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22-Oct-2022 23:54:00 GMT
Eng vs Afg - 14th match Super 12 Group 1, Perth

Curran five-for sees England beat Afghanistan in low-scorer

England 113 for 5 (Livingstone 29*) beat Afghanistan 112 (Curran 5-10) by five wickets

Perth: England's bowlers set up a five-wicket victory over Afghanistan as Jos Buttler's side made a winning start to the T20 World Cup in Perth.

Sam Curran took 5-10 - England's first five-wicket haul in men's T20s - in a complete bowling performance, which was backed up by a phenomenal display of catching.

Curran claimed four wickets in six balls at the death after Mark Wood and Ben Stokes had taken two wickets apiece as Afghanistan were bowled out for 112 in 19.4 overs.

As notable, though, was England's fielding - a fine high catch from Adil Rashid and a leaping one-handed grab by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler the highlights.

England's batting order misfired in the chase, slipping to 97-5 against Afghanistan's spin-heavy attack, but the target was never likely to be defendable.

Liam Livingstone ended 29 not out as England, semi-finalists in the 2021 World Cup and among the favourites again, won with 11 balls remaining.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand stunned hosts and defending champions Australia in the same group.

Their next game is against Ireland on Wednesday, followed by Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground two days later.

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