Eoin Morgan took the lead of England in the ICC World Cup match between England and Afghanistan as he smashed the record of 17 ODI sixes and became the 4th fastest batsmen in the history of World Cup to score a century as well as his team’s win. With the match concluded at the Old Trafford, England movers up to the top of the World Cup points table.
Morgan had earlier been in doubt of participating in this match following the back problems he suffered during England’s last Friday win against West Indies.
He not only came but also surpassed the previous 16 ODI sixes record previously held by West Indies player Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, and Rohit Sharma. He scored his career-best score of 148 runs off of 71 deliveries.
In a plethora of 6s by Morgan, 8 of which were scored off of Rashid Kahn’s deliveries who gave away 110 runs in 9 overs, allowed England to also have the team’s record of 25 sixes and making their world cup best chase target of 397-6.
Jonny Bairstow scored 90 off of 99 balls while Joe Root scored 88 runs off of 82 deliveries.
With Moeen Ali, who scored 31 runs off of 9 balls, struck a six that allowed England to break their own 24 sixes record they set back in February against West Indies.
As for Afghanistan, they could not match the same intensity as their opposing team but still fought with grit as Hashmatullah Shahidi scored 76 runs despite suffering a nasty blow to the helmet by Mark Wood.
The Afghan team completed first of all their overs in batting order in this tournament by making 247-8.
Up next, England will play against Si Lanka on Friday at about 10 am while Afghanistan will play against India on Saturday at the same time.