ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: It is a day Rashid Khan would like to erase from his memory. Young Rashid became the most expensive bowler in World Cup history. He conceded 110 runs in his nine overs. For a change, he did not even complete his full quota. His figures are also the worst ever in World Cup history. He surpassed Sneden, who has conceded 105 runs in 12 overs. English skipper Eoin Morgan top-scored with 148 (71) and broke the record for the most sixes in an ODI inning, clearing the boundary 17 times. He also registered the fourth fastest 100 in World Cup history to power hosts England to a mammoth 397/6.
Here is how he faced the trolls:
After winning the toss, Morgan said, “We will bat first. Unfortunately, Jason Roy misses out, it’s a used wicket, they have done magnificently well to prepare the pitch, looks like a good wicket, played well the other day, carry for the seamers and turn for the spinners. Two changes, one forced, Vince replaces Roy and Moeen is back, in for Liam Plunkett.”
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib said: “We would have batted first as well, looks a good wicket, slightly Asian conditions. We are disappointed with our batting, have not even played 40 overs, we have a good chance to restrict them to a good defendable score. Three changes for us, Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing — Aftab, Zazai and Hamid are not playing.”
England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Afghanistan: Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran