New Delhi, Oct 16: After a whole lot of one-sided matches, the 2023 Males’s ODI World Cup was craving an surprising win and Afghanistan did simply that with a 69-run victory on Sunday in Arun Jaitley Stadium.
With ample help for them within the crowd of 26,440, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil scored half-centuries to take Afghanistan to 284 in 49.5 overs. In defence, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled brilliantly took three wickets every, and bowled out England for 215 runs in 40.5 overs.
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With this, Afghanistan ended their 14-match shedding streak within the World Cup with the biggest-ever win of their ODI historical past, sending the match into shock in addition to the cricket world. Afghanistan is now sixth within the factors desk, simply behind England, whereas Australia is now on the backside of the ten-team desk.
Chasing 285, England suffered an early blow when Jonny Bairstow was out LBW to the primary ball of Fazalhaq Faruqui, which he instantly reviewed. Replays confirmed the ball hitting leg-stump within the umpire’s name, that means England retained the overview however misplaced Bairstow.
Though Dawid Malan and Joe Root hit just a few boundaries, Faruqi continued to bowl from a probing line and size – as he edged Malan, hit him on the pads (and burnt a overview), then beat him. Afghanistan elevated the stress on England when Mujeeb Ur Rahman dismissed Root with a googly that remained low.
Malan and Harry Brook tried to stabilize the chase with strike-rotation and some boundaries, however Mohammad Nabi dismissed the previous by deceiving him with an outdoor off-stump supply.
Naveen-ul-Haq produced a peach of a fuller ball coming in from broad outdoors off-stump to fortress Jos Buttler by way of the gate. Rashid Khan entered the wicket-takers listing by dismissing Liam Livingstone LBW with a straight ball. Livingstone tried to show round however in useless.
England’s hopes remained excessive with Brook being current on the crease and hitting boundaries every time the ball was bowled broad or overpitched to finish his half-century in 35 balls. However with the boundaries drying up, Nabi used dip, flip, and bounce to edge Sam Curran and edge him to slide.
Chris Woakes survived an LBW attraction towards Mujeeb, however the spinner ultimately obtained his man when he delivered a googly that went previous the within edge and crashed into the off-stump. Mujeeb delivered the killer blow to Ikram Alikhil by driving previous a quick carrom ball to Brook Nicks. Rashid had Adil Rashid caught within the slips and, regardless of Reece Topley’s inevitable delay, the leg spinner dismissed Mark Wooden to ship the gang cheering.