Afghanistan vs England match was played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium New Dehli on 23rd March, 2016. Wednesday’s match between England and Afghanistan was the second time the two teams have faced each other in a World T20 event.
England won the toss and elected to bat first on what seemed to be slow pitch. England started their innings with Jason Roy and James Vince instead off Alex Hales who had a stiff. Jason Roy got out to Hamza Hotak in the third over for just 5 runs, Vince and Joe Root knit up a partnership of 26 runs.
However, Mohammad Nabi’s over turned the game on its head. He first got Vince out caught and bowled, clean bowled a befuddled Eoin Morgan and then ran out England’s most accomplished batsman, Joe Root. Nabi has always been the go to man for Afghanistan and you can never keep him out of the game.
The spinners kept chipping away at the England batting line and got Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan out to make it 85/7 in 14.3 overs. England’s depth in the batting lineup helped their cause as they fought back from an unreal situation, courtesy Moeen Ali and David Willey.
Then, the Afghanistan vs England match turned on its head. All was good even until the 19th over but a little inexperience in captaincy cost Afghanistan a 25 run over. Afghan captain, Asghar Stanikzai asked Hamza Hotak to bowl the second last over of the innings. With two left hand batters on the crease, it turned out to be a disastrous move. The momentum shifted England’s way from there and they posted a formidable 142/7.
In the second half of the Afghanist vs England match, Afghanistan lost their linchpin, Mohammad Shehzad in the first over of the match and then kept on losing wickets and were at one stage 13/3 and later 39/5. Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari tried their best to consolidate but Nabi fell to Rashid in the 13th over and from there it looked meek for the Afghans.
They slumped to 94/8 but Shafiqullah showed some hope by hitting some meaty blows. It was too little too late as Afghan ended up 15 runs short of the target.
That 25 run over will haunt Afghanistan for a long time.