Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of England against Afghanistan in Match 24 of the ICC World T20 2016 at Delhi. We CricketCountry staff will bring you updates of the match. Both teams have played two matches each, with England winning just one while Afghanistan still looking to open their account. Despite high-scoring totals in every match, England are placed in second last position and with this game, they aim to go up the ladder to stay alive in this tournament. England have faced disastrous defeat in the hands of West Indies while England made it a point to cover it up chasing down the big total of 230 against South Africa. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Match No.24 at Delhi

England were struggling with Afghanistan but marginally won by 15 runs. The net run rate has drastically been affected by this match and England now need to win their next match with high margin. Afghanistan are out of the tournament after posing strong opponents in every game. Here is the MATCH REPORT by Kaustubh Mayekar

MAN OF THE MATCH: Moeen Ali for 41 (33)

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 127/9 | Overs 20 | Target 143 | Shafiqullah Shenwari 35 (20), Shapoor Zadran 0 (0): Stokes playing the last over. FOUR. Starts with a big boundary. DOT. Comes back strong and no run. DOT. Better length this time and no run. DOT. This time a yorker and no run once again. No chance for Afghans to win. DOT. This time it comes in comic fashion and no run. FOUR. Ends their innings with a perfect boundary and flourishing to cover drive. 

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 119/9 | Overs 19 | Target 143 | Shafiqullah Shenwari 27 (14), Hamza Hotak 0 (0): Jordan comes for his last over. WICKET. Smashed it and trying to go single but goes for run out by the bowler himself Hamza Hotak 1 (2). Shapoor Zadran comes into crease. DOT. Good length and Jordan strikes to put pressure on Afghans. FOUR. Smashed it across for a perfect boundary. Afghan trying to push to bring some change in run rate maybe. SIX. Now a huge one from Shafiqullah, Afghans are in charge. Anything could happen. Jordan proving to be expensive. DOT. Smashed it off for boundary, but finds a fielder. ONE. Goes for big one but lands safe before the fielder. 

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 108/8 | Overs 18 | Target 143 | Shafiqullah Shenwari 17 (9), Hamza Hotak 1 (2): Willey playing his last over. ONE. Little bit in the air but lands safe. Just a single. DOT. Tries taking single but have to go back with the ball with fielder. FOUR! Wow lovely shot, where did that come from. DOT. Good length no runs from that. ONE. Just one conceded from that spell. ONE. To end the over with a single.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 102/8 | Overs 17 | Target 143 | Shafiqullah Shenwari 11 (4), Hamza Hotak 0 (0): Ben Stokes coming for second over. FOUR. Perfect yorker and goes for a boundary. ONE. Comes back with good yorker, this time just a single. ONE. Just a single run appealing for run out but safe. WICKET. Samiullah Shinwari goes for 22 (27) and Stokes gets lucky this time c Joe Root. ONE. Just a single goes big and lands safe. SIX. Shafiqullah goes for a big one to end the over.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 88/7 | Overs 16 | Target 143 | Samiullah Shenwari 17 (24), Shafiqullah Shafaq 2 (1): Jordan comes for third over. Good call by England. ONE. Just a flick by Sami. Rotating the strikes. DOT. No wide call, strange. ONE. Najib goes for a single, this is not going to help Afghans. DOT. This could be possible run out here and bat looks in the air. The bat looks curved. Yet the bat looks in air and WICKET. Najibullah 14 (10) run out by Jordan. DOT. No run now after that perfect run out. TWO. that is an easy two runs after misfield.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 83/6 | Overs 15 | Target 143 | Samiullah Shenwari 15 (21), Najibullah Zadran 13 (8): Ben Stokes coming into attack for his first. ONE. Sami flicks it for one. WIDE. Now going for extra run, adding to Afghans. ONE. Najib goes for just a single this time. Afghans trying to reach there with 63 required to win. ONE. That is a good strike and just a single from that. DOT. Najib looks hurt after that perfect length ball. Good over by Stokes. ONE. Quick single and that was direct hit. But that is safe. ONE. Flicked it for a single. 

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 64/6 | Overs 13 | Target 143 | Samiullah Shenwari 10 (16), Najibullah Zadran 0 (1): Rashid plays his third over, ONE. WIDE. Starts with a an extra and extra run for Afghans. DOT. No run once again from that spell. DOT. Sami sweeps it and misses the gap, calls for lbw but no run. TWO. Now goes for two more runs. Good start by Afghans. ONE. Just a single this time. WICKET. And Rashid gets his second wicket Mohammad Nabi goes for 12 (10) c by Jordan. DOT. With an excellent over.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 60/5 | Overs 12 | Target 143 | Mohammad Nabi 12 (9), Samiullah Shenwari 7 (12): Plunkett comes to end his over. ONE. Quick run towards leg side. ONE. That slips to the third man this time. WIDE. Another extra but this time from Plunkett, not expected. DOT. Gentle cut that hits the point but no run. DOT. Afghans trying to rebuild things here. ONE. Pushed to a simple single here. ONE. What a shot, goes for a superb leg side shot.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 54/5 | Overs 11 | Target 143 | Mohammad Nabi 10 (7), Samiullah Shenwari 4 (8): Adil Rashid to complete his second over. DOT. No run trying to chop from off stump and no run. ONE. Soft shot to third man for single. DOT. No run as it goes to cover. TWO. Too short length and managed to get two runs from it. DOT. And dropped a wicket. Spinners are biting it off. SIX. Big one to end the over.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 45/5 | Overs 10 | Target 143 | Mohammad Nabi 2 (3), Samiullah Shenwari 3 (6): Plunkett comes to finish his third one now. England juggling with spinners and pacers. ONE. Single from short length ball. ONE. Again good length this time off stump. DOT. Outside off and no run, good comeback. TWO. Extras coming from Plunkett with leg byes. DOT. Again off stump and no run. ONE. Just one from the last ball. Good over.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 41/5 | Overs 9 | Target 143 | Mohammad Nabi 1 (2), Samiullah Shenwari 1 (1): Adil Rashid now comes into attack. The new spinner. DOT. Shot to mid-wicket and no run. TWO. The ball was totally middled to a boundary but no much runs. ONE. Could have been run out but just a single. ONE. Single, just outside stump. WICKET. Rashid now gets his first c & b Noor Ali Zadran 17 (19). ONE. Just one from the last spell.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 35/4 | Overs 8 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 14 (16), Mohammad Nabi 0 (1): Now since the power play is done, spinners come into play. DOT. Starts perfectly, no run. ONE. Just a single now manages to get a quick run. TWO. Now goes for more runs, Afghans increasing their runs per ball. WICKET. Oh No! Wicket now and off goes Rashid Khan for 15 (20) c Eoin Morgan. DOT. No run from that over and just the over needed.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 31/3 | Overs 7 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 11 (13), Rashid Khan 14 (17): Plunkett back again for his second over after his maiden over. DOT. This is heightening the pressure on Afghans. DOT. This is going in just dots now. DOT. Short length and no run. ONE. That goes for just outside stump and run. ONE. Now Afghans running through singles. ONE. Relief getting those singles for Afghans.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 28/3 | Overs 6 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 10 (12), Rashid Khan 12 (12): Jordan comes in for his second over. ONE. That hits the hip and fine leg and no run. ONE. One goes into cover and that adds another run to Afghans kit. DOT. Just a single from outside. FOUR. Much needed boundary for Afghans. DOT. Goes to keeper safely and thankfully misses the stumps. ONE. Tries for boundary and finds a fielder.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 20/3 | Overs 5 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 9 (10), Rashid Khan 5 (8): Willey coming soon for third over. DOT. Banged into deck and no run. ONE. That chips into fine leg and yet again single. DOT. Goes to mid on and no run. What is happening hardly any runs from the Britishers. DOT. Again outside off and no run. FOUR. Finally a relief for Afghans.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 13/3 | Overs 4 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 7 (6), Rashid Khan 0 (6): Liam Plunkett comes into attack, playing his first game. DOT. A play and miss England have this game on their hand. DOT. Blocked once again and no run. DOT. That whizzes through head height. DOT. That goes outside off the stump. DOT. Maiden over by Plunkett. Perfect.

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 13/3 | Overs 3 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 7 (6): Willey back again. ONE. Quick single which could have gone for boundary. DOT. This time a better spell with no runs. DOT. Just the over England needed, no run again. DOT. No run good length and good ball from Willey. And a kite flies from no where disrupting the game. DOT. Willey is leaving no gaps to give away runs. WICKET. Another grabbed by Willey c Stokes Gulbadin Naib 0 (5). 

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 12/2 | Overs 2 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 6 (5): Chris Jordan comes into attack. TWO. Overthrow and goes for one extra run. DOT. Perfect outside off and good length. ONE. Just a single. Afghans need more. DOT. Good save and no run. Afghans are in no hurry. DOT. No run again and outside off this time. WICKET. Chris Jordan gets his this time, Asghar Stanikzai 1 (4) c Joe Root

Live cricket score update: Afghanistan 9/1 | Overs 1 | Target 143 | Noor Ali Zadran 3 (2), Asghar Stanikzai 1 (1): England take field, as do the Afghan openers. David Willey opens the attack for England. Noor Ali and Shahzad enter the crease with all confidence, ready to face England. FOUR. That goes for boundary, outside edge and no slip. Just the start Afghans needed. DOT. Perfect length from Willey. WICKET. Willey gets first breakthrough, lbw Mohammad Shahzad 4 (3). ONE. Such a beautiful shot and just one from it. TWO. Good pitch and new ball doing the trick for Afghans now. WIDE. Just when the last ball and extra conceded. ONE. Flicked it well and just one from it.

Live cricket score update: England 142/7 | Overs 20 | Jason Roy 5(7) James Vince 22(18) Joe Root 12(8) Eoin Morgan 0(1) Ben Stokes 7(8) Jos Buttler 6(10) Moeen Ali 41*(33) Chris Jordan 15(18) David Willey 20*(17) Amir Hamza 4-0-45-1 Shapoor Zadran 4-0-34-0 Mohammad Nabi 4-0-17-2 Samiullah Shenwari 4-0-23-1 Rashid Khan 4-0-17-2

Live cricket score update: England 142/7 | Overs 20 | Moeen Ali 41(33), David Willey 20(17)Shapoor. WIDE. Outside leg. ONE. Edges on to the pad, they get the run. LEG-BYE. Attempts yorker, hits Willey’s pad, that is a remarkable fifty-run partnership between Moeen and Willey! FOUR! Moeen lofts that over extra-cover, that is the highest eighth-wicket stand in World T20 history! ONE. Short, Moeen pulls, finds deep square-leg. ONE. Inside-edges that to deep fine-leg, cut off. ONE. Plays to cover.

Live cricket score update: England 132/7 | Overs 19 | Moeen Ali 34(29), David Willey 19(15)Hamza. TWO. Moeen lofts that past mid-wicket, Najibullah is brilliant on the fence, cuts that off with his left-hand, saves two runs! SIX! Moeen slog-sweeps, and times it well! FOUR! That looked ugly, but Moeen has lofted that cleanly over Hamza! LEG-BYE. Tries to reverse-sweep, stifled appeal, they get the run. SIX! Willey lofts that straight into the stands! SIX! Another! Over-pitched, Willey clobbers that over the mid-wicket fence, 25 off the over!

Live cricket score update: England 107/7 | Overs 18 | Moeen Ali 22(25), David Willey 7(13)Shapoor is back, he and Hamza should finish things off. FOUR! Wayward, Moeen leg-glances, fine-leg was up, easy pickings, a long-awaited hundred comes up for England! ONE. Outside off, the edge flies towards third-man. DOT. Plays back past Shapoor. LEG-BYE. Edges, that drops next to his pad, Moeen scampers through. ONE. Willey leg-glances, should have been a boundary, fine-leg was inside the circle. ONE. Tries to smash that past mid-wicket, does not time.

Live cricket score update: England 98/7 | Overs 17 | Moeen Ali 16(21), David Willey 5(11)Rashid to bowl out. DOT. Googly, Willey keeps that out. ONE. On leg-stump, Willey flicks to deep mid-wicket. ONE. Pushes to deep mid-wicket, Moeen holds the key from here. ONE. Plays to deep mid-wicket. ONE. Short-pitch, Moeen cuts, finds the fielder on the fence. DOT. Bang on target, Willey defends.

Live cricket score update: England 94/7 | Overs 16 | Moeen Ali 14(19), David Willey 4(8)Nabi. ONE. Willey plays to cover and sets off. FOUR! Moeen edges outside off, they get the boundary all right! ONE. Plays to mid-wicket. DOT. Willey plays to cover. DOT. Inside-edges to the pad. ONE. Drives to long-on.

Live cricket score update: England 87/7 | Overs 15 | Moeen Ali 9(17), David Willey 1(3)Rashid. FOUR! Long-hop, Jordan pulls, and places it well! DOT. Googly, Jordan keeps it out. OUT! Slower through the air, Jordan tries to flick it but the ball takes the leading edge, Rashid accepts that gleefully! DOT. Tosses up, Willey defends. WIDE. Straight down leg, Rashid needs to get over these loose deliveries. DOT. That sped after pitching, Willey keeps it out. ONE. Willey flicks, easy single. Chris Jordan c & b Rashid Khan 15(18)!

Live cricket score update: England 81/6 | Overs 14 | Moeen Ali 9(17), Chris Jordan 11(15)Nabi is back. DOT. Very quick, Jordan is all at sea. ONE. Jordan hits back, Nabi misfields off his bowling. ONE. Moeen plays past extra-cover. FOUR! Long-hop, kept low, Jordan somehow turned that to the fine-leg fence! ONE. Plays to long-on. DOT. Plays to mid-on.

Live cricket score update: England 74/6 | Overs 13 | Moeen Ali 8(15), Chris Jordan 5(11)Shenwari. DOT. Moeen defends. ONE. Moeen pushes to mid-wicket. FIVE WIDES! Shenwari loses his radar completely, no chance for Shehzad, way outside leg. ONE. Jordan pushes towards fine-leg and sets off. DOT. Moeen drives straight, but cut off brilliantly! ONE. Single to long-off. ONE. Plays wristily to long-on.

Live cricket score update: England 65/6 | Overs 12 | Moeen Ali 6(11), Chris Jordan 3(9)Rashid. DOT. Moeen plays to cover. ONE. Moeen flicks towards mid-wicket. DOT. Jordan plays to cover. DOT. Plays to cover, Nabi dives to stop it, there is another misunderstanding and Jordan is almost run out! DOT. Jordan plays to point. DOT. Jordan plays to mid-wicket.

Live cricket score update: England 64/6 | Overs 11 | Moeen Ali 5(9), Chris Jordan 3(5)Shenwari. ONE. Overpitched on leg, Moeen flicks for a single. ONE. Tries to sweep and slips (what boots are these guys wearing?), but recovers to get the run. ONE. On-drives, gets the run. ONE. Pushes to mid-wicket. ONE. Pushes to long-on.

Live cricket score update: England 59/6 | Overs 10 | Moeen Ali 2(5), Chris Jordan 1(3)They now summon the exciting Rashid Khan. FOUR! That may help lift the pressure, long-hop, Stokes pulls with panache! OUT! What happened there? An extremely ordinary half-tracker, kept low, Stokes went for the obvious pull, and somehow managed to chop that on (how?)! DOT. Googly, Jordan defends. DOT. Short-pitch, Jordan pulls, does not time at all. ONE. On-drives, Rashid gives the chase himself. DOT. Jordan plays to cover. Ben Stokes b Rashid Khan 7(8)!

Live cricket score update: England 53/5 | Overs 9 | Ben Stokes 3(6), Moeen Ali 1(4)Shenwari. OUT! Buttler falls, trying to drive Shenwari on the rise, Nabi comes up with an excellent low, tumbling catch at mid-off! WIDE. Way outside off. DOT. Moeen on-drives. DOT. Moeen plays back to Shenwari. DOT. Moeen plays that to cover. ONE. Full-toss, wasted, Moeen plays to deep mid-wicket. ONE. Short-pitched, Stokes pulls hard, gets only a single. Jos Buttler c Mohammad Nabi b Samiullah Shenwari 6(10)!

Live cricket score update: England 50/4 | Overs 8 | Ben Stokes 1(3), Jos Buttler 5(5)Nabi continues. ONE. Stokes drives to long-off, easy single. DOT. Buttler tries to reverse-sweep and misses. DOT. Buttler defends. DOT. Buttler is cramped for space, keeps out. ONE. Oooh, leading edge, that goes towards backward-point, a painstaking fifty for England! DOT. Nabi tosses up, Stokes defends.

Live cricket score update: England 48/4 | Overs 7 | Ben Stokes 1(3), Jos Buttler 5(5)Shenwari. ONE. Plays to long-off. ONE. Pushes to deep mid-wicket, these two need to settle down. FOUR! Overpitched, Buttler rams it past extra-cover! DOT. Leg-break, Buttler is cautious, moves the bat out of the line. DOT. Pitches up, Buttler tries a drive but mistimes. DOT. Outside off, Buttler pushes to extra-cover.

Live cricket score update: England 42/4 | Overs 6 | Ben Stokes 0(2)Nabi. ONE. Root pushes and sets off. DOT. Vince beaten comprehensively, how did that miss the stumps? OUT! Vince gets impatient, steps out, and plays straight back to Nabi! OUT! Bizarre and humiliating, Morgan leaves a straight ball! DOT. Huge, huge appeal, that hit Stokes outside off. OUT! Root falls, Stokes pushes to mid-0n, Root sets off but is sent back, Nabi knocks out the stumps but shows presence of mind to uproot a standing stump! James Vince c & b Mohammad Nabi 22(18)! Eoin Morgan b Mohammad Nabi 0(1)! Joe Root run out (Rashid Khan) 12(8)!

Live cricket score update: England 41/1 | Overs 5 | James Vince 22(16), Joe Root 11(7)Hamza. FOUR! Outside off, slightly short, Vince cuts for four! ONE. Vince flicks and sets off. FOUR! Root has mastered the reverse-sweep, it is still early in his innings, nicely played! DOT. That was quicker in the air, Root hurried for time. ONE. Drives to mid-0n and sets off. FOUR! Makes room and smashes through cover!

Live cricket score update: England 27/1 | Overs 4 | James Vince 13(13), Joe Root 6(4): Shapoor. FOUR! Vince hits that straight past Shapoor! ONE. Vince flicks and sets off. DOT. Spot on target, Root blocks. DOT. Root flicks, but finds the fielder. DOT. Root steps out and goes for the big heave, misses. SIX! This time he connects, sails over deep mid-wicket into the stands!

Live cricket score update: England 16/1 | Overs 3 | James Vince 1(4)Hamza continues. FOUR more! Vince lofts one over mid-off. THREE DOT balls. ONE. Ugly slog. OUT. Hamza castle the in-form Roy. Root shimmies down the track and leg stump is uprooted. Jason Roy b Amir Hamza 5(7)!

Live cricket score update: England 9/0 | Overs 2 | James Vince 1(4), Jason Roy  5(6): Shapoor Zadran to Vince. ONE. Driven to mid-off for single. DOT. Roy defended with a straight bat. THREE. Straying down the leg side. Umpire says ‘Leg Byes’. ONE. Flicked again. This time Vince gets only a single. FOUR! First boundary of the innings. Roy continues his good form. Classical straight drive. DOT! Cross-batted slog.

Live cricket score update: England 2/0 | Overs 1 | James Vince 1(4), Jason Roy  1(2): Amir Hamza to open the bowling for Afghanistan. Roy to face the first delivery. ONE. England are under way. Punched of the back foot just wide of mid-on. Good fielding. DOT. Swing and a miss. Vince tried to make room. DOT. Straight to covers.  DOT again. Vince trying hard to find a gap. ONE. Vince opens his account. DOT. Flicked through his legs but finds a fielder.

Afghanistan Playing XI: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Amir Hamza, Rashid Khan and Shapoor Zadran.

England Playing XI: Jason Roy, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett

Live Toss Update: England won the toss and elect to bat

England not only have to beat Afghanistan on Wednesday, they have to win the contest by a huge margin in order to better their run-rate to stay alive in the competition. Afghanistan’s chances in this World T20 are more or less finished, so a win will brighten their chances of qualifying for the semis. Despite Afghanistan’s strong balanced side with batting and bowling skills, their fielding has always back lashed in this tournament. Afghanistan entered Super 10 stage with all confidence, that burned their hopes to stay alive in this tournament with two consecutive defeats.

England have strong batting line-up with Joe Root, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes and skipper Eoin Morgan who could give an helping hand. They would face a less-experienced attack in Dawlat Zadran, Amir Hamza, Shapoor Zadran and Mohammad Nabi.


Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Yamin Ahmadzai, Hamza Hotak, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Sadiq, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Rokhan Barakzai

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Liam Dawson, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, James Vince, Sam Billings.