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England vs Afghanistan, World Cup: Captain Eoin Morgan smashes records, England pummel Afghanistan

MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan smashed a world record 17 sixes in his blistering 71-ball-148 as the hosts crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in a World Cup encounter on Tuesday. Tuesday’s game belonged to England captain, who enroute his career-best knock also hit the fourth fastest hundred in World Cup history, getting his 13th ODI hundred off only 57 balls. Afghanistan’s T20 superstar Rashid Khan got a reality check as he also had the ignominy of being hit for a ‘100’. Morgan primarily targeted the arc between long-on and long-off and repeatedly dispatched the length balls in between these areas with a few straight sixes. The other IPL star Mohammed Nabi (0/70 in 9 overs) also got a pasting and so did Gulbadin Naib as Morgan and Root added 189 runs in 16.

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