Afghanistan go ‘Wright’ out the door
Luke Wright’s superb 55-ball 99 led England to a massive 116 run-win to gain an assured place in the Super 8s, and to knock out Afghanistan. After choosing to bowl first, Afghanistan got off to a great start as pacer Shapoor Zadran bowled a maiden over, in which he knocked over Craig Kieswetter. However, that was one of the very rare moments of success for them as Wright, assisted by Alex Hales, tore through the Afghani attack. Hales fell for 31 of 27, but his task was done. Wright just kept going, and was asisted along the way by Eoin Morgan (27 of 23), and along with a few late cameos from Jos Butler (15 in 7) and Johnny Bairstow (12 of 5) England made it to a massive 196-5. Afghanistan, who had nearly given India an unexpected surprise, were left shell-shocked. And that mood carried into their batting, as they were bowled out for 80, with Gulbodin Naib being their top scorer with his 32-ball 44. He was also the only person to have a strike rate above 100 and to score a double-digit figure. The spinners Greame Swann and Samit Patel bowled brilliantly, with figures of 7-2-28-4 between them. Also, the England attack bowled 3 maidens this game.Luke Wright was Man Of The Match for his fabulous show. So a sad end to the Afghani tale, but better luck next time! Another thing this match has done is that it assures India’s passage into the Super 8s. So catch you in Sri Lanka vs South Africa, at 3:00 PM Sri Lanka time. Until then, Adios!!