Eoin Morgan hits most sixes in an innings to enter record books
Eoin Morgan may look cool and calm, but when you bowl like a mediocre bowler to him, he will take you to the cleaners. The English captain destroyed the Afghanistan bowling in his 16-over stay at the crease, hitting them for record 17 sixes in an innings. In the process, he scored 148 runs, helped his side post their highest World Cup score and steered England to the top position at the Points Table.
Eoin Morgan led the ruthless charge against the hapless Afghanis
Before Morgan, Johnny Bairstow’s 99-ball 90, and Joe Root’s 82-ball 88 set the foundation for the huge score. When Eoin Morgan walked in during the 30th over, the hosts had already posted 164 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In the next 16 overs, England decimated Afghan pride by taking the score to 359, 148 of them scored by Eoin Morgan off 71 balls. Thanks to Moeen Ali’s quickfire 9-ball 31, England ended their innings at 397/6 which is their highest total in the mega event, ever!
Not only did Eoin Morgan claim the record of most sixes by an ODI player (17), he showed Rashid Khan the difference of bowling to world-class and third class batsmen. The leg-spinner went for 110 runs in his 9 overs and conceded 11 of the 17 sixes scored by the English Captain.
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Afghanistan preferred routine batting over chasing the huge target
What was more disappointing was the fact that the Afghanis didn’t go for the kill. They chose to give batting practice to their batsmen, ending their innings at 247/8. Only Hashmatullah Shahidi was able to cross 50, as Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid claimed six of the eight wickets to fall.
New Zealand to battle South Africa on Wednesday in ICC CWC 19
With 8 points from 5 matches, England now leads the points table due to a better run rate. Australia, New Zealand and India make up the top four, whereas Pakistan is at number 9, only better than Afghanistan. New Zealand and South Africa will face each other today; in case of a win, the Kiwis will reach the top of the points table. If South Africa wins, they will end up in the top six, sharing the points with Bangladesh.
Points Table at the Cricket World Cup 2019
TEAM M W L PT NRR
ENG 5 4 1 8 1.862
AUS 5 4 1 8 0.812
NZ 4 3 0 7 2.163
INDIA 4 3 0 7 1.029
BDESH 5 2 2 5 -0.27
SL 5 1 2 4 -1.778
WI 5 1 3 3 0.272
SA 5 1 3 3 -0.208
PAK 5 1 3 3 -1.933
AFG 5 0 5 0 -2.089