England beat Afganistan by nine wickets in their farewell game
Nirapad News : England beat Afghanistan by nine wickets in a rain-affected Pool A match on Friday to recover a little bit of pride from a disastrous World Cup campaign. After rain reduced England’s target to 101 from 25 overs, Ian Bell made an unbeaten 52 to complete the chase with 41 balls to spare.
England’s batsmen scored quickly to chase down the revised target of 101 off 25 overs after England’s bowlers, led by Chris Jordan (2-13) and Ravi Bopara (2-31), restricted Afghanistan to 111-7 off 36.2 overs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ian Bell scored 52 not out and combined for an 83-run stand with Alex Hales (37) to make light work of the small target.
England was aiming to end its tournament on a positive note after being removed from quarterfinal contention in a 15-run loss to Bangladesh on Monday.
England finish fifth in Pool A having beaten only the Afghans and Scotland in their six matches.
Winning just twice is England’s joint-worst return from a World Cup, matching the 1996 tournament. On that occasion, they did at least make it to the quarter-finals.