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2019 World Cup, Warm-Up: England outclass Afghanistan by 9 wickets, Roy smashes unbeaten 89 off 46 balls

England bowled Afghanistan out for 160, before Jason Roy's explosive 89 not out guided the side to a 9-wicket victory.

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London Updated on: May 27, 2019 23:25 IST
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England will now take on South Africa in the first game of the tournament proper. 

England will head back to the Oval on Thursday for the tournament opener against South Africa full of confidence after thrashing Afghanistan by nine wickets.

Afghanistan was all out for 160 in 38.4 overs, and England reached 161-1 in the 18th over.

Jason Roy punished poor Afghanistan bowling by plundering 89 not out off 46 balls, including 11 boundaries.

He and Jonny Bairstow combined for 77 before Bairstow was out for 39 off 22 balls.

Roy combined for 84 with Joe Root, who was 29 not out. Roy finished off the Afghans with his fourth six.

Bowler Mohammad Nabi top-scored for Afghanistan with 44 from 42 balls, including three sixes. But a poor total was already in store at 92-8, and his scoring lifted Afghanistan to 160 before Nabi was dismissed by Jofra Archer.

Archer claimed 3-32 in 34 balls. Part-time spinner Joe Root also got three.

In other good news for England, its fastest bowler, Mark Wood, was cleared to play South Africa on Thursday. Wood pulled up with a left ankle injury on Saturday.

In the last warmups on Tuesday, Bangladesh and India meet in Cardiff, and the West Indies and New Zealand play in Bristol.

The first game of the tournament proper will be played on May 30, with host side England taking on South Africa at The Oval.

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