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.
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.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants fast-improving teams like Afghanistan to play more international matches against Test-playing nations in order to gauge their progress in a better fashion.