Result
24th match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Manchester, Jun 18 2019
397/6
(50 ov, target 398)
247/8
England won by 150 runs
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England397/6(50 overs)
Afghanistan247/8(50 overs)
end of over 50Wicket maiden
AFG: 247/8CRR: 4.94 
Ikram Alikhil3 (10)
Dawlat Zadran0 (0)
Jofra Archer10-1-52-3
Mark Wood10-1-40-2

6.35pm: Okay, that's your lot for this one. Sheriff Morgan and his six-shooter laid down the law at Old Trafford today, and sent his team riding off into the sunset with the points. Afghanistan battled admirably, and have some plusses to take into their next match against India (gulp!), but this was as comprehensive as results come. We'll have Danyal's report on the site soon, and join us again tomorrow for a real crunch clash, New Zealand v South Africa at Edgbaston, a game around which the whole tournament could pivot. From myself, Varun and Thilak, it's goodbye for now!

6.25pm: Time for the captains, starting with Gulbadin Naib: "Yeah, obviously how they played, [Morgan's was] one of the best innings I ever seen. Our plan when we saw the wicket, different to the last four games, it suited the spinners and Mujeeb did a good job. Unfortunately Rashid was expensive, not at his best, so England scored around 400. We did a lot of good things but we dropped Morgan, so this is the main point for us. We work hard in every department and are improving day by day, but we have work to do. [Attempting to chase?] Big target but our message was play your normal game, don't think about win or lose, play the 50 overs. Maybe we then have a chance. We played 50 overs, so that's a good thing for our batters."

Morgan is back for more: "Our next two three games are crucial. Want to bring our intensity to every game, we were at the top of four game today. If we can bring that to Headingley against Sri Lanka, then we go on to play Australia in good form. I think the intensity can still be there, you can still produce mistakes. [Dropped catches?] We did spill a couple of catches, which can happen, hopefully it doesn't continue. But I can't fault the guys. [Archer and Wood?] Throw Stokes in there, bowling 90mph as well as the moment. Having guys competing that level is amazing."

6.15pm: England go top of the table, while Afghanistan stay rooted to the bottom. There was a mini pitch invasion at the end there, with one Afghan fan taking a selfie with some of the England players, apparently. They are just happy to be there - and happy their side batted through a full 50 overs, which is a decent milestone for them, giving they had a snowball's chance in hell of making 398. It was a decent outing for the England captain, too, amid a record-breaking deluge of sixes - fittingly, Morgan's 148 was pretty much the margin between the sides.

For that knock, Eoin Morgan is named Man of the Match: "Today was a fantastic day for us, and I managed to have a day out, which was great,. The wicket was good, we bowled well in the first ten overs, our openers batted really. A good day all round. I didn't think it was going to be my day. Hobbling around with a bad back, didn't think I'd produce an innings like that. Makes it a bit more special when i can compete with the youngsters in the side. It was nice. It started out as a tough game, Afghanistan are a side with potential, so it's nice to do it on the big stage. [Used to play more funky shots?] I think I have changed, everybody plays the shots I started my career with, so that they're not as effective. I'm probably stronger down the ground now than I ever have been. [Back okay now?] Yeah, tomorrow's going to be a rough day."

49.6
Archer to Ikram Alikhil, no run
banged in, clips him on the top of the helmet! A final symbolic blow, England win by a massive 150-run margin - but Afghanistan are still standing

They can't be bowled out now, either...

49.5
Archer to Ikram Alikhil, no run
short and tucking up Ikram, who jabs it away to backward square leg

Dawlat Zadran comes out for the last two balls

49.4
w
Archer to Rashid Khan, OUT
short ball, slapped high towards the cover boundary... Bairstow holds this one! He turns to the crowd and grins, Archer has another wicket, Rashid Khan heads off and you can stick a fork in this one - it's as good as done
Rashid Khan c Bairstow b Archer 8 (19m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.53
49.3
1lb
Archer to Ikram Alikhil, 1 leg bye
fired in full on leg stump, deflected behind square for one
49.2
Archer to Ikram Alikhil, no run
full toss on the stumps, blocked back to the bowler
49.1
Archer to Ikram Alikhil, no run
angling in from round the wicket, tapped back

One more over. Afghanistan are almost there

end of over 497 runs
AFG: 246/7CRR: 5.02 • RRR: 152.00 • Need 152 from 6b
Rashid Khan8 (12)
Ikram Alikhil3 (5)
Mark Wood10-1-40-2
Jofra Archer9-0-52-2

Here's Fidlerrr: "One thing this WC is showing is that England are NOT flat track bullies as some thought, otherwise why are they the only team getting large scores at this tournament. This game played on the same track as India v Pakistan also."

48.6
Wood to Rashid Khan, no run
shortish, swings hard and misses
48.5
2
Wood to Rashid Khan, 2 runs
smashed h-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-g-h into the off side, won't quite go all the way towards long-off... in fact, won't even go for four!
48.4
4
Wood to Rashid Khan, FOUR runs
back of a length, slower ball and this time Rashid smacks it past mid-off, gets fingertips on it but won't prevent four
48.3
Wood to Rashid Khan, no run
short outside off, cranking up the pace, again Rashid fails to connect with a swipe
48.2
1
Wood to Ikram Alikhil, 1 run
dug out to the on side, Wood flings himself after it in his follow through, but can't prevent one
48.1
Wood to Ikram Alikhil, no run
fired in full and straight at 145kph/90mph, neatly played off his toes

Couple more to go. I'm beginning to think Afghanistan aren't going to get these

end of over 484 runs
AFG: 239/7CRR: 4.97 • RRR: 79.50 • Need 159 from 12b
Rashid Khan2 (8)
Ikram Alikhil2 (3)
Jofra Archer9-0-52-2
Mark Wood9-1-33-2
47.6
Archer to Rashid Khan, no run
short ball, very slow and loopy and this time he can only connect with the toe of the bat
47.5
Archer to Rashid Khan, no run
full toss, mistimed towards mid-off as Rashid backs away and swings hard
47.5
1w
Archer to Rashid Khan, 1 wide
dug in short, too high

"250 is a decent enough score for any team," opines Bipul. "It's just that England team was too good."

47.4
2
Archer to Rashid Khan, 2 runs
fuller, hoyed over cover, clears the man running back for a couple into the deep
47.3
Archer to Rashid Khan, no run
short ball in the channel, Rashid hacks and gets a bottom edge
47.2
1
Archer to Ikram Alikhil, 1 run
full outside off, 146kph/90mph and sliced off the outside edge towards third man
Best performances - batsmen
EJG Morgan
148 runs (71)
4 fours
17 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
pull
36 runs
0 fours
6 sixes
0681248224210
JM Bairstow
90 runs (99)
8 fours
3 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
cover drive
19 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
51546291525
Best performances - bowlers
JC Archer
O
10
M
1
R
52
W
3
Eco
5.20
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
AU Rashid
O
10
M
0
R
66
W
3
Eco
6.60
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Old Trafford, Manchester
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Player Of The Match
Eoin Morgan
Match numberODI no. 4163
Season2019
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days18 June 2019 (50-over match)
Umpires
Joel Wilson
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsEngland 2, Afghanistan 0