England avoided an upset against Afghanistan after they managed to seal a 15-run victory during a Group 1 fixture of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi on 23 March.
Eoin Morgan, who replaced Alex Hales with James Vince, won the toss and elected to bat. However, neither Jason Roy, nor Vince were unable to give their side a good start as the former was bowled out by Amir Hamza in the third over.
At the end of five overs, England were 41 for 1. Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Stanikzai then handed the ball to Mohammad Nabi, who managed to pick up the wicket of Vince, following a simple catch, which was picked up by the bowler himself.
Eoin Morgan was the next to go after he decided to leave a delivery, which went on to hit the stumps. Ben Stokes replaced the skipper and Nabi's last ball resulted in a run out, wherein Joe Root had perished. England lost four wickets for 15 runs, which included the dismissal of Stokes and Jos Buttler. Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan put on a brave 29-run partnership between them, before Jordan handed an easy catch to Rashid Khan.
Ali and David Willey played a key knock down the order and the penultimate over bowled by Amir Hamza took the game away from Afghanistan. He conceded 25 runs and few knocks in the end by Ali and Willey helped England post a total of 142 runs in 20 overs.
In reply, Afghanistan lost their top order early in the innings. Dangerous man Mohammad Shahzad was dismissed in the first over itself after a boundary off the first ball. Willey was the star man to send Shahzad back to the pavilion.
Chris Jordan dismissed Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai as he ended up giving away his wicket by giving a simple catch to Joe Root in slips. Gulbadin Naib was the next to follow, who also threw away his wicket.
It was then almost all over for Afghanistan, as two English spinners did a good job for England in getting a double breakthrough. From there on Afghanistan failed to build on partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals.
England were nonetheless given a scare after Shafiqullah fired a quick 35 runs off 20 balls that helped Afghanistan come close to the target. They needed 24 from the final over with one wicket in hand. Shafiqullah scored a boundary off the first ball, followed by three dot balls, which confirmed the English side's victory.
England play Sri Lanka on 26 March in their final fixture. Meanwhile, South Africa will take on Afghanistan a day later in the Asian side's last match of the Super 10.