ICC World Cup Preview: Struggling Sri Lanka look to change fortunes

By Mariah Ramharack May 15, 2019

An experience Sri Lanka looks to turn around poor form heading to World Cup.

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  • Record six hauls and the second worst ODI bowling figures - Morgan's maximum impact Record six hauls and the second worst ODI bowling figures - Morgan's maximum impact

    Eoin Morgan made history at Old Trafford on Tuesday, striking 17 sixes against Afghanistan to set a new record for the most in an individual ODI innings.

    England's captain thumped 148 from 71 balls as the Cricket World Cup hosts racked up 397-6.

    We take a look at some of the most notable statistics to have arisen from Morgan's wonderful innings.

     

    MOST SIXES IN AN ODI (INDIVIDUAL)

    17 - Eoin Morgan - England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019.

    16 - Rohit Sharma - India v Australia, Bangalore, Nov 2, 2013; AB de Villiers - South Africa v West Indies, Johannesburg, Jan 18, 2015; Chris Gayle - West Indies v Zimbabwe, Canberra, Feb 24, 2015.

     

    MOST SIXES IN AN ODI (TEAM)

    25 - England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019.

    24 - England v West Indies, St George's, Feb 27, 2019.

    23 - West Indies v England, Bridgetown, Feb 20, 2019.

     

    MOST RUNS CONCEDED IN AN ODI

    113 - Mick Lewis, South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg, Mar 12, 2006.

    110 - Rashid Khan, England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019 (from nine overs); Wahab Riaz, England v Pakistan, Trent Bridge, Aug 30, 2016.

    106 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, South Africa v India, Mumbai, Oct 25, 2015; Nuwan Pradeep, India v Sri Lanka, Mohali, Dec 13, 2017.

     

    FASTEST WORLD CUP HUNDREDS

    50 balls - Kevin O'Brien - Ireland v England, Bangalore, Mar 2, 2011.

    51 balls - Glenn Maxwell - Australia v Sri Lanka, Sydney, Mar 8, 2015.

    52 balls - AB de Villiers - South Africa v West Indies, Sydney, Feb 27, 2015.

    57 balls - Eoin Morgan - England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019.

     

    MOST CAREER ODI SIXES

    351 - Shahid Afridi

    318 - Chris Gayle

    270 - Sanath Jayasuriya

    225 - MS Dhoni

    224 - Rohit Sharma

    211 - Eoin Morgan

    204 - AB de Villiers

    200 - Brendon McCullum

     

    OTHER NOTABLE STATS

    - England's score of 397-6 was their highest at a World Cup and the sixth biggest in history. Australia hold the finals record after compiling 417-6 against Afghanistan in 2015.

    - England hit 18 sixes in the 2015 World Cup, only one more than Morgan managed on Tuesday.

    - Morgan has now managed 22 maximums in the tournament. Australia skipper Aaron Finch (14) is the only other man to have reached double figures.

  • New Zealand v South Africa: World Cup semi-final hopes at stake for Proteas New Zealand v South Africa: World Cup semi-final hopes at stake for Proteas

    South Africa will hope history fails to repeat itself when they bid to keep their Cricket World Cup hopes alive on Wednesday against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

    With just one win from their opening five matches, the Proteas know anything but a victory will all but end their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

    There is no shortage of recent history between the sides in this competition, with the Black Caps having dramatically reached their first World Cup final four years ago at South Africa's expense courtesy of Grant Elliott's six off the penultimate ball.

    They also defeated the Proteas at the quarter-final stage in 2011.

    South Africa will at least be buoyed by the return of bowler Lungi Ngidi and an improved display in their previous outing - a rampant nine-wicket triumph over Afghanistan - provided a much-needed confidence boost.

    That said, a far bigger challenge will be presented by New Zealand, whose attack has been in scintillating form so far this tournament with Mitchell Santner (3.83), Lockie Ferguson (3.88) and Trent Boult (4.20) all among the leading bowlers in terms of economy.

    With seven points already, the Black Caps are well positioned for a top-four finish and a place in the knockout stages, though they do still have to face a number of the tournament's leading lights.

    TOURNAMENT SO FAR

    The pressure is on for South Africa. There is scant margin for error as far as their semi-final hopes are concerned. Defeats to England, Bangladesh and India in their opening three matches followed by the abandonment of their game against West Indies has left them with it all to do. There were at least positive signs in their win over Afghanistan.

    New Zealand, by contrast, have made a hugely promising start, winning their opening three matches against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before seeing their last outing, against India, abandoned due to the inclement weather. 

    WHAT THEY SAID

    South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock: "I think, obviously, it's a big game for us, but in saying that, our next three or four games that we have, they're all going to be big games anyway for us for the rest of the tournament. We're just going to have to go out there, keep our heads steady, and play freely."

    New Zealand bowler Trent Boult on the chance to potentially knock out South Africa: "It's not driving us in any respect. Every World Cup game, in my opinion, is a big stage, and it's a chance for us to go out there and perform and show we can bring the game and the style that we play back home in New Zealand very well to test it against quality players in foreign conditions on a big stage in front of all these fancy cameras. So we can't wait."

    OPTA FACTS

    - This will be the eighth World Cup meeting between New Zealand and South Africa, the Black Caps have won five of the previous seven, including each of the last four.

    - New Zealand have not won an ODI at Edgbaston since 1983, losing three times there with four no results. They do have three World Cup wins at the venue (two in 1983, one in 1975).

    - South Africa spinner Imran Tahir has bowled 222 balls at this World Cup and is yet to be hit for six or bowl a wide or no ball, no other bowler has bowled as many deliveries without being hit for a maximum.

    - New Zealand have won 11 of their last 12 completed World Cup matches, their only defeat in that run was the 2015 final to Australia at the MCG.

  • 17 sixes!! Magnificent Morgan breaks ODI world record 17 sixes!! Magnificent Morgan breaks ODI world record

    Eoin Morgan set a new world record for the most sixes in an ODI, smashing an incredible 17 maximums on his way to 148 from 71 deliveries as England piled on the runs against Afghanistan in the Cricket World Cup.

    England's captain sustained a back spasm in last week's win over West Indies, but he eased any doubts over his fitness with a sensational display of power-hitting at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    His tally of 17 sixes surpassed the previous ODI record of 16 jointly held by Shane Watson, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle, while helping England to a new team record of 25. They had previously set the benchmark with 24 against West Indies in February.

    Morgan eventually holed out to long-off in the 47th over, his extraordinary performance yielding the fourth-fastest century in World Cup history and helping the tournament hosts to an imposing total of 397-6.

    Jonny Bairstow (90 from 99) and the ever-prolific Joe Root (88 off 82) also made valuable contributions with the bat for England, while Moeen Ali blasted 31 not out from just nine deliveries on his 32nd birthday.

    Morgan's display was a significant factor in another record being broken in Manchester. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan conceded an eye-watering 110 from nine wicket-less overs - the most expensive figures in a World Cup.

    Only Mick Lewis, who returned 0-113 from 10 overs for Australia against South Africa in the famous Johannesburg ODI of 2006, has given up more runs in an ODI.

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