Chasing the victory target of 113 runs, England got a flying start courtesy of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales’ 35-run opening stand. Dawid Malan also chipped in with 30-ball 18 before Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali finished things on high for the Three Lions.
While Livingstone remained undefeated for 29 off 21, Moeen Ali (8* off 10) sliced up the winning runs for England. For Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Fazalhaq Farooqi picked a wicket each.
Earlier, Afghanistan displayed an abysmal batting performance as they bundled out for a mere 112 in 19.2 overs. Putting to bat first, the Mohammad Nabi-led side never really got the momentum and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Ibrahim Zadran (32 off 32) and Usman Ghani (30 off 30) did play quick cameos to propel Afghanistan to a fighting total at the end of the first inning. Apart from Ibrahim and Usman Ghani, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (10 off 9) and Najibullah Zadran (13 off 11) also scored in double digits.
For England, Sam Curran was at his lethal best as he picked up a stupendous five-wicket haul while bowling at an economy of 2.75. The star English pacer Mark Wood and Ben Stokes also got a couple of wickets each while Chris Woakes got one to his name.
England Playing XI:
Jos Buttler (Captain), 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, Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi
ENG vs AFG, T20 World Cup 2022 – Match 14: Brief Score
|Afghanistan||112 (19.4 Overs)|
|Ibrahim Zadran||32 (32)||Sam Curran||5/10 (4)|
|Usman Ghani||30 (30)||Ben Stokes||2/19 (4)|
|Rahmanullah Gurbaz||10 (9)||Mark Wood||2/23 (4)|
|England||111/4 (17.1 Overs)|
|Glenn Maxwell||28 (20)||Tim Southee||3/6 (2.1)|
|Pat Cummins||21 (18)||Mitchell Santner||3/31 (4)|
|Mitchell Marsh||16 (12)||Trent Boult||2/24 (4)|
Result: England won by 5 wickets.