England gets underway in T20 World Cup 2022 with a 5-wicket win over Afghanistan. England chased the tiny target of 113 runs with 11 balls spare, losing five wickets in the debut captaincy match for Jos Buttler in the World Cup match.
Liam Livingstone top-scored for the Three Lions with an unbeaten 29. Hales dropped twice, couldn’t capitalize and scored 19, while Buttler and Malan scored 18 runs each. All used bowlers picked up a wicket apiece for Afghanistan, apart from Azmatullah Omarzai.
Earlier in the first inning, Invited to bat first at Perth Stadium, Sam Curran’s fifer wrapped up Afghanisthan for a meager 112 in 19.4 overs Sam Curran (3.4-0-10-5) became the first England bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is. Mark Wood and Ben Stokes grabbed a couple of wickets in a second instance in T20I where All ten players were dismissed caught in an innings in T20I. Ibrahim Zadran topped the scorecard with run a ball 32, and Usman Ghani scored 30 from equal deliveries.
England faces Ireland in the next match on 26th October at MCG, whereas Afghanistan battles against New Zealand on the same day at the same venue.
In the Super 12 opener, New Zealand registered a dominant 89-run win against the defending champions, Australia.
Afghanisthan: 112/10 (19.4 overs)
England: 113/5 (18.1 overs)
England won by five wickets. (POTM – Sam Curran)