Morgan-powered England too good for Afghanistan

Manchester   –   It was routine for England. The ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup 2019 hosts eased to a 150-run win towards Afghanistan on Tuesday, 18 June, a end result that was hardly ever threatened, if in any respect.

That, nonetheless, shouldn’t be taken to imply it was an eventless match – there was loads of historical past made, with Eoin Morgan hammering a 71-ball 148, comprising an ODI document 17 sixes. England posted 397/6 – the best whole on this World Cup thus far – and, given Afghanistan appeared extra involved about making certain they didn’t collapse once more, having been shot out for 125 towards South Africa of their final outing, England struggled to bowl them out. By the top of the 100th over, 14 wickets had fallen, yielding 644 runs, together with 33 sixes – the third-highest in an ODI.

The end result put England on high of the desk on internet run-rate, with eight factors in 5 matches. Opting to bat, England began slowly – the 46/1 they posted within the first Powerplay was their lowest return within the first ten overs this match. However Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root went on to attain 90 and 88 respectively, with the latter including 189 with Morgan, who went berserk, to arrange the whole.

Root and Morgan fell late within the day, however Moeen Ali’s 9-ball 31* took them inside two runs of the 400-mark. It was all greater than ample towards an Afghanistan facet that had its personal goals to fulfill from the match. With Hazratullah Zazai being dropped, Gulbadin Naib, the captain, promoted himself to open – he did properly sufficient, scoring an entertaining 28-ball 37.

There have been contributions from Rahmat Shah (46) and Asghar Afghan (44) as properly, with the latter placing on a 94-run stand with Hashmatullah Shahidi – Afghanistan’s highest partnership in World Cups. Shahidi, in actual fact, accelerated because the day progressed to finish with a 100-ball 76, together with two sixes and 5 fours. However ultimately, all of it solely served so as to add gloss to the Afghanistan whole, with the hosts proving too good for the facet propping up the desk after 5 losses in 5.

Man of the match Eoin Morgan in the course of the post-match ceremony mentioned: “At this time was a implausible day for us, and I managed to have a time out, which was nice,. The wicket was good, we bowled properly within the first ten overs, our openers batted actually. A very good day all spherical. I didn’t assume it was going to be my day. Hobbling round with a foul again, didn’t assume I’d produce an innings like that.

“Makes it a bit extra particular when i can compete with the kids within the facet. It was good. It began out as a troublesome recreation, Afghanistan are a facet with potential, so it’s good to do it on the large stage. I feel I’ve modified, all people performs the photographs I began my profession with, in order that they’re not as efficient. I’m in all probability stronger down the bottom now than I ever have been. [Back okay now?] Yeah, tomorrow’s going to be a tough day,” he added.


Pos Staff Performed Gained Misplaced N/R Factors Web RR

1 England 5 Four 1 Zero 8 +1.862

2 Australia 5 Four 1 Zero 8 +0.812

Three New Zealand Four Three Zero 1 7 +2.163

Four India Four Three Zero 1 7 +1.029

5 Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5 -0.270

6 Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4 -1.778

7 West Indies 5 1 Three 1 3 +0.272

Eight South Africa 5 1 Three 1 3 -0.208

9 Pakistan 5 1 Three 1 3 -1.933

10 Afghanistan 5 Zero 5 Zero 0 -2.089



J Vince c Mujeeb b Dawlat Zadran 26

J Bairstow c & b Gulbadin Naib 90

J Root c Rahmat b Gulbadin Naib 88

E Morgan c Rahmat b Gulbadin Naib 148

J Buttler c M Nabi b Dawlat Zadran 2

B Stokes b Dawlat Zadran 2

Moeen Ali not out 31

C Woakes not out 1

EXTRAS: (lb 1, nb 1, w 7) 9

TOTAL: (6 wkts, 50 overs) 397

FOW: 1-44, 2-164, 3-353, 4-359, 5-362, 6-378.

BOWLING: Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-0-44-0, Dawlat Zadran 10-0-85-3, Mohammad Nabi 9-0-70-0, Gulbadin Naib 10-0-68-3, Rahmat Shah 2-0-19-0, Rashid Khan 9-0-110-0.


Noor Ali Zadran b Archer 0

Gulbadin Naib c Buttler b Wooden 37

Rahmat Shah c Bairstow b Rashid 46

Hashmatullah Shahidi b Archer 76

Asghar Afghan c Root b Rashid 44

M Nabi c Stokes b Rashid 9

Najibullah Zadran b Wooden 15

Rashid Khan c Bairstow b Archer 8

Ikram Alikhil not out 3

Dawlat Zadran not out 0

EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 8) 9

TOTAL: (Eight wkts, 50 overs) 247

FOW: 1-4, 2-52, 3-104, 4-198, 5-210, 6-234, 7-234, 8-247.

BOWLING: C Woakes 9-0-41-0, J Archer 10-1-52-3, M Ali 7-0-35-0, M Wooden 10-1-40-2, B Stokes 4-0-12-0, A Rashid 10-0-66-3.

TOSS: England

UMPIRES: Joel Wilson, Paul Reiffel

TV UMPIRES: Marais Erasmus

RESERVE UMPIRE: Bruce Oxenford

MATCH REFEREE: Ranjan Madugalle

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