Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan slams record-breaking ton as Rashid Khan has horror day

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Eoin Morgan broke several records in a 148-run blitz.

It was a record-breaking day for hosts England and skipper Eoin Morgan in their 2019 ICC World Cup clash against Afghanistan as sixes rained down by the bucket load at Old Trafford.

The hosts and tournament favourites made hay on an excellent batting track in Manchester after Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first. Led by a record ton from Morgan and fine half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, England piled up a mammoth total of 397-6 in their 50 overs.

Records fell by the wayside as England’s stars put on a batting exhibition at Old Trafford with Afghanistan’s bowlers finding no hiding room.

CAPTAIN MORGAN’S BLISTERING TON

There was a cloud hanging over Morgan’s availability for the Afghanistan clash with the England skipper suffering from a sore back. He only made the playing XI after passing a late fitness test and how Afghanistan will be wishing he hadn’t.

The southpaw arrived at the crease at the end of the 30th over with England batting at 164-2 and by the time he was dismissed 17 overs later, the total had reached 359. In between those 17 overs, Morgan struck a record 17 sixes which is the highest by any batsman in a single ODI innings.

The England skipper’s ton came off only 57 deliveries and he was looking in the mood for much more before his 148-run (71) blitz was ended by Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib.

Morgan had arrived at the crease with Root nearing his half-century but the right-hander was content to take a back seat as his skipper rained carnage on the hapless Afghan bowlers.

The 148 runs scored by Morgan is his personal best in ODIs and his monstrous hitting ability helped England break the record for most sixes in an innings.

The previous ODI record for a single innings had been 24 with England slamming 25 of them on Monday in Manchester. 397-6 is also now the highest total achieved by England in a World Cup.

RASHID’S HORROR DAY WITH THE BALL

The bowler who bore the biggest brunt of Morgan’s belligerent attacking was Rashid Khan with the star leg-spinner taking the hammering of a lifetime.

The No1 ranked T20 bowler in the world was made to look pretty ordinary by Morgan and the English batsmen with his nine overs going for a whopping 110 runs.

It is the most expensive spell by any bowler in World Cup history and the joint second-worst in all ODIs. In his nine overs, Rashid was tonked for as many as 11 sixes which is another ODI record.

Before coming into the clash, the leg-spinner had an economy-rate of just 3.95 in ODIs but all that mattered little for Morgan and England who treated him with complete disdain.

Very rarely is the Afghan star man dominated by opposition batsmen to such an extent, but there was little he could do to stop the carnage on Monday.

The 20-year-old has already created several records in his brief career so far but he has now added another, unwanted, one to his name.

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