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ICC CWC 2019, Highlights: Eoin Morgan's Record-Breaking England Thrash Afghanistan By 150 Runs

England, led by captain Eoin Morgan, re-wrote record books in a scintillating batting display to flatten Afghanistan by 150 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup group match at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday and climbed to the top of the points table

ICC CWC 2019, Highlights: Eoin Morgan's Record-Breaking England Thrash Afghanistan By 150 Runs
Afghanistan sit bottom and their task has been made more onerous following the loss during the tournament of wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad.
ICC CWC 2019, Highlights: Eoin Morgan's Record-Breaking England Thrash Afghanistan By 150 Runs
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2019-06-18T23:28:41+0530

In one of the most lopsided matches in the history of Cricket World Cup, Eoin Morgan led tournament favourites England to a thumping 150-run win against minnows Afghanistan. Morgan hit 17 sixes as England raced t0 397/6, then restricted Afghanistan to 247/8. This is the biggest win in the World Cup since 1975. There are a host of other records too. Catch highlights and score of England vs Afghanistan match here.

(REPORT | SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | SCHEDULE & RESULTS)

10:44 PM IST: Jofra Archer on with the last over. And third wicket for him. Rashid Khan (8 off 13) out at cover boundary, caught by Jonny Bairstow. FoW-247/8 (49.4 overs). Dawlat Zadran is the new man. A snotter and it hits on the helmet of Ikram Ali Khil. Nothing to worry, though. And one run from the over. Archer's figures: 10-1-52-3.

Afghanistan 247/8 in 50 overs. England: 397/6

England beat Afghanistan by 150 runs, one of the biggest wins.

10:38 PM IST: Mark Wood on with his last over. Rashid Khan hits the fourth ball for a four, to long-off. Seven runs from the over. His figures: 10-1-40-2. AFG-246/7 after 49 overs. They need 152 from six balls.

10:34 PM IST: Jofra Archer on with his ninth over. Four runs from the over. AFG-239/7 after 48 overs.

10:29 PM IST: Mark Wood gets his second wicket. Najibullah Zadran (15 off 13), bowled. FoW-234/7 (46.2). Ikram Ali Khil is the new man. One run from the over. AFG-235/7 after 47 overs.

10:24 PM IST: Jofra Archer returns for his eighth over. Three singles, then Hashmatullah Shahidi hits the fourth ball for a four, straight down the ground. And the wicket. Bowled. Hashmatullah Shahidi (76 off 100). FoW-234/6 (45.5). Rashid Khan is the new man. Seven runs from the over.

10:19 PM IST: Mark Wood comes into the attack. Five singles. AFG-227/5 after 45 overs. The equation now - 171 from 30.

10:14 PM IST: Chris Woakes on with his ninth over. Najibullah Zadran hits the third ball for a six over deep mid-wicket. Ten runs from the over. AFG-222/5 after 44 overs. Asking rate is almost 30.

10:09 PM IST: Adil Rashid gets his third. Mohammad Nabi (9 off 7) caught at long-off by Ben Stokes. FoW-210/5 (42.4). Najibullah Zadran is the new man, and he survives a caught behind claim. Four runs from the over. AFG-212/5 after 43 overs. They need 186 from 42 balls. Rashid's figures today: 10-0-66-3.

10:03 PM IST: With that six in the previous over, a new World Cup record for most sixes -- 32. The previous high was 31 between New Zealand and West Indies at Wellington in 2015. Four runs from Chris Woakes' eighth over. AFG-208/4 after 42 overs.

9:58 PM IST: Adil Rashid on with his ninth over. Gets the wicket of Asghar Afghan (44 off 48), caught by Joe Root. FoW-198/4 (40.5). New man Mohammad Nabi hits the next ball for a six. AFG-204/4 after 41 overs.

9:54 PM IST Chris Woakes on with his seventh over. Three dot balls to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Two runs from the over. But a very good stand between Hashmatullah and Asghar Afghan, 92 off 91 -- Afghanistan's highest in the World Cup. AFG-196/3 after 40 overs.

9:50 PM IST: Adil Rashid continues. Eighth over on the trot. Hashmatullah Shahidi plays a couple of sweep shots for doubles. Six runs from the over. AFG-194/3 after 39 overs.

9:47 PM IST: Chris Woakes on with his sixth over. Three singles from it. AFG-188/3 after 38 overs. They need another 210 runs from 72 balls.

9:42 PM IST: Adil Rashid on with his seventh over. Asghar Afghan hits a four, to square leg boundary. Then a single off the fifth ball. AFG-185/3 after 37 overs. Asking rate is over 16 now.

9:39 PM IST: Jofra Archer on with seventh over. Hashmatullah Shahidi hits the fifth ball for a four, to fine leg. Eight runs from the over. AFG-180/3 after 36 overs.

9:35 PM IST: Adil Rashid continues. 12 runs from the over, including three wides and a four off the last ball, hit by Hashmatullah Shahidi for his fifty. In 68 balls. AFG-172/3 after 35 overs. Shahidi has scored 28 off the 14 he has faced after getting hit on the head.

9:30 PM IST: Jofra Archer returns. Asghar Afghan hits the third ball for a four. A top-edge off the sixth ball and Jonny Bairstow drops a catch at fine leg. Seven runs from the over. AFG-160/3 after 34 overs.

9:25 PM IST: Adil Rashid continues. Asghar Afghan hits the third ball for a six, over cow corner. Hashmatullah Shahidi then hits the last ball for a six, over long-off. 13 runs from the over. Asking rate is just under 15. AFG-153/3 after 33 overs. they need 245 more runs. Drinks!

9:20 PM IST: Mark Wood continues. Hashmatullah Shahidi hits the first ball for a four, to fine leg. He then hits the fifth ball for a six, straight down the ground. 14 runs form the over. AFG-140/3 after 32 overs.

9:16 PM IST: Adil Rashid on with his fourth over. A single from it. AFG-126/3 after 31 overs.

Hashmatullah Shahidi floored. AP Photo

9:11 PM IST: Mark Wood on with his sixth over. Singles off the second and fourth balls, then hits Hashmatullah Shahidi flush on the head, on the back of the helmet with a nasty bouncer next ball. Brief stoppage. The helmet saved him. Frightening scene. The batsman is ok. But a change of helmet. Three runs from the over. AFG-125/3 after 30 overs.

9:03 PM IST: Adil Rashid on with his third over. Two dots to Asghar Afghan. Then the former Afghan skipper hits the third ball for a six over cow-corner for a six. Biggie. Two singles, then a four, beating the wicketkeeper. 12 runs from the over. AFG-122/3 after 29 overs.

9:00 PM IST: Mark Wood on with his fifth over. Two singles from the over. His figures so far: 5-1-10-1. AFG-110/3 after 28 overs.

8:57 PM IST: One quick over from Adil Rashid. Singles off the first three balls, then dots. AFG-108/3 after 27 overs. They need another 290 more runs. Ten runs and a wicket from the last ten overs.

8:54 PM IST: Mark Wood on with his fourth over. Only a single, off the fourth ball. AFG-105/3 after 26 overs.

8:50 PM IST: Bowling change. Adil Rashid, leg-spinner, gets his first over. And gets a wicket off bad delivery. Rahmat Shah (47 off 74) holes out at cow corner, caught by Jonny Bairstow. FoW-104/3 (24.5). Asghar Afghan is the new man. Two runs from the over. AFG-104/3 after 25 overs.

8:44 PM IST: Brilliant over from Ben Stokes. Two singles, off the second and sixth balls. AFG-102/2 after 24 overs. They need 296 more runs. And the asking rate is nearly 12 -- two sixes or three fours, in an over.

8:39 PM IST: Moeen Ali on with his seventh over. Four dots to Rahmat Shah, then a couple. A dot to end the over. AFG-100/2 after 23 overs. Rahmat on 44 off 67 balls. He has added 48 runs in 67 balls for the third wicket with Hashmatullah Shahidi (16 off 36)).

8:36 PM IST: Ben Stokes on with his fourth over. Singles off the last four balls. AFG-98/2 after 22 overs.

8:33 PM IST: Moeen Ali continues. Rahmat Shah hits the third ball for a four. And with four singles, eight runs from the over. AFG-94/2 after 21 overs.

Having a close look. Rahmat Shah batting. AP Photo

8:29 PM IST: Ben Stokes on with his second over. Three singles from it. AFG-86/2 after 20 overs.

8:25 PM IST: Moeen Ali continues. Rahmat Shah hits the second ball for a four. Streaky, outside egde. A single and five runs from the over. AFG-83/2 after 19 overs. They need 314 more runs.

8:22 PM IST: Bowling change. Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, on. Three runs from the over. AFG-78/2 after 18 overs.

8:14 PM IST: Moeen Ali on with his fourth over. Singles off the first and third balls, then gets hit for a six by Rahmat Shah, straight over the bowler's head. Nine runs from the over. AFG-75/2 after 17 overs. Drinks.

8:12 PM IST: Mark Wood continues. First maiden over of the innings. Hashmatullah Shahidi opts against taking risks.

8:08 PM IST: Another tidy over from Moeen Ali. Four singles. AFG-66/2 after 15 overs. They need another 332 runs.

8:05 PM IST: Mark Wood continues. Hashmatullah Shahidi hits the second ball for a four, then a wide. Five runs from the over. AFG-62/2 after 14 overs.

8:01 PM IST: Moeen Ali continues. Four singles. AFG-57/2 after 13 overs. They need another 341 runs.

Gulbadin, no more flexing! AP Photo

7:57 PM IST: Double bowling change. Mark Wood, right-arm fast bowler, on. Three dots to Rahmat Shah. A single to mid-wicket off the fourth ball. Then the wicket of Gulbadin Naib, caught by a Jos Buttler after covering some distance. FoW-52/2 (11.5 overs). Hashmatullah Shahidi is the new man. Two runs from the over. AFG-53/2 after 12 overs.

7:52 PM IST: Bowling change. Moeen Ali, off-spinner, on. Three singles from it. AFG-51/1 after 11 overs.

7:48 PM IST: Jofra Archer continues. Four runs from the over -- a single and a three. AFG-48/1 after 10 overs.

7:42 PM IST: Chris Woakes on with his fifth over. Gulbadin Naib hits the second and fourth balls for fours. Nine runs from the over. #AFG-44/1 after nine overs.

7:38 PM IST: Jofra Archer on with his fourth over. A single from it. AFG-35/1 after eight overs.

7:35 PM IST: Chris Woakes continues. Six runs from it. A double, one wide and three singles. AFG-34/1 after seven overs.

7:30 PM IST: Jofra Archer continues. Gulbadin Naib hits the first three balls for a four, a six and a four. Archers responded well, conceding a single off the next three. 15 runs from the over. AFG-28/1 after six overs. They need 370 more runs.

Traveling fans still have high hopes. AP Photo

7:25 PM IST: Chris Woakes on with his third over. Rahmat Shah stands tall and hits the first ball for a four past cover. Then survives. Jonny Bairstow drops him at first slip off the third ball. AFG-13/1 after five overs.

7:20 PM IST: Another very good over from Jofra Archer. Just three runs, a single and a double. AFG-9/1 after four overs. They need another 389 runs.

7:17 PM IST: Chris Woakes continues. Two singles from it. AFG-6/1 after three overs.

7:14 PM IST: Jofra Archer strikes, Noor Ali is bowled. FoW-AFG 4/1 (1.2). Rahmat Shah is the new man. Three runs from the over. AFG-4/1 after two overs.

7:06 PM IST: Chris Woakes opens the proceedings in the second half. A wide, that's all. Noor Ali happy to watch and leave the ball. Skipper Gulbadin Naib promoted himself, and is Ali's opening partner.

INNINGS BREAK

6:47 PM IST: Ok, here are some records: Most sixes in an innings for an England player in a World Cup - Eoin Morgan (17), most sixes in a WC innings - 25 by England, highest stand for England in WC - 189 by Morgan and Joe Root, most runs conceded in WC -  by Rashid Khan (110 from nine overs).

6:33 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran on with the last over. Strikes first ball to remove Ben Stokes. Bowled. Chris Woakes is the new man. Moeen Ali gets a streaky four, top edge. A wide, then a six over square leg boundary, then another six over long off. 25th six in the innings, another record. A single to end the over. 19 from it. ENG-397/6.

6:26 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his ninth over. 14 runs from it, including two sixes. And he has leaked 110 runs, the most in a World Cup match. His figures: 0/110 from nine overs. ENG-378/5 after 49 overs.

6:21 PM IST: Two quick wickets. Dawlat Zadran om with his ninth over. Very good over. The wicket of dangerous Jos Buttler, and five runs. ENG-364/5 after 48 overs. Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali are the new men.

6:15 PM IST: Captain to captain. Gulbadin Naib on with his last over. Eoin Morgan welcomes him back with back-to-back sixes, then a single. Naib then gets the wicket of Joe Root (88 off 82), caught at long on by Rahmat Shah. FoW-353/3 (46.4). Jos Buttler is the new man. Morgan then hits his 17th six, a new record. Then out, caught by Rahmat Shah, at long on. FoW-359/4 (46.6). Naib's figures: 3/68.

6:07 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran on with his eighth over. A wide, then a four as Joe Root plays it through mid-off. A single, then a six over long-off boundary. Then a four to extra cover boundary. 17 runs from the over. Morgan has 14 sixes now.

And Root and Morgan have recorded a new England record in World Cup with a stand of 176 runs from 98 balls. ENG-340/2 after 46 overs.

6:02 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his eighth over. And Eoin Morgan hits him for three more sixes, off the first, fourth and sixth balls. Rashid figures: 0/96. 21 runs from the over. ENG-323/3 after 45 overs.

5:58 PM IST: Gulbadin Naib on. Joe Root hits the first ball for a four, past short fine leg. Nine runs from the over. ENG-302/2 after 44 overs.

5:54 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his seventh over. And it's raining sixes. Eoin Morgan hits the second and fourth balls for sixes. Then another off the last ball, and hundred for the captain, in just 57 balls. The fourth-fastest World Cup century. 21 runs from the over. ENG-293/2 after 43 overs.

5:49 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman completes his spell. Three runs from his last over, and figures: 0/44. Brilliant stuff. ENG-272/2 after 42 overs.

5:46 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi on with his ninth over. Eoin Morgan hits back-to-back sixes off the second and third balls, and hundred-run stand (103 off 65). 14 runs from the over. ENG-269/2 after 41 overs.

Morgan is seeing it like a football. AP Photo

5:42 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman on with his penultimate over. Eoin Morgan hits the first ball for a six, over deep mid-wicket. A dot, then a four to square leg boundary. Two wides, then two singles to end the 14-run over. ENG-255/2 after 40 overs.

5:38 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi on with his eighth over. A six off the first ball, hit by Eoin Morgan. And the England skipper brings up his 47th ODI fifty, in 36 balls, with the help of two fours and five sixes. Nine runs from the over. ENG-241/2 after 39 overs.

5:35 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman returns for his eighth over. Four runs from it. ENG-232/2 after 38 overs. 43 runs from the last five overs.

5:31 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran on with his seventh over. Busy over. Two singles and a double, then Joe Root hits the fourth ball for a four through point area. A double, then a single to end the over. 11 runs from it. ENG-228/2 after 37 overs.

Naivety from Naib. You can't block. AP Photo

5:25 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his sixth over. A double off the first ball, then Dawlat Zadran drops Eoin Morgan at deep mid-wicket. Poor effort, going with one hand. Then A six off the third ball, the same area. Two dots, then a six over square leg to end the over. 18 runs from the over. 53 in 38 balls for Morgan and Joe Root. ENG-217/2 after 36 overs. Drinks.

5:20 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran back into the attack. A dot to Eoin Morgan, and the England skipper is having some issues with his bat. A splice at the root. Meanwhile, Joe Root stretches. In some discomfort. Two more dots, then a single to third man. Then a couple. Three runs from the over. ENG-199/2 after 35 overs.

5:14 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his fifth over. Seven runs from it -- two singles, a double and a three. ENG-196/2 after 34 overs. 33 runs and a wicket in the last five overs.

5:10 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi continues. A single to square leg and Joe Root reaches his 32nd ODI fifty, in 54 balls. Just like that, with only two fours. Eoin Morgan hits the next ball for a four. Three dots, then a single. Six runs from the over. ENG-189/2 after 33 overs.

5:07 PM IST: Gulbadin Naib on with his eighth over. One poor over from the skipper. A no-ball, and the rival captain Eoin Morgan smokes the free-hit for a 96m six, over deep mid-wicket. Then, another. This time straight. 15 runs from the over. ENG-183/2 after 32 overs.

5:02 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi on with his sixth over. Four runs from it, two singles and a double. ENG-168/2 after 31 overs. Joe Root needs two runs to reach his fifty.

Be warned! A thick cover of cloud. AP Photo

4:58 PM IST: Skipper Gulbadin Naib gets the wicket of Jonny Bairstow (90 off 99). Good sharp return catch. FoW-164/2 (29.5). England captain Eoin Morgan is the new man. One run from the over.

4:53 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman returns for his seventh over. He's the stand out bowler today for Afghanistan. 18 from his previous overs and another five in this over -- three singles and a double. ENG-163/1 after 29 overs.

4:50 PM IST: Gulbadin Naib comes back. Three singles from his sixth over. ENG-158/1 after 28 overs.

4:58 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi on with his fifth over. Jonny Bairstow hits the fourth ball for a six, straight down the ground. 10 runs from the over. ENG-155/1 after 27 overs.

4:44 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his fourth over. After a good start to the over, he concedes a four off the fourth ball, hit by Jonny Bairstow. Poor Afghan fielding to be blamed for that, though. Six runs from the over. ENG-145/1 after 26 overs. And with that, 101-run stand 101 in 99 balls for the second wicket.

4:40 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi continues. Three singles off the first four balls, then Jonny Bairstow hits the fifth ball for a four, through mid-wicket. A dot to end the seven-run over. ENG-139/1 after 25 overs.

4:36 PM IST: Rashid Khan returns for his third over. A beauty to flummox Jonny Bairstow and induce a thick outside edge, but nothing for his effort. Bairstow responds with a crunchy four, to cow corner boundary. A double, then a six over long-on. 14 runs from the over. ENG-132/1 after 24 overs.

4:33 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi returns. Six runs from the over, a three and three singles. ENG-118/1 after 23 overs.

4:29 PM IST: Gulbadin Naib continues. Three singles. ENG-112/1 after 22 overs. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root now added 68 runs in 75 balls.

Jonny Bairstow, right, and Joe Root together having a break. AP Photo

4:26 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his second over. A double off the first ball, then a single off the third. Three runs from the over. ENG-109/1 after 21 overs.

4:23 PM IST: Gulbadin Naib on with his fourth over. Eight runs from the over, including a four off the last ball hit by Jonny Bairstow, to bring up his fifty, in 61 balls. ENG-106/1 after 20 overs.

4:19 PM IST: Bowling change. Rashid Khan, leg-spinner, on with his first over. Six runs -- two doubles and two singles -- from the over. ENG-98/1 after 19 overs.

4:12 PM IST: Gulbadin Naib on with his third over. A dot, then Jonny Bairstow hits the second ball for a straight four. Six runs from the over. ENG-92/1 after 18 overs. Drinks

4:08 PM IST: Rahmat Shah comes back. Joe Root hits the second ball for a four through mid-wicket, then two doubles. 11 runs from the over. ENG-86/1 after 17 overs.

4:04 PM IST: One quite period. Not much happening, but singles do certainly make scoreboard tick. Gulbadin Naib on with his second over. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root added 31 runs in 39 balls. Three runs from the over. ENG-75/1 after 16 overs.

4:00 PM IST: Mohammad Nabi on with his second over, but change of ends. Three singles then a dot to Jonny Bairstow. One more single. ENG-72/1 after 15 overs.

3:56 PM IST: Another bowling change. Rahmat Shah, legspinner on. Two singles off the second and fourth balls, then Jonny Bairstow hits the fifth ball for a mighty six, straight over the umpire's head. Eight runs from the over. ENG-68/1 after 14 overs.

A view against the view. Hotel balconies in Manchester. AP Photo

3:52 PM IST: Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi (right-arm medium pace) introduces himself into the attack. A single off the third ball. ENG-60/1 after 13 overs.

3:48 PM IST: Bowling change. Mohammad Nabi, off-spinner, on. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root hit a four each, off the second and sixth ball respectively. 11 runs from the over. ENG-59/1 after 12 overs.

3:43 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues. Another tidy over from the spinner. Two singles. ENG-48/1 after 11 overs.

Collision and wicket. Zadran and Vince. AP Photo

3:40 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran gets his man. James Vince (26 off 31) caught by Mujeeb Ur Rahman. FoW-44/1 (9.3 overs). Joe Root is the new man. Four runs from the over. ENG-46/1 after 10 overs. 

3:34 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues to operate with brilliant control. Two singles from his fifth over. His figures: 0/16. ENG-42/0 after nine overs.

3:30 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran on with his fourth over. Missed opportunity for Afghanistan. James Vince played a lofted shot to deep mid-wicket, but Mohammad Nabi opted to take the longer route to reach to the ball, and he failed. Before that, Vince hit the second ball for a four, over mid-off. Eight runs from the over. ENG-40/0 after eight overs.

3:26 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman on with his fourth over. Brilliant over. A single and a wide from it. ENG-32/0 after seven overs.

Jonny Bairstow, happy to defend. AP Photo

3:23 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran continues. Jonny Bairstow and James Vince hit a four each, off the first and fourth balls respectively. 10 runs from the over. ENG-30/0 after six overs.

3:19 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman on with his third over. Two dots to Jonny Bairstow, then a four through mid-off. Five runs from the over. ENG-20/0 after five overs.

3:14 PM IST: Very good over from Dawlat Zadran. A single off the second ball, and that's all. ENG-15/0 after four overs.

3:11 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues. Five dots to Jonny Bairstow, but ends with a three as the England opener plays a well-executed drive to mid-off. ENG-14/0 after three overs.

3:08 PM IST: Dawlat Zadran, right-arm fast medium pacer, on. A single off the first ball, then Jonny Bairstow hits the second ball for a four past mid-wicket fielder. Seven runs from the over. ENG-11/0 after two overs.

3:04 PM IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman gets the news ball. First ball to James Vince, a dot. Four runs from the over. Jonny Bairstow is Vince's opening partner. This will be a trial by spin for England.

2:50 PM IST: Here are the teams

England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Afghanistan: Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Gulbadin Naib (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran

2:42 PM IST: Lots of changes. James Vince replaces Jason Roy, Moeen Ali in for Liam Plunkett for England, while Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are in for Aftab, Zazai and Hamid for Afghanistan.

2:35 PM IST: England win the toss, bat first against Afghanistan.

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

It has been an impressive start from England, winning three of their opening four matches with South Africa, Bangladesh and West Indies all dispatched. Anything but a place in the semi-finals would be a disappointment.

Afghanistan sit bottom and their task has been made more onerous following the loss during the tournament of wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad. They did give Sri Lanka a scare in Cardiff, however, until eventually being beaten by 34 runs on the DLS method.

WHAT THEY SAID

England skipper Morgan: "I would like to think in a couple of games so far we've been red hot favourites and underlining our preparation is the humility and the gratitude with which we go about things, and that's an important part of trying to beat teams like Afghanistan. They are a strong side. I said previous to the tournament, they will beat teams in this World Cup. They haven't managed to do that yet. So that makes it a tougher challenge."

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib: "We are trying to do our best in the matches, but if I look at my team, I didn't like how we played last time (in the nine-wicket defeat to South Africa). England is a strong side, it's a home side, so everything is on England's side. Afghanistan don't play home cricket a lot. We are used to it but it's a tough game."

STATISTICS

- England and Afghanistan have met just once before in an ODI; that clash coming at the 2015 Cricket World Cup with England winning by nine wickets.

- England have won eight of their last 10 ODIs at Old Trafford (L2), with their only defeats in that time coming against Australia.

- Moeen Ali has taken more ODI wickets at Old Trafford than any other spinner, with his eight scalps at the venue coming at an average of 13.5.

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