After splitting their opening two games of the tournament against West Indies and South Africa, Eoin Morgan won the toss against the group minnows today and opted to bat at Feroz Shah Kotla, a ground hosting its first ever international T20 contest.
After a steady enough start, England's innings dramatically collapsed in the sixth over when three key wickets – James Vince (22), Morgan (0) and Joe Root (12) – fell in the space of four balls off the bowling of Mohammad Nabi.
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Afghanistan keeper Mohammad Shahzad had starred in previous matches but he lasted just three balls as Willey trapped him lbw in the first over.
It was a blow to Afghanistan's hopes of causing a big upset and from that point on England's attack dominated the contest, eventually restricting their opponents to 127-9.
England's final match of the group is against Sri Lanka, also in Delhi, on Saturday.