MANCHESTER: England captain
smashed an world file 17 sixes in his blistering 71-ball-148 as the hosts beaten Afghanistan by 150 runs in a World Cup advance all over on Tuesday.
The Afghans were never within the competition and managed easiest 247 for 8 with Adil Rashid selecting up 3 for 66 and the proficient Jofra Archer taking 3 for 52.
With this put, England moved a step closer to the semi-final qualification with four wins from 5 matches while Afghanistan are out of the competitors having misplaced all 5 games.
Tuesday’s sport belonged to England captain, who enroute his career-easiest knock also hit the fourth fastest hundred in World Cup history, getting his 13th ODI hundred off easiest 57 balls. Other than 17 sixes, the left-hander also hit four boundaries.
Morgan broke the file which turned into once collectively held by Rohit Sharma (vs Australia 2013), AB de Villiers (16 vs West Indies, 2015) and Chris Gayle (16 vs Zimbabwe 2015).
Opener Bairstow and Root also played their piece however were overshadowed by the skipper, who pulverised the hapless Afghan bowling attack.
Afghanistan’s T20 star Rashid Khan got a actuality check as he also had the ignominy of being hit for a ‘100’. His bowling figures read a pathetic 9-0-110-0 with 11 sixes being hit off his bowling.
Rashid’s figures were the worst by any bowler in a World Cup sport beating Novel Zealand’s Martin Snedden’s 0/105 off 12 overs (60 overs per aspect) in opposition to England within the 1983 World Cup .
Morgan basically targeted the arc between long-on and long-off and each so often dispatched the dimensions balls in between these areas with about a straight sixes. He turned into once particularly excessive on Rashid, who till date has never been hit for extra than two sixes in his innings.
The replacement IPL star Mohammed Nabi (0/70 in 9 overs) also got a pasting and so did Gulbadin Naib as Morgan and Root added 189 runs in 16.5 overs. In all, the English batsmen hit 25 sixes.
Even Moeen Ali had a little bit feast in opposition to the end of the innings, scoring 31 off 15 balls with four sixes.