North India Times

England register win over Afghanistan

Afghanistan-cricket-teamIn the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, co-hosts New Zealand today continued their unbeaten streak in the pool stage, as they defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in a cliffhanger at Hamilton.

Chasing a fighting target of 289, the match went back and forth, but New Zealand held their nerves, as they overhauled the target in the 49th over with three wickets in hand.

Martin Guptill top scored with 105 for the Kiwis and Shakib al Hasan took four wickets. Earlier, Mahmudullah’s ton had enabled Bangladesh to post a competitive total of 288 for 7 in 50 overs. Both the teams are already in the quarter-finals from Pool A.

In the other match today, England registered a compensatory win over Afghanistan by 9 wickets. In a rain affected game at Sydney, England chased down the target of 101 by Duckworth Lewis method for the loss of a wicket.

After regular interruptions by rain the match officials halted Afghanistan innings at 111 for the loss of 7 wickets in 36.2 overs and revised the target to 101 to be achieved in 25 overs. This match was a dead rubber, as both the teams are out of the World Cup and will now head home.

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