Eoin Morgan produced a blistering batting performance to help England register an emphatic win over Afghanistan in the 24th game of World Cup played at Old Trafford in Manchester. Chasing a mammoth score, Afghanistan produced a valiant effort with the bat to finish at 247 for 8 from 50 overs to see England win the game by
England managed to post their highest total in the World Cup, courtesy Morgan career-best 148 runs off just 71 balls. He also smashed 17 sixes in his innings, which also a record for a batsman with most sixes in an innings in limited-overs cricket. Despite suffering from a back spasms in the previous game, Morgan showed signs of discomfort as he produced a belligerent innings against Afghanistan.
Earlier in the day, England won the toss and decided to bat first on a placid pitch. James Vince and Jonny Bairstow got the side off to steady start. The pair added 43 runs for the opening wicket. Dawlat Zadran got rid of Vince, who once again failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 26 off 31 balls with the help of three boundaries.
Joe Root came to the crease and decided to up the ante for England in their innings. He added 120 runs with Bairstow to see England increasing their rate of scoring. Bairstow once again fell short of a century and perished in the 30th over after scoring 90 off 99 balls.
Eoin Morgan delivered a career-best performance with the bat to see England thrash Afghanistan in a World Cup game played at Manchester.
Morgan came in and smashed a couple of six off the bowling of Rashid Khan. Left-hander had a slice of luck in the initial part of the inning as Dawlat Zadran spilled a simple chance. Morgan began free his arms and struck three sixes in a space of five balls to bring up his 100 in just 57 balls. It took Morgan only 21 deliveries to bring up his century.
Rashid Khan had a bad day with the ball as he was smashed for another three sixes by Morgan. Mohammad Nabi was clubbed for two sixes before Morgan was dismissed in the 47th over of the innings. Moeen Ali produced a brisk cameo of 31 runs off just 9 balls with the help of four sixes to see England post 397 for 6 in their 50 overs.
Chasing 398 to win, Noor Ali Zadran perished for a duck as Jofra Archer provided early breakthrough for England. Captain Gulbadin Naib produced a quick-fire 37 runs off 28 balls to see Afghanistan increase their rate of scoring.
Rahmat Shah also chipped in with decent score with the bat and scored 46 off 74 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan came together and put on a 94-run partnership to see Afghanistan score runs at a decent rate. Shahidi scored 76 runs off 100 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Afghan, who chipped in with 44 off 48 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan perished for a low score in a bid to play big shots at the back end of the innings.