result
24th Match, Super 10 Group 1 (D/N), Delhi, Mar 23 2016, World T20
142/7
(20 ov, target 143)127/9
England won by 15 runs
player of the match
Moeen Ali
England
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• The 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 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Will Luke
Scorecard summary
England142/7(20 overs)
Moeen Ali*41 (33)
James Vince22 (18)
Afghanistan127/9(20 overs)
end of over 208 runs
AFG: 127/9CRR: 6.35 
Shafiqullah35 (20)
Shapoor Zadran0 (0)
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 Shafiq, 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
Stokes to Shafiq, 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
Stokes to Shafiq, no run

very well bowled. Game over. Dug out and hit back to Stokes

19.3
Stokes to Shafiq, 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
Stokes to Shafiq, 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 Shafiq, 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 1911 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 119/9CRR: 6.26 RRR: 24.00 • Need 24 from 6b
Shafiqullah27 (14)
Shapoor Zadran0 (0)
Chris Jordan4-0-27-1
David Willey4-0-23-2
18.6
1
Jordan to Shafiq, 1 run

full toss smacked to mid-on

18.5
Jordan to Shafiq, 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 Shafiq, 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 Shafiq, FOUR runs

flogged down the ground! That had some swing on it, too! Full toss and smashed back past Jordan

18.2
Jordan to Shafiq, no run

corker yorker, dug out

18.1
W
Jordan to Shafiq, 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

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 186 runs
AFG: 108/8CRR: 6.00 RRR: 17.50 • Need 35 from 12b
Amir Hamza1 (2)
Shafiqullah16 (8)
David Willey4-0-23-2
Ben Stokes2-0-20-1
17.6
Willey to Amir Hamza, no run

slower ball, and picked - but nothing he can do of it

17.5
1
Willey to Shafiq, 1 run

comes dancing down the pitch and hammers it to long-off

17.4
Willey to Shafiq, 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 Shafiq, FOUR runs

shot - shot! Down on one knee, gets incredibly low, and scoops him for four

17.2
Willey to Shafiq, 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 1714 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 102/8CRR: 6.00 RRR: 13.67 • Need 41 from 18b
Shafiqullah11 (4)
Amir Hamza0 (0)
Ben Stokes2-0-20-1
Chris Jordan3-0-16-1
16.6
6
Stokes to Shafiq, SIX runs

it's still on, son - down on one knee, and murdered flat over midwicket

16.5
2
Stokes to Shafiq, 2 runs

good old fashioned tail-end hack! Close your eyes and pray. It lands safely behind the bowler

Best performances - batters
Moeen Ali player portrait
MM Ali
41 runs (33)
4 fours
1 six
Control83%
Productive shot
on drive
12 runs
2 fours
0 six
5501121053
Shafiqullah
Shafiqullah
35 runs (20)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
on drive
11 runs
1 four
1 six
460143116
Best performances - bowlers
Rashid Khan player portrait
Rashid Khan
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
2
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Mohammad Nabi portrait
Mohammad Nabi
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
2
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesWorld T20
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali
Match numberT20I no. 546
Hours of play (local time)15:00 start First Session 15.00-16.25, Interval 16.25-16.45, Second Session 16.45-18.10
Match days23 March 2016 - daynight(20-over match)
Umpires
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Rod Tucker
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Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
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Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsEngland 2, Afghanistan 0