Both Australia and England recorded easy wins in the warm up against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan respectively.
Hosts England continued to show their dominance as they decimated Afghanistan to cruise to a 9 wicket victory, chasing 160 in just 17.1 overs. After Root and Archer shined with the ball, Roy’s blistering innings took England home.
Winning the toss, Root elected to bowl first. The Afghanistan batsman never got going and lost wickets at regular intervals. Archer claimed 2 wickets in his first 3 overs to leave Afghanistan in a fix.
The incoming batsman too couldn’t get going and gave away their wickets cheaply. Mohammad Nabi resisted till the end to score a valiant 44 that comprised of 3 sixes. Dawlat Zadran hit some boundaries in the end but following Nabi’s wicket the innings closed at 160.
Following Afghanistan’s innings, it was only a matter of time before the hosts got over the line. They decided to make an easy work of it and chased it down in just 17.1 overs. Jason Roy went about decimating every opposition bowler to score 89 of just 46 deliveries which comprised of 11 fours and 4 sixes. His innings was well supported by both Bairstow and Root who made 39 and 29 respectively. Nabi got the only wicket of Bairstow and showed that he was fighting a lone battle for his side.
Thus the win wraps up England’s warm up in fine fashion heading into the tournament. Afghanistan will need to address their problems.
England 161 for 1 (Roy 89*, Nabi 1-34) beat Afghanistan 160 (Nabi 44, Root 3-22, Archer 3-32) by nine wickets.
Meanwhile in another game for the day, Australia comfortably eased past Sri Lanka to win both their warm up games. After restricting SL to a modest 239-8, they chased it down in just 45 overs.
Sri Lanka got off to a positive start putting on 44 for the first wicket before Kane Richardson came on to remove Karunaratne. Every batsmen got starts but failed to convert them into a big one.
From 161-6 at a point, Dhananjaya de Silva and Thisara Perera played a sensible knock to take the side’s score over 200. For Australia every bowler they used except Stoinis profited with a wicket.
Despite losing Finch early in the chase, Usman Khawaja took control to take the game away from SL. He scored 89 to take authority on the game. Marsh, Maxwell and Stoinis each chipped in with vital contributions as Australia got home in 45 overs.
Australia 241 for 5 (Khawaja 89, Vandersay 2-51) beat Sri Lanka 239 for 8 (Thirimanne 56, Zampa 2-39) by five wickets.