England captain Eoin Morgan admitted he was in a state of disbelief after he smashed an ODI world record 17 sixes in his 148 during his side’s win over Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Morgan’s sensational innings was the foundation of England’s 397 for 6 – a total which included 25 sixes, also an ODI world best.
Watch the skipper speak about his knock above:
The biggest prize in cricket is up for grabs this summer as the top 10 teams battle it out in the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.
As fans, it’s not just watching the best players battle it out to look forward to. Fantasy cricket means you have the opportunity to get involved as well.
Dream11 is the official partner of the ICC tournament’s fantasy league. And we are with you every step of the way with our tips and picks to guide you through each round.
Here, we help you navigate through the sixth round which includes five matches and begins on Thursday with Australia’s clash against the West Indies.
Stock up on India stars
It is the Men in Blue who have the easiest game on paper in round six with Virat Kohli’s side set to take on tournament minnows Afghanistan. The Afghans have been beaten in all five games so far and have looked vulnerable with the bat.
Do not expect them to perform miracles against an India side firing on all cylinders. India’s top performers so far should be in high demand for the sixth round along with an in-form England outfit. The two teams have been the stand-out sides so far and have momentum coming into the latest round.
England take on Sri Lanka in round six and they should prove too strong for the subcontinent side, who have lost three of their five matches to date.
Virat Kohli (11 credits)
The India skipper has already garnered 177 runs in three innings so far without even kicking into top gear. Excellent displays by India’s openers has meant Kohli has not spent as much time in the middle as he would have liked but still continues to deliver the goods with astonishing efficiency when called upon.
He has scores of 82 and 77 in his recent outings and should relish the prospect of taking on the Afghan bowling attack.
Rohit Sharma (10 credits)
A big reason why Kohli has not really been in the limelight is the form of Rohit at the top. The opening batsman’s three innings to date have yielded two tons and one half-century and he looks to be unstoppable at present.
Joe Root (10 credits)
The England stalwart is the glue that ties together an explosive batting unit and he has performed that job with distinction in this World Cup. Root is averaging nearly 92 with the bat and has already registered two tons while coming agonisingly close to a third against Afghanistan.
Kuldeep Yadav (8 credits)
The India wrist-spinner is starting to rediscover his best and will be licking his lips at the prospect of bowling to Afghanistan’s batsmen. He had a poor IPL campaign but looked in menacing form against Pakistan where he picked up two crucial wickets.
Jofra Archer (8.5 credits)
Sri Lanka’s batting hasn’t looked solid and they will have their task cut out against Archer who is in scorching form. The newly capped England pacer has clinched three-wicket hauls on four separate occasions in the tournament and his mean bouncers and pinpoint yorkers could be too hot to handle for the Lankans.
Pat Cummins (9 credits)
The Australian pacer has been his usual consistent self so far and has shared the new-ball responsibility excellently along with Mitchell Starc. Cummins has been averaging under 19 with the ball in the tournament and has already claimed 12 wickets in five games.
Hardik Pandya (9 credits)
In keeping with the India heavy theme, Hardik could be a smart pick as the all-rounder option. The 25-year-old has already played three quick-fire cameos with the bat in the death overs while his medium pace saw his fetch two wickets against Pakistan.
He is yet to truly explode in the tournament and the Afghanistan clash might just be what he needs to do that.
Shakib Al Hasan (9 credits)
The Bangladesh star has arguably been the player of the tournament so far with 384 runs along with five wickets with the ball. The southpaw is enjoying batting in the No3 slot and is the highest run-getter in the tournament with the help of two tons and as many half-centuries.
Shai Hope (9.5 credits)
The Windies wicketkeeper-batsman has been in stellar form in ODI cricket over the past year or so and has carried the same destructive displays into the World Cup. He has managed two half centuries in three innings so far including a knock of 96 against Bangladesh and is averaging nearly 49.
Should carry on his excellent form against South Africa.
CAPTAIN: Rohit Sharma
VICE CAPTAIN: Jofra Archer
Hosts England climbed to the top of the 2019 ICC World Cup standings with a record-breaking 150-run win over Afghanistan at Manchester.
Led by a blistering 148 off just 71 balls from skipper Eoin Morgan, the tournament favourites racked up a mammoth 397-6 in their 50 overs before they restricted the Afghans to 247-8.
Batting first, England racked up their highest-ever World Cup total of 397-6 with Morgan’s explosive ton backed up by excellent half-centuries from Joe Root (88) and Jonny Bairstow (90).
With Jason Roy injured, James Vince opened the innings alongside Bairstow and the pair added 44 runs before he was dismissed by Dawlat Zadran. That was as good as it got for Afghanistan with Bairstow and Root then putting on a 120-run stand. Bairstow was in fluent form and looked set for a century before his 90-run knock was ended by Gulbadin Naib.
That dismissal brought Morgan to the crease and the southpaw went on an incredible assault as Root took a backseat. Morgan dealt primarily in sixes and struck a record 17 of them in a 71-ball stay that yielded a staggering 148 runs.
His ton came off just 57 balls and seven of his 17 sixes came against Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan who had a day to forget. The Afghan star was taken for 110 runs from just nine overs in what are now the most expensive bowling figures in World Cup history.
Morgan’s blitz saw England collect as many as 142 runs from the final 10 overs at Manchester with Root chipping in with a solid 88. Moeen Ali rubbed salt into the wounds of Afghanistan’s bowlers with an unbeaten cameo of 31 runs which came off just nine deliveries.
In response, Afghanistan were never really in the game as they chased down the mammoth target with opener Noor Ali Zadran being bowled for a duck by Jofra Archer. They did manage to bat out their quota of 50 overs for the first time in the tournament led by a gritty 76 from Hashmatullah Shahidi and valuable contributions from Rahmat Shah (46) and Asghar Afghan (44).
Afghans show some character with the bat
Afghanistan had been abysmal at the crease in their previous four losses in the tournament but they finally showed some application in that department against England. The chase was always going to be beyond Afghanistan’s means before it even started and they adopted the right approach by treating it as an opportunity to play a full innings.
The pitch was a belter for batting but Afghanistan’s batsmen need to be given credit for holding their own against the likes of Archer, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. For once, their middle order did not collapse like a house of cards with Shahidi, Asghar Afghan and Rahmat in particular showing tremendous grit and application at the crease.
Shahidi was the best of the lot with a 76-run knock that helped the minnows register their highest total in the 2019 World Cup so far. The time spent by Afghanistan’s batsmen in the middle against a formidable England attack should hold them in good stead for their remaining four games.
There were several England batsmen who enjoyed themselves in the middle but none more so than skipper Eoin Morgan. The left-hander had passed a late fitness test for the match after suffering from a stiff back but he hardly showed any signs of discomfort as he dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground.
He was on the attack from the very first ball and gave Afghanistan’s bowlers no respite in an astonishing assault that saw him slam a record 17 sixes. He was particularly in punishing mood against Afghanistan’s star bowler Rashid Khan who he struck for as many as seven sixes.
In just a 17-over stay at the crease, Morgan helped England more than double their total from 164 to 359 before his 148-run blitz was brought to an end by Gulbadin Naib. It was the most effortless hitting from the England skipper and it was the reason his side posted a total of nearly 400.
His ton was the fastest by an Englishman in World Cups and fourth quickest overall in the competition’s history.
Morgan and England break sixes record
The 25 sixes struck by England’s batsmen on Monday is now the most registered in a single innings by any side in ODI history. The previous best had been 24 sixes.
The 17 sixes slammed by Morgan is also the highest by any batsman in an ODI innings and breaks the previous record of 16 held jointly by Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.