England and Afghanistan will face off in the 13th Match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Sunday, October 15, at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi  

Afghanistan, after two consecutive losses, batted first against India and posted a score of 272, thanks to half-centuries from Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai. However, India chased down the target with eight wickets in hand, with Rohit Sharma scoring 131 and Virat Kohli scoring 55. Rashid Khan was the only Afghan bowler to pick up two wickets. 

England, on the other hand, bounced back from their opening game loss to New Zealand with a win over Bangladesh. They batted first and posted a mammoth total of 364, thanks to a century from Dawid Malan and half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. Reece Topley and Chris Woakes were the pick of the English bowlers, picking up four and two wickets, respectively. Bangladesh were bowled out for 227 in 48.2 overs. 

ENG vs AFG Head-to-Head Record: 

Both teams have met each other two times, with England won both matches 

 Arun Jaitley Stadium ODI Records Pitch Report  

Over the years, the pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla has largely been batting-friendly. Spinners dominate in the middle overs, while pacers find assistance later in the match. 

Arun Jaitley Stadium ODI Records   

In as many as 28 games played at this venue, the pacers have taken 233 wickets at an average of 33.31 compared to spinners, who have taken 126 wickets at an average of 33.03. 13 games have been won by teams batting first, while teams chasing have won 14 matches, and one game has ended in NR. The average first-batting score is 238.

Average first innings score 

Matches won after winning toss 

Matches won after losing toss 

X-factors for England vs Afghanistan 

Afghanistan: 

Ibrahim Zadran will be the X-factor for Afghanistan against England. He has been in good form with the bat in 2023, having scored 522 runs at an average of 43.50, with four half-centuries and one century. He will be one of the key players for Afghanistan against Afghanistan.   

England:  

For England against Bangladesh, Jos Buttler is the X-factor as he has accounted for 611 runs at an average of 55.54 with three fifties and one century. He will be one of the key players for England against Afghanistan. 

ENG vs AFG Predicted XIs:  

Afghanistan: –

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi 

England: –

Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley 

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