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One more fifty for Root
Joe Root getting a 50 plus score in ODIs. There seems to be an air of inevitability about it. And he has yet again crossed the 50-mark at a strike rate of close of 100. Meanwhile, Morgan has shown no effects of the spasm - thwacking Naib for two cracking sixes.
Naib snuffs out Bairstow
Well, against the run of play, England have lost Bairstow for 90. He was looking good for a massive score. Naib got one to hold off the pitch and Bairstow was early into his shot. He could only spoon it back to the bowler. Very good slower one. Naib is a useful cricketer who has some decent variations up his sleeve.
Interesting celebration too after picking up the vital scalp.
Bairstow speeds through
Bairstow is trying to up the ante with his trademark slog sweeps. He took on Rashid and smacked the Afghanistan spearhead through cow corner. He followed it up by lofting the spinner over long on. Bairstow takes out his front leg early and then cracks the shot. Impressive.
Bairstow is a counter-puncher in the mould of Warner. Lots of punches, cuts, jabs and slog sweeps.
Calm and composed Root
Bairstow, who started on a slightly cautious note, tonked Rahmat for a crackerjack six into the downtown territories. Meanwhile, Root has yet again looked composed at the crease. A single here, a double there. He seems set to get another tall score. The surface has gripped a touch but nothing much to worry about.
Bairstow soon cracked his fifty with a glorious cover drive off Naib. The 'keeper-batsman seems determined to get a big one.
Vince falls... yet again after a start
Vince continued to employ the pull shot off the front foot. He escaped once with Nabi misjudging the catch at the midwicket boundary. Not for the second time as he top-edged a pull off Dawlat to short fine leg. Dawlat's persistence with the short ball pays off. And once more Vince falls in 20s or 30s.
England on the move
Mujeeb bowled a few of his carrom ball variation and the googly with both Vince and Bairstow playing him cautiously. However, as soon as Dawlat banged it short, Vince and Bairstow pulled the pacer to the fence.
The track looks really good for batting and the duo would look to stitch a partnership of substance. A key game for Vince. The Hampshire top order batsman is a skilful batsman but hasn't made it count in internationals.
Toss and teams
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
England (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Gulbadin Naib - We would have batted first as well, looks a good wicket, slightly Asian conditions. We are disappointed with our batting, have not even played 40 overs, we have a good chance to restrict them to a good defendable score. Three changes for us, Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing - Aftab, Zazai and Hamid are not playing
Eoin Morgan - We will bat first. Unfortunately, Jason Roy misses out, it's a used wicket, they have done magnificently well to prepare the pitch, looks like a good wicket, played well the other day, carry for the seamers and turn for the spinners. Two changes, one forced, Vince replaces Roy and Moeen is back, in for Liam Plunkett
England won a vital toss on an used up track and opted to bat. The good news for the camp is Morgan is going to play. He is the man behind England's resurgence in ODIs and they would be delighted. With the track set to assist spin, Plunkett misses out and Moeen comes in. As expected, Roy isn't going to play and Vince has been picked. For Afghanistan, Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing.
Gulbadin Naib - We would have batted first as well, looks a good wicket, slightly Asian conditions. We are disappointed with our batting, have not even played 40 overs, we have a good chance to restrict them to a good defendable score. Three changes for us,
Pitch conditions - Finger crossed, we have good weather today, says Mike Atherton, in his pitch report. Decent sized boundaries all around the ground. This is an 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.
The Old Trafford ground is also bathed in sunshine at the moment.
March 13, 2015 - England and Afghanistan locked horns in a dead-rubber contest in the World Cup. The English players seemed to be bereft of belief as they trudged to the field after losing the crucial game versus Bangladesh. James Anderson, playing in his final ODI, seemed to be going through the motions. In short, most of the English players looked like they just wanted to end what was a wretched World Cup and take a flight back home.
June 18, 2019 - the same two sides will meet in the 50-over World Cup at Old Trafford. However, the scenario is different. England is a formidable force in the one day arena and would be aiming to collect two more points in order to climb up the ladder on the points table. However, the battle-hardened Afghanistan side would be hoping to surprise the home side and sneak in an upset.
England have a few injury concerns over Roy and Morgan. Roy, the explosive opener, has already been ruled out for the next few games with a hamstring tear, while the England skipper is down with a back spasm, and perhaps wouldn't be risked for the game versus Afghanistan. In that case, Vince and Moeen Ali are expected to play with Buttler leading the side.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan have been hit by a few issues over infighting. They even dropped Najibullah Zadran, their top-scorer for the tournament, to bring in Afghan for the game against South Africa. Can they rise to the occasion? Maybe they can take a cue from the T20 WC in 2016 when they had reduced England to 85 for 7 on a a turning track. Remember, the Old Trafford track has already been used for the IND-PAK game and could assist spinners.
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