Captain Morgan’s blitz hits Afghanistan for six

Captain Morgan’s blitz hits Afghanistan for six

Captain Morgan’s blitz hits Afghanistan for six

Written by Reuters

19 Jun, 2019 | 8:46 am

Reuters – Eoin Morgan rewrote the record books on Tuesday (June 18), scoring 17 sixes – the most in a one-day international inning – in a blistering century as England crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in their World Cup match at Old Trafford.

Morgan smashed a career-best 148 — with 118 coming from sixes and fours — off 71 balls to power England to 397-6, their highest World Cup total.

Even the presence of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the stands could not inspire Gulbadin Naib’s men who managed 247-8 before succumbing to their fifth defeat in five matches.

Afghanistan had an opportunity to dismiss the England captain when he was on 28 but Dawlat dropped the catch.

Leg spinner Rashid Khan recorded the worst bowling figures in a World Cup match, conceding 110 runs in nine overs without taking a single wicket.

But Afghan captain Gulbadin Naib defended Rashid saying: “Today was not his day.”

The Afghans had pinned their hopes on Rashid, who tops the list of T20 bowlers and is ranked third in the ODI list, to contain England’s formidable batting order.

Afghanistan stays rooted to the bottom of the points table, which England now head after their fourth victory.

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