England responded excellently to being humbled by 2019 ODI World Cup rivals New Zealand by nine wickets by defeating Bangladesh by 137 runs on October 10 in Dharamsala. Dawid Malan hit an explosive 140 off just 107 balls to become England’s oldest World Cup centurion as the reigning champions amassed a whopping 364 and knocked Bangladesh out for 227 to re-enter the competition.
The next ICC England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2023 will take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Afghanistan is another tenacious sub-continental squad that won’t give up easily.
Afghanistan presently sits at the bottom of the standings with two defeats coming from their two games played. They are still stinging from the hosts’ brutal beating. At the same location as their subsequent encounter, India lost. However, the Afghan side is not one to give up easily. They are aware that they had several successful at-bats against India and might have easily reached the 300-point mark had things gone their way.
They are also aware of their strong lineup of spinners, led by a star player like Rashid Khan who can alter the course of a match with both the bat and the ball. The chase would have gone very differently if Rashid had been added to the attack early against India on Wednesday. The best strategy for Afghanistan against England is to use their slow-bowling arsenal to spin a web around the powerful English top and middle order, and then hope that their batters do the job to upset the holders’ established order.
When is England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2023?
On Sunday, October 15, England will play Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The game will begin at 9.30am BST (2 pm local time).
Where can I watch it?
The ICC England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2023 will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket, with coverage beginning at 9 a.m. India residents can watch the game on TV in five different languages thanks to Star Sports. The Disney+Hotstar app or website will also stream the game.
Ben Stokes might rejoin the team if he is able to participate in this match as England is anticipated to make changes. Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, two pace bowlers, may receive a break when David Willey and Gus Atkinson rejoin the lineup. Since the Delhi wicket doesn’t favor the seamers much, Moeen Ali could come back in after missing the victory against Bangladesh.
Afghanistan should start with the same lineup as they attempt to surprise England. The XI performed well against India on this field and can take advantage of the comfortable surroundings to challenge England.
England XI: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, David Willey, Adil Rasid, Gus Atkinson, Reece Topley
Afghanistan XI: Ramanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Despite Afghanistan’s experience with the surface and the value of their spinners, England’s team had enough talent to easily prevail. If Jos Buttler’s team wins the toss and chooses to bat first, expect them to put up a huge total since they will be keeping an eye on the net run rate after suffering a crushing defeat to New Zealand.
With a high temperature of 35° Celsius, Delhi can expect another scorching day. But in the evening, it will become chilly. There is minimal to no chance of rain, and the humidity is expected to be 37%.