In a thrilling match in Delhi, putting their World Cup title defense in jeopardy. England, who had not lost to Afghanistan in any format before, were shocked by a resilient Afghan team who defended a modest total of 284. England’s batsmen struggled to find their form and were bowled out for 215.
The early dismissal of Johnny Bairstow in the second over set the tone for England’s batting collapse, as they struggled against the spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Only Jos Buttler, who scored 66, was able to provide some resistance. However, his dismissal further dented England’s chances of a comeback
This defeat leaves England in a precarious position in the tournament. While they are not technically out of contention, they will need to make significant changes and quickly if they want to compete against the top teams in the world. The loss also marks a historic moment for Afghanistan, who celebrated their first-ever win against England in any format.