England fought back with the ball after a poor batting display as they defeated Afghanistan by 15 runs in their ICC World T20 Group 2 match in Dehli on Wednesday. After winning the toss and choosing to bat the English got off to a decent start but lost the early wicket of Jason Roy in the second over of the match to leave them on 16/1. The men from Great Britain went on to add a further 25 runs before a complete collapse ensued with James Vince (22), Eoin Morgan (0) and Joe Root (12) falling in the sixth over to leave the English on 42/4.
Jos Buttler (6) and Ben Stokes (7) were unable to stop the carnage as they too departed within a matter of balls of each other to leave the innings in tatters at 53/6. Despite the earlier calamity Moeen Ali (41 not out) found a partner in David Willey (20 not out) and they truly salvaged the innings putting on the highest partnership of the match scoring 57 unbeaten runs to see themselves to 142/7 at the end of their 20 overs. In reply the men from Asia were seriously struggling to chase down the total as they found themselves 13/3 inside the opening four overs.
The big hitting Mohammad Shahzad was trapped LBW by Wiley, skipper Asghar Stanikzai sent a Jordan (1/27) delivery to Root in the slips and Gulbadin Naib tried to go big but instead found extra cover with just a run added to their total. Khan (15) and Noor Ali Zadran (17) managed to stick around and keep the scoreboard ticking over with a partnership of 22 runs however their stand was broken within five balls of each other. Mohammad Nabi chipped in with 12 runs, Samiullah Shenwari and Najibullah Zadran departed for 14 and 22 respectively and the last wicket to fall was Amir Hamza for one as they fell 15 runs short o their target.
As a result the English stay alive in the tournament by notching their second win however their opponents slump to their second defeat which leaves them way off the pace.