T20 World Cup 2022: Sam Curran takes five wickets as England beat Afghanistan in opener

3 months ago Evening Standard

A year ago, Sam Curran had watched on as his teammates began their T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE, sidelined by what would soon become a hallmark of authenticity among English seam bowlers: a stress fracture of the back. Sam Curran is congratulated by his captain England captain Jos Buttler. Stokes finished with figures of 2-19 from four overs, not bad for a player whose last four balls at a T20 World Cup had each been clobbered for six. Buttler made a run-a-ball 18, while fellow opener Alex Hales was dropped twice in his 19 scored at the same rate. Stokes was bowled for just two by Nabi, who then took a catch as good as any of England’s to remove Dawid Malan.
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