Eoin Morgan hit a record-breaking 17 sixes and scored 148 off 71 balls to set up England’s 150-run win over Afghanistan. @AFP

Eoin Morgan led from the front as England beat Afghanistan by 150 runs in the 24th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.

Morgan, in his record-breaking 71-ball 148-run knock, hit 17 sixes – the most by any batsman in an ODI innings – as England, after electing to bat, scored a mammoth 397/6. While Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer played their roles well, it was Morgan, who was the star of the match.

Thanks to Morgan’s six-hitting spree, England also became the side to have hit the most number of sixes (25) in an ODI, surpassing their own previous record of 24 sixes against West Indies, earlier this year in Grenada.

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England, by beating Afghanistan, registered their fourth win from five matches in World Cup 2019 and jumped to the top spot in the points table, with eight points against their name.

The Gulbadin Naib-led side, meanwhile, suffered their fifth defeat from as many matches and became the first team to be eliminated from the 12th edition of the tournament.

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While Australia too have eight points after five matches, England, with a better net run-rate (+1.862), are occupying the top spot. New Zealand and India are on the third and fourth spots respectively.

England’s next four games will be against Sri Lanka (on June 21), Australia (on June 25), India (on June 30) and New Zealand (on July 3). Afghanistan will take on India (on June 22), Bangladesh (on June 24), Pakistan (on June 29) and West Indies (on July 4).