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#AFGvENG | England recover well to post 142 on the board after initial scare from Afghanistan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:02 IST

Afghanistan may be on course to achieve the first major upset of the ICC World T20, after restricting England to only 142 in the first innings.

The total could have been much lower as England were reeling at 65 for 6 at one stage. England were outdone by the spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi as they both picked up two wickets, the pick of the bunch being Rashid Khan's caught-and-bowled dismissal of Chris Jordan.

Jordan's expression after his wicket fell perfectly summed up England's shock, as Afghans turned up in large numbers to cheer their country on.

England lost six wickets to spin bowling by the 17th over, but the dismissal that hurt them the most was that of in-form batsman Joe Root through an unlucky run-out. Mohammad Nabi was instrumental in that dismissal once more, as he expertly collected the ball that was thrown to him and uprooted the stumps in one swift movement.

But Moeen Ali and Willey helped England recover well, by hitting some big shots towards the end of the innings to propel England to 142.

Afghanistan would need their openers to help them get off to a quick start to cause the first major upset of the tournament and keep them in contention for a semi-final spot.

First published: 23 March 2016, 4:48 IST
 
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