Afghanistan vs England Highlights, World Cup 2023: Afghanistan shocked the ICC Cricket World Cup by defeating England by 69 runs.

In the first significant shock of the ICC Cricket World Cup, Afghanistan defeated defending champions England by 69 runs after bowling them out for 215.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan celebrates after taking the wicket of England’s Liam Livingstone [Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters]

On Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, Afghanistan defeated reigning champions England by 69 runs to deliver the tournament’s opening shock.

After winning the toss and requesting Afghanistan bat first, England collapsed for 215 runs in front of Afghanistan’s three spinners. After hitting eight fours and four sixes, Gurbaz appeared to be on track for a World Cup century.

However, the 21-year-old was out at midwicket when captain Hashmatullah Shahidi asked for a dangerous run. Gurbaz was furious as he stumbled back to the pavilion, bashing his bat against the boundary rope.

Afghanistan vs England

Thanks to opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s blazing 80 runs off 57 balls and wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil’s fifty, the underdogs gave England a target of 285 runs.

As leg-spinner Adil Rashid (3-42) dismissed Zadran and had Rahmat Shah stumped in his following over, they lost wickets as Gurbaz quickly reached his fifty. Afghanistan put up a respectable score because of the lower-order heroics of spinners Rashid Khan (23) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (28), enabling their bowlers to exert maximum effort against the English hitters.

Despite having a solid lineup at the plate, England was dealt a setback right away when left-arm bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi dismissed opener Jonny Bairstow in the second over.

Mujeeb accepted the trophy for the player of the game.

There’s no keeping down Mujeeb Ur Rahman after he strikes Image: Getty Images

I’m overjoyed with this performance, stated Mujeeb. From that point on, Afghanistan’s spinners grabbed control as off-spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi struck out Joe Root for 11 runs and Dawid Malan for 32, respectively.

Naveen-ul-Haq, a pace bowler, dismissed England captain Jos Buttler for nine runs.

Spinners find it challenging to bowl on a power play, but I’ve been practicing in the nets to improve my consistency. Dew would be a factor; we understood that.

Rashid expressed his wish that the triumph would bring happiness to Afghans, whose numerous earthquakes have left over 2,000 people maimed and over 1,000 dead.

England fell to New Zealand in the tournament opener by nine wickets but defeated Bangladesh by 137 runs. Buttler, their captain, acknowledged that it was “a tough loss to take” but praised Afghanistan nonetheless.

“Today they outplayed us. With the ball and the bat, we weren’t performing to our potential,” said Buttler.

“Afghanistan has an extremely proficient attack… They placed a lot of pressure on us.

With one victory in three games, England is one spot ahead of Afghanistan in the group rankings. Afghanistan lost both of its games, first against Bangladesh by a score of six wickets and subsequently to the hosts India by a score of eight wickets.

In their previous 17 World Cup games, Afghanistan had lost 16 of them, with their lone win coming against Scotland in 2015.

Highlights of England vs. Afghanistan, World Cup 2023:

Defending In the thirteenth one-day international (ODI) of the ongoing 2023 World Cup in New Delhi on Sunday, England suffered a shocking 69-run loss to Afghanistan. Chasing a target of 285, England was bowled out for 215 in 40.3 overs thanks to Afghan spin wizardry, including three-wicket hauls from Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Mohammad Nabi took two wickets in the interim. In the run chase, England’s lone wolf, Harry Brook, was dismissed in the 35th over with his team in trouble at 169/8. Brook scored 66 points off of 61 balls.

A renowned hitter known for his outstanding shot-making and fluid batting abilities, Jos Buttler is a difficult wicket to secure. But in a World Cup encounter on Sunday, Afghanistan’s bowler Naveen-ul-Haq cracked the code and got him out with a brilliant delivery.

After England welcomed Afghanistan to bat first, Afghanistan put up a strong 284 on the scoreboard. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran got things going by giving Afghanistan a superb start, accumulating 114 runs in 16.1 overs for the first wicket. Zadran did a great job of playing the second fiddle while Gurbaz did the majority of the scoring. Afghanistan briefly collapsed after Adil Rashid shattered the alliance. Gurbaz was run out for 80(57), while Zadran fell for 28(48). In just 18.5 overs, Afghanistan was reduced to 122/3 after losing three early wickets. Up until Rashid Khan and Ikram Alikhil took charge, the wickets kept falling. As usual, Rashid played some elegant shots, but Joe Root’s spectacular long-on effort was superior. He was down for 23(22). Before being caught by Reece Topley, Alikhil had hit 58 (66), while Mujeeb Ur Rahman had smashed 28 off only 16 balls.

Although only one England bowler, Liam Livingstone, returned with a wicket, he was the most efficient, giving up 33 runs in his allotted number of overs. While Mark Wood struck twice, Adil Rashid took three scalps. Reece Topley and Joe Root both came back with one scalp each.

England chooses to field after winning the toss.

Afghanistan makes one change while England fields the same starting XI

Rahmanullah Gurbaz hits a 50-ball off a 33-ball. He ultimately leaves for 80(57).

Ikram Alikhil scored 58(66).

-Afghanistan gets dismissed for 284 runs in 49.5 overs.

-Harry Brook is removed by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 66

-Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman both secure three-wicket victories

-England was dismissed for 215 in 40.3 overs after chasing 285 runs.

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