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18th June, 2019
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England captain Eoin Morgan clobbered 148 from 71 balls including a Cricket World Cup-record 17 sixes against Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Morgan went to the crease in the 30th over at 164-2 and raised the total to 359 before his explosive innings ended with a catch on the boundary in the 47th over.

England finished with a flourish to post 397-6, including a record 25 sixes for a one-day international.

Morgan, who had been a doubtful starter because of back spasms, raised his half century from 36 balls with his fifth of the innings off Mohammad Nabi in the 39th over, and reached his century from 57 balls.

He beat Chris Gayle’s record of 16 sixes in an ODI for the West Indies against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup, when he flat-batted Gulbadin Naib straight down the ground, but was caught in the deep on the next delivery from his opposing captain.

Morgan dominated a 189-run third-wicket partnership with Joe Root, who was 45 when his skipper arrived at the crease and was eventually out for 88 from 82 deliveries.

England finished with a flourish to post 397-6, including a record 25 sixes for a one-day international.

 

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