Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Eoin Morgan launches England to easy World Cup win over Afghanistan

Eoin Morgan launches England to easy World Cup win over Afghanistan

Shehzad played in Afghanistan's first two matches but the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) cut him from the squad, saying his injury would not allow him to play any further part.

England captain Eoin Morgan.

"We missed one catch off Morgan and we lost from there".

Eoin Morgan unleashed a brutal assault on the Afghanistan bowling attack by playing a blistering innings of 148 off just 71 balls.

The England captain pulverised a world record 17 one-day worldwide sixes out of a team total of 25, another new benchmark in the format, while his 57-ball ton is the fourth quickest in the tournament's 44-year history.

The 25 sixes are the most in an ODI by any team, beating England's own previous record of 24 this year against the West Indies in Grenada.

Afghanistan look in disarray on and off the field at the World Cup with coach Phil Simmons' Twitter outburst on Wednesday revealing signs of troubles within the team.

He even threatened the journalists to leave the press conference midway after Afghanistan's 150-run loss against England. Previously their highest World Cup total was 386-6 against Bangladesh at Cardiff in the ongoing ICC World Cup.

The victory took helped England dislodge Australia as the No. 1 side in the World Cup points table.

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Afghanistan appeared shell-shocked by the late onslaught, which reached its climax when Morgan smashed his 17th six in the 47th over.

Eoin Morgan never envisaged breaking the record for most sixes in a one-day global innings in a sizzling 148 from 71 balls that ushered England to victory over Afghanistan. Morgan's haul was one short of the entire England team's tally for sixes in 2015.

Morgan's century was the fourth-fastest in a World Cup match, hit off 57 deliveries.

"The last four years, I've probably played the best in my career but that hasn't involved a 50 or 60-ball hundred".

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan on Tuesday endured the ignominy of becoming the most expensive bowler in World Cup history during their match against hosts England at Old Trafford.

11 Sixes conceded by Rashid Khan - the most by a bowler in an ODI.

The 33 sixes in the England-Afghanistan game are also the 3rd most in an ODI game. Skipper Eoin Morgan's sensational hitting in the second half led England to a record total of 397/6.

Overall, Rashid has taken 128 wickets in 63 ODIs and 75 scalps from 38 T20Is.

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