Rob Key delivers his judgement on the individual performances during a record-breaking England win over Afghanistan as the sixes rained down at Old Trafford.
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June 21, 2019, 10:00am
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James Vince – 5/10
26 runs from 31 balls – 3x fours
He looked good and then he got out, similar to what we’ve seen from him before, but it was a decent enough opening partnership.
Jonny Bairstow – 7/10
90 from 99 balls – 8x fours, 3x sixes
He played beautifully again and both him and Vince played Mujeeb Ur Rahman really well. Dropped a couple of catches in the field but held onto one in the end and his batting more than made up for the drops anyway.
Joe Root – 8/10
88 runs from 82 balls – 5x fours, 1 six
He has an extraordinary ability to make batting look easy from the start. It’s really only Virat Kohli in world cricket who consistently starts as well as Joe Root. Another superb knock.
Eoin Morgan – 10/10
148 runs from 71 balls – 4x fours, 17x sixes
A world record number of sixes, unbelievably clean striking of the ball and he captained well too. He did the right thing at the toss. A faultless performance.
Jos Buttler – 5/10
Two runs from 2 balls
A very quiet day for Jos but he kept well. There will be other days for him to show what he can do in this tournament.
Ben Stokes – 5/10
Two runs from 6 balls
0-12 from 4 overs
Similar to Buttler, a quiet game with both bat and ball but he is another match-winner that England will know they can rely on going into the latter stages.
Moeen Ali – 7/10
31 runs from 9 balls – 1 four, 4x sixes
0-35 from 7 overs
It was a really important cameo with the bat actually because Mo has not had the best of times with the bat recently. But if this allows him to find form then it bodes well for England when they face stiffer tests along the way.
Chris Woakes – 7/10
0-41 from 9 overs
1no from one ball
Reliable as ever with the new ball and unlucky not to get an early wicket when a catch went down at first slip.
Jofra Archer – 7/10
3-52 from 10 overs
He bowled with good pace again and, not for the first time at this World Cup, the batsmen never looked comfortable when they were facing him. Rewarded with three more wickets.
Adil Rashid – 6/10
3-66 from 10 overs
Still not at his best today but it was good to see him take some wickets in the end. Hopefully that will give him confidence and he can find some form over the next few games.
Mark Wood – 7/10
2-40 from 10 overs