Player of the Match
Player of the Match
475dThe Report by David Hopps

A very English farewell

On a suitably hangdog English day, more downcast than overcast, and a match ravaged by rain, an Ian Bell fifty led England to victory with nine wickets to spare

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IR Bell
52(56) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
6 2 2 5 14 0 4 19
AD Hales
37(33) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
6 0 13 6 2 1 3 6

Best performances - Bowlers

CJ Jordan
O6.2
M2
R13
W2
Eco2.05
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RS Bopara
O8
M1
R31
W2
Eco3.87
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

13 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

England 2, Afghanistan 0

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

With a hint of sadness we must bid farewell to the mighty Afghans. You played with passion, you gave it your all. Those expressive faces, the lack of inhibition when you celebrated and when you admonished your team-mates will be missed. You might have lost today but you got stuck at the wrong end of the toss on a miserably rainy day. Hope to see you play more international cricket some time soon

England were efficient on their final day of the World Cup, but they will have to look back at their attitude towards the modern limited-overs game, their planning, and their personnel, both in the leadership and among the players. Thanks for joining us. Goodbye

"A tough toss to lose in those conditions," says Mohammad Nabi. "Suitable for their bowlers. Then the rain intervals. Difficult to adjust. They bowled brilliantly, in the right areas, swinging it both ways. We have leant a lot from this tournament. How Full Members play, how they build pressure. The Scotland win was a good memory for the whole team."

"A lot to learn from this tournament," says Eoin Morgan "We have got a good squad of players who are here. It is important to realise we haven't clicked this tournament. It has been challenging, I have learnt a lot about myself and about the players. I have learnt a lot from the coach Peter Moores. I have known him better. I have enjoyed the experience. Yes it [captaincy] is something I will like to do. We will sit down over a couple of weeks and see where things have gone wrong and how we can fix them.""

"Nice to pick this award," says Chris Jordan, the Man of the Match. "Helpful conditions. A bit of nibble, a bit of swing. Just tried to put it in the right areas. Shame we couldn't go further but enjoyed being part of the England team. Need to improve my consistency, grouping of balls, and my batting at the back end of our innings."

18.1
1
Mohammad Nabi to Bell, 1 run, down the wicket to bunt this to midwicket for a single that ends the match

END OF OVER:
18 | 3 Runs | ENG: 100/1 (1 run required from 42 balls, RR: 5.55, RRR: 0.14)

  • JWA Taylor8 (20b)
  • IR Bell51 (55b)
  • Dawlat Zadran3-0-23-0
  • Shapoor Zadran4-0-25-0
17.6
0
Dawlat Zadran to Taylor, no run, looks to pull this from outside off, ends up playing it to mid-off

DJ: "Mybe England misread the rules, and think that if they chase down in less than 20 overs it's a no-result"

17.5
2
Dawlat Zadran to Taylor, 2 runs, looks to cut, the ball is not wide enough, gets an edge fine of third man for a couple
17.4
0
Dawlat Zadran to Taylor, no run, moves back and across and defends. A good Ashes audition going on

David Glick: "And we wonder why the England setup is so fatally flawed? Any other team would have sent in their "finisher" and get changed and home on the plane. Having been an avid England fan for 40 years, I find myself in envy of Bangladesh!! "

17.3
0
Dawlat Zadran to Taylor, no run, short of a length, angling in, he has defended off the back foot
17.2
1
Dawlat Zadran to Bell, 1 run, on a length, shaping away, Bell plays with cement feet, gets an inside edge to long leg

First impression

10

Wickets Shapoor Zadran had taken in this World Cup before today - the second most by a bowler from an associate team in its first World Cup.

Last time

2011

The last time England had the opposition 4 down for less than what Afghanistan had scored today: versus India at the Oval.

Elite group

250+

Runs scored by Samiullah Shenwari in this World Cup - only the fifth batsman from the current associate teams to score 250 runs in a World Cup.

First time

0

Number of times England have played Afghanistan in ODIs. This will be the first match.