After smashing a record number of 25 sixes in their innings, England zoomed up to the top of the tournament table with a comfortable victory against Afghanistan on 18 June at Old Trafford, Manchester, with captain Eoin Morgan leading the onslaught. The hosts crushed their opposition, who managed to score only 247 runs against the mammoth target of 398, in record-breaking innings.
Eoin Morgan smashed 17 sixes in the England innings, breaking the record for the maximum number of sixes hit in an innings by a batsman, as he sped through to 140 off just 71 deliveries at a monstrous strike rate of 208.45. He also claimed the record of scoring the fourth fastest century in a World Cup game. Assisted by Bairstow (90) and Root (88), England decimated the Afghan bowling line-up to make the highest score made in a one-day international at Old Trafford. While Bairstow and Root provided England the stability after losing their opener quite early, they provided a 100 plus runs' stand, taking England past 200 before the halfway mark and paved way for Morgan's onslaught.
Afghan spinner Rashid Khan had a bad day on the field as he became the first spinner in one-day internationals to concede 100 plus runs, that too in a World Cup game. The Afghanistan batting line-up tried to put up a valiant battle but fell short as the batting order collapsed, leaving them red-faced. Hashmatulla Shahidi top-scored with 76 runs off 100 balls along with small contributions from Rahmat Shah (46) and Asghar Afghan (44). They lost wickets in quick succession as they succumbed to the England bowling and largely to the mammoth total. Gulabdin Nabi picked up the wicket of Johny Bairstow with a lightning fast caught and bowled.
Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer picked 3 wickets each, whereas, pacer Mark Wood scalped two wickets, securing a comfortable victory against the underdog side. Eoin Morgan was adjudged Man of the Match for his spectacular performance with the bat. alongside achieving another rare feat of entering the league of batsmen having 200 plus sixes in a one-day international to his name. Prior to this game, Morgan was facing injury concerns as a back spasm from the game against Windies sent him out of the field in the middle of the game.
England will next face Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds on 21 June, whereas, Afghanistan will face India at the Rose Bowl stadium, Southampton on 22 June.