About the Match
England has been knocked out of the tournament with their defeat against Bangladesh and their upcoming match against Afghanistan on 13th March at Sydney will be their last game here; with just 2 points on board, it was complete annihilation for England and they will look to score a face-saving win against the minnows, who are at par with 2 points. Afghanistan has only won a single game out of five but they have put up spirited performances in almost every one of them and will to bow out with a strong fight. Although England has faced complete humiliation here, they will put their best foot forward to redeem themselves with a win before heading back home.
They lost against New Zealand by 6 wickets after the batsmen fell like a pack of cards; they posted a low total of 187 with Najibullah scoring a run-a-ball 56 while Shenwari scored 54 off 110. Both shared an 86-run stand for the seventh wicket and gave themselves something to defend; their fielding was good as they managed to effect two run-outs while Shapoor Zadran and Mohammad Nabi took a wicket each. Their spirited efforts sadly haven’t converted to wins but they will surely be proud of putting up a challenge here. In the game against Australia, they were outplayed in all departments; they could only get to 142 while chasing a mammoth target of 418. But the pacers bowled with a lot of vigour, especially Hamid Hasan, who was the pick of the three seamers. On the batting front, Nawroz Mangal made 33. Afghanistan has the very last chance to prove its abilities in against England and a win here will surely a lot of celebrations from the fans even though their heroes would be out of the competition.
They have been kicked out of the world cup by the Bangladesh tigers in a close contest as they failed to chase down the target of 275 with the whole team getting bowled out for 260 in 48.3 overs. It was their worst performance in ODI history and this will surely leave them scarred for a long time to come. Despite Buttler’s heroic 65 off 52 and Ian Bell’s 63 off 82, they did not reach the target as the others succumbed to pressure. On the bowling front, Anderson provided 2 quick wickets of both the openers while Jordan provided the vital breakthrough by scalping 2 wickets; Moeen Ali followed it up by taking the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan and they reasonably bowled well in the last few overs but the batsmen disappointed yet again. In their game against Sri Lanka, even though they posted 309 on the board, their bowling and fielding failed miserably to endure defeat once again. Their bowling has not been up to the mark despite having the likes of Anderson, Broad, Finn and Woakes; the batsmen are also in poor form but they need to fight back and avoid further humiliation with a good performance here.
Afghanistan will be eager to topple the hapless English team and since their performance has been much better than that of the opponents, they might be on the brink of creating history here. Though this game is of no consequence, we feel that England will bounce back and earn victory here before saying goodbye.
England, 1.11 @ Bet365