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World Cup: Morgan smashes records, England pummel Afghanistan

MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan smashed a world record 17 sixes in his blistering 71-ball-148 as the hosts beaten Afghanistan via 150 runs in a World Cup come upon on Tuesday.


England scored their highest World Cup overall 397 for 6 using on brilliant batting performances of Morgan, Joe Root (88 off 82) and Jonny Bairstow (90 off 99).

The Afghans have been never within the contest and controlled handiest 247 for eight with Adil Rashid picking up three for 66 and the gifted Jofra Archer taking three for 52.

With this win, England moved a step nearer to the semi-final qualification with four wins from 5 fits whilst Afghanistan are out of the contest having lost all 5 video games.

Tuesday's recreation belonged to England captain, who enroute his career-best knock also hit the fourth quickest hundred in World Cup historical past, getting his 13th ODI hundred off handiest 57 balls. Apart from 17 sixes, the left-hander also hit four obstacles.

Morgan broke the record which was once jointly held via Rohit Sharma (vs Australia 2013), AB de Villiers (16 vs West Indies, 2015) and Chris Gayle (16 vs Zimbabwe 2015).

Opener Bairstow and Root also performed their section but have been overshadowed via the skipper, who pulverised the hapless Afghan bowling assault.

Afghanistan's T20 superstar Rashid Khan were given a truth check as he also had the ignominy of being hit for a '100'. His bowling figures learn a pathetic 9-0-110-0 with 11 sixes being hit off his bowling.

Rashid's figures have been the worst via any bowler in a World Cup recreation beating New Zealand's Martin Snedden's 0/105 off 12 overs (60 overs per side) in opposition to England within the 1983 World Cup .

Morgan essentially targeted the arc between long-on and long-off and again and again dispatched the duration balls in between these spaces with a couple of immediately sixes. He was once in particular critical on Rashid, who until date hasn't ever been hit for more than two sixes in his innings.

The different IPL celebrity Mohammed Nabi (0/70 in 9 overs) also were given a pasting and so did Gulbadin Naib as Morgan and Root added 189 runs in 16.5 overs. In all, the English batsmen hit 25 sixes.

Even Moeen Ali had a little dinner party in opposition to the tip of the innings, scoring 31 off 15 balls with four sixes.

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