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Commentator: Vishal Dikshit

3.15pm That's all we have for you from this match today, from Vishal Dikshit and Andrew Miller. You can hop over to the other match where Australia are chasing Sri Lanka's total of 239 in Southampton. Until tomorrow, it's goodbye and good luck from us.

Presentation coming up...

Eoin Morgan: Really strong performance today, Bangladesh Afghanistan (corrected by Ramiz Raja) are a very strong side. Across the 15 in our squad we have different options. Jason Roy showed exceptional form today, even Jonny Bairstow, and the bowlers collectively. We always look to be as aggressive as we can, one some days we have to play smarter cricket. One of our stronger points in the last couple of years has been with the bat. Particularly wristspinners [across the world] have done well in the last couple of years, whoever has them has a good chance. The venue and wicket won't let us down on the day of the tournament opener, and hopefully our performance won't.

Gulbadin Naib: As a batting side we didn't take responsibility and they bowled really well early on. We should have put up a good total on the board, more than 200. Jason Roy played really well, so we should have put up a good total on the board. We need to learn from our mistakes today

Jason Roy: Yea, feeling really good. Good foundations, good preps leading into Thursday. Afghanistan have a great line-up with their spinners, Mujeeb wasn't playing but would've been good to face him today. I've done a lot of work against spin, by batting on used pitches, playing in T20 tournaments around the world. It's a beautiful stadium and the boys are extremely excited for Thursday.

Afghanistan have a lot of work to do before their nine league games. They dropped a catch today, their bowling early on was very wayward with both lines and lengths, and there were way too many loose deliveries even from the spinners. They also need to plan for two things - how to win if they bat first and how not to over-rely on the spinners, even when Mujeeb is playing.

2.54pm And what a bashing England have handed Afghanistan today. Handshakes all around as Root walks back with Roy, who absolutely bludgeoned the bowlers today. Eight-nine off 46 balls, 11 fours and four sixes, and he collected all those with a lot of muscle whenever the bowlers erred with their lines and lengths, which happened a lot of times today. England will be happy with their show today as they will prepare for the tournament opener against South Africa here on Thursday

17.3
6
Gulbadin Naib to Roy, SIX runs, too short, too easy for Roy as he hangs back and slams the short ball to seal the match with what else but a six on the leg side
17.2
1
Gulbadin Naib to Root, 1 run, slightly slower at 123kmh and outside off, he runs it down to third man
17.1
0
Gulbadin Naib to Root, no run, length delivery outside off, punched down to mid off

Just seven more to go...

END OF OVER:
17 | 3 Runs | ENG: 154/1 (7 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 9.05, RRR: 0.21)

  • Joe Root28 (35b)
  • Jason Roy83 (45b)
  • Rashid Khan5-0-32-0
  • Gulbadin Naib3-0-31-0
16.6
1
Rashid Khan to Root, 1 run, goes down on a knee for the short ball and he whips it to deep midwicket
16.5
1
Rashid Khan to Roy, 1 run, flatter delivery turning in, Roy makes room and slaps it down to long off
16.4
1
Rashid Khan to Root, 1 run, the googly turns in this time from outside off, Root goes back and lets it turn to tuck it to leg for one