England defeated Afghanistan by 5 wickets in T20 world cup match today. Chasing a target of 113, England avoided a scare as Liam Livingstone played an unbeaten cameo of 29 to take his team across the finishing line.
England defeated Afghanistan by 5 wickets | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022
Sam Curran bagged a five-wicket haul as England bowled out Afghanistan for 112 in their T20 World Cup Group 1 match at the Optus Stadium in Perth. After being put into bat, Afghanistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Ibrahim Zadran and Usman Ghani played cameos of 32 and 30, but a late Curran show sparked a middle-order collapse. Seldom have England bowled and fielded so impressively in a T20 international as they did against Afghanistan in Perth. Four outstanding catches – magnificent diving efforts by Liam Livingstone and, rather more surprisingly, Adil Rashid; a one-handed grab by Jos Buttler; and a fine catch, running over his head, from Moeen Ali that will now be relegated – allowed England to bowl Afghanistan out for just 112.
England (Playing XI): Jos Buttler(w/c), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi