Eoin Morgan's 148 off 71 deliveries at Old Trafford in Manchester turned out to be too much for Afghanistan team as they looked all over the place against the number one ranked side in the World. England started off the game with a decent partnership up front, with James Vince and Jonny Bairstow being able to hammer the ball all around the ground. Once the former departed, latter took the charge and scored yet another half-century in the tournament. The collective effort from the team helped England to post a mammoth total of 397 runs on the board. In response, Afghnaistan played their heart out but fell short by a margin of 150 runs.
22:52 hrs IST: So, that's it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for tomorrow's game as New Zealand take on South Africa at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Till then, it's bye from Vedant and Aseem. Keep cheering and enjoy the World Cup.
22:46 hrs IST:
22:44 hrs IST: RESULT: England beat Afghanistan by 150 runs (Eoin Morgan 148, Hashmatullah Shahidi 76)
22:41 hrs IST: WICKET! A day to forget fro Rashid Khan. It was a short of a length delivery and Rashid Khan smashed it straight to the hands of fielder. Eighth wicket down.
22:39 hrs IST: Afghanistan played their heart out in this game against England but lacked in a few departments of the game. After 49 overs, it's 246/7.
22:35 hrs IST: Four runs from Jofra's ninth over. After 48 overs, it's 239/7.
22:30 hrs IST: A wicket and one run in 47th over. After 47 overs, it's 235/7.
22:26 hrs IST: WICKET! Another wicket down. England are just three wickets away. Mark Wood picks his second.
22:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Gone! Absolute ripper of a delivery from Jofra Archer. Shahidi shuffled across and missed the ball completely. A fine innings comes to an end. Departs for 76. After 46 overs, it's 234/6.
22:19 hrs IST: Just 5 overs remaining, and Afghanistan team are way behind. After 45 overs, it's 227/5.
22:14 hrs IST: 10 runs from the over. After 44 overs, it's 220/5.
22:06 hrs IST: WICKET! Adil Rashid tossed the ball up and Nabi tried to clear the fence, but gets a top edge and stright into the hands of Ben Stokes at long on. Half side back to pavilion. After 42.4 overs, it's 210/5.
22:04 hrs IST: Four runs from the over. After 42 overs, it's 208/4.
22:00 hrs IST: SIX! And.. we have a record - MOST NUMBER OF SIXES IN WORLD CUP GAME. After 41 overs, it's 204/4.
21:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Leg cutter across the right hander and Asghar Afghan gets a slight nip - straight to the slip cordan. FOURTH wicket DOWN! After 40.5 overs, it's 198/4.
21:53 hrs IST: Another couple of overs down and all Afghanistan has is ones and twos. They have struggled to find the gaps, which eventually have kept them out of the game. After 40 overs, it's 196/3.
21:43 hrs IST: Last six overs have been good for Afghanistan. They have scored 59 runs without losing a single wicket. After 37 overs, it's 185/3.
21:40 hrs IST: 8 runs from Jofra Archer's over. After 36 overs, it's 180/3.
21:36 hrs IST: FIFTY! A superb knock from Shahidi. His 9th ODI fifty came against number one ranked side in the World at the moment. Shahidi smashes 9th fifty. After 35 overs, it's 172/3.
21:31 hrs IST: DROPPED! How many drop catches we will seee today? - Jonny Bairstow dropes Afghan on 28. After 34 overs, it's 160/3.
21:28 hrs IST: 50-run partnership between Asghar Afghan and Shahidi. After 33/1 overs, iit's 155/3.
21:23 hrs IST: 13 runs off the over, Afghans are 153/3 after 33 overs
21:18 hrs IST: After 32 overs, AFG are 140/3
21:10 hrs IST: With the end of 30th over, Afghanistan are 125/3 with Shahidi (25) and Afghan (14) out in the middle
21:04 hrs IST: SIX! Asghanr Afghan hits a ninty metre SIX to Adil Rashid
21:02 hrs IST: Another good over from Mark Wood, Afghan could just score two runs of the 28th over
20:58 hrs IST: Only 3 runs added to the board, Afghanistan moves to 108 with a loss of three wickets
20:55 hrs IST: After 26 overs, AFG are 105/3
20:50 hrs IST: Rahmat Shah departs at 46, AFG are 104/3 after 24.5 overs
20:45 hrs IST: With the end of 24th over, Afghanistan are 102/2 with Rahmat and Shahidi at crease.
20:40 hrs IST: 100-up for Afghanistan in 23 overs.
20:38 hrs IST: Four came from Ben Stokes' third over. It's 98/2 after 22 overs.
20:33 hrs IST: 21 overs gone, it's 94/2.
20:30 hrs IST: The first 20 overs belongs to England. They came with set plan and have been able to execute it perfectly. Three singles from the over. After 20 overs, it's 86/2.
20:26 hrs IST: Single and double - The required run rate has notched upto 10.16. After 19 overs, it's 83/2.
20:17 hrs IST: Time for DRINKS!
20:16 hrs IST: England on top after 17 overs. It's 75/2.
20:12 hrs IST: Rahmat Shah has played 48 deliveries and scored just 18 runs. Shahidi, on the other hand, has also consumed 18 deliveries and scored just 8 runs. Afghanistan in serious trouble. After 16 overs, it's 66/2.
20:08 hrs IST: Ones and twos - and that's what Afghanistan seems to have in tank. After 15 overs, it's 66/2.
20:05 hrs IST: Another fine over from Mark Wood. For Afghanistan, the batsmen need to step up and play freely if they are fancying their chances in the game. After 14 overs, it's 62/2.
20:01 hrs IST: Four came from Moeen's first over. After 13 overs, it's 57/2.
19:55 hrs IST: WICKET! This is JOSS BUTTLER's wicket. He covered at least 70-80 meteres to get to the ball and then made a full dive. Absolutely sensational. Gulbadin Naib departs for 37. After 12 overs, it's 53/2.
19:52 hrs IST: 50-up for Afghanistan. In 11 overs, it's 51/1.
19:48 hrs IST: The first ten overs belong to England here. Defending a mammoth total, they have been able to restrict the opposition quite convincingly. After 10 overs, it's 48/1.
19:44 hrs IST: Couple of boundaries of the over, nine runs from it. After 9 overs, it's 44/1.
19:40 hrs IST: Just one off the over. After 8 overs, it's 35/1.
19:36 hrs IST: After Noor Ali's wicket, Afghanistan team is trying to build some sort of partnership. It's 34/1 after 7 overs.
19:31 hrs IST: BIG over for Afghanistan. 15 came off it. After 6 overs, it's 28/1.
19:27 hrs IST: Four of the first ball, followed by five dot deliveries. After 5 overs, it's 13/1.
19:25 hrs IST: DROPPED! This is something you don't expect from a player of Jonny Bairstow's quality. Drops Rahmat Shah on 6.
19:22 hrs IST: England has been able to continue their dominance in the game. After 4 overs, it's 9/1.
19:21 hrs IST: Jofra Archer delighted after picking first wicket
19:17 hrs IST: Just two from Woakes' second over. After 3 overs, it's 6/1.
19:13 hrs IST:
19:10 hrs IST: WICKET! Knocked him over! Gets an inside edge and onto the stumps. Noor Ali Zadran departs for a DUCK. Jofra Archer showing his class at the World Cup. After 2 overs, it's 4/1.
19:06 hrs IST: Good start by England, just one came of the first over!
18:30 hrs IST: INNINGS BREAK: England 397/6 in 50 overs vs Afghanistan (Eoin Morgan 148, Jonny Bairstow 90)
18:28 hrs IST: WICKET! Knocked him over! England lose their sixth in the last over of the innings. Stokes OUT for 2.
18:26 hrs IST: 14 came from Rashid Khan's ninth over. He finishes today's spell with 110 runs - and this has been most expensive figures in World Cup history. After 49 overs, it's 378/5.
18:22 hrs IST: Just five came from the over. After 48 overs, it's 364/5.
18:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Another slower one, Another wicket down! Joss Buttler didn't trouble the scorers much. OUT for 2.
18:16 hrs IST: WICKET! 148 runs off 71 deliveries! What else should one say? This has been nothing short of phenomenal. After 47 overs, it's 359/4.
18:15 hrs IST: MILESTONE: Most sixes by an individual in ODI - EOIN MORGAN
18:13 hrs IST: WICKET! Some respite in Afghanistan camp. It was a back of hand slower one, and Joe Root couldn't time it to perfection. Departs for 88.
18:07 hrs IST: What a day Eoin Morgan is having! 14 sixes already. Pure class! After 46 overs, it's 340/2.
18:02 hrs IST: 18.104.22.168.6.1 - That's 45th over for you. It's 324/2 already.
17:59 hrs IST: 9 came from the over. After 44 overs, it's 302/2.
17:58 hrs IST: 300-up for England in 43.5 overs!
17:55 hrs IST: MILESTONE: Colossal Hitting. Sheer Class - 11 sixes from Morgan's willow. This has been exceptional show from this young lad. A captain's knock. 13th ODI hundred off just 57 deliveries!
17:51 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-0-44-0 he has been the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan today. After 42 overs, it's 272/2.
17:47 hrs IST: Eight sixes from Morgan's willow already. Dangerous will not do justice to the way he is batting at the moment. Colossal hitting. After 41 overs, it's 269/2.
17:45 hrs IST: 100 partnership between Eoin Morgan and Joe Root.
17:41 hrs IST: 250-up for England in 39.3 overs and Eoin Morgan is on FIRE! After 40 overs, it's 255/2.
17:39 hrs IST: 11 overs still to go and England batsmen have cleared their intentions. A boundary or two coming in almost every over. After 39 overs, it's 241/2.
17:36 hrs IST: SIX! And English skipper gets to his 47th ODI fifty!
17:35 hrs IST: Mujeeb back into the attack and has been able to control things again. One has to say, he has been Afghanistan's most successful bowler today. After 38 overs, it's 232/2.
17:32 hrs IST: 11 came of it. After 38 overs, it's 228/2.
17:27 hrs IST: Time for DRINKS!
17:25 hrs IST: BIG over! 18 runs and Eoin Morgan nears a well-deserved fifty. After 37 overs, it's 217/2.
17:23 hrs IST: DROPPED! Oh dear! That was the last thing Afghanistan wanted at this stage. Dropping England captain, when he is looking in top form is probably the worst thing happen for them at this stage.
17:22 hrs IST: 200-up for England in 35.1 overs.
17:21 hrs IST: Four dot balls from 35th over. However, with Joe Root and eoin Morgan still at the crease, England management will not have a worry. After 35 overs, it's 199/2.
17:15 hrs IST: Ones and twos and the scoreboard is ticking for England. After 34 overs, it's 196/2.
17:11 hrs IST: 7 came from the over. After 33 overs, it's 189/2.
17:09 hrs IST: Another day, another special performance from Joe Root. His 32nd in one-day Internationals. After 32.1 overs, it's 184/2.
17:07 hrs IST: Couple of sixes from England's captain in 32nd over. It's 182/2.
17:03 hrs IST: All eyes on Joe Root as he nears yet another half century. After 31 overs, it's 168/2.
16:57 hrs IST: WICKET! GONE! Change of pace worked for Gulbadin. Bairstow was early in his shot and Gulbadin picks a sensational catch. Departs for 90. After 30 overs, it's 164/2.
16:55 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman bak into the attack and England picks easy five runs. After 29 overs, it's 163/1. Bairstow into 90s.
16:50 hrs IST: 28 overs done and England team is looking very comfortable. It's 158/1
16:48 hrs IST: 150-up for England. After 27 overs, it's 155/1.
16:46 hrs IST: Rashid Khan isn't looking in best touch. After 26 overs, it's 145/1.
16:44 hrs IST: 100-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow
16:41 hrs IST: At the half way stage, England team has cleared their intentions. The duo is hammering the ball all around the ground. They are just 5 runs away from 100-run partnership. After 25 overs, it's 139/1.
16:38 hrs IST: Big over for England. Started off with a dazzling four, then a six on the third delivery, and single on the last ball. 14 came from it. After 24 overs, it's 132/1.
16:34 hrs IST: The Afghanistan bowlers are not giving pace to English batsmen. After 23 overs, it's 118/1.
16:30 hrs IST: Good over from Gulbadin. Just three came of it. After 22 overs, it's 112/1.
16:28 hrs IST:
H.E @ashrafghani , President of Afghanistan and ACB Chairman @AzizullahFazli are at Old Trafford to support #AfghanAtalan in today's match against @englandcricket in their fifth match of @ICC @cricketworldcup 2019. #AFGvENG #CWC19 #AfghanAtalan pic.twitter.com/6dZ2IdlRj9— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) June 18, 2019
16:27 hrs IST: Three came from Rashid's second over. After 21 overs, it's 109/1.
16:26 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow slams 11th ODI fifty!
16:25 hrs IST: What a tournament Jonny Bairstow having. He got out for 0 against South Africa, but he hasn't looked back after. Slams 11th ODI fifty against Afghanistan. After 20 overs, it's 106/1.
16:23 hrs IST: 100-up for Afghanistan in 19.3 overs.
16:20 hrs IST: Rashid Khan introduced into the attack. Six came from it. After 19 overs, it's 98/1.
16:18 hrs IST: 50-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.
16:13 hrs IST: Time for DRINKS!
16:12 hrs IST: As England opener Jonny Bairstow nears 11th ODI fifty, the team total is now just right away from reaching three figure mark. After 18 overs, it's 92/1.
16:10 hrs IST: Rahmat Shah seems to be the only bowler who is lacking here. 11 came from it. After 17 overs, it's 86/1.
16:07 hrs IST: Dawlat celebrating James Vince wicket:
16:05 hrs IST: As of now, England are scoring less than 5 runs an over. After 16 overs, it's 75/1. England will certainly try to go after the bowlers now.
16:01 hrs IST: A good comeback from Nabi. After 15 overs, it's 72/1.
15:58 hrs IST: Bairstow takes the aerial route against Rahmat. Eight came from the over. After 14 overs, it's 68/1.
15:53 hrs IST: Afghanistan skipper has been able to rotate his bowlers perfectly at the moment and not allowing any easy runs for the number one ranked side. After 13 overs, it's 60/1.
15:51 hrs IST:
15:49 hrs IST: Mohammed Nabi introduced into the attack in 12th over and was welcomed with a delighful boundary through leg side. An expensive over by his set standards. After 12 overs, it's 59/1.
15:46 hrs IST: 50-up for England in 11.2 overs.
15:44 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman 6-0-18-0 - This has been his figures for the first six overs. After 11 overs, it's 48/1.
15:41 hrs IST: The first leg has been evenly matched with Afghanistan team being able to break all-important partnership. After 10 overs, it's 46/1.
15:39 hrs IST:
15:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Dawlat bowled a short of a length delivery and Vince couldn't time it to perfection. A much-needed wicket for Afghanistan. After 9.3 overs, it's 44/1.
15:36 hrs IST: Mujeeb is able to control things from one end. Another fine over from the leg spinner. After 9 overs, it's 42/0.
15:33 hrs IST:
15:30 hrs IST: Sloppy work from Afghanistan in field. England openers have started to open their arms. After 8 overs, 40/0.
15:26 hrs IST: Another fine over from Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The likes of Jonny Bairstow and james Vince struggling to open their arms against the young sensation. After 7 overs, it's 32/0.
15:22 hrs IST: First real sign of aggression from England. 10 came from the over. After 6 overs, it's 30 for no loss.
15:20 hrs IST: Afghanistan bowlers have been able to maintain that pressure in the initial overs. After 5 overs, it's 20/0. England scoring just 4 runs an over.
15:16 hrs IST: Right line from Dawlat and results straightaway. Just one came from his second over. After 4 overs, it's 15/0.
15:13 hrs IST: Another good over from Mujeeb. Just not letting the English batsmen score easy runs. After 3 overs, it's 14/0.
15:10 hrs IST: Dawlat took the new ball from the other end. The pitch looks really good for batting and England team are showing their class. After 2 overs, it's 11/0.
15:05 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman started off the proceedings for Afghanistan and was able to bowl in the right areas which eventually restricted England opener Vince to go after him. After 1 over, it's 4/0.
15:00 hrs IST: Afghanistan players in last hurdle, Jonny Bairstow joined with a new opening partner - James Vince, Umpires are ready too and so are we. It's game TIME.
14:40 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI for two sides:
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
14:37 hrs IST:
Afghanistan and England have faced off just once before in ODI cricket – when they locked horns in #CWC15 in Sydney! 👀— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 18, 2019
Who will come out on top today? #ENGvAFG#WeAreEngland#AfghanAtalan pic.twitter.com/4WcAQs2Csz
14:35 hrs IST: England opt to bat in Manchester.
14:28 hrs IST: This is a used pitch, the same track on which India-Pakistan match was played. It is very dry, the grass colour is dry, there should be some turn on offer, but it's a great batting wicket, adds Michael Clarke.
14:25 hrs IST: Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness another crackerjack of a game as the host, England will take on Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. The toss is just minutes away and so are we. Do join us for all the updates.