Afghanistan has scripted history by thumping the defending champions in Delhi at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Afghanistan beat England by 69 runs to register its first-ever World Cup win. Since yesterday’s match concluded, spinner Mujeeb Ur Rehman has been in the talks of the cricket fans because he played a crucial role in Afghanistan’s historic win over England. Not to mention, Mujeeb Ur Rehman also became the Man of The Match for his standout performance with both bat and bowl. However, his primary role was to restrict batsman scoring runs and pick wickets but Mujeeb scored 28 runs with bat as well taking the team to a fighting total. Shift to the next section and unravel more details of the match. We have provided an in-depth analysis of the match. Swipe down the page.
It was a stunning moment when Afghanistan handed over a 69-run defeat to the defending champions. Team England bundled out for just 215 runs while chasing 285 runs. Despite Harry Brook’s fifty, England’s batsmen could not take the boat to the shore. Impressively, Mujeeb Ur Rahman scalped 3 wickets bowling as a strike bowler for Afghanistan. Star cricket Rashid Khan also bagged 3 wickets to hold the team in winning their first match in the World Cup.
Afghanistan batsmen also need a special appreciation. Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil, both stroked fifties against the England bowlers and posted a fighting total on the scoreboard. The tailenders of Afghanistan also added substantial runs on the scoreboard, including Mujeeb Ur Rahman who scored 28 runs with bat and picked 3 wickets to become the Player of The Match. Spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman also created a fan moment by hugging a fan who broke into tears and dedicated his award to the victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman said, “This is for the people back home who have been affected by the earthquake. As players and as a team, I wanted to dedicate my award to them. “It’s a very proud moment to be here in the World Cup beating the last champions, it is a good moment for the whole nation and the team. A wonderful performance for the bowlers and the batters.” England only won one out of the three matches it played. The win came against Bangladesh in their last match in Dharamshala. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has faced two back-to-back losses in ICC World Cup 2023.