Manchester : England skipper Eoin Morgan created history on Monday when he hit 17 sixes against Afghanistan creating a world record for hitting the most number of sixes in the one-day international cricket innings.
Eoin smacked 17 sixes in the ICC World Cup match against Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. His superb knock at 148 in just 71 balls helped England to post 397/6, their highest total in World Cup matches. He scored 102 runs off sixes alone, besides 16 runs off four boundaries.
Morgan, who came at number four when the score was 164.2 in 29.5 overs, hit Afghan bowlers left, right and the center. He went to break the joint record of Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. The trio was sharing the record jointly who had smashed 16 sixes each in an innings.
In Manchester, the sixes were raining all over the ground. All thanks to the left-handed batsman who also helped England to break the record of most number of sixes by a side in ODI cricket. The team hit 25 sixes with Moeen Ali scoring four, Jonny Bairstow three and Joe Root one.
Earlier, England captain invited Afghanistan to bowl first after winning the toss. The team got a steady start with its openers 44 runs in 9.3 overs. After the wicket of James Vince (26) fell, Bairstow was joined by Joe Root who stitched a 120 run partnership Bairstow could not convert his innings into a century as he gave his wicket to Gulbadin Naib for 90.