From rains to the downpour of sixes at Manchester courtesy Eoin Morgan

Suvajit Mustafi
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Manchester. India. Pakistan. Prayers. This was the order last week. Rains did disrupt the proceedings on Sunday at Manchester, but cricket had its final say. Two days later, at the same venue, the sport witnessed a torrential downpour. A cloudburst of sixes, to be precise, and the deluge is severe enough to sink Afghanistan’s 2019 World Cup ambitions.

Manchester. India. Pakistan. Prayers. This was the order last week. Rains did disrupt the proceedings on Sunday at Manchester, but cricket had its final say. Two days later, at the same venue, the sport witnessed a torrential downpour. A cloudburst of sixes, to be precise, and the deluge is severe enough to sink Afghanistan’s 2019 World Cup ambitions.

England skipper Eoin Morgan walked out to bat in the 30th over when the run-rate was around five-and-half an over. There were doubts if he would play owing to an injury he sustained against West Indies last week. Morgan lasted 17 overs, he slammed a 71-ball 148 – his highest ODI score, and in the process toppled several records.

Most sixes in an international innings: Morgan’s 17 sixes not only tops the ODI list of most sixes in an innings, but also it’s the most in an innings in international cricket. He became the only batsman to score a century of runs through sixes in an innings. 102 to be precise courtesy 17 sixes. Rohit Sharma (209 vs Australia, 2013), AB de Villiers (149 vs West Indies, 2015) and Chris Gayle (215 vs Zimbabwe, 2015) have slammed 16 each in an ODI innings. Hazratullah Zazai slammed 16 sixes in a T20I against Ireland earlier this year. 

To the illustrious 200-six club: Morgan became only the sixth batsman after Shahid Afridi, Gayle, Sanath Jayasuriya, MS Dhoni, Rohit, de Villiers and Brendon McCullum to register over 200 sixes in ODIs. With 211 sixes, he sits in the sixth spot ahead of de Villiers and McCullum. The only other Englishman in the 100+ six-club is his teammate Jos Buttler, who has 123 sixes to his name.

Targeting Rashid Khan; most sixes off a bowler: Rashid’s reputation as one of the finest bowlers in the world took a massive hit. Morgan plundered him for seven sixes – the most hit off a bowler in an ODI innings. Rashid became the first bowler to concede 11 sixes in an ODI innings and the first 
spinner to go over 100 runs. Rashid’s 10-0-110-0 is the worst World Cup bowling figures, and the joint-second-most conceded runs in an ODI.

208.45: Morgan’s strike-rate of 208.45 is the fourth highest for any batsman who has scored over 140 in an ODI. De Villiers leads the first entries with 338.6 and 245.5 respectively, followed by his countryman Mark Boucher with 216.2 World Cup record: Morgan’s 148 is the third highest score by an English cricketer in a World Cup behind Andrew Strauss’ 158 and Jason Roy’s 153. Morgan’s century off 57 balls is the fourth fastest 

in World Cup history. Irishman Kevin O’Brien leads the list with a 50-ball 100, followed by Glenn 

Maxwell and de Villiers at 51 balls and 55 balls respectively.

In other records…

England registered 25 sixes in this match – the most in an ODI. They surpassed their feat of 24 sixes 
that they hit against West Indies earlier this year.

Moeen Ali’s 31 not out from nine balls is now the fourth  fastest innings in ODIs in terms of strike-rate (344.4). It’s also the second fastest in World Cup after James Franklin’s 31 not out of eight balls against Canada in 2011 World Cup


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