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Worst bowling figures ever in Cup six-fest

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England captain Eoin Morgan unleashed a record-breaking innings at the World Cup that left Rashid Khan broken.
'Eoin Morgan rewrote the record books on Tuesday, clobbering 17 sixes - the most in an ODI innings - in a blistering century as England crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in their World Cup match at Old Trafford. Morgan smashed a career-best 148 - with 118 coming from sixes and fours - off 71 balls to power England to 6-397, their highest World Cup total. Afghan spin spearhead Rashid Khan logged the worst bowling figures in World Cup history - 0-110 off nine overs. He fell just three runs short of Australian paceman Mick Lewis' record-worst ODI figures of 0-113, against South Africa in 2006; but that was off 10 overs, meaning Rashid arguably just posted the poorest bowling performance ever seen in one-day cricket. https://twitter.com/ESPNcricinfo/status/1141004109853540352 Even the presence of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the stands could not inspire Gulbadin Naib's men who managed 8-247 before succumbing to their fifth defeat in five matches. Hashmatullah Shahidi (76), Asghar Afghan (44) and Rahmat Shah (46) helped Afghanistan to their highest total in the World Cup but they stay rooted to the bottom of the points table, which England now head after their fourth victory. \'Today was a fantastic day for us, and I managed to have a day out, which was great,\' man-of-the-match Morgan said. \'Hobbling around with a bad back, I didn't think I'd produce an innings like that,\' added Morgan who suffered a back spasm during last week's win against West Indies. \'It makes it a bit more special when I can compete with the youngsters in the side.\' Jonny Bairstow smashed 90 and Joe Root made 88, but it was Morgan's breathtaking six-hitting display that turned the match into a statistician's delight. After Morgan won the toss and elected to bat, Bairstow walked out with James Vince, his third opening partner in five matches, and they looked largely untroubled against Afghanistan's modest bowling resources. Jason Roy's hamstring injury handed Vince an excellent opportunity to impress but the opener fluffed his pull shot against Dawlat Zadran and departed for 26. Root and Bairstow milked the spin-heavy Afghan attack during their 120-run collaboration before Naib intervened. Bairstow was looking good for his first century of the tournament but Naib took a smart return catch to dismiss the opener. Root was his fluent self at one end but Morgan wasted precious little time before going on the rampage. Afghanistan had an opportunity to dismiss the England captain when he was on 28 but Dawlat spilled a skier at deep midwicket, a lapse which is likely to haunt him for a while. Morgan threw caution to the wind and began clearing the ropes with ridiculous ease. His 11th six brought up his 57-ball hundred and there was simply no let up in his aggression even after registering the fourth fastest World Cup century. Rashid bore the brunt of it. Of the 11 sixes he conceded in a highly forgettable outing, seven flew from Morgan's blade. India's Rohit Sharma, West Indies's Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers of South Africa shared the previous record of 16 sixes in an ODI innings. Naib (3-68) finally ended Morgan's six-hitting spree in the 47th over but England reached another milestone on a day of tumbling batting records. Their combined 25 sixes broke England's own record of 24 in an ODI match as Morgan's men went on to post the highest total at this year's tournament. Dawlat's 3-85 was little consolation after dropping Morgan. \'It was one of the best innings I've ever seen,\' Naib said. \'Unfortunately Rashid was expensive and not at his best, so England scored around 400. We did a lot of good things but we dropped Morgan.\''

Aussie bowlers rusty in World Cup opener

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Australia’s highly-rated bowling attack was patchy in their World Cup opener last night against a plucky Afghanistan line-up before their batsmen turned it on. The Australian bowlers had two periods where they were impressive and made inroads but
'Australia’s highly-rated bowling attack was patchy in their World Cup opener last night against a plucky Afghanistan line-up before their batsmen turned it on. The Australian bowlers had two periods where they were impressive and made inroads but also a pair of phases where they lost their way, both in regards to strategy and execution. It was the kind of laboured effort best purged early in the tournament and not again repeated. Against a powerful batting unit like England or India, the Aussies would have been punished for their waywardness and, at times, unwise tactics. They were fortunate Afghanistan did not have the batting line-up to make them pay, cobbling together just 207. It wasn’t all bad for Australia though. Star quicks Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc made fine use of the new ball and had Afghanistan two down just eight balls into the innings. First Starc uprooted the off stump of cavalier opener Mohammad Shahzad with a searing full delivery. In his first ODI in seven months Starc bowled with intimidating pace in his opening spell of three overs and is showing signs of shaking off the rust accumulated during his long injury layoff. At the other end Cummins continued his outstanding form when he had young Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai caught behind with a ball that reared off a good length. The very next delivery Cummins almost found the edge of Hashmatullah Shahidi, and three balls later he caught the shoulder of Rahmat Shah’s bat with a nasty lifter. Afghanistan were 2-5 and looked as though they may be blasted off the park by Australia’s quicks. But Shah and Shahidi steadied. The latter grafted for nearly an hour for his 18 before being beaten in the flight by Zampa and stumped. It was a flatter delivery which soon earned Zampa his second breakthrough when Shah (43) fed a catch to Steve Smith at short cover. After working hard to rebuild their innings Afghanistan were suddenly at risk of collapsing when, in the next over, Smith completed a brilliant run out of Mohammad Nabi to leave the underdogs stumbling at 5-77. Rather than succumbing to this pressure, the Afghans fought back. Najibullah Zadran (51 from 49 balls) and Gulbadin Naib (31 from 33 balls) played with skill and aggression as they rattled the Aussies with a sprightly stand of 83 from just 77 balls. Each of Australia’s five bowlers received some tap during this period – their quicks began bowling too short and Adam Zampa was smashed for 22 in an over, including four consecutive boundaries by Zadran. Although Zampa ended up with three wickets, it was not a great outing for the wrist spinner, who bled 60 runs from eight overs against the weakest batting line-up in this tournament. Third seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile (0-36 from eight overs) also had a fairly ordinary match. He was the least threatening of all the Aussie bowlers and has now taken just three wickets at 55 in his last four outings for Australia. The West Australian may now come under pressure from fellow sandgroper Jason Behrendorff. It was only a sequence of needlessly adventurous strokes by the Afghan middle-to-lower order that stopped them from posting a total of 250-plus. Zampa lost his rhythm and Australia’s quicks overdid the short balls as the innings wore on. (AAP Image/Paul Miller) A late burst from Rashid Khan (27 from 11 balls) included an over from Stoinis that went for 21. On a good batting pitch, Afghanistan looked at least 100 runs short of par and about 50-60 runs short of a total that may have allowed them to turn the screws on Australia. The air was rapidly let out of the contest when Aaron Finch laid into Afghan spin prodigy Mujeeb Ur Rahman. After being handed the new ball the youngster went for 24 from his first two overs and Australia’s openers cruised from there. There was plenty to like about Afghanistan’s performance, however. If their batsmen can improve their shot selection they may cause an upset or two in this World Cup. Australia, meanwhile, will need to improve with the ball in their next match against the ballistic batting unit of the West Indies.'