March 13,Sydney, England v/s Afghanistan, Pool A.
England ended disastrous WC campaign with a victory against Afghanistan by nine wickets in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Pool A,rain affected match at Sydney.Chasing a revised target of 101 to win in 25 overs by the D/L method England finished comfortably on 101 for one in 18.1 overs
Ian Bell was 52 not out, off 56 balls, after putting on 83 for the first wicket with Alex Hales, who contributes 37 before dismissal at the 14 overs.
Earlier, Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first, Afghanistan lost their early wickets it starts with Openers Nawroz Mangal (4) and Javed Ahmadi (7) both caught out to slip by Joe Root off the bowling of James Anderson and Stuart Broad respectively.Shortly after an initial rain delay,Afsar Zazai (6), Samiullah Shenwari (7) and Nasir Jamal (17) were dismissed soon after that and Afghanistan found themselves in deep trouble having lost half their side 65 in the 26th over.
Mohammad Nabi then walked in and start with a massive six and got off to a good start in the process. But he threw his wicket away trying to go for a boundary and was caught at mid on by James Tredwell off the bowling of Bopara. Rain then stopped play shortly after that in the 37th for the third time with Afghanistan struggling at 111 for seven in the 37th over with Najibullah Zadran and Hamid Hassan at the crease .
Both sides came into this first one-day international between England and Afghanistan unable to qualify for the quarter-finals and having just one previous Pool A win apiece after they each beat Scotland.
This was the first edition of the World Cup in the tournament’s 40-year history where England had failed to the qualify into the second round.
MATCH SUMMARY– Afghanistan 111 for 7 in 36.2 overs (Shafiqullah Shafiq 30, Nasir Jamal 17; Chris Jordan 2 for 13) lost to England 101/1 in 18.1 overs (Alex Hales, Ian Bell 52*; Hamid Hassan 1 for 17) by 9 wickets (D/L) .
Man of the Match: Chris Jordan