down the wicket to bunt this to midwicket for a single that ends the match
With a hint of sadness we must bid farewell to the mighty Afghans. You played with passion, you gave it your all. Those expressive faces, the lack of inhibition when you celebrated and when you admonished your team-mates will be missed. You might have lost today but you got stuck at the wrong end of the toss on a miserably rainy day. Hope to see you play more international cricket some time soon
England were efficient on their final day of the World Cup, but they will have to look back at their attitude towards the modern limited-overs game, their planning, and their personnel, both in the leadership and among the players. Thanks for joining us. Goodbye
"A tough toss to lose in those conditions," says Mohammad Nabi. "Suitable for their bowlers. Then the rain intervals. Difficult to adjust. They bowled brilliantly, in the right areas, swinging it both ways. We have leant a lot from this tournament. How Full Members play, how they build pressure. The Scotland win was a good memory for the whole team."
"A lot to learn from this tournament," says Eoin Morgan "We have got a good squad of players who are here. It is important to realise we haven't clicked this tournament. It has been challenging, I have learnt a lot about myself and about the players. I have learnt a lot from the coach Peter Moores. I have known him better. I have enjoyed the experience. Yes it [captaincy] is something I will like to do. We will sit down over a couple of weeks and see where things have gone wrong and how we can fix them.""
"Nice to pick this award," says Chris Jordan, the Man of the Match. "Helpful conditions. A bit of nibble, a bit of swing. Just tried to put it in the right areas. Shame we couldn't go further but enjoyed being part of the England team. Need to improve my consistency, grouping of balls, and my batting at the back end of our innings."
looks to pull this from outside off, ends up playing it to mid-off
DJ: "Mybe England misread the rules, and think that if they chase down in less than 20 overs it's a no-result"
looks to cut, the ball is not wide enough, gets an edge fine of third man for a couple
moves back and across and defends. A good Ashes audition going on
David Glick: "And we wonder why the England setup is so fatally flawed? Any other team would have sent in their "finisher" and get changed and home on the plane. Having been an avid England fan for 40 years, I find myself in envy of Bangladesh!! "
short of a length, angling in, he has defended off the back foot
on a length, shaping away, Bell plays with cement feet, gets an inside edge to long leg
short of a length, outside off, Bell cuts. Beaten. Not short enough for the cut
Dawlat Zadran comes back
short of a length, angling in, he gets behind it in defence
James: "Roger, i agree. I'm English, and I was half hoping for an Afgan vicotry, so England couldn't take a single crumb of comfort from this shambles."
short of a length, angling in, Bell dabs this down to third man to get to another fifty. Now time for him to slow down as he usually does in ODI innings
shaun: "What's in it for Taylor here? He can be not out 10 or so which means nothing, or he can get out which is dangerous stuff for his career."
short of a length, wide, Bell looks to cut, top-edges it over slip
Mani: "I wish England could have qualified for the QF to make India's life easier!"
short of a length, rising again, hits the shoulder of the bat, but this time they take a single to point
Ghaznavid: "10 needed off 54 with only 9 wickets in hand. This is such a pressure situation - one can understand why England is being so cautious. They really can't afford to lose 9 wickets here..."
shorter this time, Taylor goes deep in the crease to try to pull, and is beaten by the lack of bounce this time
short of a length, angling in, chest high, Taylor is off his feet as he defends
"This move to prod along when they could have finished the game off in style is a prime reason why not many neutral fans like England," says Roger
Meanwhile, Shapoor Zadran comes back. Round the wicket
full, angling in, pushed straight of mid-on for a single
plays the pull but Hassan is too quick, and he mis-times it to square leg
slower ball gone wrong, it is a wide down the leg side
short of a length, outside off, off his feet to punch this to point
angling too far into the pads, concedes a leg-bye
length ball, angling in, pushed wide of mid-on for one
What if it rains at the end of the 19th over with the score at 95? England will then rue sending Taylor up
short of a length, quick, just outside off, Taylor is off his feet as he defends
|Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 3635|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15|
|Match days||13 March 2015 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||England 2, Afghanistan 0|