A satisfying win, says Wright

Man of the match for his unbeaten 99 against Afghanistan, England batsman Luke Wright felt his team’s 116-run win was a satisfying one.

“Yeah it was. We knew how dangerous they (Afghanistan) were going to be today. We watched the India match and saw how dangerous their batters can be. After the first over of the match (a wicket maiden) the way we came back and bowled them out was a superb effort,” said Wright who brought up his best T20 score.

England, riding on Wright’s unbeaten 99, hit up 196 for five in their 20 overs and then bundled out Afghanistan for just 80 in 17.2 overs for a comprehensive win.

While admitting that it was disappointing to miss out on a century, Wright said he was just happy to be back in the side.

“It was disappointing but more than that I was happy to keep the scoreboard moving and help the team performance. I was desperate for a chance to get to the form of my life and I am glad that I got it here. The initial plan was not to lose any wickets as Craig (Kieswetter) had just got out and our plans worked well.”

Afghanistan bowler Shapoor Zadran explained the rationale behind opting to bowl first. “The reason why we chose to bowl first was that the pitch was fresh and we had done well against India by bowling first. So we wanted to take that advantage. But we had some lapses while fielding. We have to rectify these mistakes soon if we have to compete with the best in the world,” he remarked.

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