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Live Reporting

Phil Dawkes and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. 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."

  3. 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."

  4. 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."

  5. Post update

    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?

  7. Post update

    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."

  8. '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!

  10. Post update

    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."

  11. 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

    Full scorecard

  12. Post update

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Afg 123-9 (need 20 off 1 ball)

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

  16. Afg 123-9

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Afg 123-9

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

  20. 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...