However, Spinners came to the rescue of England taking five wickets while conceding 3.91 runs per over. Adil Rashid figures of 3 for 42 are his best at a World Cup. Liam Livingstone was also effective, he took only one wicket but was the most economical among the England bowlers, conceding 33 runs in his full quota of overs-bowling 10 overs for the first time in his ODI career. while Mark Wood struck twice. Joe Root and Reece Topley claimed a wicket each
England seamers on the other hand leaked runs, particularly Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, whose eight overs cost 87 between them. With Ben Stokes not expected to bowl a ball in this tournament, Curran and Woakes have both been exposed on a good batting surface. so far
Woakes took the new ball but bowled wide outside off stump to protect the short leg-side boundary and being driven through the infield. And Curran was smashed at the death, conceding 18 runs in the 46th over as Mujeeb Ur Rahman took him down to cleaners.
England fielded an unchanged playing XI, while Afghanistan, on the other hand, made one change as Ikram Ali Khil replaces Najibullah Zadran.
England came into this match after a strong 137-run victory over Bangladesh. The Three Lions, however, were given a reality check in the tournament opener as New Zealand had made a mockery of the stiff 283-run target and won the contest by nine wickets.
Afghanistan: 284 all out in 49.5 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 80, Ikram Alikhil 58; Adil Rashid 3/42).
England 215 all out 40.3 overs (Harry Brook 66,Dawid Malan 32,Rashid Khan 3 for 37,Mujeeb 3 for 51, Nabi 2 for 16