Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Credits: Getty)

Captain Eoin Morgan starred with the bat as Middlesex pulled off a record run chase in the Vitality Blast on Friday. Middlesex thrashed Somerset by six wickets to storm into the quarter-final. It looked all over for Middlesex when Somerset finished their innings on a mammoth 226 for 5 in the stipulated 20 overs.

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However, Morgan had some other plans. Fresh off leading England to the historic World Cup triumph, Morgan slammed 8 sixes during his 29-ball 83 runs knock to remarkably get his side home with three overs to spare.

Earlier in the game, Tom Abell’s maiden T20 century had propelled Somerset up to 226-5. Opener Tom Banton had also played a fine knock of 62 from just 39 balls while middle-order batsman Edward Byrom slammed 44 from just 0.

Middlesex were looking well out of contest when Somerset ended their innings. However, the Middlesex batsmen were in no mood to throw in the towel. Their openers Dawid Malan (41) and Paul Stirling (25) gave them a solid start by adding 67 runs in just 22 balls.

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AB de Villiers maintained the good start by slamming 32 from 16 balls. De Villiers was dismissed when Max Waller pulled off an absolutely outrageous catch at mid-wicket. The onus was completely on Morgan now and he did not disappoint. He launched a stunning counter-assault to leave Somerset shell-shocked.

The England star kept Middlesex in hunt with his powerful display. He eventually took his team over the line at the end of the 17th over. After Mohammad Hafeez was run out for 18, Morgan shared an unbeaten 99-run stand with George Scott. Scott scored only 22 runs during the stand but more importantly made sure not to lose his wicket.

For Somerset, all the bowlers were taken to cleaners. Barring Abell, who bowled only one over for nine runs, not a single bowler could manage an economy-rate of less than 10. Tom Lammonby was the costliest bowler, having conceded 54 runs from just three overs.