After a nine-wicket humbling by 2019 ODI World Cup final rivals New Zealand, England bounced back in style with a 137-run win over Bangladesh in Dharamsala on October 10. Dawid Malan came up with a blistering 107-ball 140, becoming England's oldest World Cup centurion, as the defending champions posted a mammoth 364 and then bundled out Bangladesh for 227 to storm back into the competition. For their next ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 game, England will be up against Afghanistan, another gritty sub-continental side that refuses to give up without a fight, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. (Scorecard | Match Blog | Full Coverage)
Afghanistan are currently at the bottom of the points table with two losses from the two matches they have played. They are smarting from a thorough thrashing by hosts India suffered at the same venue as their next match. But the Afghan side aren't one to be disheartened easily. They know they had their moments with the bat against India, and could well have put up a 300-plus total if things went their way.
They also know they have a battery of quality spinners, spearheaded by a champion player like Rashid Khan, who has the ability to change the complexion of the game with both bat and ball. Had Rashid been introduced into the attack earlier against India on Wednesday, the chase might have panned out a whole lot differently.
Afghanistan's best bet against England is to leverage their slow-bowling arsenal to spin a web around the big-hitting English top and middle order, and hope their batters do the job to upset the holders' apple cart.
Expect another hot day in Delhi with the maximum temperatire hovering around 35° Celsius. It will get cooler in the evening, though. The humidity is predicted to be 37% and there are little to no chances of rain.
England and Afghanistan have locked horns just twice in ODIs, both times in the 50-over World Cup, and the English side won both the encounters comfortably. Eventual winners England crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in the 2019 ODI World Cup, and beat them by nine wickets during the 2015 World Cup.
England: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
Here are all the important details regarding the venue, timings, telecast and live streaming of the England vs Afghanistan match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
When will the England vs Afghanistan match be played?
The England vs Afghanistan match will be played on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm IST.
Where will the England vs Afghanistan match be played?
The England vs Afghanistan match will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
On which TV channel will the match be telecast live?
The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network.
Where will the match be streamed live?
The match will be live streamed on the Disney+Hotstar app and website.