England vs Afghanistan Clash of Titans in the World Cup Face-off!

On March 13, 2015, a historical clash unfolded as cricket’s originators, England, faced off against the relatively new entrants, Afghanistan, in the 2015 World Cup. It was a meeting of the traditional and the spirited newcomers, both seeking redemption. While England, competing for the 11th time, and Afghanistan, making their World Cup debut, had different levels of experience, they were both out of contention for the quarter-finals when they crossed paths in Sydney.

The match was a mere formality, with both teams having won just one game in the round-robin stage. England, choosing to field, restricted Afghanistan to a meager 111-7 in 36.2 overs, easily chasing down the revised target. England ended their campaign on a positive note, but Afghanistan left the tournament with heads held high.

However, England’s journey after this match took a different trajectory. Eoin Morgan’s remarkable innings at Old Trafford made headlines. Morgan’s astonishing 57-ball century set several records, including England’s fastest ODI hundred and the most sixes in an ODI by an England batter. England’s total of 25 sixes was also a World Cup record. They concluded with a mammoth 397 for 6, their highest-ever World Cup score.

Afghanistan, in reply, struggled to 247 for 8, but their spirited journey left a lasting impact. England faced scrutiny for their overall performance, but the match against Afghanistan will be remembered for Morgan’s record-breaking display and Afghanistan’s spirited participation in their first World Cup.

Reference

https://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/128079/world-cup-head-to-head-england-vs-afghanistan

https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cricket/icc-cricket-world-cup/eng-vs-afg-head-to-head-odi-world-cup-2023-england-vs-afghanistan

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/icc-world-cup/news/world-cup-england-vs-afghanistan

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