DHAKA: Eoin Morgan claimed the record for the most sixes hit in an ODI after scoring a stunning century in England’s World Cup clash against Afghanistan.
England captain Morgan struck a 57-ball ton after being dropped on 28 to propel England to 397-6 in their World Cup group match at Old Trafford. It took Morgan just 21 balls to convert his fifty into a hundred and his final tally of 17 maximums is an all-time record in ODI cricket. Morgan’s 148 off 71 balls also represents the fourth fastest ton in World Cup history and England’s quickest by some distance.
England, currently fourth in the World Cup table, were subdued early on with openers James Vince and Jonny Bairstow more than willing to assess the pitch and conditions. Vince, playing instead of the injured Jason Roy, departed for 26 but Bairstow scored his second fifty of the World Cup before falling ten runs short of a century.
Morgan only came to the crease with 20 overs remaining but soon raced to his half-century after being dropped by Shapoor Zadran in the deep. After acknowledging his fifty, it took Morgan just 21 more balls to reach a remarkable ton and he finished his innings with 17 sixes, beating Rohit Sharma’s ODI record of 16.
The carnage continued after Morgan and Joe Root (88) fell, with Moeen Ali smashing four sixes in a bright cameo as England almost reached 400. England’s 397-6 represents their highest World Cup total and the 25 sixes in the innings is another all-time record.
Speaking at the interval, Bairstow said: ‘That was a ridiculous knock [from Morgan]. We were seriously entertained watching in the dressing room.’ England are bidding to win the Cricket World Cup for the first time, having finished as beaten finalists on three occasions.
BDST: 2002 HRS, JUN 18, 2019