[caption id="attachment_858850" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-858850" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Eoin-Morgans-148-sets-up-England-win.jpg" alt="Cricket World Cup 2019, live cricket score, ENG vs AFG live score, ball by ball commentary, ENG vs AFG, ENG vs AFG live streaming, ENG vs AFG scoreboard" width="628" height="351" /> Eoin Morgan's masterclass was the centrepiece of England's 397-6. That was the highest total of the tournament so far and the largest England had made at any World Cup. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England">England</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Eoin-Morgan/news">Eoin Morgan</a> set a new world record of 17 sixes in an individual one-day international innings as the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-eoin-morgan-fires-england-to-thumping-win-against-afghanistan-858827">World Cup hosts thrashed Afghanistan by 150 runs</a> on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p>Victory at Old Trafford saw favourites England go ahead of holders Australia to sit top of the World Cup group table on net run-rate. <p></p> <p></p>Morgan's six-hitting spree in his career-best 148 set the tone for England's team total of 25 sixes, which was also a new ODI innings record. <p></p> <p></p>The Dubliner's innings, which featured 118 runs in boundaries, was all the more impressive as Morgan had been doubtful for this match with a back spasm suffered in England's win over the West Indies, in which he could not bat. <p></p> <p></p>"I'm getting quite old, running around with a bad back, I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd produce an innings like that!" Morgan said. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/?p=858698">Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan hits 17 sixes in an innings to break ODI record</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I had an extremely bad back after the last game but our medical staff have done wonders with medication and extensive treatment. I have pretty much been living with the physio. <p></p> <p></p>"It was a special day. It's the World Cup. We're loving playing in it. On the big stage, it is nice to do." <p></p> <p></p>Morgan's masterclass was the centrepiece of England's 397-6. That was the highest total of the tournament so far and the largest England had made at any World Cup, surpassing their 386-6 against Bangladesh in Cardiff 10 days ago. <p></p> <p></p>Even though bottom of the table Afghanistan, suffering their fifth defeat in five matches, posted their highest World Cup total of 247-8 they were never up with the required run-rate. <p></p> <p></p>"We are where we want to be. The next two or three games are pretty crucial," Morgan said of England's World Cup hopes. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/?p=858524">Cricket World Cup 2019, ENG vs AFG: As it happened</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"We want to bring our level of intensity to every game. Making that a priority is important to us." <p></p> <p></p>Afghanistan captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gulbadin-Naib/news">Gulbadin Naib</a> saluted Morgan, saying: "It was one of the best innings I've ever seen from Eoin so congratulations to him. <p></p> <p></p>"We did a lot of good things in the field but we dropped Morgan, which is the main point of his innings and how he then utilised it." <p></p> <p></p>Hashmatullah Shahidi completed a gutsy 68-ball fifty on his way to 76, while his fourth-wicket stand of partnership of 94 with Ashgar Afghan (44) was a record for any Afghanistan wicket at a World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, Morgan, dropped on 28, dominated a third-wicket stand of 189 with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Joe-Root/news">Joe Root</a> (88), whose contribution to their partnership was a mere 43. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Morgan runs riot</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Afghanistan star leg-spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Rashid-Khan/news">Rashid Khan</a> set an unwanted record with 0-110 in nine overs -- the most expensive return at a World Cup and second costliest in all ODI cricket. <p></p> <p></p>Morgan's tally surpassed the record of 16 sixes in an ODI innings previously shared by India's Rohit Sharma, South Africa's AB de Villiers and West Indies' Chris Gayle. <p></p> <p></p>He broke the record when he launched Naib for a flat straight hit over his head. <p></p> <p></p>But the very next ball saw Morgan hole out off Naib to end a 71-ball innings that also featured four fours. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Jonny-Bairstow/news">Jonny Bairstow</a> had got England off to a solid start, with England accelerating after James Vince fell for 26 when he mishooked paceman Dawlat Zadran to short fine-leg. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/?p=858720">Eoin Morgan scores fastest hundred of World Cup 2019</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>In sight of his eighth ODI century, Bairstow's 99-ball innings ended when he chipped a return catch to Naib. <p></p> <p></p>Morgan should have been out when he skied Rashid, only for Zadran at deep midwicket to make such a mess of the catch that the ball bounced out of his hands and over the rope for four. <p></p> <p></p>Root was denied a second successive hundred and third of the tournament when he holed out off Naib, whose 3-68 was a creditable return in the circumstances. <p></p> <p></p>But the sixes kept coming, Morgan's 11th bringing up a hundred in 57 balls, with only Ireland's Kevin O'Brien, Australia's Glenn Maxwell and South Africa's AB de Villiers having scored faster centuries at a World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>England set the ODI team record for sixes when Moeen Ali launched the penultimate delivery of the innings, from Zadran, over long-on.