ODI World Cup 2023: Afghanistan scored 284 runs against England

Afghanistan scored 284 runs against England in the first innings as Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil scored fifties. Here is a recap of the first innings.

In the 13th match of the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, the defending champions faced off against Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Going with the same team, England won the toss and decided to field first. Afghanistan named one change to their XI from the previous game, leaving out Najibullah Zadran and bringing in Ikram Alikhil. Afghanistan scored 284 runs. Here is a recap of the first innings.

Afghanistan control the powerplay

The matches at the Arun Jaitley Stadium have proven to be a high-scoring run-fest with games between South Africa and Sri Lanka and India vs Afghanistan breaking numerous records.

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Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran were hardly troubled by the English bowlers. Chris Woakes struggled early on and started the innings with a wide ball down the leg side going for a boundary. Reece Topley from the other end provided some control as he started off with a maiden over. Woakes was hit for a six and a four in his second over resulting in 14 runs. Topley continues with disciplined line and length conceding only four runs in his next over. 

Gurbaz was at his best as he smashed Woakes for back-to-back fours resulting in a third consecutive costly over from the English pacer. Topley was also smashed for a couple of boundaries in his next over as the left-arm seamer conceded 10 runs in his third. Sam Curran replaced Woakes and was welcomed with a boundary on his first ball in the match. Afghanistan openers brought up the 50-run in no time in just 6.3 overs.

Curran in just his second over bowled one of this tournament’s worst overs, resulting in 20 runs. Gurbaz struck two fours and a six in the all-rounder’s over to carry on with the good start. A quiet 4-run over from Topley ended the powerplay as Afghanistan finished with 79 runs on the board.

Afghanistan started the middle overs well

Adil Rashid and Mark Wood were brought into the attack right after the powerplay. Gurbaz with a four brought up his half-century in just 33 balls in the 11th over. Gurbaz smashed both Wood and Rashid for a six each in the following overs and looked in no mood to limit his scoring rate. Afghanistan brought up their 100-run stand in just 12.4 overs. 

In an even worse turn of events in the 16th over, England suffered a setback as Topley fielding at the fine leg boundary dove while stopping a four and managed to injure himself and had to walk off the field.

English spinners take control

Rashid finally broke the 100-run opening stand by dismissing Ibrahim Zadran in the 17th over. In just his next over, the leg spinner dismissed Rahmat Shah as skipper Jos Buttler stumped Afghanistan’s number three. Just when you could things could not go worse for Afghanistan on the very next ball skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi runs out his partner, Gurbaz. Gurbaz was run out after scoring 80 runs in just 57 balls hitting eight fours and four sixes.

At the end of the 19 overs Afghanistan had scored 123 runs for the loss of three wickets but with the introduction of Liam Livingstone from the other end the defending champions took control over the innings conceding only 16 runs in the next five overs. Woakes was brought back into the attack but his poor form continued as he was struck for a six and a four and conceded 10 runs in his first over of the new spell. Livingstone dismissed Azmattulah Omarzai in the next over as Afghanistan lost their fourth wicket while scoring just 38 runs. 

Joe Root was brought into the attack after noticing the amount of spin Livingstone was generating. Root took a wicket on the first ball of his fourth over. From the opposite end, Wood was brought back into the attack and the pacer dismissed Mohammad Nabi on the first ball of his second over of the spell.

England controls death overs

Going into the death overs, Afghanistan had scored 216 runs for the loss of six wickets. Ikram Alikhil after getting back into the side was looking set and was joined by Rashid Khan who started his innings with an aggressive approach. 

Afghanistan failed to capitalise in the death overs and scored only one boundary in the first four overs. The first four overs resulted in just 17 runs which brought upon the dismissal of Rashid Khan. On the first of the 45th over, Rashid went for a massive hoick against Adil Rashid and even managed to get a good connection but Root at long-on took a spectacular catch to dismiss the 7th Afghan batter. Root while running to his right made a full stretch dive to his right to catch the ball just inside the ropes. The 45th over too resulted in just four runs and a wicket. 

Mujeeb ur Rahman in the following over provided some much-needed boundaries for Afghanistan. Curran was smashed for two fours and a six. One of these four came off a waist-high no-ball to add salt to England’s wounds. Rahman scored yet another four in the following over which came off after finding an outside edge. Ikram completed his fifty in the same over in 60 balls. Alikhil was dismissed in the 48th over after scoring 58 runs in 66 balls hitting three fours and two sixes.

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