England were set a revised target of 101 to win off 25 overs and knocked the runs off with ease as Ian Bell made an unbeaten half-century.
Relive Sports Mole's over-by-over updates of the weather-affected match at the SCG below.
AFGHANISTAN: Nawroz Mangal, Javed Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Nasir Jamal, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hassan
Breakthrough for England as Mangal hangs his bat out at what was a bit of a wide long hop from Anderson and Root takes the catch above his head at slip. That was one of Jimmy's worst balls so far and the batsman will be frustrated having battled hard through to survive the good, swinging stuff.
Now it is Broad's turn as a perfect length ball just nibbles away a fraction and finds the edge of a fairly loose drive from Ahmadi. It is catching practice for Root and Afghanistan have lost both of their openers.
Have I watched that DVD box set too much? It makes pretty good Sunday afternoon viewing.
Jordan gets in on the act and England have a third wicket. He is full and the ball just holds its line, with a noncommittal prod from Zazai finding its way through to Buttler for a decent catch to his right.
Two for Jordan, four for England as this is the big one, if there is such thing in this Afghanistan lineup. Shenwari pushes his hands at a length ball and a thick edge goes to point, where Morgan takes a good catch diving forward. You would like to see England be ruthless now, with the minnows on the rocks.
As it so often does, a break brings a wicket and Jamal's slog of a 17 is ended by Bopara. The patient number four pushes at one outside off stump and nicks it through straight into Buttler's gloves.
Nabi's bright cameo comes to an end as he picks out Tredwell at mid-on. He was waiting on the back foot for anything remotely short from Bopara, but did not get hold of a pull which found the fielder.
This is a superb take from Bopara in the deep! Shafiqullah top edges a slog sweep the ball is in the air between the two England fielders on the leg-side boundary. There is initial confusion between Bopara and Jordan, but the former shouts late and keeps his eye on the ball to take an excellent catch diving low.
Hales's luck runs out as he feathers one through to wicket-keeper Zazai. He has the gloves on so won't drop it. It was a good-length delivery and Hales is stuck in the crease. A deserved wicket for Hassan.