CWC 2019: Morgan sets up England win over Afghanistan with new sixes record

10:59 PM | 18 Jun, 2019
CWC 2019: Morgan sets up England win over Afghanistan with new sixes record
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MANCHESTER – Captain Eoin Morgan broke the record for the number of sixes in a one-day international with an astonishing display of hitting in England's 150-run World Cup win over Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Morgan hit 17 sixes in his career-best 148 from 71 balls at Old Trafford, with England's total of 25 sixes for any team in an ODI innings also a new world record.

Morgan went past the previous best of 16, jointly held by Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma.

Jonny Bairstow made 90 and Joe Root 88 as the hosts racked up 397-6, their highest total in a World Cup match, bettering the 386-6 they piled on against Bangladesh only 10 days ago.

Afghanistan ended a processional second half of the game on 247-8.

The win lifts England to the top of the 10-team table, ahead of Australia on net run-rate.

Afghanistan remain rooted to the bottom, having lost all five of their games.

Teams

England:

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Afghanistan:

Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil (WK), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan.