• 16 October 2023
  • Ana Gems
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Afghanistan achieved a historic victory in their ICC Cricket World Cup journey by defeating reigning champions England in Delhi on a momentous Sunday. In a surprising turn of events, Afghanistan posted a total of 284/10. Impressively, Afghanistan’s openers had set a strong foundation with a remarkable 114-run partnership, although England did manage a comeback that led to a batting collapse. Nevertheless, a remarkable performance by Ikram Alikhil enabled Afghanistan to reach a competitive score of 284. Adil Rashid led the way for England’s bowling attack, clinching three pivotal wickets. Additionally, Liam Livingstone and Joe Root made valuable contributions to England’s efforts.

In response, England, renowned for their powerful batting lineup, encountered difficulties at critical junctures. They struggled to establish significant partnerships, with Harry Brook being the sole exception as he made a notable impact. However, the Afghan spin trio of Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nahi combined forces to claim eight wickets, hindering England’s pursuit. This loss marked England’s second defeat in three games in the ongoing 2023 World Cup.

Here are the remarkable records from this memorable match:

  1. Second Win for Afghanistan in World Cup History: Afghanistan secured only their second win in the Cricket World Cup, having previously defeated Scotland in the 2015 edition. Afghanistan had lost all nine of their matches in the 2019 edition.
  2. Maiden ODI Win over England: Afghanistan claimed their first-ever ODI victory over England. In previous encounters, Afghanistan suffered a massive 150-run defeat in the 2019 World Cup and a nine-wicket loss in the 2015 World Cup.
  3. Unwanted World Cup Records for England: England now holds the record for the most defeats among the first eight full-member teams, surpassing West Indies’ tally of 10. Moreover, this match marked the first time that England lost eight wickets to spinners in a World Cup encounter.
  4. End of Afghanistan’s Losing Streak: Afghanistan had faced 14 consecutive defeats at the World Cup before their triumph against England, sharing the second-longest losing streak alongside Scotland. Zimbabwe holds the record with 18 consecutive losses.
  5. Most Wickets for Afghan Spinners in a World Cup Match: In this match, Afghanistan’s spinners recorded their highest number of wickets (8) in a single World Cup game. Their previous best was six wickets against Sri Lanka in 2019. Rashid Khan’s performance, with figures of 3/37, ranked as the fourth-best by an Afghan bowler in World Cup history, with Mohammad Nabi leading the list with 4/30.
  6. Historic Milestone for Mohammad Nabi: Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghan player to reach 150 ODI matches. He also claimed two wickets against England and now has 156 scalps at an average of 32.31, in addition to 3,187 runs with the bat.
  7. Second-Highest Total for Afghanistan in World Cup History: Afghanistan’s 284/10 is their second-highest team score in World Cup history, behind the 288/10 they achieved against West Indies in 2019. It marked only their third score of 250-plus at the World Cup.
  8. Highest World Cup Opening Stand for Afghanistan: Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran set a record with a 114-run opening partnership. This surpassed the previous record held by Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali, who added 66 runs against New Zealand in the 2019 edition. Notably, these are the only two 50+ opening partnerships for Afghanistan in ICC World Cups.
  9. Most Runs in a Power Play (1-10) for Afghanistan in World Cup: Gurbaz and Zadran’s partnership contributed 79 runs in the first power play for Afghanistan, setting a new record for the side in World Cup history. The previous record was established between Zazai and Ali against New Zealand in 2019.
  10. Highest World Cup Score by an Afghanistan Player: Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s fiery innings of 80 became Afghanistan’s highest individual score by an opener in World Cup history, surpassing Rahmat Shah’s 62. Gurbaz also posted the joint third-highest score by an Afghan player in World Cup history, with Samiullah Shinwari (96) leading the list.
  11. Massive Record for Afghans in 2023 WC: Afghanistan reached the 100-run mark in just 12.4 overs, recording the fastest 100 by a team batting first in the 2023 World Cup.
  12. Best World Cup Figures for Adil Rashid: Adil Rashid achieved his best figures at the World Cup, taking 3/42 from 10 overs. His previous best was 3/54 against Australia in 2019. He now has 15 wickets from 14 World Cup matches at an average of 43.80.
  13. Root Claims a Unique Record: Joe Root equaled the World Cup record for most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in a match, with four catches. This achievement puts him in the company of Mohammad Kaif, Soumya Sarkar, Umar Akmal, and Chris Woakes. Root has now taken 84 catches in ODIs from 164 matches.
  14. ENG-AFG Match Sees a World Cup Record: This match witnessed a total of 13 wickets taken by spinners, with England’s spinners claiming five and the Afghans taking eight. This ranks as the second-highest tally of wickets claimed by spinners in a World Cup match, following the 14 wickets taken in the game between Kenya and Sri Lanka in 2003 and Canada-Zimbabwe in 2011.
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