Gurbaz’s explosive hitting off Sam Curran was followed by a controversial moment as Curran pushed away an on-field camera, drawing criticism from netizens.

In the ongoing England vs. Afghanistan World Cup match in Delhi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz provided a strong start for Afghanistan after England’s captain, Jos Buttler, elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Gurbaz’s aggressive performance included a quick 50 off 33 balls, helping Afghanistan amass 79/0 at the conclusion of the initial powerplay – their highest powerplay total in World Cup history. Gurbaz, in partnership with Ibrahim Zadran, established a remarkable 100-plus run opening stand.

In the 9th over, Gurbaz put on an impressive display, launching Sam Curran for three consecutive boundaries, comprising two fours and one six, resulting in an expensive over for Sam with 20 runs conceded.

However, in the very next over, an incident took center stage. Curran, fielding near the boundary, was taken aback when a camera zoomed in from behind, prompting an aggressive reaction from him as he pushed the camera away, indicating it was too close to the field. This reaction from Sam has led to criticism from netizens, who are connecting it to his possible frustration over Gurbaz’s impressive performance against his bowling.

Earlier, England chose to field after winning the toss, maintaining their playing XI from the previous game, sidelining Ben Stokes. Afghanistan made one alteration, with Ikram Ali Khil stepping in for Najibullah Zadran.

England enters the match following a convincing 137-run win over Bangladesh but faced a reality check in the tournament’s first game, where New Zealand effortlessly chased down a 283-run target. Afghanistan, still seeking their first victory in the competition, aims for an upset against the defending champions.

Last Updated on October 15, 2023

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