CWC 2019 Recap: Eoin Morgan turns on beast mode
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
England 397/6 (50 Overs) [Morgan(c) 148(71), Bairstow 90(99); Naib 3/68, Dawlat Zadran 3/85]
Afghanistan 247/8 (50 Overs) [Shahidi 76(100), Rahmat46(74); Jofra Archer 3/52, Adil Rashid 3/66]
Result- England won by 150 runs
When the opposition captain smokes 148 off just 71 balls at a strike rate of over 200, takes down your best bowler and when you come out to bat, you are greeted with Mark Wood and Jofra Archer consistently breaching the 90 mph mark, as Afghanistan, there isn't much you can do.
The 24th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and Afghanistan turned out to be a no contest as England inflicted a huge 150-run defat over the Afghans.
A ruthless performance after opting to bat first, with captain Morgan leading the way with a hundred that broke many records, including the one for most sixes by a batsman in an ODI. He smashed 17 sixes out of England's 25 - also a team record by the way. The devastation was felt most by Rashid Khan as he endured the worst-ever figures by a bowler in World Cup cricket, which really summed up Afghanistan's plight.
The match was over at the halfway stage, and Afghanistan chose to treat the second half as an endurance challenge more than anything else. Hashmatullah Shahidi showed a lot of fight despite a sickening blow to the helmet for his fifty, which captured the spirit of this team. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough skill to match that spirit.