Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs | AFG: 127/9 (16 runs required, RR: 6.35)

  • Shafiqullah35 (20b)
  • Shapoor Zadran0 (0b)
  • Ben Stokes3-0-28-1
  • Chris Jordan4-0-27-1

Morgan is asked "Can you put this win into context?" He responds, a little cautiously and with the makings of a wry grin on his face: "I think we came here for a win and we won." True enough. "Ultimately, to dissect the performance, we will do so before playing Sri Lanka."

Speaking of Afghanistan, he said: "They play a great band of cricket; if underperforming, you can come unstuck. We didn't adapt to the pitch - we didn't get that right. To get up to 143, Ali and Willey played really well. And I thought we fielded well and bowled well."

So that's that. The debate over giving Associates more exposure will rumble on, seemingly forever, but until forever happens, there's India v Bangladesh to amuse us - coming up shortly. Join us for that, and thank you for your company today.

We'll hear from the captains shortly, so we will. Have a read of The Report while you wait.

Moeen Ali is named Player of the Match, unsurprisingly. I should tell you that England's NRR is now +0.02. So, a big improvement, but it does make their match against Sri Lanka marginally important.

So, England win and are still alive in the tournament - could have been so different. Afghanistan bowled brilliantly for 16, 17 overs of their innings; it was only when Moeen Ali and David Willey came together in the final three overs that England took control of the contest. And once they'd dismissed Shahzad, the rest felt like a procession - a few lusty blows aside, Afghanistan were never really in the chase.

19.6
4
Stokes to Shafiqullah, FOUR runs, four! I still believe! Oh, last ball - all over. Terrific shot, creamed out through cover, but England win by 15 runs
19.5
0
Stokes to Shafiqullah, no run, scoop, falls over! Nice idea, certainly, but didn't get quite into position. In fact, I think the ball hit him
19.4
0
Stokes to Shafiqullah, no run, very well bowled. Game over. Dug out and hit back to Stokes
19.3
0
Stokes to Shafiqullah, no run, well bowled - very full and fast and he gets an inside edge. Buttler does brilliantly! Dives to his left and it needs a dive, too - that had four written all over it
19.2
0
Stokes to Shafiqullah, no run, good bouncer, goes for a hook but misses - or possibly he headed it. Yes, he's taken that on the helmet

A kite has appeared in the deep. There's an omen!

Drew: "WHERE IS MARK WOOD? WE WANT WOOD"

19.1
4
Stokes to Shafiqullah, FOUR runs, poor ball. Wide of the off stump and Shafiq steps to leg, swings his arms and gets a thick outside edge for four to third man! Stokes is ticking. He's ticking and shaking his head

24 from 6 wee balls. Four sixes. Oh blimey it's Stokes to bowl...this could be tasty

END OF OVER:
19 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | AFG: 119/9 (24 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 24.00)

  • Shafiqullah27 (14b)
  • Shapoor Zadran0 (0b)
  • Chris Jordan4-0-27-1
  • David Willey4-0-23-2
18.6
1
Jordan to Shafiqullah, 1 run, full toss smacked to mid-on
18.5
0
Jordan to Shafiqullah, no run, where's this gone? Mid-off? Can't even describe that stroke, sorry - I just can't. Down on one knee and slog-smash-clatter-bang

25 from 8 - this is so on

18.4
6
Jordan to Shafiqullah, SIX runs, absolutely enormous crash over the top - this is huge! Another full toss from Jordan who is second-tiered at long-on

It's still on! Who's with me?

18.3
4
Jordan to Shafiqullah, FOUR runs, flogged down the ground! That had some swing on it, too! Full toss and smashed back past Jordan
18.2
0
Jordan to Shafiqullah, no run, corker yorker, dug out
18.1
W
Jordan to Shafiqullah, OUT, oops. Schoolboy stuff, really - clobbered out to Ali at midwicket, and sends back Hamza who realises his fate and stands mid-pitch! Quite sad really. Hangdog expression on his face as Ali throws to Jordan who whips off the bails

Amir Hamza run out (Ali/Jordan) 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

I think it's fair to say this match hasn't been attended by throngs of people. Right then. 35 from 12. Who wants it? Jordan absolutely wants it.

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs | AFG: 108/8 (35 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 17.50)

  • Amir Hamza1 (2b)
  • Shafiqullah16 (8b)
  • David Willey4-0-23-2
  • Ben Stokes2-0-20-1
17.6
0
Willey to Amir Hamza, no run, slower ball, and picked - but nothing he can do of it
17.5
1
Willey to Shafiqullah, 1 run, comes dancing down the pitch and hammers it to long-off
17.4
0
Willey to Shafiqullah, no run, edged! No - swing and a miss. Could've sworn I heard something

"Yes," says the inexplicably named Pie Boy, for no apparent reason

17.3
4
Willey to Shafiqullah, FOUR runs, shot - shot! Down on one knee, gets incredibly low, and scoops him for four
17.2
0
Willey to Shafiqullah, no run, driven solidly but to the fielder at cover

He's around the wicket. Should've mentioned

17.1
1
Willey to Amir Hamza, 1 run, very full, squirted out to cover

41 from 18. Can Afghanistan do something extraordinary? Don't all write in at once. Willey's back into the attack

END OF OVER:
17 | 14 Runs 1 Wkt | AFG: 102/8 (41 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 13.66)

  • Shafiqullah11 (4b)
  • Amir Hamza0 (0b)
  • Ben Stokes2-0-20-1
  • Chris Jordan3-0-16-1
16.6
6
Stokes to Shafiqullah, SIX runs, it's still on, son - down on one knee, and murdered flat over midwicket
16.5
2
Stokes to Shafiqullah, 2 runs, good old fashioned tail-end hack! Close your eyes and pray. It lands safely behind the bowler
16.4
W
Stokes to Samiullah Shinwari, OUT, possibly one of the worst balls ever bowled, miles wide of off, short, slow - complete and utter filth - but Shinwari's attempt to smack it over cover merely skies it straight to Root at extra-cover

Samiullah Shinwari c Root b Stokes 22 (38m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.48

16.3
1
Stokes to Shafiqullah, 1 run, helicopter-twizzle of a thrash out to point! Not quite Dhoni, but ... hang on, another sharp piece of fielding sees a direct hit, England's third of the day by my count, but he's safely home
16.2
1
Stokes to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run, that's well bowled - much fuller, almost a yorker, and all Shenwari can do is dig it, man
16.1
4
Stokes to Samiullah Shinwari, FOUR runs, boom! Thrashing cover drive for four - half-volley from Strokes and dealt with

55 from 24.

Some resistance at end

44

Runs scored by England in their last three overs, without losing any wicket. They moved from 98 in 17 overs to 142 at the end.

No acceleration

87

Runs scored by England in the first 15 overs - their joint third-lowest in T20Is when batting first.

Collapsed in Powerplays

1

Previous instances of Eng losing 4 wickets in the Powerplays, before this - vs Aus, Southampton, 2013. Morgan's only previous T20I duck was also in that match.

Opening Woes

16

No. of consecutive T20Is where Eng haven't had any opening stand of 50+ runs, including today. Their last was 98 between Hales & Lumb v WI before WT20 2014.

Chasing venue?

153

Average first innings total in the last 20 T20s played at Kotla since the last World T20. In 12 of those matches the chasing team won.

Finally a T20I at Kotla

78

No. of T20s hosted by Feroz Shah Kotla, before this match - most for any Indian venue. But this is the first T20I here. There have been two Women T20Is though.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

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