Moeen, Willey rescue England to 15-run win

Afghanistan v England, World T20 2016, Group 1, Delhi
Delhi was hosting its first match of the World T20, and though there was not much crowd, there was enough fanfare© AFP
© AFPDelhi was hosting its first match of the World T20, and though there was not much crowd, there was enough fanfare
England opted to bat and James Vince, playing his first game at a World Cup, in place of the injured Alex Hales, took the score to 42 for 2 in 5.3 overs© AFP
© AFPEngland opted to bat and James Vince, playing his first game at a World Cup, in place of the injured Alex Hales, took the score to 42 for 2 in 5.3 overs
But his wicket provided Afghanistan the spark they needed. Mohammad Nabi bowled an over that claimed three wickets...© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesBut his wicket provided Afghanistan the spark they needed. Mohammad Nabi bowled an over that claimed three wickets...
... Among them was the England captain Eoin Morgan, who bagged a golden duck as he left a straight ball through to his stumps© Getty Images
© Getty Images... Among them was the England captain Eoin Morgan, who bagged a golden duck as he left a straight ball through to his stumps
An in-form Joe Root was run-out for only 12© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAn in-form Joe Root was run-out for only 12
Rashid Khan bowled Ben Stokes for 7 as England were haunted by spin again. They slipped to 57 for 6 by the halfway stage of the innings© Associated Press
© Associated PressRashid Khan bowled Ben Stokes for 7 as England were haunted by spin again. They slipped to 57 for 6 by the halfway stage of the innings
Moeen Ali, batting at No. 7, played a decisive hand to put the match back in balance. His 41 off 33 balls took England from 85 for 7 in the 15th over to 142 for 7© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesMoeen Ali, batting at No. 7, played a decisive hand to put the match back in balance. His 41 off 33 balls took England from 85 for 7 in the 15th over to 142 for 7
David Willey struck in the first over of the chase with the big wicket of Mohammad Shahzad© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesDavid Willey struck in the first over of the chase with the big wicket of Mohammad Shahzad
He struck once again in third over as Afghanistan began to lose their way© AFP
© AFPHe struck once again in third over as Afghanistan began to lose their way
England's spinners, too, joined in as Afghanistan soon found themselves at 39 for 5 by the ninth over© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesEngland's spinners, too, joined in as Afghanistan soon found themselves at 39 for 5 by the ninth over
Samiullah Shenwari lifted his side towards the end  with a slow 22© IDI/Getty Images
© IDI/Getty ImagesSamiullah Shenwari lifted his side towards the end with a slow 22
Shafiqullah then struck a few boundaries in the end overs to narrow down the equation, but England's pacers held their nerve to keep Afghanistan to 127 for 9© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesShafiqullah then struck a few boundaries in the end overs to narrow down the equation, but England's pacers held their nerve to keep Afghanistan to 127 for 9

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  • Afgun_Mujahid on March 24, 2016, 10:21 GMT

    Shapoor was denied the wicket of moen ali in 18th over by this ravi umpire instead he gave them run, if it was given out England would've definitely lost the game and chances were that they were out of the semi finals too by an associate with 15years cricketing history. Hats off to afghans

  • Afgun_Mujahid on March 23, 2016, 14:51 GMT

    i think the afghans had a great opportunity to win this match and cause a big upset but they deliberately slipped it out of their hand. Great effort by the bowlers but the batting lets us down.

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