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Tormented by Morgan, Afghan WC bid comes to grief

Tormented by Morgan, Afghan WC bid comes to grief

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Jun 19, 2019 - 00:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s ICC Worldinfo-icon Cup 2019 campaign came to grief on Tuesday when they lost their fifth match in a row in Manchester.

Tournament favourites and hosts England cruised to an emphatic 150-run win over the Afghans thanks to a blistering innings by skipper Eoin Morgan. 

Morgan, who elected to bat, plundered a breezy 148 from 71 balls, including a record 17 towering sixes and four boundaries, He virtually sent the opposition on a witch-hunt, treating all bowlers with contempt.

His whirlwind knock spurred England to 397 for six -- the highest score of the tournament. As a result of the easy win, the hosts are currently top of the table.

Afghanistan’s ace leggie Rashid Khan, who gave away 110 runs from nine overs, was hit for 11 sixes. And to boot, the spinner did not take any wicket,

Mohammad Nabi was thrashed for 70 runs in nine overs on a track that lent assistance to the spinners. None of the three Afghan spinners, including Mujeeb Rahman could bag a wicket.

Bairstow was another English batter who tormented the Afghans. He caught and bowled for 90 by Gulbadin Naib.

In Afghanistan’s run chase, Gulbadin struck some defiant blows against Jofra Archer in a match that saw the highest number of sixes.

Struck on the helmet by a nasty bouncer from Mark Wood, Hashmatullah Shahidi fell to the ground but he insisted on continuing his innings and chipped in with a plucky 76.

Afghanistan, despite posting their highest score (247) in a World Cup match, fell 150 runs short of the mammoth target.

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