Afghanistan its fifth consecutive game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as they fell short by 150 runs against a strong England side at Old Trafford, Manchester.
The President of Afghanistan and Patron in-chief of Afghanistan Cricket Board, H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who is on an official trip to the Great Britain, also attended the match briefly to support the national team.
Having won the toss, English skipper Eoin Morgan decided to bat first. The English team posted this World Cup’s highest total so far smashing world record 25 sixes in the process as they ended on 397/6 in the allotted 50 overs. Skipper Eoin Morgan top-scored with a brutal innings of 148 runs off just 71 deliveries which included a world record 17 sixes. Morgan was well supported at the other end by Jonny Bairstow (90) and Joe Root (88) respectively.
Skipper Gulbadin Naib bowled well in an otherwise forgettable day for the Afghan bowlers as he took 3 wickets giving away 68 runs off his 10 overs. Pacer Dawlat Zadran was expensive giving away 85 runs but managed to take 3 wickets as well.
In response, Afghanistan could only manage 247/8 off the allotted 50 overs, thus conceding the match by a big margin of 150 runs. Middle order batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scored with 76 runs while Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan contributed with 46 and 44 runs respectively. Skipper Gulbadin Naib opened the batting and lost his wicket to Mark Wood after scoring a quick knock of 37 runs. England's Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid took three wickets each while Mark wood took two.
Afghanistan will play its next match of the tournament against India on 22nd June in Southampton.