By Peter Moore

  • Hosts dismantle Afghanistan to win at Old Trafford by 150 runs and top World Cup table
  • Captain Eoin Morgan smashes 148 for England, setting record for most sixes in ODI innings
  • Joe Root continues outstanding form with the bat after another half-century in Manchester, as Adil Rashid takes three wickets
OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER – After England’s thumping of Afghanistan at Old Trafford to top the Cricket World Cup table, who starred for the hosts and how did they rate?

 

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England

James Vince – 7/10 – Made his Cricket World Cup debut in place of the injured Roy. Played a scratchy innings which was ended when he top edged a delivery from Zadran straight to short fine leg.

Jonny Bairstow – 9/10 Got England off to the perfect start with 90 off 99 balls of which 50 came in boundaries. Solid as ever from another reliable player in this England squad. Excellent pair of hands in the field by taking two good catches in the deep.

Joe Root – 9/10 – Every time he comes to the crease you just know he won’t let the side down. Another fluent innings of 88 today taking his total of runs in the competition already to 367 from just five innings. Perfect partner for Morgan in a massive partnership of 189 for the third wicket.

Eoin Morgan – 10/10 – To think just a couple of days ago he was a doubt for this match after having back spasms in the game against the West Indies. Resting since the last match was the perfect tonic as the Captain played a truly sensational innings of 148 off only 71 balls. Should have been caught early on and made Afghanistan pay for the drop, by smashing a record 17 six’s.

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Jos Buttler – 6/10 – Little time to make any sort of impression with the bat. Quiet time behind the stumps as well.

Ben Stokes – 6/10 – Like Buttler, no time to impose himself on the game. Steady spell of four overs at a cost of 12 runs.

Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Bought back into the side at the expense of Plunkett on a worn pitch. Didn’t threaten the Afghanistan batsman. Best remembered in this game for a lovely cameo knock at the death of 31 coming off only nine deliveries including four crisply timed maximums.

Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Opened the bowling with Archer, but remained wicketless all day.

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Jofra Archer – 8/10 – Struck with his second delivery of the match. Used his slower ball to good effect to remove Shahidi. Produced a much quicker ball to see off Khan to finish with figures of 3 for 52. Is fast becoming England’s Cricket World Cup ‘x-factor’

Adil Rashid– 9/10 – Thoroughly deserved his three wickets on the Old Trafford deck, despite going for 66 of ten overs.

Mark Wood – 8/10 –. Well deceived slower ball to undo Zadran. Mixed up his deliveries to good effect. Not given the new ball on this occasion.

 

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Afghanistan

Noor Ali Zadran – 3/10 – Barely at the crease long enough to get Afghanistan of to a good start. Lasted just seven balls before Archer struck.

Gulbadin Naib – 7/10 – One of Afghanistan better performers on the day. The captain batted well for his 37 before top edging a delivery from Woods into the hands of Buttler who took a fine running catch. The all rounder bowled well and deserved to finish with 3 for 68.

Rahmat Shah – 7/10 – Useful contribution of 46, but will be disappointed to get out to a full toss of Rashid.

Hashmatullah Shahidi – 8/10 – Terrific effort from Shahidi, with a century that was there for him for the taking. Didn’t pick out Archer’s slower ball. A batsman with a lot of promise.

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Asghar Afghan – 7/10 – Good solid and steady innings of 48. Struggled to play Rashid.

Mohammad Nabi – 5/10 – Fell to Rashid whilst trying to hit the leg spinner out of the attack. Very expensive with the ball with 70 runs coming off nine overs.

Najibulla Zadran – 6/10 – Steady effort with the bat, but was undone by Wood’s slower delivery.

Rashid Khan – 1/10 – Before the game England would have been very wary of this fine young cricketer. The key player with whom Afghanistan pin their Cricket World Cup hopes on with his superb leg spin. A horror show from the youngster at Old Trafford. Was carted around all parts of Manchester by England’s batsman. Went for the worst ever figures in a ODI tournament of nine overs for 110. Not a day to tell your grandchildren about in years to come. Rather surprisingly didn’t open the bowling.

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Ikram Alikhil – 4/10 – No contribution with the bat late on. Tidy keeping from the glove man.

Dawlat Zadran –3/10 – Claimed the wickets of Vince, Buttler and Stokes, but at a high cost of 85 runs.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 6/10- Steady with the new ball, but remained wicket-less. Only going at a shade of just over four an over was a fine effort in the wake of the English assault.

 

England play their sixth game of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka on Friday, at Headlingley in Leeds.

 

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