England’s victory means they sit second in Group 1 and Eoin Morgan’s side are now certain to reach the semi finals if they can overcome Sri Lanka on Saturday and the West Indies beat South Africa on Friday. After their thrilling record run chase enabled them to beat South Africa in their last fixture, England’s batsmen would have been confident when their skipper opted to open the batting after winning the toss. But after a slow and steady start an all too familiar batting collapse reared its ugly head. At 42-1, the 2010 champions might’ve looked to be building a relatively solid platform but three wickets in one over (James Vince, Morgan and Joe Root) sent England in a tailspin and they stumbled to 85-7, with Mohammad Nabi (2-17 from 4) the main dangerman. Ali eventually wrestled back a measure of control for England and the bowlers clung to it. Ali’s 41 came from 33 balls and helped England to 142-7. The all-rounder was ably supported by opening bowler David Willey, who scored 20 from 17 balls. Willey then carried that momentum in to the first over of the Afghan innings, trapping the batting side’s danger man Mohammad Shahzad lbw… Read full this story
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