Afghanistan stuns England, securing a 69-run victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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Afghanistan stuns England, securing a 69-run victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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Afghanistan’s stunning upset in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 was the talk of the cricket world. They defeated the defending champions, England, by a commanding margin of 69 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

England, the titleholders, won the toss but faltered as Afghanistan’s trio of spinners wreaked havoc, restricting England to a mere 215 runs.

Afghanistan batted first and set a target of 285 runs, courtesy of Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s explosive 80 off 57 balls and a valuable half-century from wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil.

Despite Gurbaz’s explosive start, leg-spinner Adil Rashid made a significant impact, taking three wickets, including Rahmat Shah, who was stumped.

Gurbaz, who seemed poised for a century, was run out by a risky call, leaving him visibly frustrated as he walked back to the pavilion.

Spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman contributed with the bat, helping Afghanistan post a competitive total.

England, known for their strong batting lineup, lost Jonny Bairstow early to left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi. Afghanistan’s spinners continued to dominate, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman dismissing Joe Root and Mohammad Nabi taking Dawid Malan.

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England’s captain, Jos Buttler, was dismissed by Naveen-ul-Haq for just nine runs. Leg spinner Rashid Khan further compounded England’s troubles, dismissing Liam Livingstone and Adil Rashid.

Although Harry Brook put up a resistance with a 66-run innings, he fell to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leaving England reeling at 169-8.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who played a crucial role in Afghanistan’s victory, was awarded the Player of the Match. He expressed his pride and happiness in achieving this remarkable victory.

Rashid Khan hoped the win would bring a smile to the faces of people in Afghanistan, who had been enduring multiple earthquakes.

England had previously lost to New Zealand in the tournament’s opening match but secured a victory against Bangladesh. Captain Jos Buttler admitted that Afghanistan outplayed them and acknowledged the skillful Afghan attack.

In the group standings, England currently stands in fifth place with one win from three matches, just ahead of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan had faced heavy losses in their previous two matches, falling to Bangladesh and host nation India. This victory was a significant turnaround for a team that had previously won only one World Cup match, against Scotland in 2015.

Reference

https://www.aljazeera.com/sports/2023/10/15/afghanistan-beat-england-by-70-runs-in-shock-icc-cricket-world-cup-win

https://www.thedailystar.net/sports/sports-special/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/news/afghanistan-stun-defending-champions-england-69-runs

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/3738347

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