

1.1 0

Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran. Right on the money. Good length ball pitching on middle and off. It tails away after pitching. Noor Ali looks to defend but gets an outside edge. He plays it with soft hands and hence it goes to second slip on a bounce.

Chris Woakes to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

End of Over : 1 12 Runs AFG: 12/0
0.6 4

Jofra Archer to Hazratullah Zazai. FOUR! Two in two. What a great start for Afghanistan. Length ball outside off, Jofra gives width and Zazai smashes it over point to finish the over with a boundary. 12 off the first one.

0.5 4

Jofra Archer to Hazratullah Zazai. FOUR! Pulled and pulled fine. It is short on the body, Zazai pulls it fine down the fine leg region for a boundary. First one off the day.

0.4 2

Jofra Archer to Hazratullah Zazai. On the pads, Zazai flicks it towards square leg and gets a brace as the fielder from circle stops the ball before the ropes.

0.3 0

Jofra Archer to Hazratullah Zazai. Good length ball on off, Zazai blocks it.

0.2 1

Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran. Length ball outside off, Noor Ali also does not waste any time. He taps it down to third man and gets off the mark himself.

0.1 1

Jofra Archer to Hazratullah Zazai. Afghanistan are off the mark. Jofra starts with a good length delivery outside off, Zazai runs it down to third man and straightaway gets off the mark.

We are all set to begin. The umpires are out in the middle. The English players follow them out on the field. Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran to open the innings for Afghanistan. Jofra Archer has the first new ball in hand for England.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says they are ready to test themselves against the pace and informs they were looking to bat first anyway. Says the guys are excited after the win against Pakistan and hopes they can play good cricket here and informs Mujeeb and Shahazad have been rested for this warm up.

England skipper, Eoin Morgan says they are playing Afghanistan and as they are playing against Afghanistan in Manchester in the tournament where they would bowl first hence this decision. On playing quality spin he says they have been excellent and they bring in a good energy. On the pitch he says it is a used wicket and tells Oval is a fantastic pitch and they are looking good. Informs Plunkett, Wood and Dawson area out and they are playing 12. Says they would like to have good batting and bowling Powerplay. Ends by saying it is important to find the balance in the most important part of the game and winning it.

TOSS - Eoin Morgan has the coin in hand. Up is goes Gulbadin Naib calls it heads and it lands in favor of England. England will bowl first.

Pitch Report - Mark Ramprakash and Wasim Akram are the pitch analyst for the game. Mark starts by informing that we are playing the same strip where India played against New Zealand. Tells the boundary on the off side is just 56m where it is 70m on the other side. Wasim Akram standing on the other side of the wicket says he relishes this pitch as there is a nice grass covering on it but informs it has been a batters paradise as the average score since 2015 has been 291 here. But ends by saying as there is grass covering on this pitch it will suit the bowlers and they should look to hit the right areas.

Hello and welcome to the final warm up game of the hosts and Afghanistan. After their loss against Australia in the warm up game, England will be looking to prove a point and show why they are the favorites heading into the tournament. They missed the services of skipper Eoin Morgan in the previous game and he should be back. Afghanistan on the other hand will be up in confidence and will be looking to make it two in two before they head into the main event. It will be a good test for the English players against the Afghan spinners. It should be a good game.

End of Over : 17.3 ENG: 161/1

So that brings this warm-up game to an end well before the normal scheduled time of close. England have given Afghanistan a battering and brought them back to ground after the Asian side's win against Pakistan in their first fixture. The hosts on the other hand will head into the opening fixture of the World Cup with supreme confidence which will be played at the same venue. Time till that though. There is another warm-up game which is going on currently between Australia and Sri Lanka where the former is chasing 240 to win. Switch tabs to follow the same. Bye-bye from here.

England skipper, Eoin Morgan starts by saying it was a really strong performance. Says Bangaldesh by mistake but then corrects himself as Rameez Raja reminds him and tells that Afghanistan is a really strong side and can be dangerous on their day so they had to be cautious. He feels that the competition for places in the side is extremely high and it is a good headache whom to chose. Morgan hopes he can select the best eleven on the day. Mentions that everyone is hungry to do well. He states that the top order gel with each other and the bowlers as well work as a team, making it easy for him as the skipper. Admits that somedays they might have to dig in but that will be dictated to them on that day but they will try their best to play free-flowing cricket. Expects wrist spinners to do well in the tournament just like it has been in the last couple of years all around the globe and hopes that the ones they have namely Rashid, and also Moeen to contribute well especially towards the latter part of the tournament. Reckons that it will be a cracking tournament opener for cricket fans when the massive game against South Africa comes around on Thursday.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says that they didn't take responsibility at the start of the day and did not bat well. Also agrees that England bowled well. Feels they were definitely favorites in home conditions. He reckons that they needed a better total on the board and that the main reason for the loss was them not batting well. He does not blame the bowlers too much and mentions they were attacked from the start of the innings. Naib says that his team would love to learn from the tremendous cricket that England played. Signs off by thanking the huge number of fans here, and hopes for the same in the upcoming games as well.

Jason Roy is down for a chat with Rameez Raja. He says that he feels really good and mentions that he wanted to enter the tournament with a bang. He feels that it was a good time to get a knock out in the middle leading into the first match. States that he would love to continue this on Thursday (against South Africa). Tells that he is ready for the first game and signs off by saying that all the boys are extremely excited for the World Cup to begin!

Earlier on in the day, England after opting to bowl first. Their bowlers proved their captain's decision to be right and bundled them out for a mere 160, never letting them off the hook. Root and Archer were the stars picking up 3 wickets each.

Nothing much to talk about in regards to Afghanistan bowling. Just like their batting, their bowling also left a lot to be desired about. All the bowlers except Rashid Khan went at an economy of 10 or more and only Nabi got a wicket. That meant that England got home in a canter.

Chasing a paltry score of 161, England openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got them off to a flier and were scoring at around 10 runs per over. Though Bairstow departed the job was done and Jason Roy continued his hammering of the Afghanistan bowlers and got his fifty in the process.

A walk in the park for England here at the Oval. They never looked in trouble and have sealed the game in just 17.3 overs.

17.3 6

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. SIX! What a way to finish the game! An easy win for England. THEY WIN BY 9 WICKETS! A short ball on middle, pulled over deep mid-wicket with ease by Roy. He ends on 89 not out and has powered England to win with 32.3 overs left!

17.2 1

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Run down to third man for a single by Root this time. A biggie away now are England!

17.1 0

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Good length ball outside off, driven back to mid off.

End of Over : 17 3 Runs ENG: 154/1
16.6 1

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. A shorter one on middle, swept away to deep square leg for a single.

16.5 1

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. Punched off the back foot by JR. One run added to the total.

16.4 1

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Flatter on middle, pushed through mid-wicket and for a single.

16.3 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Cut away again by Root but straight to the fielder.

16.2 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Root has defended the ball coming ahead with a straight bat.

16.1 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. The batsman plays the square cut and finds the point fielder.

End of Over : 16 8 Runs ENG: 151/1
15.6 4

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. FOUR! Pulled away with disdain! Short again from the skipper, Roy pulls this ball away over mid-wicket. There is no fielder in the deep and that will be a boundary. 150 comes up for England. 10 needed now!

15.5 0

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Slower short ball outside off, Roy was lining up to pull that but he then adjusts to pat this ball to mid on.

15.5 wd

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Wide! Bouncer on middle gone too high and penalised by the umpire.

15.4 0

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Slower ball on middle, Roy angles this pull away to mid-wicket. Root was backing up a long way but dives back to get in as the fielder at mid-wicket attempted for a direct hit at the bowler's end.

15.3 1

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Short ball on middle, pulled away by Root to deep mid-wicket for a single.

15.2 2

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. On a length outside off, angled away to the left of point for a couple of runs.

15.1 0

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Root defends the ball off the back foot with a straight bat.

End of Over : 15 11 Runs ENG: 143/1
14.6 0

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. Flatter leg spinner outside off, Roy looks to cut it away but the ball goes past the outside edge. Good ball.

14.5 0

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. Roy pats this ball wide outside off to point.

14.4 4

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. FOUR! Short ball on middle, Roy drags this pull away. He still manages to get it wide of deep mid-wicket and to the rope. This is a battering.

14.3 0

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. What was Roy doing there? He initially looks to ramp the ball but then seeing this ball flatter outside off, he dabs this to short third man.

14.2 6

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. SIX! That is nearly on the road yells Isa Guha on air. A flatter one on middle, Roy lifts this powerfully over cow corner. Huge! That came right off the middle of the bat.

14.1 1

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Flatter on middle, punched back down to long on off the back foot for a single by Root.

End of Over : 14 11 Runs ENG: 132/1
13.6 0

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. First bad shot from Roy! A length ball outside off, Roy looks to hit this through the line and goes for an ugly swipe across the line but misses the ball.

13.5 6

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. SIX! That is into the sightscreen. Not the one behind the bowler but the one behind the keeper. A length ball on middle, Roy gets into position early, inside the line before scooping the ball over the keeper's head. Goes all the way!

13.5 wd

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Bouncer gone wayward. It is down the leg side and has been wided by the umpire.

13.4 1

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Bowled on the middle and leg stump line, flicked away through square leg for a single by Root.

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

13.3 1

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Short ball outside off, Roy looks to pull this but mistimes it to mid on. The single is taken.

13.2 1

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Root angles this short ball outside off down to third man once more for a single.

13.1 1

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Short outside off, Jason dabs this down to third man for a single.

End of Over : 13 6 Runs ENG: 121/1
12.6 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Flighted and almost yorker length. Root keeps it out towards the backward point region. 40 off 37 overs needed.

12.5 1

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. A slightly slower one this time on middle, Roy comes ahead to defend but the ball goes off the outside half to the off side. A single is taken.

12.4 1

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Short ball on middle, punched away down to long on for a single by Joe.

12.3 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Root cuts this ball away but this time it goes straight to the point fielder.

12.2 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. The batsman has played that off the front foot and back down the ground. The ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end.

12.1 4

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. FOUR! Late, late cut! Almost off the keeper's glove. A length ball wide outside off, Root waits for the ball before deftly placing it past short third man. Boundary!

End of Over : 12 12 Runs ENG: 115/1
11.6 1

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Tapped down to third man for a single. Root will keep strike for the next over.

11.5 0

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Bowled on the pads, the bowler gets lucky as Root's glance finds the short fine leg fielder. Dot ball, a rarity!

11.4 1

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Short on middle and leg, Roy angles this ball away with a half-pull to fine leg for a single.

11.4 wd

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. Wide! Bowled waywardly outside off, penalised by the umpire.

11.3 4

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. FOUR! Serious hammering this for Afghanistan says Rameez Raja on air and it is. A length ball outside off, Roy slashes this cut to the right of deep cover. The ball reaches the fence in a canter.

11.2 4

Gulbadin Naib to Jason Roy. FOUR! Stand and deliver! A length ball on a slower pace outside off, Roy just waits for the ball and then smashes it over the head of the mid off fielder with a flowy hit. The ball flies off the meat of the blade and to the fence on one bounce.

11.1 1

Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root. Outside off on a good length, punched away to deep point for a single by Root. The fielder in the circle got a hand to it by diving to his right and hence slowed the ball down.

Gulbadin Naib introduces himself into the attack.

End of Over : 11 3 Runs ENG: 103/1
10.6 1

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Dabbed wide of point by JR. A single is taken and Root retains strike.

10.5 1

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. FIFTY FOR ROY! He has been terrific again. What a talent! Roy pushes this ball down to long off for a single and gets to the landmark. This must give him a lot of confidence going into the main tournament.

10.4 1

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Pushed to the right of the cover region by Root for a single down to long off.

10.3 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Flatter outside off, cut late by Root but straight to the third man fielder.

10.2 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Pushed off the back foot to the right of the bowler.

10.1 0

Rashid Khan to Joe Root. Short drag down from Rashid, Root though mistimes his pull straight to the mid-wicket fielder.

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

End of Over : 10 16 Runs ENG: 100/1
9.6 4

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. FOUR! Roy is in a deadly mood today. He once again gets a floated ball on off, Roy hammers it over mid off for a boundary. 100 also comes up with that boundary.

9.5 4

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. FOUR! Roy is in a hurry here! He gets a tossed up ball on off, Roy smashes it over covers and gets a boundary as it crosses the ropes on a bounce.

9.4 1

Mohammad Nabi to Joe Root. Tossed up on middle, Root follows the boundary with a single down to long on.

9.3 4

Mohammad Nabi to Joe Root. FOUR! Short on the body, Root pulls it through square leg for a boundary.

9.2 1

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. SAFE! The foot was landed inside the crease. Tossed up on off, Roy strokes it to long off and takes a single. The fielder from deep hits the stumps at the bowler's end. Replays show that though Roy was taking it casual he was in.

Run out appeal! Roy is the man in question but he seemed to have been well in even though he did not ground the bat.

9.1 2

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. On the pads, Root flicks it wide of fine leg and gets a couple.

End of Over : 9 6 Runs ENG: 84/1
8.6 1

Aftab Alam to Jason Roy. Good length ball on off, Roy strokes it to mid on and takes a quick single to finish off the over.

8.5 1

Aftab Alam to Joe Root. On the body, Root turns it away to fine leg for one.

8.4 0

Aftab Alam to Joe Root. Full on off, Root plays a beautifully off drive but straight to the man at mid off.

8.3 4

Aftab Alam to Joe Root. FOUR! Poor from Alam and rightfully punished. It is full on the pads, Root flicks it through square leg for a boundary.

8.2 0

Aftab Alam to Joe Root. Full again around off, Root drives it to the man at cover.

8.1 0

Aftab Alam to Joe Root. Full length ball on off, Root defends it to start the over.

End of Over : 8 2 Runs ENG: 78/1
7.6 1

Mohammad Nabi to Joe Root. Joe Root gets off the mark by pushing this ball to long on. He keeps strike for the next over.

7.5 0

Mohammad Nabi to Joe Root. Root has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

7.4 0

Mohammad Nabi to Joe Root. Flatter one outside off, Root goes for the reverse sweep but the ball goes off the top half of the bat and not exactly where Root intended it to go. The keeper in fact, moved to his right and it ricocheted off his right leg after hitting the bat. Could be coined as a chance but it was a 1 in 100 chance.

7.3 0

Mohammad Nabi to Joe Root. Defended off the front foot by the new batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

The new man in is Joe Root.

7.2 W

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

Stumping appeal! Good arm ball outside off which Bairstow misses. The keeper fumbled the ball as well but the ball went on to the stumps. Probably, Bairstow's leg was in the air. Let's see what the replays say!

7.1 1

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. Flatter one on leg, punched back down to long on for a single by Roy.

Mark Wood was waiting with another couple of bats for Bairstow. He wants to test all the bats he has probably. We will have to wait to confirm if he changed his bat a second time though...

End of Over : 7 14 Runs ENG: 76/0
6.6 0

Aftab Alam to Jonny Bairstow. Bouncer outside off, Jonny decides to leave the ball alone. 14 off this over!

6.5 4

Aftab Alam to Jonny Bairstow. FOUR! This is such sublime batting. The bowler cannot do much there. A good length ball outside off, Bairstow is literally doing what he wants. He gets low and sweeps this in front of square leg and for a boundary.

6.4 0

Aftab Alam to Jonny Bairstow. Another full ball, another fleshy drive to mid on from YJB.

6.3 0

Aftab Alam to Jonny Bairstow. The batsman has driven it to mid off.

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

6.2 6

Aftab Alam to Jonny Bairstow. SIX! 10 runs off the first two balls! A short ball on middle, Jonny Bairstow stands tall and deposits the ball over cow corner. The ball ends up in the crowd yet again. Afghanistan bowling being torn by the England openers here.

6.1 4

Aftab Alam to Jonny Bairstow. FOUR! On the pads, Bairstow flicks this away with ease. Finds the gap to the right of mid on. The ball races away from the fielder chasing.

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

End of Over : 6 16 Runs ENG: 62/0
5.6 6

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. SIX! Huge! 16 off the over! A flatter one on off, Roy clears his front leg before lofting this over long off. Clears the fence with ease too. Into the crowd!

5.5 0

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot down the ground.

5.4 4

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. FOUR! Punched away! Some shot this. A flatter one on off, Roy stands tall and punches this away through cover-point. The timing was so good on that shot.

5.3 1

Mohammad Nabi to Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow punches this ball to the left of mid off where Zadran makes a diving stop. He saves 3 runs. Good fielding after that dropped catch from him.

5.2 4

Mohammad Nabi to Jonny Bairstow. FOUR! Short and punished! A drag down from Nabi on middle, Bairstow goes deep in the crease and pulls this away through square leg. Beats the infield and finds the rope.

5.1 1

Mohammad Nabi to Jason Roy. DROPPED! You just cannot do such things at this level. A flatter one outside off, Roy hits it hard but flat to mid off. Dawlat Zadran there tries to move his hand to the right and catch that ball but it comes so fast to him that he cannot hold on. The ball goes in and out. A single is taken. Life for Roy!

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

End of Over : 5 5 Runs ENG: 46/0
4.6 0

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. YJB has dug out that yorker at the last second.

4.5 4

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. FOUR! On the pads and that is easy for a man in form. He just nonchalantly flicks this away through wide mid on for a boundary. There was only winner there in the race between bowler and fielder.

4.4 1

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. Hit really hard to the right of mid on by Jason but Nabi dives to his right and stops the ball. Saves 3 runs for his team.

4.3 0

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. Fuller length ball on middle, driven beautifully to mid on by Roy. Such good timing on that one.

4.2 0

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. Roy tries to come down the track to this ball on a length and flick it away but misses the ball. It hits him on the thigh pad.

4.1 0

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. On a length on off, driven on the front foot towards mid on.

End of Over : 4 9 Runs ENG: 41/0
3.6 1

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. Roy pushes this through mid off for a single. 10 runs off Rashid's first! The run rate consistently being above 10 as well!

3.5 1

Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow. The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.

3.4 2

Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow turns this ball past fine leg for a couple of runs. Excellent placement.

3.3 0

Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow. It's been driven superbly but straight to the cover fielder by Bairstow.

3.2 1

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. Pushed down the long on for a single by Roy this time. Smart batting.

3.1 4

Rashid Khan to Jason Roy. FOUR! Rashid Khan travels as well. A flatter and quicker delivery wide of off stump, cut away through point. The ball goes through the infield and to the rope.

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

End of Over : 3 11 Runs ENG: 32/0
2.6 0

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. Play and a miss. Length ball outside of, it keeps low after pitching. Bairstow looks slap it but it goes under his bat on a bounce to the keeper.

2.5 1

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. Full again this time Roy plays it wide of mid off and gets a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.

2.4 4

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. FOUR! Full on off, Roy comes down the track and smashes it through mid off for a boundary.

2.3 1

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. Now gets a single down to third man.

2.2 4

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries for Bairstow. This one goes off the edge but he will take it. Length ball outside off, Bairstow slashes it but gets an outside edge over the slip cordon for a boundary.

2.1 1

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. On the pads, Roy flicks it to mid-wicket and gets one.

End of Over : 2 16 Runs ENG: 21/0
1.6 4

Dawlat Zadran to Jonny Bairstow. FOUR! Two in two. This time on the leg side. Good length ball on off, Bairstow pulls it over square leg for a boundary.

1.5 4

Dawlat Zadran to Jonny Bairstow. FOUR! Smacked. Full on off, in the slot of Bairstow. He drives it straight down the ground for a boundary. His first off the day.

1.4 3

Dawlat Zadran to Jason Roy. On the pads, Roy flicks it wide of mid-wicket. Aftab Alam gives it a chase and stops the ball before the fence. They run the first one hard and get three as the ball comes to the keeper.

1.3 0

Dawlat Zadran to Jason Roy. Good length ball on off, Roy strokes it straight to the man at cover.

1.2 0

Dawlat Zadran to Jason Roy. Good length ball on off, Jason this time taps it back to the bowler.

1.2 wd

Dawlat Zadran to Jason Roy. WIDE! Over-corrects his line and length and sprays it down the leg side. Roy looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.

1.1 4

Dawlat Zadran to Jason Roy. FOUR! He starts just like Hassan. He bowls it on a length and provides width to Roy. Jason does not hesitate and smashes it through covers for a boundary.

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

End of Over : 1 5 Runs ENG: 5/0
0.6 0

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. Another one that keeps low. It is on a length outside off, Bairstow looks to drive but it goes under his bat to the keeper. 5 runs off the first.

0.5 0

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. Length ball outside off, Bairstow looks to pull it but the ball goes under his bat.

0.4 0

Hamid Hassan to Jonny Bairstow. Good length ball on off, Jonny starts with a solid front foot defense.

0.3 1

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. Now gives the strike to Bairstow but guiding this length ball to third man.

0.2 0

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. Corrects his line and bowls it closer to the off stump. Roy blocks it off his back foot.

0.1 4

Hamid Hassan to Jason Roy. FOUR! What a start! Hassan provides width outside off. Roy needs no time to settle and pounces on it. He smashes it over point for a boundary to start the run chase in a handsome manner.

False start to begin with. Roy was not ready so he backs away as Hassan comes in to bowl.

We are back for the second innings. Afghanistan players are out in the middle and take their respective positions on the field. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are the openers for England. Hamid Hassan to take the first new ball for Afghanistan.