About the Match
England registered an emphatic victory against South Africa by 2 wickets to stay in the hunt; they will now go up against Afghanistan, who are at the bottom of the group, on 23rd March at Delhi. The associates are desperate for a win here and will bring all their firepower to try and dominate the opponents. The English created history in their recent win against the Proteas by chasing down the highest score in World T20s successfully to keep their campaign alive; they will be eager to repeat the match-winning performance against Afghanistan on Wednesday.
The bowlers were tested thoroughly against the Proteas batting line-up and ended up giving too many runs in the end; although Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran and Amir Hamza took a wicket each, they couldn’t contain hard-hitters like AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock who steered the total to 209 runs.
Chasing a formidable target, openers Mohammad Shahzad and Noor Ali Zadran did very well as they posted a 52-run opening stand; there were some displays of smart batting as Gulbadin Naib and Samiullah Shenwari scored 25 runs each to keep the scoreboard ticking but they fell short by 37 runs in the end to lose the match. Asghar Stanikzai, who was brilliant in the match against Sri Lanka as he scored 62 off 47, couldn’t impress with the bat this time around; he is a vital pillar in the batting line-up and needs to come out all guns blazing here against England.
They have good resources with bat and ball but they must stay motivated to try and register their first win in this prestigious tournament after having done well to qualify for the same. The batsmen need to hold their ground against the English pace attack and the bowlers must strategize well against batsmen like Joe Root and Buttler, who are in very good form at the moment.
It was a tremendous display of determination and skills by Joe Root that steered the team to a big win against South Africa; his masterful strokes and clever placement led to a brilliant 83 off just 44 balls that helped England get most of the runs in the chase for the highest World T20 score. Jason Roy started the innings well with his quick fire 43 off just 16 deliveries while Jos Buttler provided good support to Root in the lower middle order to keep the scoreboard ticking. This victory has surely boosted the morale of the team and they will be raring to go against Afghans on Wednesday.
The spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have been effective with their wicket-taking skills and the ground conditions seem to suit them well; Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes, David Willey and Reece Topley have been the most expensive of the lot and will need to bowl with more discipline here. Against the Windies too, they couldn’t contain players like Chris Gayle and must strategize well here to keep their winning momentum going.
With a strong batting line-up consisting of in-form batsmen like Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, the English can definitely put up a stiff challenge against Afghanistan.
After their power-packed performance against South Africa, England has surely won many a hearts in the sub-continent; although Afghanistan can throw in surprises with their bowling attack, we feel England are clear favourites to win the match on Wednesday