England vs Afghanistan Live Score, Cricket World Cup 2023 Updates: The ICC World Cup 2023 is witnessing yet another thrilling clash today as England takes on Afghanistan in a much-anticipated matchup. With cricket fever sweeping across the globe, fans are gearing up for a day of intense action, fierce competition, and nail-biting moments as these two teams lock horns on the field.
England, a powerhouse in the world of cricket, enters this encounter as one of the tournament favourites. Renowned for their aggressive style of play and strong batting lineup, they have consistently been a force to be reckoned with in previous World Cup editions. The likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler will be instrumental in England’s bid to secure victory and cement their dominance in the tournament.
On the other side of the pitch, Afghanistan is a team that has rapidly risen through the ranks of international cricket. With an array of talented spin bowlers and formidable hitters, they have the potential to deliver upsets and make a strong statement in the competition. Players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi are expected to play pivotal roles in Afghanistan’s strategy to challenge more established teams.
As cricket enthusiasts from all corners of the globe tune in, the England vs. Afghanistan clash promises to be a spectacle filled with excitement, showcasing the beauty and unpredictability that makes the ICC World Cup a celebrated event in the world of sports.
- Afghanistan scored at over 6 runs an over at the end of four overs. This is good beginning for the team!
- Gurbaz is looking good. Giving himself room. Looks very confident against this English attack. Is at 20 off 14 at the end of 5 overs. Great batting!
England vs Afghanistan Live: Ibrahim and Gurbaz off to a good start
England vs Afghanistan Live: At the end of 5 overs, Afghanistan are 35 for zero. Gurbaz is at 20 off 14 and Ibrahim at 11 off 17.
Ibrahim has also hit a boundary on the first ball of the sixth over. This is some good confident batting by the Afghan openers.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Four x2 Gurbaz hits a cracker or two!
England vs Afghanistan Live: Gurbaz has hit a cracker of a drive! Hammered through the off-side. The ball was in the air for quite a bit. Oh wait, he has just hit another one! This one is more square off wicket. Great beginning by Afghanistan and Gurbaz. He is now at 19 off 13.
England vs Afghanistan Live: AFG at 7/0 after 2.0 overs
Reece Topley bowls a maiden over, keeping the pressure on Ibrahim Zadran. Topley keeps his line balanced, giving no room for Zadran to go after.
Rahmatullah Shahidi 1 (3)
Ibrahim Zadran 1 (9)
England vs Afghanistan Live: AFG at 7/0 after 1st over
Woakes makes a comeback after a shaky start, giving just 2 runs in the 6 deliveries bowled since then.
Hashmatullah Shahidi 1 (3)
Ibrahim Zadran 1 (3)
Chris Woakes 0-7
England vs Afghanistan Live: Live action begins
Live action begins with Chris Woakes opening the bowling for England while Hashmatullah Shahidi and Ibrahim Zadran facing the new ball. Woakes make misses strays down the leg side and gives a boundary to start the innings.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Playing XI for both sides
England playing XI: Jonny Bairstow (w/k), Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Jos Buttler(w/c), Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley
Afghanistan playing XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w/k), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi
England vs Afghanistan Live: England won the toss and decided to bowl first
Jos Buttler has won the toss and decided to field first at the Arun Jaitley International Stadium. England have decided to go with the same side as the previous game while Afghanistan have made one change leaving out Mujeeb.
England vs Afghanistan Live: 1 hour left for live action
There is just over an hour to go before live action begins at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The toss is scheduled for 1.30pm and the two teams will begin play from 2pm. England, coming off a win over Bangladesh, will be looking to dominate their Asian rivals while Afghanistan will be looking to cause an upset.
England vs Afghanistan Live: A look at the World Cup points table
England are currently placed in the 4th position at the points table with just one victory over Bangladesh and NRR of +0.553. Afghanistan, on the other hand, are placed in the 10th position with two losses and a NRR of -1.907.
India are currently the top ranked side with three consecutive wins in their three matches and a NRR of +1.821.
England vs Afghanistan Live: ENG’s opportunity to break into the top four
England will be looking to move into the top 4 of the points table with a comprehensive victory over the Afghans on Sunday. The English will need to improve their Net Run Rate (NRR), which was badly dented when they lost by 9 wickets to the Kiwis in their opening match. While the defending champions bounced back against Bangladesh, their NRR is still well below some of the top teams such as India, South Africa and New Zealand.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Chris Woakes opens up about playing in India
Speaking to SkySports, Woakes said, “It is an incredibly tough challenge to win in India. Naturally, I think the sub-continental teams will feel more at home with the conditions… That makes it extremely hard for us to knock them off their perch, so to speak. But we have got the squad and the players to be able to compete. People have looked at us for a while and we have had a little bit of a target on our back as a white-ball team, around the world.”
“It is a tough competition to win is not it? Especially here. But we will give it a good crack. We are taking it each game as it comes. Naturally, people have got expectations of us and we have certainly got our own expectations of ourselves,” the English all-rounder added.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Afghanistan can beat any team in the world, says Jonathan Trott
Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott on Saturday proclaimed that his team has the ability to beat any side on the world. He said, “This side (Afghanistan) has got ability to upset any side. I think each game we play we believe we can win but it’s not that we win all those games. Obviously we are disappointed with the Bangladesh game,” Trott told reporters on the eve of their third match.
Trott added “I think in the past we have done better. Obviously it was a disappointing performance in the first game. I think with the ability of the side there was little bit of inconsistency but that’s the thing we need to work on…Especially in 100 overs cricket we need to be 70 to 80 per cent right. But going forward in the competition we need to start better with both bat and ball and set the standard of our cricket.”
England vs Afghanistan Live: Joe Root says conditions in India suit his game
speaking at a pre-match press conference, Root said, “No, I’ve felt like I do enjoy playing cricket here in India, I think it suits my game quite nicely and I did find that New Zealand series quite strange one you sort of trying to find yourself trying of getting yourself in a position where you’re in a good place,” Root said.
“Of trying to find something to come to the World Cup with and I think when you get here and you’re in that tournament mentality of this is what it’s about, this is when you need to stand up and deliver, I think it’s a different frame of mind and I think that really helped me coming out here and you’ve got a real purpose to what you’re doing,” Root added
England vs Afghanistan Live: Will Ben Stokes play today?
England batter Joe Root has given an update on the availability of star all-rounder Ben Stokes for the upcoming Afghanistan game. To recap, Stokes had missed the first two games owing to an injury.
During the pre-match press conference, Root said, “Yeah, Woakes (Ben Stokes) on the bus today which is a great sign so I’m sure he’ll enjoy training, seeing where he’s at, and Ben seems to be getting better day on day. He trained really well last night, obviously had a long bat, did his running, seems to be improving, so all good signs ahead of tomorrow.”
“I think he’s just got to be ready to play. Thankfully I’m not in that position anymore. As we all know, we have a team with Ben in it, it’s a lot stronger. But he’s got to be fit to play and we’ll see whether that’s the case for tomorrow, whether it’s the next game or further down the line,” the former captain added.
England vs Afghanistan Live: When and where to watch the match?
The England vs Afghanistan match will air live on Indian television via Star Sports channels. Indian viewers can also enjoy free live streaming of these matches on the Disney+Hotstar app and website. The match starts at 2 PM.
England vs Afghanistan Live: World cup squad for both teams
England: Jos Buttler (c/w), Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (w/k), Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley, Gus Atkinson.
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Probable Playing XI for two sides
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (C & WK), Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley and Chris Woakes.
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Who will win the key clash?
As per Google’s win probability, there is an 87% chance that England will be victorious in this match. As per CricTracker, no matter which team bats first, England will win the match. MyKhel calls England “overwhelming favourites” to win this. We do not expect any surprises in this match. England will dominate and win.
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England vs Afghanistan Live: head-to-head records
England vs Afghanistan Live: England have squared off against Afghanistan in a pair of ODIs, emerging victorious on both occasions. Both these high-stakes matches unfolded during World Cup tournaments. Their last clash happened in June 2019, where England dominated with a colossal score of 397/6, sealing the win by a margin of 150 runs. Back in the 2015 edition, England won via the DLS method by a 9-wicket margin.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Weather report
England vs Afghanistan Live: With only a 4% chance of rain, the match is unlikely to be affected by it. However, Delhi will get as hot as 35 degrees with humidity as high as 63%.
England vs Afghanistan Live: Players to watch out for
England: Skipper Jos Buttler has 11 centuries and 25 half-centuries in the 147 ODIs he has played so far. He was England’s highest run-getter in the 2021 T20 World Cup. He scored 20 off 10 balls against Bangladesh and 43 off 42 balls against New Zealand. He has yet to hit a big score in this tournament. The wicket-keeper-batter may choose this match to achieve that.
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the wicket-keeper-batter from Afghanistan, can be explosive when in form. He was the highest scorer for his team in the Bangladesh match and looked pretty solid before getting out for 47. He scored 21 off 28 balls against India. He is one of the key players for the Afghans today. If he scores big, his team will have an outside chance against England.
England vs Afghanistan Live: The history between the two
England vs Afghanistan Live: England and Afghanistan have played 2 ODIs with each other so far; England have won both of those games. The last time they faced off, it was June 2019, and England scored a massive 397/6 and won it by 150 runs. The other match was in 2015, when England won by 9 wickets in the DLS method. Both the matches were played in World Cups.
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