Morgan, England break six-hitting records, Rashid bears the brunt

Tanya Simon
June 20, 2019

Morgan showed no signs of the backache that threatened his involvement in the Cricket World Cup group game on Tuesday as he launched an astonishing one-day global record of 17 sixes into the crowd at Old Trafford. He cleared the boundary four times in an unbeaten, nine-ball 31 to improve England's own mark to a world record 25 sixes.

Morgan was in fine touch, smacking as many as 17 sixes en route to a 71-ball-148.

The skipper launched the seventh and eight balls he faced, bowled by opposition captain Gulbadin, for six and went on to wallop 15 more maximums as he took his tournament tally to 22, eight more than his nearest challenger, Australia captain Aaron Finch, who has 14.

Bairstow progressed to his 11th ODI fifty and slowest as an opener, from 61 balls, but motored after the milestone and was on course for his first World Cup hundred until he chipped a slower ball back to Gulbadin Naib (3-68) in the 30th over to end his stand with Root at 120. In all, the English batsmen hit 25 sixes. The fastest was hit by Kevin O'Brien against England in 2011.

"Yeah, the back feels good", Morgan said, laughing, after England completed a 150-run win.

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Pakistan , now placed ninth in the table will be eager to outplay a struggling South African side in their next match. The players will resume training on Thursday with a three-hour session at Lord's starting at 10.00 am.

The total was England's highest ever at the World Cup, and also a ground record for Old Trafford, breaking India's two-day-old record of 336-5 against Pakistan.

Going into the World Cup, Rashid was touted to have a breakthrough tournament after he rose to 3rd position in the ICC ODI Bowlers rankings. This dubious record was previously held by New Zealand's Martin Snedden, who had conceded 105 runs from 12 overs against England in the 1983 World Cup. His bowling figures read a pathetic 9-0-110-0 with 11 sixes being hit off his bowling.

386 England's previous highest total in the World Cup, which came against Bangladesh in Cardiff earlier in this edition.

247 is the highest score by an Afghanistan side at a World Cup.

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