"Afghanistan's Sensational Upset: England Suffers Stunning Loss in 2023 Cricket World Cup"

 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Delhi:

Afghanistan 284 (49.5 overs): Gurbaz 80 (57), Alikil 58 (66). Rashid 3-42, Wood 2-50

England 215 (40.3 overs): Brook 66 (61). Mujeeb 3-51, Rashid 3-37

Afghanistan wins by 69 points



England suffered a crushing 69-point defeat to Afghanistan in Delhi, leaving their World Cup defense in real jeopardy and suffering a huge shock.

A first defeat against Afghanistan in any format will not ruin England's chances, but it leaves little room for maneuver in the final six group games.

After some lackluster bowling saw Afghanistan score 284, England's batsmen collapsed under the lights and were out for 215.

Jonny Bairstow was fell lbw by left-arm spinner Fazalhaq Farooqi in the second over, Joe Root was bowled by Mujeeb-ur-Rahman for 11, and Dawid Malan meekly picked up extra cover.

Only Harry Brooke, who shot a 66, showed any resistance. Captain Jos Buttler was bowled perfectly by seamer Naveen-ul-Haq and fell fourth.

England's tenacious seamers had given Afghanistan a 100-0 lead after 13 overs, with opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz hitting 80 off 57 balls.

Adil Rashid regained some control with 3-42, but loose bowling at Deth and Ikram Alikil's 58 lifted Afghanistan to a decent score.

It was Afghanistan's second victory in a 50-over World Cup and was celebrated enthusiastically with strong local support.

England, who won the memorable title four years ago, have lost two of their opening three matches and will face an in-form South African team in Mumbai next Saturday.


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england in the mud

England lost three times in the group stage en route to the title in 2019. Although they are not yet at the stage where they need to win, they have a lot of hope on their backs as they have tough matches against hosts India, Pakistan, Australia and the Proteas. Well, really against the wall.

The manner of this defeat was similar to the one against New Zealand on the opening day. They were bad with the ball, and with the exception of Brook, they could barely hit the gloves on opponents with their bats.

Afghanistan's bowlers posed an even bigger threat.

Bairstow was furious at his decision (replays showed the LBW scream was an umpire's decision at impact and leg stump), but he was within his original pace and England's After the seamers, it was Farooqui's pace.

The spinners took over, including Liam Livingstone (LBW 10) and T20 superstar Rashid Khan, who bowled the match-winning wicket from Mark Wood, but England were unresponsive.

Mujeeb taunted Chris Woakes during an over, overturned an LBW decision and eventually bowled him before Brook was caught by 22-year-old Chris Woakes' next goal, effectively ending the contest.

England now have no choice. If they don't improve quickly, their reign as over-50 world champions will come to a sad end.

player gives up advantage

England's mercurial start saw Afghanistan concede 79 runs in the first 10 overs, making it the most expensive powerplay in the first innings of the tournament so far.

The elegant right-hander Gurbaz bowled well, but Woakes and Sam Curran, who replaced him with three overs and 30s, repeatedly went too wide.

Woakes conceded 41 runs in four wicketless overs. Curran's four returns are 0-46.

Reece Topley was the only one to dominate in the early stages, but he too was later found guilty after bowling four of England's 14 open no-balls.

In midfield, Rashid appeared to have pushed England back. He bowled a maiden immediately after the first drinks break, then trapped opener Ibrahim Zadran at midwicket, leaving Rahmat Shah stumbled in the space of seven balls.

Gurbaz was then angrily dismissed by captain Hashmatullah Shahidi, allowing Liam Livingstone and Joe Root to help Rashid turn the screw with a wicket each.

Still, Curran's 46 overs bowled cost him 18, giving Afghanistan a momentum England could never regain.


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