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ICC World Cup 2019 | All-round England Thrash Afghanistan by Nine Wickets in Warm-Up

Cricketnext Staff |May 28, 2019, 5:38 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | All-round England Thrash Afghanistan by Nine Wickets in Warm-Up

Jofra Archer and Joe Root took three wickets each before Jason Roy helped England punch Afghanistan into submission, defeating them by nine wickets in their second warm-up game of the 2019 World Cup at the Oval on Monday (May 27).

Riding high after getting the better of Pakistan in their first encounter, Afghanistan were given a reality check by the top-ranked ODI side. Asked to bat, they were reduced to 92 for 8 before Mohammad Nabi (44) came to their rescue. He managed to add 68 runs for the last two wickets and got his team to a respectable total of 160.

In reply, England batsmen did their thing and chased down the total in just 17.3 overs. Roy smoked 11 fours and four sixes in his 46-ball 89 as England showed everyone why they have been labelled as the red-hot favourites.

Hazratullah Zazai (11) wanted to make an early impact and also managed a couple of boundaries off the first over before Jofra Archer got his revenge in the next over, having the left-hander caught at mid-on. The right-arm fast bowler then got rid of Rahmat Shah (3) with the back of a length delivery to push Afghanistan on the back foot.

Noor Ali Zadran (30) played a couple of good-looking shots through the off side before he was knocked over by Ben Stokes, and that's when Root took over. The part-time offspinner teased Afghanistan batsmen with his loopy deliveries and the likes of Asghar Afghan (10), Rashid Khan (0) and Aftab Alam (6) fell prey to it.

Hashmatullah Shahidi (19) and Najibullah Zadran (1) were run out and that didn't help Afghanistan's cause. Having lost eight of their wickets before touching the 100-run mark, the entire burden fell on Nabi's shoulders. The 34-year-old took his chances against Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid and managed to slam three maximums.

He first added 35 runs for the ninth wicket with Aftab and then put on 33 runs with Dawlat Zadran for the final wicket. Zadran too made a decent contribution, scoring 20* off 17 deliveries.

England skipper then brought Archer back into the attack and the paceman had Nabi caught at third man to put a halt on his charge.

Afghanistan needed early wickets but it didn't take Roy and Bairstow much time to make their intentions clear. The two wasted no time and went after the bowling from the very first delivery. Both Roy and Bairstow toyed with the Afghani pacers and smashed them all around the park.

Gulbadin Naib was forced to introduce Rashid and Nabi but both the spinners suffered the same fate. England raced to 76 runs in seven overs before the move eventually paid dividend as Bairstow was stumped off Nabi's bowling for 22-ball 37, studded with five fours and a six.

Roy however continued the attack and completed his fifty off just 28 deliveries. He got decent support from Root (29*) who played the second fiddle and allowed Roy to do most of the scoring.

The right-handed opener didn't allow any bowler to settle in, and eventually led them over the line with a maximum over deep mid-wicket.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
4
IND
3 2 0 1 5 +0.53
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
4 1 2 1 3 -1.79
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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