England vs Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 18 (Tuesday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played in Manchester and will begin at 1500 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog. (ENG vs AFG).
An injury plagued England will be eyeing the top spot in the table when they come up against the struggling Afghanistan in ICC World Cup 2019 encounter at Old Trafford on Tuesday (June 18).
The English, ranked as World Number 1 in ODI cricket, will definitely be without Jason Roy (hamstring), while skipper Eoin Morgan is likely to be fit after recovering from a back spasm. Both players suffered their injuries against West Indies on Friday and Roy will be out for at least a couple of games.
The injury to Roy is likely to benefit Moeen Ali, as two of his three ODI hundreds have come as an opening batsman and his off-spin would help cater to an Old Trafford pitch which was used on Sunday for India-Pakistan and exhibited a healthy degree of turn.
England’s batsmen have been scoring in excess of 300 for fun in recent weeks and will look to continue the trend, while the bowlers spearheaded by Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have troubled some of the best in the business with pace and bounce. One can only expect England to continue in the same vein.
Afghanistan, who have been more rash than they would have liked so far are yet to register a point at the World Cup after four matches, and will depend heavily on their spinners Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi to derail the English batsmen.
The Afghanistan batting has been unreliable but all eyes will be on how opener Hazratullah Zazai can deal with the fast and furious England attack. Gulbadin Naib will be hoping Zazai, who’s found it hard against quality bowling, can be at his dangerous best and allow the rest of the batting to take advantage of his free-scoring ways.
Middle-order batsman Najibullar Zadran has been their most consistent performer with the willow but against South Africa, they will need the likes of Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Naib to chip in.
For Naib and co, who are all but sure of not making it to the final four, this represents a chance to punch well above their weights, while England look to put the foot down on the pedal.
Last Five ODIs
At the World Cup, England have played some brilliant cricket and the only blip came against Pakistan after which they bounced back in style against Bangladesh and West Indies.
Afghanistan have lost all their games at the World Cup so far, and against England the four match looks set to be increased by a game. Their last ODI win came against Ireland before the World Cup.
Players to Watch Out For
Jofra Archer: The England team’s newest fast bowler is showing the world exactly why he is so highly rated. With nine wickets in four games and speeds in excess of 90 mph, he is England’s most potent weapon.
Rashid Khan: He is one of the best leg-spinners in the world in the shorter formats of the game and considering he hasn’t had the best tournament yet he will be looking to get a move on with the ball.
England: The hosts will definitely be without Jason Roy (hamstring), and a decision on skipper Eoin Morgan (back) will be taken closer to the match.
Afghanistan: Skipper Gulbadin Naib has a fit squad to pick his strongest lineup from.
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Struck by a series of injury setbacks, England will look to get the combination right when they take on the low-ranked but spirited Afghanistan in their bid get closer to a semi-final berth, in Manchester on Tuesday.
The hosts are struggling with fitness issues, the latest being captain Eoin Morgan having to leave the field with a back spasm during the game against the West Indies.
Opening batsman Jason Roy was also forced off the field during the same match due to a tight hamstring. Skipper Morgan insisted there is no need to hit the panic button just yet.
“It is sore. I have had back spasms before and it normally takes a few days to settle down. It is unclear, we will know more in the next 24 hours. You normally get a good indication the following day,” Morgan said after the victory against West Indies.
“Jason had a tight hamstring and will go for a scan. I think when any two players go down it is a bit of a worry but it is not panic stations yet.”
In case Morgan isn’t fully fit, vice-captain Jos Buttler is likely to lead the team which boasts of a strong bench strength that includes the likes of Tom Curran and Moeen Ali.
After suffering a shock loss to Pakistan, England have got their act together, excelling in all three departments and the hosts will want to continue riding on the winning momentum.
On the other hand, Afghanistan will be eager to post their first win in the ongoing 50-over showpiece. Playing in their second World Cup, bottom-placed Afghanistan lost all four of their matches till now to South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand respectively.
Here’s all you need to know about when and where to watch England vs Afghanistan match:
When will England vs Afghanistan match take place?
The England vs Afghanistan match will take place on 18 June, 2019.
Where will the match be played?
The England vs Afghanistan fixture will be played at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
What time does the match begin?
England will take on Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday. While England are looking strong on their home turf at the ongoing World Cup 2019, Afghanistan have failed to live up to expectations. The underdogs have been outclassed by their opponents in the tournament so far. The main worry for Afghanistan has been their batting. Their batsmen have failed to put runs on the board and that is why they are at the bottom of the World Cup points table. For England, injuries to Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan might affect their combination. However, they are looking comfortable to advance to the next stage of the World Cup 2019. Jason Roy has been ruled out of the next two games while Morgan’s condition will be assessed on the match day itself.
When is the England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match?
The England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match will be played on June 18, 2019 (Tuesday).
Where will the England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match be played?
The England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester.
What time does the England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match begin?
The England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match will begin at 03:00 PM IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match?
The England vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 match will be telecast on the Star Sports Network.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes,James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil