England vs Afghanistan
End of innings
And so ends another horribly one-sided encounter. Afghanistan promised much when Shapoor opened the innings with a wicket maiden, but things quickly fell apart from that point on. Umpteen dropped catches and misfields helped to inflate England's total well beyond their reach, and Luke Wright cashed in with an unbeaten 99. Afghanistan never stood a chance of chasing down all those runs, and England's pace attack scythed through their top order before Gulbodin's entertaining 32-ball 44, which included sixes off Swann and Dernbach, brought the match to an entertaining end. That's all from me today. Goodbye!
Over 18 - Afg 80 all out
WICKET! Well, the fun had to end some time. Looking for his fifty, Gulbodin swings wildly at Dernbach and spoons an easy catch to Morgan in the covers. He's out for 44, and Afghanistan have sunk to a massive defeat, but he'll never forget this knock.
Over 17 - Afg 80/9 (Naib 44, Dawlatzai 0)
If you've watched the documentary 'Out of the Ashes', you'll remember young Gulbodin gets dropped from the team. They'll never drop him again after this. He's creamed a pull to wide long on, the awkward bounce beating Bairstow and giving the batsman four, and then played an astonishing paddle-lap off Finn to move into the 40s. Great batting. He's smiling from ear to ear.
Over 16 - Afg 70/9 (Naib 35, Dawlatzai 0)
Zadran takes his team beyond that dreaded record for the lowest score with an astonishing one-handed six off Swann, but is trapped lbw immediately afterwards by one that rushes on straight from around the stumps. He departs, with one job done. Can Naib guide his team to the twenty over mark?
Over 15 - Afg 64/8 (Naib 35, Zadran 3)
Naib continues to protect Shapoor from England's quicks ... and what's more, he smites Jade Dernbach straight down the ground for a huge six! Not content with that, he clears the left leg and smokes a slower ball over wide long on. Afghanistan are closing in on that lowest score ...
Over 14 - Afg 50/8 (Naib 22, Zadran 2)
Naib farms the strike as Broad comes back into the attack, turning down a single into the leg side in order to protect Shapoor. He also adds four runs to his name with a massive mow which is edged over the slip fielder and down to third man. A flat-batted slog clears Dernbach at deep mid-off, bringing a single and takes Afghanistan's score to 50!
Over 13 - Afg 45/8 (Naib 17, Zadran 2)
There won't be too many occasions when Luke Wright, who bowls a brisk medium pace, will have bullied someone with the short ball, but he does just that to Shapoor, fizzing several balls past his chest. Afghanistan's No. 9 does enough to survive the over, and there's just seven more to come.
Over 12 - Afg 44/8 (Naib 17, Zadran 2)
Naib on the attack! The young allrounder, who fancies himself as something of a body-builder, crunches Swann down the ground for his first four, and then swings him into the leg side for his second. He's not done there, however, and adds the first six of the innings with a monstrous blow over the leg-side field. He takes 16 from the over!
Over 11 - Afg 28/8 (Naib 1, Zadran 2)
The tall, skinny left-handed Zadran survives an over from the short, pudgy left-arm spinner Patel. Zadran even adds two to the score with a pretty well-struck sweep out into the deep, Buttler pulling off a clean slide and stop close to the ropes.
Over 10 - Afg 26/8 (Naib 1, Zadran 0)
This is actually something of an achievement for Naib, as he blocks his way through a Swann maiden.
Over 9 - Afg 26/8 (Naib 1, Zadran 0)
WICKETS! Nope, it looks like both the twenty-over mark and the 100 will evade Afghanistan as Nabi - their best batsman - charges Patel and misses a swipe to be bowled. Dawlat Zadran sees fit to dance down the track second ball. He, too, completely misses with the slog, but this time the dismissal is stumped. Afghanistan are in very real danger of overhauling Kenya's record for the lowest score in a Twenty20 - their nadir being 67 all out against Ireland.
Over 8 - Afg 25/6 (Nabi 1, Naib 0)
WICKET! Shenwari nails a reverse sweep against Swann ... but the ball goes in the air and too square, landing right in Finn's lap at deep point. It was actually an admirable choice of shot, but the execution was off. Young allrounder Gulbodin Naib wanders out to the crease. Can Afghanistan go the distance at least? Can they beat Luke Wright, and reach 100?
Over 7 - Afg 25/5 (Nabi 1, Shenwari 2)
There's some respite for Afghanistan as Samit Patel is brought into the attack to twirl down his slow left-armers. Both batsmen are off the mark with singles, and just three come from the over. The required rate's already above 13 an over, and Afghanistan will do well just to last the full 20 here.
Over 6 - Afg 22/5 (Nabi 0, Shenwari 0)
WICKETS! England are giving Afghanistan a valuable fielding masterclass here. They'd do well to heed the lesson. Buttler is first, with a diving stop at midwicket and a throw to Broad at the stumps to run Sadiq out. Next it's Bairstow at fine leg, who runs in and tumbles forward to hold a top-edged hook from Stanikzai inches from the turf.
Over 5 - Afg 22/3 (Sadiq 5, Stankikzai 4)
Finn's class is too much for either of the batsmen, both of whom are late on their strokes. Sadiq does manages a neat little clip to leg, but they don't look like finding the boundary and are rather more intent on survival.
Over 4 - Afg 17/3 (Stanikzai 3, Sadiq 2)
WICKET! Broad wins the battle of the captains, Mangal splicing a short-ish ball back to Broad's right. The bowler stuck out his hands and held onto a sharp chance, 0.64 seconds the reaction time. Stanikzai, the new batsman, is, predictably, given nothing to drive.
Over 3 - Afg 12/2 (Mangal 6, Sadiq 2)
Afghanistan do have some experience against true pace, having faced Steyn and co. before, but Finn's heat is too much for Mangal when the ball is pitched short. When it's full, Mangal is happy to have a go, and collects four with a swipe to wide long on. Finn responds by sending down two bouncers, both called leg-side wides by Umpire Taufel, before reverting to a full length.
Over 2 - Afg 4/2 (Sadiq 2, Mangal 1)
WICKET! Shafiqullah heaves at his first delivery, which is short of a length outside off, and the ball balloons straight up in the air to present Ravi Bopara with an easy catch. We've a clue as to England's approach as Dernbach pings Sadiq's helmeted head first ball - and a hint at Afghanistan's as Sadiq slogs wildly but doesn't connect.
Over 1 - Afg 2/1 (Mangal 1, Shafiqullah 0)
WICKET! Afghanistan's chase is off to a muted start, Mohammad Shahzad nudging a single to get off the mark and then slicing a huge slog straight up in the air. A backpedalling Stuart Broad holds the catch at deep mid-off.
End of innings
Afghanistan have only themselves to blame for this massive English total. Incredibly, they started with a wicket maiden, and then completely lost control of things. No-balls, misfields, dropped catches - so many dropped catches - this innings had it all. A par score would've been about 150, and Afghanistan don't have a hope of chasing down this many. One thing's for sure - they'll still try, and provide some great entertainment in the process. Join us in a few minutes for the chase.
Over 20 - Eng 196/5 (Wright 99, Patel 0)
Luke Wright finishes on 99 not out off 55 balls, as Dawlat Zadran - who's been the best bowler today for Afghanistan by a distance - keeps the batsmen to 9 runs from the final over and picks up the wicket of Bairstow caught - yes, caught - by Sadiq in the deep.
Over 19 - Eng 187/4 (Wright 95, Bairstow 7)
Oh my. This over sees 32 runs - thirty two! - and a wicket. I've never seen anything like it. They're never going to catch anything, so Izatullah fires one full and straight to strike Buttler on the back leg and remove him lbw. That's the only moment of professionalism of the over from the bowler, however, as Bairstow slams his first ball - a no-ball - for six, a second no-ball is cracked away for one, and the Free Hit is caught by the fielder at long on ... who then then steps on the boundary marker to hand the batsman six more. Wright then plunders two more sixes off the hapless bowler, and ends the over one hit from a century.
Over 18 - Eng 155/3 (Wright 76, Buttler 11)
Missed stumping! The ball after being struck on the head attempting a reverse sweep, Buttler charges past one that Nabi fires down the leg side but Shahzad can't collect cleanly. Buttler's then given a third life as Izatullah puts down a dolly at short third man. Afghanistan are competitive with bat and ball, but utterly shocking in the field. Once again, they're going to end up chasing at least 30 more than they should be.
Over 17 - Eng 141/3 (Wright 75, Buttler 0)
WICKET! Another big over for England and a poor one from Afghanistan's fielders, despite the wicket. Morgan slaps a no-ball over extra cover for four, and two balls later should be out, but Shapoor Zadran puts down a simple chance. Morgan offers a second chance, toe-ending an attempted heave into the leg side, and the captain Mangal holds the catch.
Over 16 - Eng 131/2 (Wright 73, Morgan 20)
England's charge at the death begins with a big over. Morgan's finally found the middle of his bat, lifting Nabi for six over midwicket, after which there's a moment of comedy as a fielder - who's not helped by some awkward bounce - dives over a Wright switch-hit at short third man. Wright adds another six down the ground, and Afghanistan's fielding lets them down once again as a fielder lets another one through at wide long on. Twenty-two runs come from the over, and England will fancy more than 160 now.
Over 15 - Eng 109/2 (Wright 58, Morgan 13)
Opening bowler Dawlat Zadran comes back into the attack, and he also displays some really good changes of pace. He beats Wright with a scuttling slower ball that spins like a legbreak, and puts his body - his shin, specifically - on the line to keep the batsmen to just four from the over. Dernbach will be noting the efficacy of these slower balls, and England will be eyeing at least 160 from here.
Over 14 - Eng 105/2 (Wright 56, Morgan 12)
Morgan brings up England's 100 with a single out to deep cover, but Nabi's huge changes of pace - bowling anything from 45mph up to 60mph - denies the batsmen any boundaries. Six runs from the over.
Over 13 - Eng 99/2 (Wright 54, Morgan 8)
Mangal's kept Shenwari on for one over too many here, one feels. Wright's got the measure of his variations, and goes to 49 with a hop, skip and hoick down the ground. He brings up a 34-ball fifty immediately afterwards, and takes the toll to 15 from the over with a slog-sweep to deep midwicket.
Over 12 - Eng 84/2 (Wright 43, Morgan 4)
Mangal makes a bowling change, but it's still offspin from this end as former MCC cricketer Mohammad Nabi comes into the attack. He comes round the wicket to Morgan, who's not quite found his timing yet on this two-paced track. Though Nabi's over includes a leg-side wide, just five runs come from it. Afghanistan's spinners are doing well to bring their side back into the match. By the way, you can find me on Twitter - my handle is Gomorezvidinha - and if you'd like to send some feedback the email address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 11 - Eng 79/2 (Wright 41, Morgan 3)
Shenwari's spell continues, and it's another good over from the legspinner. He doesn't seem to have any magic deliveries, but spins the ball hard and pushes the odd one through, getting the ball to slide on to the batsman. His guile keeps the batsmen to just five singles from the over.
Over 10 - Eng 74/2 (Wright 38, Morgan 1)
WICKET! A very fortuitous breakthrough for Afghanistan. Wright tapped a delivery along the ground back at the bowler Sadiq, who got a hand to it and parried the ball back onto the stumps. Hales was out of his ground, and is run out! Not a deliberate move from Sadiq, but Afghanistan need a little luck. The wicket brings Eoin Morgan to the crease, and he's immediately off the mark.
Over 9 - Eng 69/1 (Wright 34, Hales 31)
Despite the boundary, this is another decent over from Shenwari. Wright might've holed out as a sliced slog goes high in the air ... but again falls safely on the off side. He's then beaten by a quicker one, but strikes back with a powerful thump down the ground.
Over 8 - Eng 60/1 (Hales 29, Wright 27)
Spin from both ends, Karim Sadiq into the attack and bowling darting offspin from around the wicket. He almost forces the breakthrough as Hales plays too early at one, but the leading edge lands safely in no-man's land on the off side. Hales looks a little unconvincing against the slower bowlers.
Over 7 - Eng 56/1 (Hales 26, Wright 26)
Legspinning allrounder Samiullah Shenwari is into the attack, and he almost shoots a slider past Hales' bat. The batsman survives, but Afghanistan will be pleased that only four runs come from the over.
Over 6 - Eng 52/1 (Hales 25, Wright 23)
Afghanistan's grip is loosened further as Dawlatzai's first over disappears for for 14. He's too wide to Wright, who cuts him to the point boundary, and too full to Hales, who collects a brace of fours down the ground. England's nerves will have been calmed by now, and Afghanistan need a lift with the Powerplay over.
Over 5 - Eng 38/1 (Wright 18, Hales 16)
The pressure begins to diffuse as Hales thumps one - in the air, mind - through extra cover and then clips a leg-stump half-volley to fine leg. Wright follows suit, walking out at the bowler and clubbing a full ball down the ground. Wright ends the over with an almighty strike way, way over long-on, and England are looking a lot more healthy as 23 runs flow from the over.
Over 4 - Eng 15/1 (Wright 8, Hales 7)
Wright's second boundary comes courtesy of a muscled pull through midwicket, but Dawlat's riposte is swift as he then beats the Englishman on both the inside and outside edges. The final delivery scuttles under the bottom edge of a flashing blade, and the lesson here is clear: hit a length, neither too full nor too short, and the batsmen will struggle.
Over 3 - Eng 10/1 (Hales 6, Wright 4)
Hales aims two shots into the off side which are both stopped by Mohammed Nabi, and another scrambled single takes him off strike. Wright is up and running with a fierce strike through the covers, Shapoor pitching the ball up a little too far. Still, just five from the over and England's run rate is under four.
Over 2 - Eng 5/1 (Hales 5, Wright 0)
The other Zadran, Dawlat, finds the edge of Hales' bat with his first delivery but the ball flies well over a leaping slip and down to third man. He's snaking the ball consistently away from the right-hander, and beats his outside edge before Hales sets off for a suicidal tip-and-run to mid-off. A direct hit with the shy would've caught him short. Dawlat ends the over with a vicious lifter that Wright has to fend away from his throat. This is really spirited stuff from Afghanistan.
Over 1 - Eng 0/1 (Hales 0, Wright 0)
WICKET! Shapoor Zadran has removed a circumspect Craig Kieswetter with his sixth ball. Well, we'd all been suspecting bounce, but Shapoor's first ball has scuttled through very low outside off, bouncing a couple of times in front of Shahzad. His second carries through nicely, and Kieswetter lost his trust in the pitch. He tried to run the sixth ball down to third man, but it bounced less than he expected and he played on!
Pitch and conditions
Afghanistan will have some experience of conditions here, after their spirited performance against India, and another quick, bouncy track is expected. That does mean that England's fast bowlers could make life very difficult for Afghanistan's batsmen, but will also reward shot-making.
Afghanistan have won the toss and will bowl against England in their second group game.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the World Twenty20 Group A clash between England and Afghanistan at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
- 21st Sep 2012
- Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- H D P K Dharmasena and S J A Taufel
afghanistan BATTING CARD
|M.S. Mohammadi||c Broad b Finn||1|
|N.K. Mangal||c&b Broad||8|
|Shafiq||c sub Dernbach||0|
|K.S. Khan||run out||5|
|Stanikzai||c Bairstow b Broad||4|
|Shenwari||c Finn b Swann||2|
|G.G. Naib||c Morgan b Dernbach||44|
|D. Zadran||st Kieswetter b Patel||0|
|Zadran||lbw b Swann||9|
|I. Dawlatzai||not out||0|
|Total||All Out, 17.2 Overs||80|