Start Time:3:00 IST
Venue: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
Head-to-Head in World Cups-
England have won their previous World Cup game played against Afghanistan played at Sydney Cricket Ground in 2015.
England will make one change as James Vince will make way for injured Jason Roy, who has tweaked his hamstring and will miss two games. Jonny Bairstow has played well and needs to get a big score in this game. The opener will be keen to deliver a big score against Afghanistan.
Joe Root has been in splendid form for the side in this World Cup with two centuries to his name. Skipper Eoin Morgan has recovered from back spasm. Given the amount of assistance for the spinners, England might be tempted to play two spinners. Moeen Ali could replace Liam Plunkett in this game.
Ben Stokes has shown gradual improvement with the ball by each passing game in this competition. He will hold for England with the bat as well. Jofra Archer has been exceptional with the new-ball and has been able to deliver scintillating performances so far in this World Cup.
Mark Wood also bowled exceedingly well in the previous game played against West Indies.
Gulbadin Naib and co. will need to put in a better batting performance in order to push England in this game. The experienced players like Rahmat Shah, Hazratullah Zazai, Hashmatullah Shahidi will need to produce runs for the side in this game.
So far batting has been a big letdown for the side in this year’s competition. They certainly need to bat first and produce a modest score to given something for bowlers to defend. Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi will certainly enjoy bowling at Manchester, which saw considerable turn for the spinners in the game between India and Pakistan.
Hamid Hasan or Aftab Alam will have to fight it out for a place in the playing XI.