England Top 2019 Cricket World Cup Standings After Win vs. Afghanistan

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJune 18, 2019

England's captain Eoin Morgan walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 148 runs during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on June 18, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

England moved to the top of the 2019 Cricket World Cup standings after beating Afghanistan by 150 runs on Tuesday at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Eoin Morgan was passed fit for the clash after a back problem and was the star man as the tournament hosts picked up their fourth win in five games.

The England captain hit a world-record 17 sixes, the most in an ODI innings, on his way to 148 off 71 balls to inspire his side to an emphatic win.

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4️⃣ WINS OUT OF 5️⃣ FOR ENGLAND 🔥 ✔️ 397 runs ✔️ 25 sixes ✔️ 8 wickets The hosts were in complete control in #ENGvAFG at Old Trafford as they won by 150 runs today! https://t.co/wsVUlF6oBp

England were without the injured Jason Roy for Tuesday's match, allowing James Vince to come in and open up alongside Jonny Bairstow.

However, the 28-year-old could not find a big score on his World Cup debut and went for 26 in the 10th over.

Cricket writer Chris Stocks offered his thoughts: 

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Just about to tweet something positive about James Vince and he does that...could be a theme of the summer

England produced a batting masterclass with Bairstow just 10 short of a century, while Joe Root picked up where he left off against the West Indies with 88.

However, it was Morgan who dazzled the most and sent a number of records tumbling:

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England scored more sixes today than they ever have in an ENTIRE World Cup campaign 👀 #ENGvAFG #CWC19 https://t.co/DAC5yZH0y0 https://t.co/eaUMyXkW1o

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RECORD-BREAKER! Eoin Morgan hits his 17th six of the innings – the most ever hit in an ODI! #CWC19 | #ENGvAFG https://t.co/wFfjeBWOdv

Sky Sports Cricket @SkyCricket

#WeAreEngland = record breakers

Morgan only arrived at the end of the 30th over but quickly made his impact felt, reaching his half-century after just 36 balls.

The 32-year-old could have gone earlier but was dropped by Dawlat Zadran on 26 at deep midwicket.

It proved a costly error by Afghanistan, as the Ireland native pieced together one of the all-time great ODI batting displays and departed to a deserved standing ovation:

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We have witnessed one of the all-time great World Cup innings today. #EoinMorgan walked off to a fully deserved standing ovation after his 71-ball 148 👏 #CWC19 | #ENGvAFG https://t.co/ppRMFM2oMS

England's dismantling of the Afghanistan bowling attack also meant it was a miserable day for Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

The 20-year-old star did not take a single wicket from his nine overs and picked up an unwanted record:

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A terrible day at the office for Rashid Khan - the first spinner to concede over 100 runs in an ODI 😱 #ENGvAFG #CWC19 https://t.co/DAC5yZH0y0 https://t.co/d4XY1GfZpF

England's batting heroics left Afghanistan needing 398 to win, and they suffered an early blow when Jofra Archer dispatched Noor Ali Zadran with just his second delivery of the match.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler caught captain Gulbadin Naib off Mark Wood to leave Afghanistan 52 for two, but England were made to wait for victory as Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan offered some resistance.

Hashmatullah hit his second half-century of the tournament off 66 balls despite receiving treatment after being being hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Wood.

It was a spirited effort by Afghanistan, helped by Bairstow dropping two catches at slip, as England registered their highest batting total of the World Cup so far.

However, Archer and Wood rattled through their lower middle order late in the day to seal a ruthless performance by the hosts that sends them top of the table after their five games.