Pitch and weather: There is fresh, live grass on the surface, which suggests plenty of pace and carry. Both teams are anticipating another belting track, akin to the one last week which South Africa used to great effect, setting a World Cup record of 428 for 5 against Sri Lanka.
England vs Afghanistan Highlights 2023, Sunday 15-10, 13th Match (D/N) ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
England win the toss and bowl. “No particular reason,” says Buttler, who confirms an unchanged team. “Looks a pretty good batting wicket, we’re playing a talented tough team but we’ll focus on ourselves. We improved a lot from the first game to the second game, we pride ourselves on our intensity.”
Afghanistan wanted to bowl first too. Hashmatullah agrees it looks a good batting pitch. “Score as much as we can and put them under pressure.” Above 300 is the target to give his spinners a chance. Najib out and Ikram in, as predicted.
Toss: England chose to field.
England team: 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Harry Brook, 5 Jos Buttler (capt & wk), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Mark Wood, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Reece Topley.
Pakistan team: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), 5 Azmatullah Omarzai, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 2
England Won: 2
Afghanistan Won: 0
England ODI Rankings: 6th
Afghanistan ODI Rankings: 9th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Rod Tucker, Sharfuddoula
TV Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – ODI no. 4670
Post Match Presentation
Jos Buttler, England captain:
(On England’s early bowling) It was disappointing, having won the toss and elected to bowl. Missing the first ball down the leg side sort of set the tone. Congratulations to Afghanistan, they outplayed us today. (On what they could have done differently) It was a bit of bad execution, both with the bat and the ball. It was not at the level we wanted it to be consistently enough. That was the area where we lost the game. (On Afghanistan’s bowling attack) They have a really skilful attack.
The dew did not come in as much as we expected. The ball held up and there was indifferent bounce. They kept the stumps in play and we were not quite good enough today. (On how they plan to recover) You got to let these defeats hurt. Let it hurt, try to figure out where we need to get better. Lots of resilience in the group, lots of characters who have been through some good times and through some tough times. (On the form of his bowlers) As a whole, we are not at the level we would like to be. In a World Cup, that is where we want to be. On the field and off it, we will be trying to put it right.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan captain:
(On how big a win this is) I am quite happy and all my teammates are happy. This was the best win. The confidence will be there for the next game and the whole country will be happy and proud with this win. (On the opening partnership) They get a lot of credit (for the win today). Unfortunately, we had back-to-back wickets again today. We have to think about that. We had a good start and credit goes to Gurbaz for that.
(On Ikram) He was with us from last two years but did not get too many chances. Me and the coach believed in him and we really appreciate his effort. (On Mujeeb being an all-rounder) I think, yes. Against Pakistan in Sri Lanka, he batted beautifully. Today, he scored important runs for us. (On the spinners) We have to score runs for that (for them to have an impact). The whole world knows how good they are. I am very proud of them today. (On the wickets the pacers took) Fazal started very well, along with Mujeeb.
That (Bairstow) wicket was very important. I realised the wicket was not supporting the batters when batting against the spinners. When I went to the pavilion, I felt 280-290 would be enough on this track. (Message to the fans) The belief is there, the trust is there and the talent is also there. Last couple of games, we did not finish well. Looking forward to the rest of the tournament. Hopefully we can be positive. This was the first win for us (since 2015 in the World Cup) but not the last one.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Player of the Match:
Very proud moment to be here at the World Cup and beating the champions. Great achievement for the whole team and this is the kind of opportunity we have been working hard for. Wonderful performances by the bowlers and the batters. (On his responsibility with the new ball) As a spinner, it is pretty hard to bowl in the powerplay. But I have been working in the nets. There is not much room for error to bowl wide so I have tried to bowl wicket-to-wicket.
We knew that dew will play some part and that is why I wanted to bowl in the powerplay. The ball was holding a little bit as well. Even if there was dew, I was mentally prepared. Not to give much room and bowl in the right areas. (On the batting) It is all about the management. They have been giving me confidence. I want to contribute as a lower-order batter as well, and those 25-30 runs helps the team as well. I want to continue doing that. I want to dedicate this award to the people back home, who have been affected by the earthquake. This is something we could do as a team and I could do myself as a player.