Eoin Morgan Smashes 17 Sixes As England Set A Record Target Of 398 Runs For Afghanistan At The World Cup

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England skipper Eoin Morgan shattered all records as he smashed 17 sixes against Afghanistan in the World Cup game on 18 June at Old Trafford, Manchester. The skipper played a swashbuckling knock of 148 of just 71 balls at a strike rate of 208.45, before getting caught by Rahmat off Naib's bowling. 

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England skipper Eoin Morgan shattered all records as he smashed 17 sixes against Afghanistan in the World Cup game on 18 June at Old Trafford, Manchester. The skipper played a swashbuckling knock of 148 of just 71 balls at a strike rate of 208.45, before getting caught by Rahmat off Naib's bowling. 

Joe Root and Johny Bairstow added a 100 run stand after opener James Vince was dismissed for a mere 26. Root made 80 runs off 82 balls and Johny Bairstow added 90 runs off 99 balls, taking England past the 200-mark before the game reached the halfway mark. 

Morgan played a captain's innings, decimating all the bowlers in the opposition's line-up, making the fourth fastest century in a World Cup game. Morgan's century came off just 57 balls, behind Kevin'O Brien (IRE), Glenn Maxwell (AUS), and AB De Villiers (RSA). Morgan smashed three sixes off Rashid Khan's over to get to his century. 

Morgan also achieved another rare feat as he joined the league of batsmen having 200 one-day international sixes to his name after his spectacular knock. After his innings, Morgan now stands with 211 one-day international sixes to his name. 

Rashid Khan suffered his career's most expensive spell as he conceded 109 runs in ten overs with an economy rate of 12.22 and became the first spinner in ODI game to concede 100 plus runs. 

England set Afghanistan a target of 398, the highest score made in Old Trafford, Manchester. Earlier, the highest score made on this field was 336, scored by India against Pakistan.

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Before this match, Morgan was racing against time to become fit as he suffered from a back spasm during England's previous match against West Indies. Morgan had backed up at the non-striker's end to throw the ball when he sustained the injury and left the field midway of the game and was reportedly unable to walk or sit after the match. 

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