Live Cricket Score: England vs Afghanistan, Match 14, T20 WC 2022 |

How will Buttler play the spinners of Afghanistan?

The spicy Afghanistan continues to fight

Hales struggled largely to find his timing and was also dropped twice over the course of his innings. He eventually pulled one to midwicket. Good short pass from Fareed as he hit the bat hard.

Nabi then cleaned up Stokes with a seam delivery. Afghanistan has bowled with a lot of heart, but too few runs on the board can hurt them.

Buttler dislodged after stable start

Buttler flickered and cracked through the covers as Hales slammed Fazalhaq long. To make matters worse for Afghanistan, Qais dropped Hales on a back end.

Fazalhaq, however, did pick up Buttler’s scalp to brighten up the camp in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan cleared for 112

Sam Curran has put the finishing touches to England’s outstanding bowling and fielding efforts with a five-for-one. He also became the first England cricketer to take a five-for in T20Is. Afghanistan is bundled for only 112.

He used the short ball, in addition to the occasional full ball, with great success to knock out Ghani, Mujeeb, Rashid Khan and Azmatullah in his last two overs.

Afghanistan largely struggled to counter the extra bounce on offer, with England using the short ball very well. Ibrahim was the one batter who seemed to have the right play for the circumstances – wanting to move forward at every opportunity before pushing back – but threw his wicket away. Ghani also made a fine of 30.

In my opinion, this track in Perth fits right in with some of the fast decks on the WACA in the 1990s.

England catches everything

England catches everything. Najibullah tricked his coop and Adil Rashid covered a lot of ground from the center to complete the catch. Stokes has taken two wickets so far. Although he seems to be struggling with a knee problem.

Wood then sent Nabi away with a short ball. And this time Buttler took a very good catch!

Ibrahim falls

Now Ibrahim Zadran has been fired. He dragged one to the back point where Moeen pocketed a nice catch. Ibrahim was the one batter who looked good in the crease; push forward and then push back as needed.

Afghanistan loses openers

Wood continued to bowl quickly, hitting the rim a few times. However, Ibrahim Zadran showed some bravado by taking a step forward and then pushing back to pull Wood for a six. Woakes, on the other hand, found a form to produce the edge of Ibrahim’s bat, but no slipfielder was in place.

Finally, Zazai Stokes cut behind square on the outside, where Livingstone took a brilliant running catch.

Afghanistan have lost their openers and they are struggling to adapt to the extra bounce.

Sensational 🔥 #ENGvAFG

11:32 AM • 10 Oct 2022

Wood strikes early; pace and hit the deck skills

Gurbaz showed some flair by casually flicking Woakes for a six over a fine leg. However, when Wood came out to bowl it turned out to be a different story as he made a delivery of 146 kph to the wicketkeeper. Wood hits the deck really hard and bowls quickly on a lane that offers speed and bounce.

England won the toss and decided to bowl first against Afghanistan.

10:32 am • 10 Oct 2022

Toss and teams:

Jos Buttler has won the toss and England has chosen to bowl as expected.

England (Playing XI): Jos Buttler (w/c), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Afghanistan (Plays XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Mohammed Nabi: The plan was to bat first and put some score on the board and then apply pressure with the ball. Excited as captain and hopefully we will do well as a team. Over the past few weeks we have looked closely at the conditions and also the practice matches.

Jos Butler: We’re going to eat a bowl. It’s been a long build-up, there’s been some good games that we’re ready for as best we can. Everyone is eager to go. Really excited and a great honor to be captain of your country in a World Cup. We have a lot of talent in the squad. We left out Willey, Jordan, Mills and Salt.

England have Livingstone at 6 or he might come in at 7! They could have gone into Perth with an extra pacemaker (perhaps Mills).

10:48 am • 10 Oct 2022


Before the start of the English World Cup campaign in 2022, almost everything seemed to be going according to plan for the Jos Buttler-led side. All of their players had plenty of matches under their belts, including a couple of T20Is in Australia. And winning T20I rubbers against Pakistan and Australia would have given the players enough confidence.

However, there was a setback for the World Cup when their premier limited overs paceman, Topley, rolled his ankle during a practice drill and was banned from the tournament. Not only does Topley bounce and swing a little forward, but he’s also one of England’s go-to bowlers in the slog.

Meanwhile, England’s opponent in their opening match, Afghanistan, would count on their spinners – Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Nabi and co. Incidentally, one of Afghanistan’s main hitters Gurbaz had to pass a fitness test after being hit on the foot by Shaheen Afridi in an exhibition game. Fortunately, for Afghanistan, he was passed fit.

Can Afghanistan topple the apple cart and beat England on a track expected to offer some resilience; though it could be more spongy bouncing? Or is the battle of England perhaps coming to the fore again? All the action in minutes.

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