Player of the Match
Player of the Match
228dThe Report by George Dobell

Moeen staves off an England calamity

England survived a major scare against Afghanistan to sustain their World T20 hopes, recovering from 85 for 7 to steal home by 15 runs

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MM Ali
MM Ali
41(33) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 5 0 1 12 10 5 3
Shafiqullah
35(20) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
4 6 0 1 4 3 11 6

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi
O4
M0
R17
W2
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan
O4
M0
R17
W2
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Will Luke

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

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