Afghanistan produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the ICC World Cup on Sunday. They outplayed the defending champions England in match No.13 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Afghanistan's historic win over the reigning world champions lifted the Asian nation off the bottom of the group standings at the 2023 World Cup.
Afghanistan recorded its second win ever in the 50-over World Cup. They also handed England its second defeat of the 2023 World Cup in India. The ninth-ranked side last won a World Cup match against Scotland back in 2015. This was also Afghanistan’s first-ever One Day International (ODI) win against England. The Afghans shattered multiple records with their historic win over Jos Buttler's men at Delhi.
Afghanistan ended its losing streak at the ODI World Cup on Sunday. Before this match, they failed to win a single match in their last 14 appearances at the ODI World Cup. The unwanted record for most consecutive defeats in ODI World Cup cricket was set by Zimbabwe. From 1983 to 1992, Zimbabwe suffered 18 defeats in ODI World Cups. Meanwhile, Star performer Mohammad Nabi (15) surpassed Dawlat Zadran (14) to become the highest-wicket taker for Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup.
13 wickets were taken by spinners in the match. Only Kenya's clash with Sri Lanka (14 wickets) in World Cup 2003 and Canadia versus Zimbabwe (14) at World Cup 2011 have witnessed spinners taking more than 13 wickets in a match. This is the first time in the history of the World Cup, that England lost as many as 8 wickets to spinners.
Afghanistan's 69-run win over England saw Afghan spinners taking the most wickets (8) in a World Cup inning. Rashid recorded the fourth-best bowling figures for Afghanistan at the World Cup. Back in 2019, the spinner recorded the most expensive bowling figures in the history of the World Cup against England. He went wicketless and leaked 110 runs in 9 overs at the time. But this time, he came up with a revenge.