Afghanistan beat defending champions England by 69 runs in Delhi on Sunday.© AFP
Afghanistan pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup after they beat defending champions England by 69 runs in Delhi on Sunday. Afghanistan thus registered their first win over England in One-Day Internationals. Flamboyant opening batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit a blistering 80 as Afghanistan, buoyed by some lusty late hitting, made 284 batting first. In reply, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman bagged three wickets a to help Afghanistan roll over England on a total of 215.
Ikram Alikhil then made 58 off 66 balls, while star leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman chipped in with 23 and 28 respectively as Afghanistan recovered from 190 for six to post a good total on board.
In reply, Harry Brook made a 61-ball 66 to keep England’s hopes alive but they eventually couldn’t counter the disciplined effort of the Afghan bowlers, led by Rashid Khan (3/37) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/51).
Mohammad Nabi (2/16), Fazalhaq Farooqi (1/50) and Naveen-ul-Haq (1/44) also chipped in.
(With PTI Inputs)
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