Cricket World Cup 2023: England's Jos Buttler Elects to Bowl Against Afghanistan - Live Score Updates


Cricket World Cup 2023: England’s Jos Buttler Elects to Bowl Against Afghanistan – Live Score Updates

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DI World Cup 2023: England’s Jos Buttler Elects to Bowl After Winning Toss Against Afghanistan – Live Update

England’s skipper, Jos Buttler, won the toss and elected to bowl against Afghanistan in their ODI World Cup 2023 match on Sunday in New Delhi. England, led by Jos Buttler, faced an early seven-wicket defeat against New Zealand but rebounded with a convincing 137-run victory over Bangladesh. In contrast, Afghanistan is yet to secure a win, having lost both of their initial matches in the tournament. England enters the match as the favorite and aims for another comfortable victory. (Live Scorecard | Points Table)

Just moments away from the match start, the teams and officials will line up for the national anthems, beginning with Afghanistan’s anthem followed by England’s.

PITCH REPORT – Dinesh Karthik and Lisa Sthalekar provide insights from the pitch, mentioning the hot weather with some wind offering respite. The boundaries on the square are 66 meters and 58 meters on either side, with straight boundaries extending to 72 meters. They predict a high-scoring pitch and anticipate dew later in the evening. Teams winning the toss are expected to opt for bowling first and chasing.

Afghanistan’s skipper, Hashmatullah Shahidi, expresses that he would have also chosen to bowl first, considering the good batting conditions and the challenge of setting a target. He hopes to score above 300 and put pressure on England, relying on their spinners. One change for Afghanistan as Ikram Alikhil replaces Najibullah Zadran.

England’s captain, Jos Buttler, chooses to bowl first with no specific reason and a desire to chase. The team remains unchanged, with Buttler emphasizing the importance of focusing on themselves. He acknowledges the talent and toughness of the Afghan team.

TOSS – Jos Buttler wins the toss, and England opts to bowl.

The 2023 ODI World Cup journey for Afghanistan has been challenging, with two consecutive losses. They faced difficulty with the bat in the opening match against Bangladesh but improved in their second game against India, posting a competitive total. The resurgence of Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai was a positive for Afghanistan. Their top-order, featuring Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, has shown promise. Afghanistan relies on their batting synchronization. In bowling, Rashid Khan stood out despite limited support. Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman need to improve their performance. A score above 300 is their target.

Reigning champions England experienced mixed results in the tournament, suffering a defeat to New Zealand followed by a convincing win against Bangladesh. England’s batting was exceptional in their previous game, led by Dawid Malan and Joe Root, with a total of 364 runs. However, their middle-order, including Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Harry Brook, needs to convert starts into substantial contributions. The form of middle-order batters is a concern, and the return of the injured Ben Stokes is uncertain. Bowling-wise, Mark Wood and Reece Topley shone, compensating for some expensive spells by Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. Moeen Ali’s inclusion remains a topic of discussion for the team.

Welcome to match number 13 between England and Afghanistan in the 2023 ODI World Cup, held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The weather is suitable for cricket, and no rain is expected. Stay tuned for the exciting match.


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