Afghanistan secured a 27-run win - and one-nil lead in their two-match series against Scotland - in Sunday's first Twenty20 International at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Mental and technical fortitude - and patience - paid off for batsman Phil Hughes at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Friday.
A record-breaking 99 not out from batsman Luke Wright and a thoroughly professional, all-round performance with the ball carried England to a resounding 116-run triumph over Afghanistan.
Afghanistan were the best of the minnow sides to compete at the World Twenty20 thus far, doing better than Zimbabwe or Ireland despite losing by 23 runs against India in Colombo.
The first ODI between Ireland and Afghanistan was washed out without a ball bowled at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin.
@SAman...briefly worried when we did not look like taking a 200 lead...but once over 170 and then 200 I was always confident of winning on that track and conditions. Very very hard for batsmen, ruined...Have Your Say