So, that is it from this game! Another win for England and another loss for Afghanistan. The hosts move to the top of the table and Afghanistan stay bottom. We have two other teams playing on the 19th of June. It is New Zealand taking on South Africa at Edgbaston. It promises to be a cracker and the game begins at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says the next two or three games are very crucial and they don't want to drop their intensity. States the intensity was still there in the second innings, they did make a few mistakes by dropping a couple of catches and he hopes they don't do that again. Further adds Stokes is bowling really fast along with Wood and Archer and it is great to have such players in the side.
Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, says how England played was exceptional, especially after the 30th over. Credits Morgan for the way he played and says it was one of the best innings he has seen. Reckons the wicket was different from the last 4 games and hence, they played an extra spinner, Mujeeb, who did well. Further adds Rashid was not at his best and hence, England scored around 400. Mentions they did a lot of good things in the field but the dropped catch of Morgan did hurt them a lot. States they are improving day by day and they are still learning. Ends by saying the target was big one, they weren't thinking about the target and were looking to play their normal game.
MAN OF THE MATCH, EOIN MORGAN, says it was a fantastic day for them, he had a wonderful day, the wicket was good and he enjoyed batting. He feels Afghanistan started really well but they fought back very strongly after that. States he never thought it was going to be his day, with a sour back, he never felt he could produce an inning like that. He feels good to compete with the youngsters in this side. Mentions it was a special day, Afghanistan is a strong side, it is a different challenge against their spinners and playing at the World Cup is also a completely different challenge and they are enjoying it. Informs he has changed his game a lot since he started playing, the shots he played before were effective when he started playing but now his hitting down the ground has improved a lot.
The England bowling will maybe be a little disappointed as they could not bundle this Afghanistan batting line-up out cheaply. However, the positive for them was, Adil Rashid who was struggling for form had a good day as he finished with a three-fer. Wood was once again good with the ball. Archer was a touch expensive but also finished with a three-fer. However, the only thing England will be worried about in this game is their fielding which was once again below par. Stay tuned for the presentation.
Chasing a huge target, you need to get off to a flier but that was not the case. They lost Noor Ali Zadran early. Their skipper, Naib, did play with intent but he too fell after getting off to a start. After his wicket, the Afghans probably decided to play out the 50 overs instead of going after the target and that was probably the right decision. Rahmat Shah, who was dropped early on, along with Shahidi played themselves in and added a 52-run stand before the former was dismissed. However, Shahidi continued batting and his partnership with Afghan was probably the best of the innings. The two decided to take on the bowlers and played with intent, they added a 94-run stand and in quick time. Afghan missed out on a well-deserved half ton though by only 6 runs. Shahidi ended up as the top scorer with 76. The lower-order did not contribute a lot but ensured they weren't bowled out.
A comprehensive win for England! Don't think that was ever in doubt after their batsman smashing the Afghanistan bowlers to all parts of the ground and putting up a mammoth 397. Afghanistan though can take heart from the fact that this is their best batting performance in a World Cup game.
49.6 overs (0 Run) OUCH! This last ball sums up the horrible day Afghanistan have had today. Archer is a fiery customer and he ends the match with a vicious short ball, Ikram Ali Khil looks to get out of it's way but it strikes him on his helmet. That's it from this game. ENGLAND WIN BY 150 RUNS.
49.5 overs (0 Run) On the body, Ikram looks to flick but it rolls of his thigh pad towards short fine leg.
Dawlat Zadran is the new batsman in.
49.4 overs (0 Run) OUT! In the air...and Bairstow takes it. He has not had the best of days in the field but he takes his second catch of the game. Rashid Khan's struggle in the middle comes to an end. Archer bangs it short around off, Rashid looks to smash it over point but gets a top edge. It goes high in the air towards backward point. Bairstow stationed there sits under it and takes an easy catch. He does a fist pump looking at the crowd.
49.3 overs (1 Run) On the pads, Ikram looks to flick but it goes off the thigh pads towards short fine leg. The batsmen take a run and it has been signaled as leg bye.
49.2 overs (0 Run) Full toss again on off, Ali Khil defends it out.
49.1 overs (0 Run) Full toss on off, Ali Khil keeps it out.
48.6 overs (0 Run) Play and a miss to finish the over. Back of a length ball over the stumps, Rashid looks to hit it on the off side but misses.
48.5 overs (2 Runs) In the air but safe. Fuller on off, Rashid lofts it but does not time it well. It goes high in the air and lands at the vacant region at long off. The batsmen take two.
48.4 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Something for Rashid to cheer. Good length ball outside off, Rashid clears his front leg and smashes it to the right of mid off. Vince there dives on that side and gets his hand to it but that's not enough to stop it from going to the fence.
48.3 overs (0 Run) Swing and a miss. Short outside off, Rashid swings his bat at it but misses. This day just cannot get over soon for Rashid.
48.2 overs (1 Run) Bowls a yorker on leg, Ali Khil does well to dig it out and plays it towards mid on for a run.
48.1 overs (0 Run) Full on middle, Ali Khil defends it off the back foot.
47.6 overs (0 Run) Yorker outside off, Rashid looks to hit it but gets a bottom edge to the keeper.
47.5 overs (0 Run) Short again, Rashid flat-bats it to mid off.
47.5 overs (1 Run) WIDE! Bouncer bounces too high. It goes over Rashid's head and it has been wided.
47.4 overs (2 Runs) This time Rashid gets some timing on it. Back of a length ball on off, Rashid hits it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple.
47.3 overs (0 Run) Not a good day for Rashid. Neither with the ball nor with the bat. Short ball outside off, Rashid looks to pull but mistimes it to mid off.
47.2 overs (1 Run) Very full on off, Ikram does well to get his bat down in time and hits it towards third man for a single.
47.1 overs (0 Run) The batsman defends it from within the crease.
46.6 overs (0 Run) Another play and a miss! Full and wide outside off, Rashid looks to drive but misses it completely.
46.5 overs (0 Run) Short of a length delivery, Rashid looks to hook but misses it.
46.4 overs (0 Run) Bowls it wide outside off, Khan looks to play at that but misses it.
46.3 overs (1 Run) On a length on middle, Ali Khil looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards the leg side for a single.
Ikram Ali Khil is the new man in.
46.2 overs (0 Run) OUT! BOWLED! Wood bowls an off cutter which is full on middle, Zadran looks to slog but misses it and gets bowled. This is good bowling from Mark Wood.
46.1 overs (0 Run) Short of a length delivery, Najibullah looks to pull but misses it.
45.6 overs (0 Run) Fuller and on middle, this is hit back to the bowler.
Rashid Khan walks out to bat next.
45.5 overs (0 Run) OUT! TIMBER! Archer has the last laugh. Shahidi shuffles right across maybe expecting a short one. Archer bowls it slow and on middle, Shahidi looks to work it fine but misses it completely and the stumps are shattered. A good innings by Shahidi comes to an end.
45.4 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Hammered! Full and on middle, this is smashed through mid on and it races away to the fence.
45.3 overs (1 Run) Full length again, the batsman hits it through mid-wicket for a single.
45.2 overs (1 Run) Full length ball on the pads, the batsman flicks it towards square leg for a single.
45.1 overs (1 Run) Slower one on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.