ENGLAND moved to the top of the leader board of the 2019 Cricket World Cup tournament when they beat Afghanistan by a sensational 150 runs in their clash at the Emirates Old Trafford oval in Manchester.
With this win, the hosts of this year’s tournament earned themselves eight point from matches while Afghanistan remains stuck at the bottom of the table, with 0 points from five matches.
English skipper, Eoin Morgan pulverized the Afghanistan attack and smashed 148 runs off 71 balls in the first inning as England posted a massive 397/6.
Morgan attained his century in just 57 balls, breaking the record for the fastest century by an England batsman in the history of the World Cup tournament and the most sixes in a single one day international innings. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root also chipped with fine innings.
Gulbadin Naib and Dawlat Zadran each bagged three wickets for Afghanistan.
During the second inning English bowler, Adil Rashid ripped through Afghanistan’s middle order as they lost Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi in quick succession to leave them reeling at 210/5 in their chase of 398 runs.
Rashid had earlier ended Rahmat Shah’s fight after managed 46 runs. Jofra Archer had dealt the first jolt to Afghanistan by bowling out Noor Ali Zadran for a duck. Gulbadin Naib who slammed 37 runs off 28 balls was looking to be in a fine form, but was sent back by Mark Wood with only 52 runs.