Live Cricket Score, England vs Afghanistan, Live Cricket Score, 2019 World Cup, Match 24:Live Updates, England vs Afghanistan, Match 24, 2019 World Cup: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 24 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where hosts England take on a demoralised Afghanistan side in Manchester. TEngland captain Eoin Morgan has won the toss and decided to bat first. Morgan said that unfortunately Roy misses out and on the pitch he reckons he says it will be a good pitch. On the pitch, Morgan said it looks like a good wicket. Morgan informs, Roy and Plunkett miss out and James Vince and Moeen Ali have replaced them. Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib on the other hand, said they would have batted first as well had they won the toss. On the teams performance he said they are disappointed with their batting performance and are looking to bat better and put good runs on the board. Naib informed they have three changes for this game as Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Najibullah replace Aftab Alam, Hazratullah Zazai and Hamid Hassan. Follow live action and updates here on indiatvnews.com (Match scorecard | Live stream ENG vs AFG)
Highlights, World Cup 2019, Match 24: England beat Afghanistan by 150 runs
2019 World Cup, Match 24: England (397/6) beat Afghanistan (247/8) by 150 runs in Manchester. Shahidi 76, Archer 3/52, Rashid 3/66
22.46 IST: Jofra Archer to Rashid Khan, 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.
22.31 IST: Mark Wood to Najibullah Zadran, 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.
22.26 IST: Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi, 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.
22.21 IST: Jofra Archer to Hashmatullah Shahidi, FOUR! Hammered! Full and on middle, this is smashed through mid on and it races away to the fence.
22.15 IST: Chris Woakes to Najibullah Zadran, SIX! That is some hit! This is short and outside off, Zadran manages to drag his pull over the mid-wicket fence. That shot just proves this man is a strong man.
22.09 IST: Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi, OUT! Nabi holes out! Third wicket for Rashid. Right from the word go Nabi was looking to clear the fence. This time too his eyes lit up when he sees the flight on this delivery. It lands on middle, Nabi looks to go over long on but only manages to get a lot of height on it. Ben Stokes there takes an easy catch.
22.03 IST: Adil Rashid to Mohammad Nabi, SIX! Nabi is off the mark in an explosive way. Adil tosses it up on middle, Nabi does not wait for long and straightaway deposits into the stand over long on for a biggie.
22.00 IST: Adil Rashid to Asghar Afghan, OUT! Adil Rashid gets his second of the game. A flighted leg spinner pitching on off, Afghan looks to defend but the ball spins away from him and he gets an outside edge. It goes towards first slip, Joe Root there takes a regulation slip catch. A good innings from the former Afghanistan skipper. A fifty here would have been good for his personal record.
21.45 IST: Chris Woakes to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Slower one and fuller in length, Shahidi looks to go hard at it but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
21.40 IST: Adil Rashid to Asghar Afghan, FOUR! Swept and swept nicely! Afghan sees the line is outside off so he goes down on one knee, sweeps it through square leg and the ball beats the dive of the fielder in the deep and a boundary results.
21.35 IST: Adil Rashid to Hashmatullah Shahidi, FOUR! Brings up his fifty in style! His 9th ODI fifty. He gets there by dragging his sweep from outside off, gets it behind square on the leg side and the ball races to the fence. He started off slowly but that blow on the head seems to have woken him up. He has scored freely since then. He would love to bat longer now.
21.29 IST: Jofra Archer to Asghar Afghan, FOUR! He surely did not want to hit it that straight but he gets the desired result. Short and around middle, Afghan pulls it past mid on for a boundary.
21.24 IST: Adil Rashid to Hashmatullah Shahidi, SIX! Second in the over! Shahidi is the man who hits it this time. Brilliant use of the feet by him. He gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over mid off. It carries over the fence. Afghanistan have decided to step on the gas here. 27 from the last two.
21.21 IST: Adil Rashid to Asghar Afghan, SIX! What a shot that is! Afghan comes down the track, gets close to the delivery and hits it over the mid-wicket stand for a biggie. The thing is, he went against the turn so it was a high risk shot. Came off though.
21.19 IST: Mark Wood to Hashmatullah Shahidi, SIX! Short delivery, Shahidi pulls it over long on for a maximum.
21.18 IST: Mark Wood to Hashmatullah Shahidi, FOUR!
21.07 IST: Mark Wood to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Right on the helmet! The batsman is down on the ground. Not good signs! This is quick and on the body of the batter. Shahidi looks to duck under it but is slow to do so. Hits him right on the helmet.
21.01 IST: Adil Rashid to Asghar Afghan, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Afghan pulls it towards fine leg for a boundary. 12 runs have come from the over. Big over for Afghanistan.
20.59 IST: Adil Rashid to Asghar Afghan, SIX! Marvellous! Flighted delivery on middle, Afghan comes down the track and lofts it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
20.54 IST: Mark Wood to Asghar Afghan, Nasty delivery! This is a bumper and a well-directed one. Afghan looks to fend at it by taking his eyes off the ball but it hits his glove.
20.50 IST: Mark Wood to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Bowls a bouncer outside off, Shahidi does well to duck under it.
20.47 IST: Adil Rashid to Rahmat Shah, OUT c Jonny Bairstow b Adil Rashid. Afghanistan have lost their third wicket.
20.44 IST: Ben Stokes to Rahmat Shah, Shah plays this late and down towards third man for one. The fifty-run stand is up between the two. The way they have played though, seems like they aren't going for the win here and are happy to just bat.
20.41 IST: Ben Stokes to Rahmat Shah, Closer to the off pole, Rahmat looks to guide it down to third man but the ball is too close to play that shot. He ends up chopping it to the keeper.
20.36 IST: Moeen Ali to Rahmat Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Rahmat flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
20.32 IST: Moeen Ali to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Good shot. Flighted delivery on leg, Shah tickles it towards fine leg for a boundary.
20.26 IST: Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi, Good length on middle, there is extra bounce on this one. Hits the glove of Shahidi as he tries to keep it out.
20.24 IST: Moeen Ali to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Short on off, Shah looks to guide but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
20.22 IST: Ben Stokes to Hashmatullah Shahidi, BEATEN! Back of a length and around off, this is angled away. Shahidi hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
* Ben Stokes is into the attack now!
20.14 IST: Moeen Ali to Rahmat Shah, SIX! That has gone all the way! Mid off was up and inside the circle. Tossed up delivery on middle, Shah comes down the track and lofts it over long off for a biggie. AFG 75/2 in 17 overs
20.09 IST: Mark Wood to Hashmatullah Shahidi, A fumble may have saved Rahmat there! This is pushed to mid off. Shahidi wants a run and Shah responds. Shahidi then stops and asks Rahmat to go back. The mid off fielder gets to the ball but does not collect it cleanly. Could have been close had he scored a direct hit.
20.02 IST: Moeen Ali to Rahmat Shah, Wrong end! This is tossed up on off, Rahmat drops it on the off side and he wants a run, sets off but then is sent back. Buttler gets to the ball quickly but fires it at the bowler's end.
19.59 IST: Mark Wood to Hashmatullah Shahidi, EDGY FOUR! Afghanistan won't mind how they come as long as they come. Fuller and on off, angles away. Shahidi looks to push at it but the ball goes off the outside edge. Between first slip and gully for a boundary.
19.52 IST: Mark Wood to Gulbadin Naib, OUT! An excellent catch by Buttler sees the back of Naib. Wood makes an impact straight away. This was too quick for Naib. Wood bangs it short and on middle, it hurries onto the batsman. Naib looks to pull but is way too late. The ball hits the top edge and goes high up in the air towards fine leg. Buttler runs after it and takes it with a dive forward.
* Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
19.48 IST: Jofra Archer to Rahmat Shah, Short of a length delivery, Shah pulls it over mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets.
19.41 IST: Chris Woakes to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR! Up and over! Naib is dealing in boundaries! Short and outside off, Gulbadin slaps it over point and bags another boundary. The captain is playing a good knock here.
19.38 IST: Chris Woakes to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR! This time he finds the middle! It is another slower one on middle, Naib waits for it and then pulls it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.
19.33 IST: Chris Woakes to Gulbadin Naib, Another slower one outside off, Naib looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge, through the vacant slip region and down to third man for one.
19.26 IST: Jofra Archer to Gulbadin Naib, SIX! Naib is going for it! He has picked the bones out of this one. Another length delivery, Naib once again clears his leg and tonks it over the mid-wicket fence.
19.25 IST: Jofra Archer to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR! Dismissed! Short and on middle, Naib clears his front leg and smashes it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
19.23 IST: Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah, EDGED AND DROPPED! A very straightforward chance there! Woakes is not happy and rightly so. This is on the fuller side and around off, shapes away a touch. Shah hangs his bat out the ball goes off the outside edge and straight to Bairstow at first slip. He fails to hang on, Root at second slip looks to take it on the rebound but it falls away from him.
19.22 IST: Chris Woakes to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Excellent shot for the first boundary of this innings! Slightly short and outside off, Rahmat Shah gets on top of the bounce and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
19.20 IST: Jofra Archer to Gulbadin Naib, Quick! Short and around off, it skids through. Naib is beaten for pace as he looks to pull.
19.17 IST: Chris Woakes to Gulbadin Naib, BEAUTY TO END! Fuller and it initially angles into the off pole which means the batsman has to play at it. Moves away in the end and beats the outside edge as Naib looks to push at it.
19.14 IST: Jofra Archer to Rahmat Shah, Lovely delivery! Back of a length on off, it straightens a touch. Rahmat initially looks to defend it but then pulls his bat out of the way.
19.13 IST: Jofra Archer to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT! Drags it on! Jofra Archer strikes on his second ball itself. Not the best of deliveries though. It is on a length and outside off, Noor Ali throws his bat at it away from the body. He only manages an inside edge which crashes into the stumps. Afghanistan have been rocked early. Exactly what you don't want chasing a huge target.
19.11 IST: Chris Woakes to Noor Ali Zadran, Woakes bowls it on a good length on leg, Zadran looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. Just 1 run of the first over. Good start from England.
* We are back for the chase. The England players and the umpires walk out to the middle. Noor Ali Zadran and Gulbadin Naib will open the batting for Afghanistan. Chris Woakes will start the proceedings for England.
* After winning the toss and electing to bat, if Morgan would have been offered 397, he would have surely taken it with both hands. However, they did not start off in the fastest manner as they finished Powerplay 1 at 46 for the loss of one wicket. Root and Bairstow then went along things nicely and slowly but steadily upped the ante. The two added a 120-run stand and laid the foundation. Then too though, England never looked like they would get close to 400 but then the carnage began. Morgan right from the outset, went after the bowlers. He was dropped early on in the innings and he ensure he will make Afghanistan pay. 17 sixes is what he hit in his 148 of 71 balls. When he was batting, England seemed they would cross 400. However, Root, who fell 12 short of a ton, Morgan and Buttler fell in quick succession.
* End of the annihilation! Some unreal hitting out there! Not only the Afghanistan players will be relieved to get off the field but a much-needed break for us as well.
18.35 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Moeen Ali, Single to end the over. Full and wide outside off, Moeen gets down and creams it to sweeper cover for a single. ENGLAND FINISH WITH 397/6 OFF THEIR 50 OVERS.
18.34 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Moeen Ali, SIX! Two-in-two. Dawlat started the over well but he is being thrashed here by Moeen. Full on middle and leg and once again Moeen smashes it over his favourite region, the mid-wicket region for a biggie.
18.33 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Moeen Ali, SIX! This is deposited into the stands. Full on middle and leg, Moeen smacks it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
* Chris Woakes walks out to bat next.
18.28 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Ben Stokes, OUT! Bowled! Stokes cannot take his side to 400! Dawlat bowls it very full on the leg pole as Stokes was shuffling across, he looks to flick but misses and the ball goes onto disturb the leg pole.
18.26 IST: Rashid Khan to Moeen Ali, SIX! Clobbered! A biggie to start the over and one to end it. Another very full delivery, Ali makes Rashid pay as he hits it over the long on fence.
18.22 IST: Rashid Khan to Moeen Ali, SIX! Welcome back, Rashid Khan. Also, he has now conceded 100 runs. Once again he bowls right in the zone. Full and on off, this is smashed over the long off fence.
* Moeen Ali makes his way out to the middle.
18.18 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Jos Buttler, OUT c Mohammad Nabi b Dawlat Zadran. England have lost their fifth wicket.
18.15 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Eoin Morgan, OUT! End of the fun! End of the carnage by this man. A once in a life time innings comes to an end here. The whole ground is on its feet applauding the England skipper. His knock has probably batted Afghanistan out of the game. Extraordinary.
18.13 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Eoin Morgan, SIX! 17th six! Breaks the record of the most sixes by a player in an ODI game. Once again the bowler misses his mark and he pays the price. Full and on middle, this is hit down the ground and it carries all the way.
18.09 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root, OUT! No hundred for Root! But very unselfish from him. He could have easily got to his third ton of this World Cup and created a record by playing the ball to its merit, he does not do so though. He looks to play in an aggressive manner. Tries to smash this slower one out of the park but does not generate the power he wanted and he holes out to long on where Shah takes it.
18.08 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Right in the slot and the mood Morgan is in, he won't miss out! Full and on off, Morgan smashes it over the long off fence. Six from the first ball.
18.07 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! For once today, he does not clear the ropes. Still will be happy with the result. Short and outside off, Morgan slaps it over cover and the ball trickles into the fence.
18.05 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Eoin Morgan, ANOTHER SIX! This one is probably the smallest he has hit today, the ball hits the cushion directly. Zadran misses the yorker by a little and pays the price. Morgan hits it over long off and another six is signalled by the umpire.
18.03 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Joe Root, FOUR! Full toss and it has been put away! A full toss on off, Root lofts it over covers and the ball races away. He is 13 short of a ton now.
18.01 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, SIX! The fielders out there are mere spectators at the moment! Morgan is only hitting it out of the park. Full and on off now, Morgan hammers it over the long off fence. 21 again from this over, 42 from Rashid's last two.
18.00 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Too easy at the moment for Morgan! He shuffles in and Rashid bowls it on the stumps. Morgan goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over the square leg fence.
17.58 IST: Rashid Khan to Joe Root, SIX! Root now joins the action! He dances down the track to Rashid, not many do that. He manages to get to the pitch of it and just lofts it over the long on fence.
17.56 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root, FOUR! Nice improvisation from Joe. Length delivery on middle, Root plays a scoop over short fine leg for a boundary.
17.56 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, 100 for Morgan! Wow! This is some innings! Outrageous, outstanding, I am just short for superlatives at the moment. Never seen anybody, manhandle the Afghanistan spinners like Morgan has done today. Just unreal stuff. HE IS ALSO NOW THE FASTEST TO GET TO A TON FOR ENGLAND IN WORLD CUPS! It has come up in just 57 balls.
17.54 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, SIX! BOOM BOOM GOES MORGAN AGAIN! 10th six! Bowl full, he will hit you over your head, bowl short and he will pull you into the mid-wicket stands. Rashid does the latter, Morgan goes back and pulls it way into the mid-wicket stand.
17.51 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, SIX! This is unreal from Morgan! His 9th biggie today. All the doubts about him being injured has been blown away by this knock. Once again it is very full, Morgan clears his front leg and sends it sailing over the long on fence.
17.45 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Add another one to Morgan's sixes column! Nabi bowls it short, maybe due to the last ball as he once again would felt Morgan would dance down. He does not though, he goes back and pulls with all the power over the mid-wicket fence.
17.43 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Another biggie from the skipper he is no mood to stop England are definitely eyeing 350.
* Powerplay 3 has been signalled! Now maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this innings.
17.42 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Second boundary in the over. This is excellent batting from the skipper. Floated delivery on leg, Morgan sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. 250 up for England.
17.38 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Powerful shot from the skipper. Flighted delivery on middle, Morgan plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket for a maximum.
17.33 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Colossal! Fifty up for Morgan and it has come up in only 36 balls. Right from the word go, he has attacked the bowlers. He is making Afghanistan pay for the catch they dropped. This is short again and on middle, Morgan picks the length early, goes back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence. 47th fifty in this format.
* Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back! He has kept it tight. Afghanistan need a breakthrough. Can he provide it?
17.30 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Joe Root, FOUR! Excellent shot. Zadran bowls short and outside off, Root cuts it over point for a boundary.
* DRINKS! England have been going all guns blazing and a good partnership is going between Joe Root and Eoin Morgan. Joe Root is looking all set for his third hundred in this World Cup. On the other hand, Afghanistan have looked toothless in their bowling and have been very wayward till now.
17.24 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, SIX! This is hit even better than the first biggie! Once again it is a half-tracker by Rashid. Morgan rocks back and pulls it hard and over the backward square leg fence. this went further than the last one. Another expensive over by Rashid. Today, is just not his day. Also, the fifty-run stand is up and it has come up in quick time. The stand is providing the much-needed impetus for England.
17.24 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, SIX! This time he has nailed it! short and on middle, it sits up to be hit. Morgan goes back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence. That is the longer part of the ground but Morgan had hit it right off the middle.
17.23 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, DROPPED AND FOUR! Once again that is horribly misjudged! Afghanistan have been very poor in the field. Morgan looks for the slog sweep but only manages to get a top edge. It goes high up in the air towards deep mid-wicket. Zadran initially runs in, then realizes that the ball is going over his head. He tracks back and looks to take it with one hand but fails to do so.
17.22 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, Once again Rashid is too short and width is offered. Morgan goes back and slaps it through cover for two. 200 up for England.
17.18 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Eoin Morgan, Edge but well short! Slower one and outside off, Morgan looks to guide it down to third man but gets an outside edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper.
* Dawlat Zadran is back into the attack.
17.12 IST: Rashid Khan to Eoin Morgan, Shorter and outside off, Morgan slaps it through point and the batsmen take two.
* Rashid Khan is back into the attack.
17.07 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Reverse Sweep and the ball races towards the boundary rope. Morgan has clearly shown his intentions.
17.03 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Morgan is on the charge here! Consecutive maximums! This just clears the ropes. Uses his feet and gets to the pitch of the ball. Lofts it over mid on and clears the long on fence.
17.00 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Takes full toll of the Free Hit. Top shot. This was a very slow delivery, 95 KPH. Morgan waits, waits and then finally pulls it with all his might over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
16.58 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Eoin Morgan, Nicely bowled by Nabi. Tossed up just outside off, Morgan looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes to the slip region.
* Mohammad Nabi is back into the attack.
* Skipper Eoin Morgan is the new batsman in at No.4.
16.56 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Jonny Bairstow, OUT! Caught and bowled! The captain delivers when his team needed him too. Very, very good catch this but it is a soft dismissal and Bairstow will be disappointed. Naib bowls another slower one, this one is shorter in length. Bairstow pushes it back firmly but uppishly towards the bowler. He reacts quickly and takes a good low catch in his followthrough.
16.52 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Jonny Bairstow, Good running! This is worked with soft hands towards deep mid-wicket. The batters run the first quickly and go for the second. They make it. 5 from the over, Mujeeb continues to bowl well.
16.51 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Joe Root, Well done! Flatter and on middle, Root pushes it to the right of the bowler who runs to that direction, dives and saves a run.
* Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back with figures of 6-0-18-0.
16.45 IST: Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow, SIX! Dismissed! A flat six! 150 up. Bairstow makes room and also comes down the track, he gets to the pitch of the ball and smashes it straight and over the long off fence. He may have decided to cut loose here.
16.42 IST: Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Bairstow is scoring runs at ease against Rashid. Another boundary to his name. Very full and on off, Bairstow creams it through covers. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and dives but fails to stop it. Also, the 100-run stand is up. The two are laying the foundation for a huge score here.
16.38 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Nice shot. This is good batting from Bairstow. Short delivery on middle and leg, Bairstow pulls it through square for a boundary. The fielder in the deep had no chance.
16.35 IST: Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow, SIX! That is huge! Once again a good ball is followed up by a poor one. Very full, a half volley on middle. Bairstow whips it this time, takes the aerial route and clears the mid-wicket fence with ease.
16.34 IST: Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Powered! Not a good follow-up delivery. This is very full so once again the spin is out of contention. Bairstow brings the slog sweep out and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
*Mohammad Nabi is back into the attack
16.22 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! FIFTY! Fifty for Jonny Bairstow! Brings it up in style. His 11th in the ODI format. Also, consecutive fifties for him. He is slowly and steadily getting into his own in this World Cup which did not start off in the best manner for him. He would look to score a ton here. He gets a gift to get to the milestone. A half volley outside off. Bairstow strokes it through wide mid off for a boundary.
*Rashid Khan introduced into the attack
16.08 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Bludgeoned! Got too predictable there. He bowls a slower one and fuller on off. Bairstow was waiting for it. He then smashes it over the bowler's head who was ducking for cover and into the long off fence.
16.06 IST: Rahmat Shah to Joe Root, Another couple! This is shorter and on off, Root guides it past point, away from the fielder in the deep and the batters take two.
16.05 IST: Rahmat Shah to Joe Root, FOUR! Full toss and put away! Root actually converts it into a full toss. He goes down on one knee and reaches out with a sweep shot. Hits it on the full and through mid-wicket for a boundary.
16.01 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Jonny Bairstow, Nicely bowled! A slower one and it is fuller in length. Bairstow strokes it back to the bowler.
15.58 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Jonny Bairstow, Flighted delivery on middle, Root drives it to long on for a single.
15.54 IST: Rahmat Shah to Jonny Bairstow, SIX! Lovely hit! This is right in the arc of Bairstow. Full and on off, the spin is out of contention so he hits through the line, over the bowler's head and it clears the fence with ease.
15.52 IST: Rahmat Shah to Jonny Bairstow, Starts with a beauty! Gives it air and lands it on off. JB lunges and looks to defend. The ball turns away sharply and beats the outside edge. Good signs this for Afghanistan. They have a world class leg spinner in their team and he will be licking his fingers after seeing that delivery.
* Rahmat Shah is on now! He bowled a handy spell against New Zealand.
15.49 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Joe Root, Almost chops it on! Shorter and outside off, Root looks to guide it down to third man but the ball is too close to play that shot. It goes off the inside edge, past the off pole and towards the keeper.
15.43 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Picked his spot nicely there! Bairstow sees there is no deep mid-wicket, he goes down on one knee and plays the slog sweep over mid-wicket and bags a boundary.
* Mohammad Nabi is on now!
15.42 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Jonny Bairstow, Flighted delivery on middle, Bairstow flicks it towards leg side for a run.
* Powerplay 2 is signaled. Maximum of four fielders can be outside the circle till the 40th over.
15.39 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Jonny Bairstow, A dot to end a decent Powerplay for Afghanistan. England, who normally go at a very good rate in Powerplay 1 have just gone at a shade above 4.5. They have also lost a wicket so Afghanistan can be happy with how the first 10 overs panned out. The last ball is angled into the batter and Bairstow works it towards mid-wicket. End of a successful over for Afghanistan.
* Joe Root is the new batsman in.
15.36 IST: Dawlat Zadran to James Vince, OUT! Zadran gets his man! Vince is bounced out! This is a very good short one. It is quick and it is near the head of the batsman. Vince looks to pull but the ball gets big on him. It hits the top edge, then the helmet and balloons to the fielder at short fine leg. Mujeeb makes no mistake. Vince though holds his ground. The bowler then asks the question and the umpire has his finger up. They go upstairs to check the front foot but that is fine. Vince fails to make an impact in his World Cup debut. A much-needed wicket for the visitors.
15.32 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Jonny Bairstow, Another misfield! Afghanistan have begun very sloppily. This is swept towards short fine leg. The fielder once again does not make a clean stop and a run is taken.
15.30 IST: Dawlat Zadran to James Vince, In the air... this should be taken but the fielder has completely misjudged it. This is short and Zadran bends his back on this one. Bounces more than Vince thought it would. He goes for the pull but the ball takes the top edge and goes high up in the air towards mid-wicket. He starts running to his left instead of moving forward as well. He then realizes he has to move ahead but till the it is too late. The ball lands ahead of him. Two taken.
15.28 IST: Dawlat Zadran to James Vince, FOUR! Excellent shot. Length delivery on off, Vince lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
15.25 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Jonny Bairstow, BEATEN! That stuck in the surface! Shorter and outside off, comes off slow after pitching. Bairstow is already into the pull shot and he gets beaten.
15.22 IST: Dawlat Zadran to James Vince, FOUR! Second boundary in the over! Vince takes a few steps down the track. The delivery is a length ball on off. Vince smashes it past mid off and the ball races away.
15.20 IST: Dawlat Zadran to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Too short again from Zadran and he pays the price. Bairstow goes back and gets this straighter than his last pull shot. It goes through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
15.15 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Lovely shot! Mujeeb is guilty of bowling it a little too full here and it is on off, Bairstow leans into the stroke and hits it past the left of mid on for a boundary.
15.10 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Jonny Bairstow, Three to end the over courtesy a misfield. Full and around off, Bairstow strokes it towards mid off. The fielder there does not stop it cleanly. He though recovers quickly, runs after it but the batsmen till then take three.
15.05 IST: Dawlat Zadran to James Vince, FOUR! Hammered! First boundary of the day! Short and that is not going to trouble Vince at that pace. He pulls it on the front foot and the ball races away to the mid-wicket fence. That made a cracking sound off the bat.
15.04 IST: Dawlat Zadran to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
15.02 IST: Just 4 runs from the first over off Mujeeb. Tidy start to proceedings.
14.59 IST: Done and dusted with the National Anthems! We are all set for the action to get underway! The Afghanistan players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by the English openers, Jonny Bairstow and James Vince. The latter will face the first ball of the game. Mujeeb will start proceedings for Afghanistan with the first new ball. Here we go..
14.45 IST: Captains at toss -
Gulbadin Naib: We would have batted first as well, looks a good wicket, slightly Asian conditions. We are disappointed with our batting, have not even played 40 overs, we have a good chance to restrict them to a good defendable score. Three changes for us, Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing - Aftab, Zazai and Hamid are not playing
Eoin Morgan: We will bat first. Unfortunately, Jason Roy misses out, it's a used wicket, they have done magnificently well to prepare the pitch, looks like a good wicket, played well the other day, carry for the seamers and turn for the spinners. Two changes, one forced, Vince replaces Roy and Moeen is back, in for Liam Plunkett
14.39 IST: Playing XIs:
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, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil (WK), Gulbadin Naib (C), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
14.33 IST: TOSS -- Eoin Morgan has won the toss and England will bat first
Brief preview: Hosts England will aim to carry on its winning streak with a hat-trick when they meet minnows Afghanistan in World Cup 2019 group affair at the Old Trafford here on Tuesday. It will also be for the first time when the two teams face-off in the 50-over format. Except for their loss against Pakistan, it's been a smooth ride for the hosts who have had massive wins in three games. However, the Three Lions will be worried over the fitness of their two key players -- skipper Eoin Morgan and opener Jason Roy as both left the field during the game against West Indies on June 14. [Read full preview here]