Eoin Morgan helped England beat Afghanistan by 150 runs after bringing up the fastest 100 in Cricket World Cup history on Tuesday. Morgan’s landmark century also featured an ODI-record 17 sixes in an innings as he eventually took 148 from just 71 balls.
This spectacular effort at Old Trafford in Manchester helped the hosts set Afghanistan a total of 398 to chase. It also put Morgan into the top six of the most prolific run-scorers at the ICC tournament so far.
He’s on this list with several teammates, including Joe Root, who added 88 to keep pace with Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.
Jofra Archer padded his statistics as he took three more wickets to reach double digits in the competition.
- England (397-6) bt. Afghanistan (247-8) by 150 runs
Standings (Won, Lost, Net Run Rate, Points)
1. England: 4, 1, +1.862, 8
2. Australia: 4, 1, +0.812, 8
3. New Zealand: 3, 0, +2.163, 7
4. India: 3, 0, +1.029, 7
5. Bangladesh: 2, 2, -0.270, 5
6. Sri Lanka: 1, 2, -1.778, 4
7. West Indies: 1, 3, +0.272, 3
8. South Africa: 1, 3, -0.208, 3
9. Pakistan: 1, 3, -1.933, 3
10. Afghanistan: 0, 5, -2.089, 0
The top four qualify for the semi-finals. Top Run-Scorers
1. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh: 384
2. Joe Root, England: 367
3. Aaron Finch, Australia: 343
4. Rohit Sharma, India: 319
5. David Warner, Australia: 281
6. Eoin Morgan, England: 249
7. Steve Smith, Australia: 243
8. Jonny Bairstow, England: 218
9. Jason Roy, England: 215
10. Jos Buttler, England: 187
1. Mohammad Amir, Pakistan: 13
2. Mitchell Starc, Australia: 13
3. Jofra Archer, England: 12
4. Pat Cummins, Australia: 11
5. Mark Wood, England: 9
6. Mohammad Saifuddin, Bangladesh: 9
7. Lockie Ferguson, New Zealand: 8
8. Imran Tahir, South Africa: 8
9. Matt Henry, New Zealand: 7
10. Oshane Thomas, West Indies: 7
Visit the tournament’s official website to see the list in full.
Morgan was the star of the day with some heavy hitting at the wicket:
Eoin Morgan’s innings in full: ….1.nb6614…11..23..1246..220.127.116.11.411.661.1…626.612. 6266416616 Incredible. #ENGvAFG #CWC19 https://t.co/vQF6KMUBIi
Putting his achievements into context only made them more impressive:
Benedict Bermange @Benedict_B
Eoin Morgan 17 sixes today. @nassercricket hit 15 sixes in 88 ODIs
It also helped to have Jonny Bairstow put up 90 from 99 balls. The 29-year-old tallied eight fours and three sixes before being caught and bowled by Gulbadin Naib.
Fortunately, Root was also on form as he smashed five fours on his way to 88. A Rahmat Shah catch after another Naib delivery saw Root depart, but the damage had been done.
Afghanistan hit consistently and set a good pace to match, or in some cases better, England’s early run rate.
Things didn’t start well when Archer saw off Noor Ali Zadran without the latter managing a single run. Fortunately, Naib put 37 on the board and Shah managed 46 before Bairstow made a smart catch off Adil Rashid’s delivery.
Cricket World Cup @cricketworldcup
WICKET! Rahmat Shah falls for 46 – Adil Rashid strikes. #ENGvAFG #WeAreEngland https://t.co/Ya4RDE8h1j
Bairstow didn’t follow suit when he dropped a pair of seemingly simple catches at slip. The second gaffe helped keep Hashmatullah Shahidi at the crease and en route to a quick 50.
Shahidi was finding the boundary well, soon totting up a quartet of fours and two sixes.
While he was standing strong, Rashid took two more wickets. His testing deliveries allowed Root to catch Asghar Afghan out, while Ben Stokes made the catch to see off Mohammad Nabi.
Asghar Afghan’s stay at the crease comes to an end, he edges to Joe Root at slip off Adil Rashid for 44. Afghanistan 198/4 with 9.1 overs remaining. #ENGvAFG #CWC19 https://t.co/DAC5yZYBWA https://t.co/0WAsqiOXRu
Shahidi finished on 76 from 100 before he was sent packing by Archer, who also helped see off Rashid Khan.
The Afghans faded late and ultimately couldn’t get near the chase that Morgan, Bairstow and Root had set. Meanwhile, England impressed in all areas to top the standings and underline a case as the team to beat in this World Cup.