Player of the Match
Player of the Match
294dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Wright's 99 helps England start impressively

The World Twenty20 continued to conform to expectation - disappointingly so, some will say - as England began the defence of their title with a 116-run hammering of Afghanistan

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LJ Wright
99(55) 8x4 - 6x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 25 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
2 0 6 12 12 17 25 25
Gulbadin Naib
44(32) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 19 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
4 0 4 0 1 11 1 23

Best performances - Bowlers

SR Patel
O3
M0
R6
W2
Eco2.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
O3
M1
R10
W2
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Alan Gardner

10.50pm/6.20pm: Right, it's been a rollercoaster ride but, at the end of it, England remain on course and Afghani pride is, just about, still intact. That's your lot from me, Andrew McGlashan's report is in and there'll be more news and reaction on the site later. I'll be back again for England v India on Sunday. Cheerio until then.

10.40pm/6.10pm: Out on the field, Nasser Hussain is conducting the first post-match interview with Nawroz Mangal, Afghanistan's captain. Unfortunately, Mangal is using an interpreter ... and Nasser completely forgets to get the translation until the last couple of questions. He's a bit more comfortable talking to the other interviewees.

Stuart Broad, England's captain: "We batted maturely, Luke Wright's innings was outstanding and when the guys came in at the end and struck the ball it was very powerful and exciting to see. We bowled well at the start, you're always going to concede a few runs in T20 but it was a good win. It's amazing to see teams like Afghanistan here, it's important to grow the game and hopefully this inspires people in their country. We'll be fired up and wanting a win [against India] and that's the only attitude to take when you cross the line."

Man of the Match, Luke Wright: "Yeah, it was a bit of a special evening, I was desperate to play well and win games for England so it's special to be man of the match. We tried to hang around and see what we could get early on. As I've got older I've gone away and tried to work on my game and prove that I'm a better player. The amount of guys I've seen have time away from England, like Ian Bell, and come back a better players, talking to other coaches and players about how I could improve. I want to bowl more, I've been used a a bit of a one-over specialist. It's something that came from my knee injury but I'll keep working on it."

10.35pm/6.05pm: No need to check the temperature of the giant, then, he'll not be felled today. Another regulation win for the bigger boys looks pretty bad on paper for Afghanistan but they bowled with heart once again and, albeit only one of them, thrashed merrily with the bat. There have been plenty of bigger embarrassments. Victory also sends England (and India) through to the Super Eights and means Afghanistan are out.

17.2
W
Dernbach to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, and that's it, Dernbach gets the final wicket as Gulbodin slogs into the air off the toe of the bat, falling tragically short of a defiant half-century - still, he has bettered his previous T20I best by 27 runs and recorded the highest score by a No. 8 in the format. Silver linings aside, that means England win by 116 runs

Gulbadin Naib c Morgan b Dernbach 44 (42m 32b 5x4 3x6) SR: 137.50

17.1
0
Dernbach to Gulbadin Naib, no run, rolled out the back of the hand, punched to long-off, turned down one

END OF OVER:
17 | 10 Runs | AFG: 80/9 (117 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.70, RRR: 39.00)

  • Gulbadin Naib44 (30b)
  • Izatullah Dawlatzai0 (3b)
  • ST Finn4-0-24-1
  • GP Swann4-2-22-2
16.6
1
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, full and wide and slapped into the covers and it gets Gulbodin to the striker's end for the next over

Afghanistan's batting representative for today is still having fun out there

16.5
4
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR runs, Finn to Gulbodin Naib, 1 run, full length and wide of the stumps, Gulbodin edges across and plays an outrageous scoop for four to deep backward square
16.4
0
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, no run, takes the pace off this time, Gulbodin swings and misses
16.4
1w
Finn to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, bounced, wide of the stumps ... but too high

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2Nawroz MangalMohammad Shahzad
2nd0Nawroz MangalShafiqullah
3rd12Nawroz MangalKarim Sadiq
4th8Karim SadiqAsghar Afghan
5th0Mohammad NabiAsghar Afghan
6th3Mohammad NabiSamiullah Shinwari
7th1Mohammad NabiGulbadin Naib
8th0Gulbadin NaibDawlat Zadran
9th44Shapoor ZadranGulbadin Naib
10th10Gulbadin NaibIzatullah Dawlatzai

World T20

Super 10 Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI43160.359
ENG43160.145
SA42240.651
SL4132-0.461
AFG4132-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ44081.9
INDIA4316-0.305
AUS42240.233
PAK4132-0.093
BDESH4040-1.805
First Round Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BDESH32051.938
NL31130.154
OMAN3113-1.521
IRE3021-0.685
First Round Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AFG33061.54
ZIM3214-0.567
SCOT3122-0.132
HKG3030-1.017