The first day of the main event in the T20 World Cup has wrapped up and how. First, it was a major upset staged by New Zealand against the hosts and defending champions Australia. And the second match saw Afghanistan going against England. England won the toss and eventually the match. However, one among the lot shined bright while in the first innings for England.
Sam Curran Sets a New Record for England in the World Cup
Sam Curran scalped five wickets in England’s tournament-opening match. With an impressive performance, the 24-year-old all-rounder is now the first English player to pick a fifer in T20 World Cup. The five-wicket haul came in a spell of 3.4 overs that let only 10 runs loose. Moreover, apart from Curran others Mark Wood and Chris Woakes turned successful to startle the Afghanistan side.
The Mohammad Nabi-led Afghanistan side playing their first match in Australia put on quite a dwindling batting show. They were all out at just 112 runs. However, the chase didn’t go as easy as it seemed at the drop of the innings break. The bowling attack stacked with scintillating performers like Fazalhaq Farooqi and Rashid Khan didn’t let anyone from the England team shine bright in the fairly easy chase.
However, as low as the target was set, England somehow reached the par score at the loss of 5 wickets in the penultimate over. Both the teams will now head to Melbourne with England set to face qualifiers Ireland. And Afghanistan is scheduled to lock horns with New Zealand, after their big starting win in the opener against Australia. Meanwhile, there’s an exciting clash set up at the MCG with ace-rivals India and Pakistan facing each other off amidst the scare of rain potentially hindering the clash.