England vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan smashes record for most sixes; sets Twitter on fire

England captain Eoin Morgan slammed 17 sixes on his way to the knock of 148 against Afghanistan as he created a new record for most sixes in an ODI innings.

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 18, 2019 18:51:38 IST

Eoin Morgan was forced to leave the field against West Indies in England's last game with a back spasm but his blitzkrieg with the bat on Tuesday would have given the Afghanistan's bowlers a similar problem.

Morgan who came out to bat with England at 164/2 in 29.5 overs after the fall of Jonny Bairstow, took Afghanistan's bowlers to the cleaners with this brutal counter-attack.

The Ireland-born England captain produced the fastest hundred of the ongoing World Cup with an innings that witnessed sixes being hit at a will as he broke the record for most maximums hit during an ODI innings.

The record was earlier jointly held by three stalwarts of the game: Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle, each of whom slammed 16 sixes during their respective innings. But Morgan now stands over them with 17 sixes, eventually getting dismissed for 148 off 71 deliveries.

Morgan who had come out to bat after Joe Root, left his partner way behind racing to the three-figure mark by getting there in just 57 balls. Morgan's century is now the fourth fastest in World Cup history. The record for the fastest World Cup ton belongs to Ireland's Kevin O'Brien, who brought it up in just 50 deliveries in the 2011 edition.

The blistering innings also enabled England to put up 397/6 in 50 overs — the highest score so far in this World Cup while Rashid Khan finished with match figures of 110/0 in nine overs, the worst in, again, the World Cup history.

His fiery innings at the Old Trafford in Manchester also put the Twitter abuzz with astonishment and praise:

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Updated Date: Jun 18, 2019 18:51:38 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254