Britain skipper Eoin Morgan set another world record of 17 sixes in an individual ODI innings as the World Cup hosts whipped Afghanistan by 150 keeps running on Tuesday.
Triumph at Old Trafford saw top choices England venture out in front of holders Australia to sit top of the World Cup gathering table on net run-rate.
Morgan’s six-hitting binge in his vocation best 148 set the tone for England’s group aggregate of 25 sixes, which was likewise another ODI innings record.
The Dubliner’s innings, which highlighted 118 keeps running in limits, was even more amazing as Morgan had been far fetched for this match with a back fit endured in England’s success over the West Indies, where he couldn’t bat.
“I’m getting very old, going around with a terrible back, I never thought in my most extravagant fantasies I’d produce an innings like that!” Morgan said. “I had an incredibly terrible back after the last game yet our medicinal staff have done miracles with prescription and broad treatment. I have basically been living with the physio. It was an extraordinary day. It’s the World Cup. We’re adoring playing in it. On the huge stage, it is pleasant to do.”
Morgan’s masterclass was the focal point of England’s 397-6.
That was the most astounding aggregate of the competition up until this point and the biggest England had made at any World Cup, outperforming their 386-6 against Bangladesh in Cardiff 10 days back.
Despite the fact that base of the table Afghanistan, enduring their fifth annihilation in five matches, posted their most astounding World Cup aggregate of 247-8 they were never up with the required run-rate.
“We are the place we need to be. The following a few diversions are quite essential,” Morgan said of England’s World Cup trusts. “We need to carry our dimension of force to each game. Making that a need is essential to us.”
Afghanistan commander Gulbadin Naib saluted Morgan, saying: “It was a standout amongst the best innings I’ve at any point seen from Eoin so congrats to him. We completed a great deal of beneficial things in the field however we dropped Morgan, which is the primary concern of his innings and how he at that point used it.”
Hashmatullah Shahidi finished a gutsy 68-ball fifty on his approach to 76, while his fourth-wicket remain of association of 94 with Ashgar Afghan (44) was a record for any Afghanistan wicket at a World Cup.
Prior, Morgan, dropped on 28, ruled a third-wicket remain of 189 with Joe Root (88), whose commitment to their organization was a minor 43.
Morgan runs wild
Afghanistan star leg-spinner Rashid Khan set an undesirable record with 0-110 of every nine overs — the most costly return at a World Cup and second costliest in all ODI cricket.
Morgan’s count outperformed the record of 16 sixes in an ODI innings recently shared by India’s Rohit Sharma, South Africa’s AB de Villiers and West Indies’ Chris Gayle.
He broke the record when he propelled Naib for a level straight hit over his head.
In any case, the following ball saw Morgan gap out off Naib to end a 71-ball innings that additionally highlighted four fours.
Jonny Bairstow had got England off to a strong begin, with England quickening after James Vince succumbed to 26 when he mishooked paceman Dawlat Zadran to short fine-leg.
In sight of his eighth ODI century, Bairstow’s 99-ball innings finished when he chipped an arrival catch to Naib.
Morgan ought to have been out when he skied Rashid, just for Zadran at profound midwicket to ruin the catch that the ball ricocheted out of his hands and over the rope for four.
Root was denied a moment progressive hundred and third of the competition when he holed out off Naib, whose 3-68 was a respectable return in the conditions.
Be that as it may, the sixes continued coming, Morgan’s eleventh raising a hundred of every 57 balls, with just Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers having scored quicker hundreds of years at a World Cup.
Britain set the ODI group record for sixes when Moeen Ali propelled the penultimate conveyance of the innings, from Zadran, over long-on.