Didn’t think I could produce an innings like that: Eoin Morgan after six-laden 148 vs Afghanistan

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan surprised himself after his destructive knock against Afghanistan in the World Cup 2019 match in Manchester on Tuesday.Morgan entertained the fans with a 71-ball 148 which included a world record 17 sixes as England posted 397 for 6 on the board after opting to bat first. England bowlers then responded by restricted Afghanistan to 247 for 8 in 50 overs to win the match by 150 runs, their biggest win in the World Cup in terms of runs since 1975.Hashmatullah Shahidi (76), Asghar Afghan (44) and Rahmat Shah (46) helped Afghanistan to their highest total in the World Cup but they stay rooted to the bottom of the points table, which England now head after their fourth victory.The match itself saw batsmen from both teams hitting 33 sixes in total, a world record in a World Cup game. Morgan was responsible for majority of those big hits and all this despite suffering from a back injury in the last game.”Today was a fantastic day for us, and I managed to have a day out, which was great,. The wicket was good, we bowled well in the first ten overs, our openers batted really. A good day all round.”I didn’t think it was going to be my day. Hobbling around with a bad back, didn’t think I’d produce an innings like that. Makes it a bit more special when i can compete with the youngsters in the side. It was nice,” Morgan said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.”I think I have changed, everybody plays the shots I started my career with, so that they’re not as effective. I’m probably stronger down the ground now than I ever have been,” Morgan said.advertisementAll smiles for @englandcricket who move top of the table after a crushing victory over Afghanistan #WeAreEngland #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/IpmrmKJuH6ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2019Morgan had brought up his century off 57 balls which was the fourth fastest in a World Cup match after Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien (50 balls vs England in 2011), Australia’s Glenn Maxwell (51 balls vs Sri Lanka in 2015) and South Africa’s AB de Villiers (55 balls vs West Indies in 2015).Morgan was superbly assisted by Joe Root in the 189-run partnership for the third wicket during which Root made 88 runs off 82 balls. Before that Root was involved in a 120-run stand for the second wicket with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 90 off 99 balls.148 runs71 balls4 fours17 SIXESThere are no suprises here #EoinMorgan is the Player of the Match for #ENGvAFG. #CWC19 | #WeAreEngland pic.twitter.com/PWep0RpJAyCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 18, 2019As a team, England also bettered their own world record of the most sixes hit in an innings with 25 sixes in total. This was also their highest score in a World Cup match.”The wicket was very good. I thought everything from the way we started – our openers started well. Bairstow and Root were excellent, and then we just took a gamble and it paid off. The next two-three games are pretty crucial. Want to bring that level of intensity in every game we play. Don’t want to slack off,” Morgan said.England will face Sri Lanka in their next match on June 21 in Leeds while Afghanistan will take on India on June 22 in Southampton.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan sixathon helps England crush AfghanistanAlso Read | England vs Afghanistan Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pitch invader knocks off zing bails during England vs Afghanistan matchAlso Read | Most expensive spell in a World Cup: Rashid Khan goes for 110 runs off 9 overslast_img

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