Two brilliant performances from Moeen Ali and David Willey saved the day for an England side who, were at one stage in real trouble at 79-7 and looking like falling to an unlikely defeat to the minnows of Afghanistan.
The pair rescued the innings for England before then both bowling very well to restrict them and help England to give them more chance of qualifying to the semi-final. We assess the performance of each England player.
Jason Roy (5): Another failure for Roy who, is still struggling to find the consistency needed to succeed in the international game as he scored just five runs today from seven deliveries. He was out bowled to Amir Hamza early on really struggled to cope with the lines in which the bowlers were bowling and this came as real disappointment as he looked in fine form in England's mammoth chase over South Africa last Friday.
James Vince (6): In what was his first appearance of the tournament he did fairly well and looked well set when batting but he fell to Naib LBW for 22 and was very unlucky and on any other day it wouldn't have been a catch, so we may well be talking about something much better. He didn't quite grasp the chance which was offered to him with the injury which was picked up by Alex Hales but, you feel that there is still a strong chance of him playing England's final game in the Super 10's regardless of if Hales returns to the side or not. He hit four glorious fours which at the time got England off to a reasonable start but, his wicket sparked the collapse which saw England reduced to 79-7.
Joe Root (6): Much like Vince he was rather unlucky with his mode of dismissal as he was out run-out and Ben Stokes was the one in the middle at the time and it was a lack of communication between the two which led to the wicket and on any other day that wouldn't have happened. He fell for just twelve and in the time which he had in the middle he was looking really good hitting a six and a four and you sense that if he were not run-out that he was on for another high score. He didn't bowl in this game but, he was more than useful in the field taking two catches to help England on their way to victory in this one.
Eoin Morgan (5): Morgan once again struggled with the bat and looked rather foolish when he left a delivery from a spinner which went straight onto the stumps to see him fall for a golden duck. The form of Morgan is a real concern for England and is something which should be addressed as your captain can't keep getting out for low scores and stay in the team so if the form doesn’t return then something has got to give. Despite, his batting struggling he took one catch and led the team very well in the field and got a number of decisions spot-on and tactically was good throughout.
Ben Stokes (6): Like Morgan, Stokes is really struggling with the bat at the moment and he fell for just seven today also out bowled and was part of the major England collapse in the innings. Yes you want to score quick runs but when you have run-out your sides best player you need to have more of a responsibility and this is something which Stokes didn't show as he played a very rash shot and paid the price. In the field he took one catch whilst also bowling three overs where he one wicket for 28 runs, which were alright figures, not spectacular.
Jos Buttler (6): Like many of the English batsmen, Buttler struggled in this match and could only manage six and was also out to a stupid shot which wasn't required at the time and his dismissal could of been prevented. With the gloves he did a reasonable job and didn't concede any bye's in the innings which must be deemed as a success. He didn't take any catches in the innings but if England are to get back to their best Buttler will need to get back scoring runs again you fear.
Moeen Ali (9): A man of the match performance from Ali who was superb in both disciplines and was ultimately the reason why England came out on top in this one as without his unbeaten 41 England would have been bowled out much before the 20th over. He was joined by Willey at the fall of Chris Jordan's wicket when his side were 85-7 and in the need of a really good partnership and they brought it as the pair shared an unbroken 8th wicket stand of 57 to give their side a chance at the interval. With the ball Ali was also impressive as he went for just seventeen whilst also picking up the key wicket of Rashid Khan to really stop the momentum which the batting side had created. This will give Ali a great lift because up to now he had been disappointing particularly with the bat and so to score well today will do him the world of good ahead of the Sri Lanka game on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Jordan (7): Jordan was one of England's better performers in the match scoring a quick 15 with the bat whilst also doing well with the ball coming out with figures of 1-27 from his four overs which was a vast improvement on his performance against South Africa last week. The innings of 15 which he had proved to be crucial as that was the winning margin which England won by and so without them it may have been even closer than it actually was. Jordan opened the bowling oncw again and helped to keep it tight at the beginning before coming in for a little bit of tap towards the end of the match as the batsmen looked to be more aggressive.
David Willey (8): A great performance from Willey with both bat and ball as he put in his best performance of the tournament so far to help England claim a victory from the jaws of defeat. He was part of that stand with Ali which vertically saved England and his contribution of 20 from 17 including two sixes was vital in supporting Ali to help England pass the 140 mark from their 20 overs. With the ball Willey also opened the bowling and was very solid returning with figures of 2-23 from four overs including getting the vital wicket of the dangerous Mohammad Shahzad in the opening over of the chase which really put his side on the front foot.
Adil Rashid (7): A quiet day for Rashid but, another great bowling performance from him as he took figures of 2-18 which was fantastic and he is really showing just how much he has improved in this format in the past few months. He wasn't required to bat and at one stage it was looking like he would be required to bat but due to Ali and Willey's perfect partnership he wasn't required to use his willow in the end. Each game that goes by he is becoming a more and more important player for England and will currently be one of the first names on the team sheet which shows just how well the Yorkshireman is doing.
Liam Plunkett (8): Like Rashid Plunkett didn't bat but, he really made a great contribution with the ball as he returned with fabulous figures of 0-12 from his four overs with an economy of just 3 which would be about the norm in Test matches. His bowling was superb and the batsmen really had no answer for it and just had to play it out and wait for another bowler to come on for their chance to score runs. He came into the side for this match instead of Recce Topley and he really showed why he should be in the team more regularly and if he can keep this form up then he will be a fixture in this England side for a number of years.