England have ended their disappointing 2015 ICC World Cup campaign with a comfortable win over Afghanistan at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
The result would have mattered, and they could have qualified for the quarter finals of the tournament, had the Three Lions managed to defeat Bangladesh in the last match. The loss to the Tigers saw the English side being knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage.
The rain affected match was reduced to 25 overs after Afghanistan made 111 for the loss of seven wickets in 36.2 overs. The Duckworth–Lewis method saw England's target being reduced to 101 runs.
Eoin Morgan's side won the match by nine wickets (D/L method) with just a little lower than seven overs to spare. This was England's second victory in six World Cup matches this season. Ian Bell remained unbeaten on 52, while Alex Hales (37) was the only player to be dismissed.
The game against the Asian side was supposed to be an easy fixture. Injuries to Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes allowed Bopara and James Tredwell to make it to the playing XI. The clash was a dead rubber as the result would have no impact on the teams qualifying to the knockout phase.
Chris Jordan's 2/13 in 6.2 overs helped him pick up the man of the match award. England finish fifth in Group A with four points from six matches, three points behind fourth placed Bangladesh.