England and India were winners today (23 March) in group play of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.
England entered its match with Afghanistan 1-1 in Group 1 and looking to make up ground on group-leading West Indies.
Opener Jason Roy was bowled in the third over with just five runs and Joe Root — fresh off a stellar performance versus South Africa — was run out for 12 runs.
Five of England’s first six in the order were out for 12 runs or less as England put up 142 runs in 20 overs.
In the chase, England’s bowlers dominated from the start. David Willey took two for 23 and Afghanistan was limited to 127 as England won by 15 runs.
“They (Afghanistan) certainly didn’t surprise us with anything that they have done before,” England captain Eion Morgan said.
“They continue to play in the right way to try and improve their cricket. I have said before that they are probably the best associate nation at the moment and I think that is a huge honour. I think if they continue playing in that fashion then I think they will improve their cricket a lot more quickly.”
The day’s other match came down to the last ball.
In that one, Bangladesh needed two runs from three balls but India took three-straight wickets to clinch the one-run win.