World Cup 2019 England set 398 runs target against Afghanistan


England post a massive 398 runs target against Afghanistan as Eoin Morgan blasted World Cup record breaking 17 sixes in his 148 runs inning at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

It was the latest example in his chequered England career of Vince, who it three fours in his 31-ball innings, batting attractively without making a substantial score.

Afghanistan held England to 46 for one off the first 10 overs — their lowest powerplay total so far this World Cup.

Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 17 and Joe Root, fresh from an unbeaten hundred against the West Indies, one not out.

England, bidding to win the World Cup for the first time, saw captain Eoin Morgan, who is fit following a back spasm, opt to bat first after winning the toss on a sunny day.

Rank-outsiders Afghanistan, yet to win a match at this tournament, helped England with some woeful outfielding that saw needless runs conceded.

And when Vince miscued to midwicket, the slow-starting Mohammad Nabi got nowhere near a possible catch.

England captain Eoin Morgan said, “The wicket looks really good. It doesn’t look a great deal used, everyone at Old Trafford has done a magnificent job to get it ready.

“It played well the other day (when India beat Pakistan), plenty of carry for the seamers and a hint of turn for the spinners.”

James Vince and Moeen Ali are in for England.

Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib said he also wanted to bat first and called this an “Asian condition wicket”.

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