Afghanistan v England, World T20 2012, Group A, Colombo September 20, 2012

Defending champions aim for safe start

  shares 59

Match facts


September 21, 2012
Start time 1930 local (1400 GMT/1500 BST)

Big Picture


The 2010 World Twenty20 passed without a significant upset in the group stage and this tournament has also gone to form so far. In the Caribbean, however, England only scraped through to the Super Eights on run rate, with the rain denying Ireland a chance to chase 121 for a victory that would have eliminated the eventual winners. In Colombo, against an Afghanistan side that soaks up goodwill with every impudent swat for six, there is fresh potential for England to add to a head-scratching collection of recent snafus that includes losing to Netherlands at Lord's in the 2009 World Twenty20 and Ireland and Bangladesh at last year's World Cup.

While Afghanistan, like Ireland, no longer benefit from the element of surprise - England will have watched their defeat to India, in addition to the hours of video analysis - the brio and verve that infuses their cricket still manages to act like an adrenaline shot. Afghanistan's effervescent rise in world cricket has not yet brought the scalp of a Full Member but the margins of defeat are getting smaller and a particularly poor display in the field, when they dropped four catches, was the main difference against India. That is an area Afghanistan must address but there is a sense that heroic near-misses will only suit them for so long.

For England, a win will produce no fanfare but would secure progression from Group A. Their status as both the No. 1 team and the defending champions sits uneasily with a young squad playing in unfamiliar conditions but two contrasting victories in tight warm-up matches suggest they have taken their preparations seriously. England will be happy to doff their caps respectfully and avoid a duffing up, otherwise serious questions will be asked. You imagine that Kevin Pietersen, in his role as a pundit for ESPN Star Sports, would be happy to field a few of them.

Form guide


Afghanistan LLWWL (completed matches, most recent first)
England WLWWW

Watch out for


In touching 150kph against India, Shapoor Zadran showed it is not just the raptor glare, flowing mane and arms-outspread celebration that remind the onlooker of Shoaib Akhtar. The difference is that Zadran is a left-armer but he wrought a familiar carnage opening the bowling against India. The R Premadasa pitch offered seam movement and bounce for Zadran and, although the focus has been on England's deficiencies against spin, Dale Steyn showed over the course of the last two months that raw pace never goes out of fashion.

While 32 not out is not a high score to make bowlers quake, the fact that Jos Buttler nonchalantly carved 30 of those runs off one Wayne Parnell over (that included two no-balls) changes the equation somewhat . Buttler has a cool head to go with his power and invention and must now trade the pressure of proving himself for the weight of expectation. His last T20I innings was a Fabergé egg but England will hope for something more on the scale of an ostrich's in the near future.

Team news


Nawroz Mangal unexpectedly promoted himself to opener against India but Javed Ahmadi could return to the side, perhaps in place of Najibullah Zadran, who batted at No. 9 and did not bowl. Mohammad Shahzad had to hand the gloves to Karim Sadiq midway through the India innings, due to a knee problem, while Afghanistan also have fitness concerns over senior fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who was injured while playing for an ICC Combined XI against England back in January and has only bowled once for his country since.

Afghanistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2 Javed Ahmadi, 3 Nawroz Mangal (capt), 4 Karim Sadiq, 5 Asghar Stanikzai, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Samiullah Shenwari, 8 Shafiqullah, 9 Gulbodin Naib, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Shapoor Zadran

England have had a settled line-up in T20 cricket this year and they may decide that now is not the time to start experimenting. Luke Wright has seemingly confirmed himself as Ravi Bopara's replacement at No. 3 after impressing during the warm-up matches and the main question is whether they will play another spinner. If they stick with the three-man pace attack and attempt to rough up Afghanistan on a quick pitch, Danny Briggs could be the man to miss out. A bold move would be to note the problems of Afghanistan's batsmen when pace was taken off the ball and play Briggs.

England (possible) 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Stuart Broad (capt), 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

Pitch and conditions


This will be the third match of the competition to be played at the R Premadasa stadium but it is unlikely the pitch will have become too worn yet. Australia's quicks showed how to bowl on the surface, though Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan suffered against Afghanistan. If a forecast rain shower appears in the morning, that may liven things up even further.

Stats and trivia


  • This will be the first meeting in international cricket between England and Afghanistan.

  • The England squad contains seven of the starting XI from the 2010 World Twenty20 final.

  • Mohammad Nabi's career strike-rate of 146.73 from 12 matches is better than that of any Englishman ever to play T20Is.

Quotes


"England is a totally different team compared to India. They are 'conditional' bowlers, they bowl very well in England but they struggle outside and they have obviously struggled in Asia. We are going to exploit that."
Afghanistan coach, Kabir Khan, isn't too worried about his batsmen's chances

"We have to accept there might be a few nicks fly past the wicketkeeper, and a few smashes over extra-cover and 'cow'."
England captain, Stuart Broad, knows what is coming

US readers can watch the match live here, coverage starts 30 minutes before the game begins.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 21, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan on (September 21 2012, 12:48 PM GMT) Thanks alot there. Looks - as I type - that we're pushing near the 200 mark so I'm fairly confident we'll now at least qualify

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | September 21, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    UPSET ON THE CARDS, READY TO SEE AFGAN BOYS WIN

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | September 21, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @JG2704 You always make sensible comments. Appreciate that."Starting to worry a little as there is always a shock at the WC and we've not had one yet."

    Felt the same way before india match but we avoided any upsets thanks to our spinners. Its always difficult to play against a side that has nothing to loose. Like how that guy Kevin 'O B played in WC.

    If Eng puts AFG to bat first i think it is all over for AFG( but watch out that guy Zadran) May the best team win.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Getting ready for the biggest upset of the tournament:))

  • POSTED BY JaanBaaz625 on | September 21, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    hmmm..i see a close encounter on the cards...unless England wins the toss and opts to bat...on the other hand if they don't ,Shapoor Zadran and few spinners can seriously give them a run for their money...

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    This is a cruicial match for Afgha side, since if they wins, then they may have change to go up to super 8s and thus they will play more matches and will be able to get much experiense there dispite not going ahead.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @sathish619chandar; Well said bro.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | September 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    As far as the minnow games until now, there was only one match that offered a challenge was the India-Afghan match. It was largely due to a bad start with both bat and ball for the bigger team. I guess the main problem apart from the SL game had been the pace of the bowlers which the Indians lacked and the Afghans used it to their advantage. Once spin came, India restored their advantage back again. While it was the case, all other teams had loads of full throttle pacers and just pounced on the minnows. I would be very happy if Afghans can replicate the inspired performance again but i am sincerely not hoping them to do it again against England attack. Hope i am proved wrong though.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 21, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    There are some clouds over the sky of Premadasa ground. Fortunately,not in dark. I hope weather will permit for the match. Good climate for a perfect cricket encounter.

  • POSTED BY sanindian on | September 21, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Afghan will definitely win as the England are the only team which loose in the world cups to normal teams. GO AFGHAN GO

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 21, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan on (September 21 2012, 12:48 PM GMT) Thanks alot there. Looks - as I type - that we're pushing near the 200 mark so I'm fairly confident we'll now at least qualify

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | September 21, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    UPSET ON THE CARDS, READY TO SEE AFGAN BOYS WIN

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | September 21, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @JG2704 You always make sensible comments. Appreciate that."Starting to worry a little as there is always a shock at the WC and we've not had one yet."

    Felt the same way before india match but we avoided any upsets thanks to our spinners. Its always difficult to play against a side that has nothing to loose. Like how that guy Kevin 'O B played in WC.

    If Eng puts AFG to bat first i think it is all over for AFG( but watch out that guy Zadran) May the best team win.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Getting ready for the biggest upset of the tournament:))

  • POSTED BY JaanBaaz625 on | September 21, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    hmmm..i see a close encounter on the cards...unless England wins the toss and opts to bat...on the other hand if they don't ,Shapoor Zadran and few spinners can seriously give them a run for their money...

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    This is a cruicial match for Afgha side, since if they wins, then they may have change to go up to super 8s and thus they will play more matches and will be able to get much experiense there dispite not going ahead.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @sathish619chandar; Well said bro.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | September 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    As far as the minnow games until now, there was only one match that offered a challenge was the India-Afghan match. It was largely due to a bad start with both bat and ball for the bigger team. I guess the main problem apart from the SL game had been the pace of the bowlers which the Indians lacked and the Afghans used it to their advantage. Once spin came, India restored their advantage back again. While it was the case, all other teams had loads of full throttle pacers and just pounced on the minnows. I would be very happy if Afghans can replicate the inspired performance again but i am sincerely not hoping them to do it again against England attack. Hope i am proved wrong though.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 21, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    There are some clouds over the sky of Premadasa ground. Fortunately,not in dark. I hope weather will permit for the match. Good climate for a perfect cricket encounter.

  • POSTED BY sanindian on | September 21, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Afghan will definitely win as the England are the only team which loose in the world cups to normal teams. GO AFGHAN GO

  • POSTED BY WhoCaresAboutIPL on | September 21, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Yes KP is an excellent player and he may be the best attacking batsman in the England team, but it is arguable whether or not he is actually the best batsman (Cook, Trott even Bell have almost the same or better overall test average). Remember he was unfit for almost all of the 2009 Ashes and other crucial series.

    I appreciate the BCCI is about placating star players but most other boards are more about making and supporting good teams - I think the ECB has played this well. The IPL corresponds with critical early weeks of the English season - if it were up to me I would say it is either this or IPL but you cannot do both...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 21, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Starting to worry a little as there is always a shock at the WC and we've not had one yet. The more worrying thing is that Afghan have so far been the most competitive nation against a major cricket nation esp compared to the other matches involving associate nations. Also agree with scheduling isseus that there could be 2 nations going home before 3 of the major nations have even started their campaigns

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | September 21, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    It is better England and Afghan players wear helmets when fielding. It is one of the worst ground conditions a World Cup match could have been allowed to be played on. I wonder how ICC is watching this and has not done anything to change the venue for the rest of the games to be palyed on this ground - RPS, Colombo.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 21, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    I hope good fight from Afghans. They are playing really well. The way they approached into the game with INDIA was fantastic. IN the other hand, England has a really good team. This team is different from the England teams, couple of years ago. Like to see how their spinners act on the Sri Lankan soil.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | September 21, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Just the sort of game this tournament needed after the kind of dismally one sided and dull fare so far.The likes of Zim,Ireland and even Afghans had the unenviable and daunting task facing up to vastly superior and classy opponents and the results were no surprise.Only semblance of a chance for the 'minnows' was if their oponent had a really bad day,to even fancy an upset which didn't happen.I have a funny feeling today is going to be a day that is going to set the tourney alight ...because 2 teams are evenly matched and not a lot between the two.Though weak, both Eng and Afg are equal and the game is going to be very close.My strong gut feeling that Afghans are going to pull off a landmark win over Eng(by 5 or4 wkts),only fielding and catching has to improve a bit.Field an attack dominated by spin with only the tall left-armer as mediumpacer.England's dubious 'record' in world cups against 'minnows' looks getting worse unfortunately ...All the Best Afg!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    I hope Afganz will beat England today

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    Has the afgan coach seen England in Asia, actually the bowlers have done alright but its the batsmen who have struggled. They defended a low score against Pakistan just the other day. Bit of a worry that the coach has not done his homework. Still having said that Afghanistan could have beat India if they had not dropped so many catches so I don't think anyone is underestimating them, they look a good side.

  • POSTED BY intezaar on | September 21, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    I hope Afghanistan Will win this game vs England inshallah!!! the reason afg lost to india was thiar own fault coz They have droped so Many important catches. And india Know that they have won the game which was being lost If they could have had thoes 2 easy catches cought, blive me The afghans would won that match so easly!! They have proved They could be Asia's next top team, if any member of Afghan team Read this comment of mé I have a request that Make sure that Afghan Have to work on the short Ball alot, good luck to team of Afghanistan!!

  • POSTED BY Muttee on | September 20, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    foursandsixes: kindly wake up, your team will peak after getting kicked out of the tournament, in the IPL

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | September 20, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Whereas India's powerful batting line up was the difference in their match, I think England's bowling will win them this match, especially if the pitch offers some pace and bounce. Having said that we all know England's record against associate teams in recent years isn't the best....................

  • POSTED BY rashid_abbasi on | September 20, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    don't think even Afghanistan will beat England go England

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | September 20, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    England is lucky in that the pitch helps pace than spin. The only way Afg can win is playing aggressive batting, bowling & fielding. If Afg play to 'build' innings (which they are not really skilled enough) they will lose. For Eng, they just need to play cool game and they will win. Yes I agree with many people's comment that Afg would be weak against short-pitched deliveries. Both matches on 21st Sep are good to watch.

  • POSTED BY AfghanBacha on | September 20, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @Yusuf Gulboddin is a great player. I have played with him on streets. He only loses his patience very soon. If he plays only 5 overs, he can make a good score.

    Being an Afghan and Afghan team fan I pray all the way that Afghanistan win. I know it is only a dream but I have my hopes. This team has the talent to upset any side. We only need more support from ICC and if given the chance, within 5 years Afghanistan can be a team unbeatable. See our youth. Don't only look into the current team but our under 19 team is a great one and there are lots of domestic teams right now with hell lots of talent in Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY Dr.maaz on | September 20, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Afghanz will beat England today

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | September 20, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    im sure england will be bowling alot of short balls. afghans will find it hard against them.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | September 20, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    This should be a walk in the park for England. And i so strongly wish it turns out that way, so we acn have an enthralling super8 with just the test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Afghanistan should play with confidence. and the only way that they can win eng is that they should bat first and give a better target to english side. eng weak points .. english team can not play asian spinners.. inshallah afghanistan will bring the upsit to english side ....

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | September 20, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Surlycynic- re:minnows surely every cricket playing country is a minnow compared to India with one sixth of the worlds population. You'd really expect such a massive demographic advantage to result in a plethora of sports stars, however bar the "legends" of the the cricket team I cannot think of one in any world sport , does this indicate that India is the least sporty nation on earth- do the math.

  • POSTED BY Lets_talk_straight on | September 20, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - You got to be wrong when you say Indian fans want Eng to lose.Ignore some insane comments in a country of billion. We want Eng to go in super 8 so that we can have a competitive matches in the next round. All the best to both teams..

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | September 20, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    India will peak at the right time, in the semis and finals like the WC2011, while Eng have already peaked, and all downhill from now on! Ha ha!

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | September 20, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Ah, well, Udendra - all SL pitches by government decree have been legislated against 'seaming' or indeed doing anything untoward. That's why they are the worst tracks on the planet.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | September 20, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Like most English fans I want Afghanistan to do well, but England to win. Beware! The one game England won in India last winter was the T20 and England have won 6 of their last 7 matches, including the warm-ups, losing only to South Africa. Indian fans who think that England will be easy rivals may get a nasty shock.

  • POSTED BY ian_ghose on | September 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    How ridiculous is this? England haven't even started their campaign, and poor Zimbabwe are already on their way back home? Surely, the scheduling could have gone a bit better. Chances are, Afghanistan would have landed home too, before West Indies play their first game!

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | September 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Look forwards to the game, great tosee an associate side doing well, obviously hope England win but all the best to Afghanistan, they're a talented side and show a lot of passion. @Pappu_bhai: I think you underestimate the England team, they may not be as strong in subcontinental conditions but they're not a bad side.

  • POSTED BY Vijayr47 on | September 20, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    The only way to win for afghan is by attacking them and bring pressure on their bowling otherwise they will play fallen cards game.also their batting is not the best in the world in t20 format they have no clean hitters except morgan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    It is really refreshing to see the confidence exulted by Kabir Khan about his team and not be shy about it. "England is a totally different team compared to India. They are 'conditional' bowlers, they bowl very well in England but they struggle outside and they have obviously struggled in Asia. We are going to exploit that." I like the confidence :)

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    In my opinion, if Afghanistan win the toss, they have to choose batting first. As far as I know about the playing history of England in SL, they don't have a pleasant record because they have lost most of their matches, there. Batting first will be an advantage for Afghanistan because England have a weak chasing record in Asia, and in Sri Lanka, in particular. Afghanistan have to play the spinners well, the challenge which England fail to resist against it, and focus and rectify the fielding weaknesses they had against India; they dropped too many catches. The other important factor for the Afghan batsmen is to consider playing all the 20 overs and avoid trying to smash each ball. Staying on wicket and not losing patience will surely get Afghanistan to Super 8s. Hope to see Afghanistan play in all of the upcoming stages.

  • POSTED BY Hagi on | September 20, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    It will be very interesting match as it would not be easy match for England. They will have to work to win and obviously they are afraid to loose to lower ranked Afghanistan team. Whereas Afghanistan team is full of confidence after their game against India. Well done Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | September 20, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Take the Afhans lightly at your own Peril England. When a team plays with "Nothing to lose" attitude, they will become very dangerous to any opponent.

  • POSTED BY YUSUF.ELECTRON on | September 20, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Why are they continuing with Gulboddin Naib. He was the only culprit in this afghan line up

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | September 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    on a seaming Pallekele strip, I expect ENG to rout AFG.

  • POSTED BY limer786 on | September 20, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    desii boys ,, i think you should see a doctor nothing is easy bro ,, you saw india suffering infront of a new talented team ,, mark my words if you slip on banana you will fell down badly ,,,,

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | September 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    I think Bopara will play.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 20, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    @Pappu_bhai on (September 20 2012, 17:06 PM GMT) When you say World Champions - you mean England right? Got to be honest it could be a banana skin for us but also maybe India aren't that great either

  • POSTED BY tatail on | September 20, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I am one of those people who believe's in ones talent than luck.

    I just wish that the Afghan team believe in their abilities and accept their fears and suppress those fears. They should think of England as the same ranking as themselves to ease them from mental pressure, yet at the same time fight for a bigger goal.

    When they lost to India they didn't lose because of not having the talent, they lost because they feared Ashwin and wanted to go after the others.. Both scenarios turned against them. India has a much mentally strong team and so has England and that is what will be the difference between them.

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | September 20, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    I cant understand why some fools are unnecessarily raising the afghan ranks. I agree that it is an emerging team but it is not as good to beat the world champions. England were the world no 1 t20 team after the 2010 world cup and now we are into the 2012 world cup and they are still No.1. Even then some fools think afghanistan will beat them. Sorry folks try to be realistic, this is not something emotional, this is real time cricket.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    It's always interesting to watch England in a clash of the minnows, hope Afghans can prevail tomorrow. Good to see more hype about 'one over wonder' Buttler though, one can never have too much of that.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 20, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    A definite banana skin match for England. England have some inexperienced players on their side and in Asian conditions, you never know. On the other hand, Afghanistan should take all their catches and field with discipline. While batting, they must not madly chase every delivery in an attempt to hit sixes. This should be a fascinating contest. Good luck to Afghanistan. I am looking forward to it as a neutral.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Love u Afghan team, u r the best and future champions InshaAllah. ICC must rethink on development plan for our team.

  • POSTED BY Leather_N_Willow on | September 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    I think Afg are in right spirit and the right mood particularly after the brave show against India. But if they play on the same strip that was used for the Ind-Afg game, then English pacemen could run through this batting lineup in no time. Not that Im degrading the Afg batting but playing Finn and Broad is not going to be easy on this bouncy track for a side that has rarely played against a Test Playing Nation. Hopefully Afg batsmen have the strokes to counter English bowling to make it an interesting game.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Agree with DesiBoyz810. Afgan's are an exciting team and they are going to throw at anything thats close to their bat with which they might get away as they did quite well against India. But if the Brits can bowl short accurate bouncers aimed at the chest-neck, they should be win pretty comfortably.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 20, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I don't think the Afghan coach has actually watched the England side. He says the bowlers have 'obviously' struggled in Asia. In fact, the bowlers have done an excellent job in Asia. It's the batsmen who have struggled. Perhaps he missed the Pakistan side scoring 99-9 in 20 overs yesterday? If he's preparing for a high-scoring game, he's got the wrong game plan.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | September 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    T20 cricket is full of pitfalls and hidden traps! Seeing how the Afgans fielded and still mannaged to scare India makes me believe that either a) They are a dangerous side capable of beating anybody OR b) India just aren't very good! My guess would be b) but that's not taking anything away from the Afgans? Maybe the Afgans can 'hound' one of the top teams out of contention..... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    lets see what this coach kabir khan can do with this team...

  • POSTED BY Pappu_bhai on | September 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Have You seen Afgan against India?If they play like this against World champions i believe England is in danger.

    Hard luck England.I seriously want Afgan to come in Super 8s as England will be out after failing to SL like World cup in Super 8s.Afgan can atleast challenge SLans.It will lead to intersting Final not like the last onse sided 50 over WC final.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | September 20, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    With a better fielding effort, disciplined batting and a little more common sense and tenacity, this Afghanistan team can really stretch this England team. Would be a match to watch.

  • POSTED BY Munafis810 on | September 20, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Its a banana skin match my English friends. India managed to avoid slipping on it by playing normal cricket and scoring normal. English bowlers are better. Just bowl short to them at speed (which we could not) and we will be both in super 8s.

  • POSTED BY recycle-bin-is-empty on | September 20, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I will be watching this match for sure. Hopefully Afghanistan will display even more better performance than their previous game and will not miss out on the catches. I also wish the English side the very best and hopefully it will be a very good game and tight contest.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Well let's see what happens England has a very strong team if they afghan team can get a few quick wicket there is a chance that afghan team can win otherwise if they play like they played India dropping catches they will lose but let's hope for the best and hopefully afghan team can get their first victory in this tournament also hopefully Hamid Hassan get well and play this match.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Well let's see what happens England has a very strong team if they afghan team can get a few quick wicket there is a chance that afghan team can win otherwise if they play like they played India dropping catches they will lose but let's hope for the best and hopefully afghan team can get their first victory in this tournament also hopefully Hamid Hassan get well and play this match.

  • POSTED BY recycle-bin-is-empty on | September 20, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I will be watching this match for sure. Hopefully Afghanistan will display even more better performance than their previous game and will not miss out on the catches. I also wish the English side the very best and hopefully it will be a very good game and tight contest.

  • POSTED BY Munafis810 on | September 20, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Its a banana skin match my English friends. India managed to avoid slipping on it by playing normal cricket and scoring normal. English bowlers are better. Just bowl short to them at speed (which we could not) and we will be both in super 8s.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | September 20, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    With a better fielding effort, disciplined batting and a little more common sense and tenacity, this Afghanistan team can really stretch this England team. Would be a match to watch.

  • POSTED BY Pappu_bhai on | September 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Have You seen Afgan against India?If they play like this against World champions i believe England is in danger.

    Hard luck England.I seriously want Afgan to come in Super 8s as England will be out after failing to SL like World cup in Super 8s.Afgan can atleast challenge SLans.It will lead to intersting Final not like the last onse sided 50 over WC final.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    lets see what this coach kabir khan can do with this team...

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | September 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    T20 cricket is full of pitfalls and hidden traps! Seeing how the Afgans fielded and still mannaged to scare India makes me believe that either a) They are a dangerous side capable of beating anybody OR b) India just aren't very good! My guess would be b) but that's not taking anything away from the Afgans? Maybe the Afgans can 'hound' one of the top teams out of contention..... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 20, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I don't think the Afghan coach has actually watched the England side. He says the bowlers have 'obviously' struggled in Asia. In fact, the bowlers have done an excellent job in Asia. It's the batsmen who have struggled. Perhaps he missed the Pakistan side scoring 99-9 in 20 overs yesterday? If he's preparing for a high-scoring game, he's got the wrong game plan.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Agree with DesiBoyz810. Afgan's are an exciting team and they are going to throw at anything thats close to their bat with which they might get away as they did quite well against India. But if the Brits can bowl short accurate bouncers aimed at the chest-neck, they should be win pretty comfortably.

  • POSTED BY Leather_N_Willow on | September 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    I think Afg are in right spirit and the right mood particularly after the brave show against India. But if they play on the same strip that was used for the Ind-Afg game, then English pacemen could run through this batting lineup in no time. Not that Im degrading the Afg batting but playing Finn and Broad is not going to be easy on this bouncy track for a side that has rarely played against a Test Playing Nation. Hopefully Afg batsmen have the strokes to counter English bowling to make it an interesting game.