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Summary

  1. Afghanistan 127-9 (20 overs); Shafiqullah 35*
  2. England 142-7 (20 overs) - won toss
  3. Eng collapse from 42-1 to 85-7
  4. Moeen top scores with 41 not out (33 balls)

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By Phil Dawkes and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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We've all calmed down now. Nothing to see here. England are up to second in the group having won two on the bounce. They've given us a batting display and a bowling display this tournament. Maybe one glorious day, they'll do both in the same match?

All English eyes now turn to Friday's game between South Africa and West Indies. A win for the latter and England will just need to beat Sri Lanka to reach the last four. Just. Like it's that easy?!

Before all that, though, we will be back in about 30 minutes for live text coverage of India v Bangladesh. I'll see thee soon.

Captain's view

More from England captain Eoin Morgan: "We were outstanding in the first six overs with David Willey, Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett. Our combination of spin didn't really come off, Afghanistan are great players of spin. It's a credit to Afghanistan the way they play, they're probably the strongest associate nation at the moment."

Captain's view

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai: "England took 25 runs off one over, that's a big reason as to why they got to a good score.

"The guys in the top order lost wickets early to poor shots. The pitch wasn't difficult and they didn't take responsibility. That's a big reason as to why we lost."

Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Quite simply, we came for a win and we won. We will dissect that performance moving into Saturday's game against Sri Lanka - playing a dangerous side like Afghanistan can be a banana skin. Under-performing, you can come unstuck, and we didn't really adapt to the surface when we were batting. David Willey and Moeen Ali played really well to allow us to put a score on the board, but we fielded and bowled well."

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"England had the problem in the past of scrambled minds. It's worse against the Associate teams and when pace off the ball gives you time to think - thinking doesn't always help."

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Mark: Who do I see about having life sized Moeen Ali and David Willey statues crafted?

Paul Howley: Do you think its possible that England's bowlers and batsmen might actually play well in the same game?

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Afghanistan should have won that game. If there was a turning point, it was the 19th over when Moeen and Willey took 25 off the left-arm spinner. It just gave England a threatening target."

'A hack at the end'

England all-rounder Moeen Ali: "We wanted to give ourselves time, take it to the last three overs and have a hack at the end.

"It was probably better for me to take my time and, in the end, it came off.

"It helped having a left-armer bowling to two left-handers, but no matter who bowled, he had to go.

"Today I bowled a little bit slower, but was a bit disappointed. It was about getting the job done against a good side. It was a tough game."

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Tim Stubbs: I was never in doubt. Honest. This is what England do. Now, be still my beating heart!

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Crazily this victory will be on a par with the South Africa one, there were stages when they were completely gone."

End-of-play scorecard

Afghanistan 127-9 (20 overs) - England won by 15 runs

Batsmen: Shafiqullah 35*, Shapoor 0*

Fall of wickets: 4-1 (Shahzad 4), 12-2 (Stanikzai 1), 13-3 (Gulbadin 0), 35-4 (Rashid 15), 39-5 (Noor Ali 17), 64-6 (Nabi 12), 85-7 (Najibullah 14), 94-8 (Shenwari 22), 108-9 (Amir Hamza 1)

Bowling: Willey 4-0-23-2, Jordan 4-0-27-1, Plunkett 4-1-12-0, Moeen 2-0-17-1, Rashid 3-0-18-2, Stokes 3-0-28-1.

England 142-7 (20 overs) - Moeen 41*, Vince 22, Nabi 2-17, Rashid 2-17

England won toss

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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"England don't give you an easy ride very often do they?"

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Sid Keyte: That 'Houdini' show will feel like a massive win. England will now go all the way to the final.

Afg 127-9

England win by 15 runs

Shafiqullah ends with a four but it is final flourish that does nothing to alter the result. England get themselves out of jail with a superb bowling display.

Shafiqullah sees out loss with a four

Afg 123-9 (need 20 off 1 ball)

And another dot. Game over. Well bowled, Stokes.

Afg 123-9

Another dot. England's win is nailed on now.

Afg 123-9

What a stop for Jos Buttler. Shafaq inside edges and it destined for the boundary until Buttler reaches out at full-stretch to stop.

Afg 123-9

After a brief stoppage to remove a kite (yes, a kite) from the pitch, Stokes charges in and his short ball is pulled but for a dot as Shafaq decides he is better facing.

Afg 123-9

Oh-o. Stokes' first ball is really poor and sliced away for four by Shafiqullah.

Afg 119-9 (need 24 from 6 balls)

England are perhaps eyeing a net run-rate boost. But they need to keep their focus on winning the game. Shafiqullah belts Jordan for four and then six. Perhaps crucially, Shafaq gets a single off the last to keep strike. All Afghan hopes rest on him. If they win it now it will be truly remarkable. Stokes is going to bowl the last...

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Jordan initially dropped it but had plenty of time. If England could get another wicket now there is significant net run-rate gain to be had."

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Hamza run out 1 (Afg 108-9)

Shafiqullah has done Amir Hamza here. The former connects, but straight to the fielder at midwicket, and sets off before stopping, leaving Hamza stranded for Jordan to collect and run him out.

Hamza run out by Jordan

Afg 108-8 (need 35 from 12 balls)

Shafiqullah improvises to find another boundary, this time dropping to one and slanting the face to steer the ball for four off Willey. The bowler manages a big grin from the next ball as Shafaq swings big and ugly and misses. Six off the over. The 19th over is when Moeen teed off for England. Can Shafaq do the same for his side?

Afg 102-8 (need 41 from 18 balls)

Hang on. Don't go sticking the kettle on just yet. Shafiqullah gets stuck in to Stokes with a swipe to send the ball flying over the square-leg boundary for six. England were 98-7 at this stage. But then Moeen did take the penultimate over for 25. 

Shafiqullah six gives Afghanistan hope

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Ian Bradley: Start the magic carpet, England have conjured their way out of this nightmare.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It was banged in short but he didn't time it and England just gathering round for a drink brought out by Topley who is probably wondering if he will get another game for a while. This is quite an escape because you thought there was no way they could get out of it."

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Sami c Root b Stokes 22 (Afg 94-8)

That could be Afghanistan's last hope of victory gone. Sami has played well for 22, which he reached with a booming drive for four off Stokes at the start of the over. But the Durham seamer has the last word with a short ball that Sami swings at and top-edges high for Root to catch.

Sami out for Afghanistan

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Josh Withers: How can it even be a debate whether we need associate nations in World Cups? Rarely a no contest and often the best games.

Afg 88-7 (need 55 off 24 balls)

Jordan has bowled well today. His third over goes for just four to push that run-rate up even further.

Chris Jordan
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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"England will consider that a bonus but if you are the batting side you will feel aggrieved. It is one for the lawmakers to look at because it was not easy to tell with the shape of the bat whether it was grounded."

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Najib run out 14 (Afg 85-6)

A bonus for England. Najibullah Zadran is very unlucky as he is run out by Jordan at the non-striker's end. The bowler collects off his own bowling and throws down the stumps. The diving Najib looks to be back but his bat has hit the turf and bounced ever so slightly off the ground.

Is this the closest run-out ever seen?

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Brockerz: I'd just love to sit back, relax and watch the game, yet you insist on keeping me on the edge of the seat!

Afg 82-6 (need 60 from 30 balls)

Ben Stokes has some amends to make. He didn't exactly cover himself in glory with the bat. His first over with the ball is a decent one, going for six and almost containing a run out as Morgan throws down the stumps just after Najibullah Zadran makes his ground with a dive at the non-striker's end. Two-a-ball needed by Afghanistan.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"England have been fielding like desperate men - because they were desperate men at the halfway stage."

Afg 77-6

Moeen has a very good shout for man of the match today. His innings at the end gave England the chance that the bowlers have seized. This isn't a good over from the spinner, though, as Najibullah Zadran belts him for four then a straight six. The associate nation haven't given up yet.

Huge six for Afghanistan's Najib

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"There is an element of self-destruction about the way Afghanistan have gone about this, almost as if they were daunted by the prospect of victory."

Rashid Khan
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Paul Vandrill: Afghanistan suffering without the usual charity 40 runs courtesy of Mr Topley.  

Afg 64-6 (need 79 from 42 balls)

Afghanistan need something special now. The required run-rate is up to 11.28. All credit to England's bowlers. They have taken some flak after the first two games, but they have turned up in force today.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The pressure was mounting. He had hit him for six but Rashid has bowled a bit quicker, it wasn't quite middled and went straight to Jordan. Another key wicket and they should be all right now, England."

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Nabi c Jordan b Rashid 12 (Afg 64-6)

This was always likely to happen. The pressure continues to mount and the Afghan batsman need to start taking big risks, which Mohammad Nabi does with a huge swipe off Rashid that sends the ball high and straight to Chris Jordan at long-on.

Afghanistan's Nabi caught by Jordan