The visit to Manchester this time had a wave of subtlety to it, and barring the enthusiastic support for Afghanistan, the game was a happy escape from the craziness of India vs Pakistan only a few days ago.
This game saw Afghanistan lock horns against the hosts, and a healthy crowd filled Old Trafford comfortably.
An exciting team on a slight downward spiral, Afghanistan weren’t expected to win the game for several reasons. Up against the number one ODI side in the world, this would have been a huge feat for the team.
England were explosive from the beginning. Their skipper Eoin Morgan led his team from the front and disregarded any injury concerns with 148 runs. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root were unable to get to their respective centuries, however, played important knocks to steer England towards a monstrous total of 398.
Afghanistan seemed bamboozled from the beginning and all in all, this match was an easy one for the hosts. However, Afghanistan need not be hard on themselves at all. As a team on the rise, the exposure is invaluable for the future of Afghanistan cricket, and as they are languishing at the bottom of the table, the only thing they should try to do is play good cricket.