England posted a big score a gargantuan score of 397 runs after Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first against Afghanistan in the 24th match of the ICC World Cup 2019. The hosts got off to a sedate start as Jonny Bairstow and his new opening partner James Vince added 44 runs.

Joe Root who had scored a fine hundred in the previous match against West Indies continued his dream form going. Root was able to hit the ground and Jonny Bairstow timed the ball with perfection.

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Morgan was on song.

The panache right-handers added a fine alliance of 120 runs for the second wicket. Bairstow was looking good for his maiden World Cup hundred. However, the right-hander innings was put paid by a sharp caught and bowled from Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib. Bairstow was flummoxed by a slower delivery and was early into the shot.

On the other hand, Eoin Morgan catapulted his attack on the opposition as soon as he got to the crease. The left-hander pulled the Afghanistan spinners to the deep square leg and mid-wicket with ease. Morgan latched on to anything that was short and full and took Afghanistan bowlers to the cleaners.

The England skipper completed his fifty in just 36 balls. However, his second fifty came off just 21 balls as he batted in the topmost gear. Morgan completed his 13th hundred off just 57 balls to help boost England total.

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Joe Root also continued his good form going and scored a fine knock of 88 runs. Meanwhile, Afghanistan was horrible in the field. Mohammad Nabi put one chance down when he failed to judge the ball. Furthermore, Dawlat Zadran came up with a lazy attempt when Morgan could have sent back even before his fifty.

Rashid Khan who is generally economical was taken to 110 runs in just nine overs, which is the second most expensive spell in ODI cricket. Morgan was on fire and scored a mammoth 17 sixes in his innings – which is the world record for most in an innings. Morgan went past the record of Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. Eoin Morgan scored 148 from 71 balls.

Moeen Ali played a fine cameo of 31 runs from nine balls to help England reach 402 runs.

Here is how Twitter reacted to England’s innings: