England's Eoin Morgan scored 148 against Afghanistan. (Reuters)
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Eoin Morgan rewrote the record books on Tuesday, clobbering 17 sixes – the most in a One-Day International innings – in a blistering century as England crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in their World Cup match at Old Trafford.
Morgan smashed a career-best 148 — with 118 coming from sixes and fours — off 71 balls to power England to 397-6, their highest World Cup total.
Even the presence of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the stands could not inspire Gulbadin Naib’s men who managed 247-8 before succumbing to their fifth defeat in five matches.
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. (Reuters)
England 397-6 in 50 overs (Eoin Morgan 148, Jonny Bairstow 90, Joe Root 88, Moeen Ali 31 n.o., James Vince 26; Gulbain Naib 3-68, Dawlat Zadran 3-85). Afghanistan 247-8 in 50 overs (Hashmatullah Shahidi 76, Rahmat Shah 46, Asghar Afghan 44, Gulbadin Naib 37, Najibullah Zadran 15; Jofra Archer 3-52, Adil Rashid 3-66, Mark Wood 2-40). England won by 150 runs.