The next match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played between England and Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on October 15. The two teams have played only two ODIs against each other in the past; once at the 2015 World Cup, and again at the 2019 World Cup. Both these matches were won by England.
Talking about the ongoing World Cup, England lost their opening game to New Zealand after being at the receiving end of centuries by Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra. However, they comfortably won their next game against Bangladesh. Dawid Malan was absolutely sensational against Bangladesh, scoring 140 off just 107 balls with the help of 16 boundaries and five maximums.
England will be looking to extend their winning streak and claim two crucial points against Afghanistan, a team that is overdependent on a few of it’s players. Afghanistan have lost both their games so far – against Bangladesh and India respectively. Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai scored half centuries against India and will be looking to carry the good form into this game. Afghanistan will be a tad concerned about the form of their MVP Rashid Khan, who has taken two wickets in two games and scored 25 runs, but these numbers are underwhelming given his reputation of being one of the best bowling all-rounders in limited overs cricket.
Ahead of the next game of the Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know.
England vs Afghanistan Injury Update
According to reports, Ben Stokes is still not fit to play and could be sitting out in this match as well. Chris Woakes has also taken ill and did not bat in the nets on the eve of the match. For Afghanistan, there are no injury concerns.
England vs Afghanistan Predicted XI
England playing XI
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (C & WK), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes/David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley
Afghanistan playing XI
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai/Noor Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi
England vs Afghanistan Match Details
Match: England vs Afghanistan
Date & Time: October 15, 2.00 PM IST
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
England vs Afghanistan Fantasy Team
Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler, Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Jonny Bairstow
Batters: Ibrahim Zadran, Joe Root (VC), Dawid Malan (C), Hashmatullah Shahidi
All-rounders: Azmatullah Omarzai
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mark Wood, Reece Topley
Captain: Jos Buttler
Vice captain: Rahmatullah Gurbaz
England vs Afghanistan: Delhi Weather and Pitch Report
The pitch at the Arun Jaitley Stadium is a batting paradise. In the match between Sri Lanka and South Africa, 754 runs were scored.
The weather in Delhi will be warm and humid with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. There is no rain threat.
England vs Afghanistan, 2023 World Cup Broadcast Details
The match between England and Afghanistan will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
England vs Afghanistan Live Streaming
Disney + Hotstar has picked up the streaming rights of the England vs Afghanistan match. The toss will take place at 1.30 PM IST.
England vs Afghanistan ODI matches Head-to-Head
|Matches won by England||2|
|Matches won by Afghanistan||0|
England vs Afghanistan Match Prediction
If the likes of Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi can deliver significant individual performances, we may see the game get interesting. Otherwise, England are expected to dominate the proceedings.