In a stunning turn of events, Afghanistan secured a remarkable win against the reigning champions, England, in a thrilling Cricket World Cup match held at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.
After winning the toss, England opted to field first, allowing Afghanistan to set the pace. Afghanistan’s opening batsmen, notably Rahmanullah Gurbaz, delivered an outstanding performance, with Gurbaz notching up a rapid 80 runs from just 57 deliveries.
Wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil made a significant contribution, achieving a well-deserved half-century. Supported by crucial runs from lower-order batsmen Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Afghanistan established a competitive target of 285 runs for England.
Afghanistan’s trio of spin bowlers, led by Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, played a pivotal role in their remarkable defense of this total. They applied immense pressure on England’s batting lineup, leading to their gradual downfall.
England’s captain, Jos Buttler, was dismissed early in the innings, and Afghanistan’s spinners continued to take important wickets, including those of Liam Livingstone and Adil Rashid.
Ultimately, England fell short of the target, scoring only 215 runs. This unexpected victory by Afghanistan against the reigning champions, England, sets an electrifying tone for the Cricket World Cup, highlighting the unpredictable nature of cricket where surprises can always unfold.