Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Record breaking day as England go top with thrashing of Afghanistan

Record breaking day as England go top with thrashing of Afghanistan

Eoin Morgan has broken the world record for sixes in a one-day worldwide innings, hitting 17 in the World Cup match with Afghanistan at Old Trafford.

Adding insult to injury for the Blue Tigers, the match was watched from the stands by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Jonny Bairstow (90 off 99 balls) and Joe Root (88 off 82 balls) also played their part but were overshadowed by the skipper who pulverised the hapless Afghan bowling attack.

England finished their innings with the highest score so far by any team in this World Cup - 397/6 from 50 overs.

The Morgan-inspired carnage ensured England racked up 233 from their final 20 overs but they found life hard going in the opening 10 as Afghanistan restricted them to 46 runs and dismissed James Vince (26) - Vince, into the side as Roy's replacement, caught top-edging a pull.

The left-hander scored the fastest hundred by an Englishman in World Cup cricket in his brutal knock at Old Trafford in Manchester. Of the 11 sixes he conceded in a highly forgettable outing, seven flew from Morgan's blade.

The 25 sixes are the most in an ODI by any team, beating England's own previous record of 24 this year against the West Indies in Grenada.

Morgan equaled Chris Gayle's World Cup record of 16 sixes in 2015 for West Indies against Zimbabwe with a six over long-on to move to 142, and went one better when he flat-batted a Gulbadin Naib delivery straight back over the bowler's head and into the rope.

Morgan himself had an early stroke of luck when he was dropped on 28 by Dawlat Zadran in the deep.

Dawlat's 3-85 was little consolation after dropping Morgan.

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