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England vs Afghanistan ICC World Cup 2023

In a captivating encounter at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, Afghanistan scripted history by defeating defending champions England in the opening match of the ICC World Cup 2023. A sensational performance by Afghanistan’s spin maestros, led by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi, left England stunned and searching for answers.

Player of the Match- Mujeeb Ur Rahman:

Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s exceptional spell earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match award. He expressed pride in Afghanistan’s triumph over the defending champions. Mujeeb’s relentless efforts to improve his powerplay bowling paid off, and he credited the favorable conditions, including the absence of dew, for his success. In a touching gesture, he dedicated his award to the earthquake-affected people of Afghanistan, reflecting the resilience and spirit of the Afghan team.

Afghanistan Innings

Rahmanullah Gurbazrun out (sub [DJ Willey]/†Buttler)805784140.35
Ibrahim Zadranc Root b Rashid28483058.33
Rahmat Shahst †Buttler b Rashid380037.50
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)b Root14360038.88
Azmatullah Omarzaic Woakes b Livingstone19241179.16
Ikram Alikhil †c Curran b Topley58663287.87
Mohammad Nabic Root b Wood9151060.00
Rashid Khanc Root b Rashid232230104.54
Mujeeb Ur Rahmanc Root b Wood281631175.00
Naveen-ul-Haqrun out (†Buttler)561083.33
Fazalhaq Farooqinot out240050.00
Extras(lb 1, nb 3, w 11)15
TOTAL(All out, 49.5 ov)284

Fall of wickets: 1-114 (Ibrahim Zadran, 16.4 ov), 2-122 (Rahmat Shah, 18.4 ov), 3-122 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 18.5 ov), 4-152 (Azmatullah Omarzai, 25.6 ov), 5-174 (Hashmatullah Shahidi, 32.1 ov), 6-190 (Mohammad Nabi, 36.1 ov), 7-233 (Rashid Khan, 44.1 ov), 8-277 (Ikram Alikhil, 47.6 ov), 9-277 (Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 48.1 ov), 10-284 (Naveen-ul-Haq, 49.5 ov)

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Chris Woakes441010.25134220
Reece Topley8.55215.88305131
Sam Curran446011.5095202
Adil Rashid104234.20291110
Mark Wood95025.55275110
Liam Livingstone103313.30311000
Joe Root41914.75162100

England Innings

Jonny Bairstowlbw b Fazalhaq Farooqi240050.00
Dawid Malanc Ibrahim Zadran b Mohammad Nabi32394082.05
Joe Rootb Mujeeb Ur Rahman11172064.70
Harry Brookc †Ikram Alikhil b Mujeeb Ur Rahman666171108.19
Jos Buttler (c)†b Naveen-ul-Haq9181050.00
Liam Livingstonelbw b Rashid Khan10141071.42
Sam Curranc Rahmat Shah b Mohammad Nabi10230043.47
Chris Woakesb Mujeeb Ur Rahman9261034.61
Adil Rashidc Mohammad Nabi b Rashid Khan201320153.84
Mark Woodb Rashid Khan18223081.81
Reece Topleynot out15730214.28

Extras (lb 4, nb 1, w 8)13

TOTAL (All out, 40.3 ov) 215

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Jonny Bairstow, 1.1 ov), 2-33 (Joe Root, 6.5 ov), 3-68 (Dawid Malan, 12.4 ov), 4-91 (Jos Buttler, 17.2 ov), 5-117 (Liam Livingstone, 20.4 ov), 6-138 (Sam Curran, 27.1 ov), 7-160 (Chris Woakes, 32.6 ov), 8-169 (Harry Brook, 34.2 ov), 9-198 (Adil Rashid, 38.4 ov), 10-215 (Mark Wood, 40.3 ov)


Mujeeb Ur Rahman105135.10312110
Fazalhaq Farooqi75017.14239020
Mohammad Nabi61622.66230010
Rashid Khan9.33733.89303000
Azmatullah Omarzai21306.5052000

Result: Afghanistan won by 69 runs.

Afghanistan’s Impressive Batting Display

Afghanistan’s innings were anchored by the brilliant partnership between Rahmanullah Gurbaz (80) and Ikram Alikhil (58). Their half-centuries provided the foundation for Afghanistan’s challenging total of 284. The late flourish by Mujeeb Ur Rahman (28 off 16 balls) pushed the score beyond England’s reach, setting the stage for their spinners to shine.

England’s Struggle Against Spin

For England, this defeat serves as a wake-up call, signaling the challenges they face in their title defense journey. The match highlighted the significance of mastering spin in these conditions. England’s batting unit will need to regroup and strategize to counter the spin threat effectively as the tournament progresses.

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Afghanistan’s Triumph: A Landmark Moment

This victory marks a significant milestone for Afghanistan cricket. Their triumph over the defending champions on the World Cup stage showcases their talent and determination. Afghanistan’s spinners have made a bold statement, and the cricketing world will undoubtedly keep a close watch on their future performances.


As the tournament unfolds, Afghanistan’s historic win reverberates through the cricketing world. For England, it’s a call to adapt and overcome challenges, reminding them that every match in the World Cup demands their best. Stay tuned for more thrilling encounters as teams battle for supremacy in this exhilarating ICC World Cup 2023.


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