In a seesaw battle in Delhi, Afghanistan clinched a 69-run victory over England, powered by a brilliant bowling performance from Mujeeb Ur Rahman and an economical spell from Rashid Khan. Before the bowlers took charge, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil played significant roles, helping Afghanistan set a competitive total.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, England faced a resilient Afghan opening partnership, with both openers amassing 114 runs. However, their fortunes changed as Afghanistan lost three wickets in quick succession. This included the departure of both openers, with Rahmanullah Gurbaz scoring a solid 80 runs and falling victim to a run-out and Ibrahim contributing 28 runs before being dismissed. Adil Rashid accounted for both wickets. In the final stages, Rashid and Mujeeb played valuable cameos to guide Afghanistan to a total of 284 runs in their allotted 50 overs. Adil Rashid impressed with the ball, claiming three wickets, while Mark Wood secured two.

In response, England suffered an early setback as Jonny Bairstow was dismissed for just two runs by Farooqi. Shortly after, Joe Root fell for 11 runs, courtesy of a delivery from Mujeeb. Harry Brook played a resilient innings, amassing 66 runs from 61 balls, featuring seven fours and a six. Despite Brook’s efforts, England lost wickets at regular intervals, eventually being bowled out for 215 runs, resulting in a defeat. Rashid and Mujeeb each claimed three wickets, while Nabi secured two and reached the milestone of 250 wickets across formats. For his outstanding performance, Mujeeb Ur Rahman was awarded the Player of the Match.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 13th ODI World Cup match between England and Afghanistan:

79 – Afghanistan registered the highest powerplay score in the World Cup.

80 – Rahmanullah Gurbaz registered the highest openers’ score for Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup.

3 – Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored the joint third-highest score by Afghani batter with Hashmatullah Shahidi in the ODI World Cup. The first and second were Samiullah (96) in 2015 and Ikram Alikhil (86) in 2019.

114 – Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz now have the third-highest partnership for Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup. The first and second were:

       133 – Ikram Alikhil and Rahmat Shah vs WI at Leeds in 2019
       121 – Azmatullah Omarzai and Hashmatullah Shahidi vs IND at Delhi in 2023

284 – Afghanistan registered the second-highest score in the World Cup. The first was 288 vs West Indies in Leeds in 2019.

150 – Mohammad Nabi completed 150 matches in ODIs.

100 – Rahmat Shah completed 100 matches in ODIs.

250 – Mohammad Nabi completed 250 wickets in international cricket.

100 – Gurbaz completed 100 sixes in international cricket.

66 – Harry Brook scored the second highest score in ODI. The first one was 80 runs.

13 – The second most wickets secured by spinners in any ODI World Cup match. The first one was:
        14 – Kenya vs Sri Lanka in 2003
        14 – Canada vs Zimbabwe in 2011

2 – Afghanistan registered their second victory in 18 matches in ODI World Cup history.

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