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England vs Afghanistan Head To Head

England vs Afghanistan Head To Head

When it comes to cricket, few sports can match the excitement of an international match. And when a team with a rich history like England faces off against a relatively new side like Afghanistan can make for a thrilling matchup. 

This article examines the head-to-head battles between England and Afghanistan, what makes these two sides tick, and what we can expect from their future contests.

The first time these two sides met was in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 qualifier, where Afghanistan gave a tough fight to England before falling short by 116 runs. The game saw Afghanistan win the toss and choose to bowl first, allowing England to pile on an imposing total of 196/5. Afghanistan struggled to get going in their innings, losing wickets regularly as England’s bowlers kept the pressure up.

Since that match, England and Afghanistan have faced off four more times, with England coming out on top. The most recent meeting between the two sides was in the 2019 ICC World Cup, where England put up a mammoth total of 397/6 before bowling Afghanistan out for 247. Despite some impressive individual performances from Afghan players such as Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi, England’s team effort was ultimately too much for the underdogs to handle.

While Afghanistan has faced defeat against England on each occasion, they have come a long way since their first meeting. In the years since they have established themselves as a serious cricketing nation and have recorded wins against some of the top teams in the world. 

The likes of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have been instrumental in Afghanistan’s rise, and their performances will be crucial if they are to defy the odds and come out on top in their next bout against England.

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Regarding England, the side has always been one of the heavyweights in international cricket. They boast of some of the most talented players in the game, with the likes of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, and Joe Root in their ranks. England’s aggressive, attacking cricket brand has been a joy to watch, and they have come a long way since the dark days of the 90s and early 2000s.

England vs Afghanistan head-to-head record in ODI

As Afghanistan emerges as a formidable Asian cricket team, we anticipate the upcoming clash between England and Afghanistan in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup.

While England has historically secured commanding victories against Afghanistan during the early stages of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the future contests promise to be more challenging. Let’s delve into some significant head-to-head statistics for England versus Afghanistan encounters in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (ODI format).

England vs Afghanistan head-to-head record in T20Is

After a hiatus of more than six and a half years, England and Afghanistan are set to face off in the shortest format of cricket. This showdown will occur in the 14th match of the ongoing eighth edition of the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled for tomorrow in Perth.

This encounter marks only the fifth international match between these two teams and serves as the tournament’s inaugural Group 1 Super 12 match. 

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While England may appear as the favorites on paper, the recently concluded First Round of the tournament has underscored the importance of not underestimating any team, and Afghanistan is no exception. Consequently, cricket enthusiasts worldwide should prepare for an enthralling contest between the English batsmen and the Afghan bowlers, particularly the spinners.

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In their previous two T20I meetings, England emerged victorious on both occasions. However, it’s worth noting that their last encounter during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in Delhi was a nail-biting affair, as Afghanistan managed to score 127/9 in a 143-run chase.

Here’s a summary of their T20 head-to-head history:

  • Total number of matches played: 2
  • Matches won by ENG: 2
  • Matches won by AFG: 0
  • Matches played at a neutral venue: 2 (ENG 2, AFG 0)
  • Matches played in ICC T20 World Cup: 2 (ENG 2, AFG 0)
  • ENG’s average score against AFG: 169
  • AFG’s average score against ENG: 104
  • Most runs for ENG: 41 (Moeen Ali)
  • Most runs for AFG: 15 (Rashid Khan)
  • Most wickets for ENG: 2 (Adil Rashid and David Willey)
  • Most wickets for AFG: 2 (Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan)
  • Most catches for ENG: 1 (Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, and Ben Stokes)
  • Most catches for AFG: 2 (Mohammad Nabi)
MatchesENG wonAFG wonTiedNo Result
22000

ENG vs AFG in ODI World Cup: Batting 1st vs Batting 2nd

StatusMatchesENG wonAFG wonTiedNo Result
Batting 1st21000
Batting 2nd10

ENG vs AFG in ODI World Cup: Continent/Country Wise

ContinentHost CountryMatchesENG wonAFG wonTiedNo Result
OceaniaAustralia11000
EuropeEngland11000

ENG vs AFG in ODI World Cup: Different Stages

StageDetailedStageMatchesENG wonAFG wonTiedNo Result
Non-knockoutGroup/League/Super22000
Knockout

ENG vs AFG in ODI World Cup: Yearly

YearMatchesENG wonAFG wonTiedNo Result
201511000
201911000

Conclusion

While England has enjoyed a clean sweep of victories against Afghanistan so far, it would be unwise to underestimate the latter in future contests. Afghanistan has repeatedly shown that they can pull off upsets against the best in the world, and England would do well to take them seriously. 

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At the same time, England’s reputation as a cricketing powerhouse means they will always be expected to come out on top. If these two sides meet in the future, we can expect fireworks on the field as each team strives to emerge victorious.

FAQ’s

How many T20 matches have England and Afghanistan played against each other?

England and Afghanistan have played 2 T20 matches against each other.

Who has the upper hand in T20 encounters between England and Afghanistan?

England has won both of the T20 matches played against Afghanistan.

What is the average score for England and Afghanistan in their T20 encounters?

England has an average score of 169 against Afghanistan, while Afghanistan has an average score of 104 against England.

Who are both teams' leading run-scorers and wicket-takers in their T20 matchups?

The leading run-scorer for England is Moeen Ali with 41 runs, and for Afghanistan, it's Rashid Khan with 15 runs. The leading wicket-takers for both teams are Adil Rashid and David Willey for England and Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan for Afghanistan, each with 2 wickets.

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