Eoin Morgan’s 148 sets up England’s win over Afghanistan. The hosts England handed bottom-placed Afghanistan a thumping 150-run defeat
England skipper Eoin Morgan opted to bat first against Afghanistan in their World Cup fixture at Old Trafford in Manchester.
England crushed Afghanistan at Old Trafford as the World Cup hosts smashed a record-breaking 25 sixes against the minnows on Tuesday.
England captain Eoin Morgan’s 148 off just 71 balls included a one-day international record 17 sixes.His side’s 397-6 featured the most maximums in ODI history and ranked as their highest ever World Cup score.Morgan was aided by Jonny Bairstow’s 98, who laid the platform for his skipper’s carnage.
But as wonderful as that knock was, Morgan’s remorseless hitting overshowed it, to an extent that Joe Root, who scored a solid 88 off 82, and partnered Morgan in a stand of 189, almost remained unnoticed. Afghanistan had a century too, with Rashid Khan, their best bowler, conceding 108 in nine overs.
The Afghan spinner was battered as he conceded 110 runs in his nine overs — the most embarrassing spell of his career. His spell of 0 for 110 was the most expensive spell in World Cups and the second most expensive in all ODIs.
Rashid was the No.1 all-rounder in ODIs before the Bangladesh super-star Shakib Al Hasan took over him in the rankings before coming to the World Cup. Last year, Rashid Khan had become the youngest No.1 in the ICC’s rankings for ODI bowlers. Currently ranked 3rd.
Afghanistan never threatened to chase down their huge target and settled for 247-8 as England earned their fourth win from five matches in this year’s tournament.
England bowlers bowled tight as the wickets look hard to come. The Afghans look to bat through the innings as their hopes of successfully chasing the target looks bleak. After the demise of Rahmat Shah, Asgar Afghan and Hashmatullah were batting carefully but finally stoped at 247-8 in 50 overs.
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