A very good crowd of 26,440 was in attendance at the Kotla (Arun Jaitley Stadium) in Delhi as Afghanistan produced a massive upset by beating defending champions England.
Afghanistan were put in by England skipper Jos Buttler and got off to a fine start courtesy Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 57-ball-80. Gurbaz was however run out in a mix-up with captain Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Afghanistan eventually managed 284, far lesser than the 300-350 they were threatening to get when Gurbaz was at the crease.
India had chased down a similar score at the same venue against Afghanistan with plenty to spare a few days ago, but England, Harry Brook aside, struggled to cope with Afghanistan’s spinners and lost wickets at regular intervals.
They eventually fell 69 short with Nabi, Mujeeb and Rashid taking 8 wickets between them.