CWC 2019 Recap: Pakistan's unpredictability at it's best; England at the receiving end
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
Pakistan 348 - 8 (Babar Azam 63, Mohammad Hafeez 84, Sarfaraz Ahmed 55; Moeen Ali 3-50, Chris Woakes 3-71)
England 334 - 9 (Joe Root 107, Jos Buttler 103; Wahab Riaz 3-82)
Result – Pakistan won by 14 runs
After getting rolled over for just 105 in their opening World Cup match against West Indies in a little over 20 overs, it needed Pakistan to evoke their unpredictable self to bounce back in style. And, they did just that.
Pakistan started well, looking comfortable against the short balls which had led to their downfall against the Indies. The openers reassured the team as Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman added 82 from 14.1 overs. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez kept the good work , and then captain Sarfaraz also chipped in to take Pakistan close to 350.
Despite hundreds from Root and Buttler, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir kept chipping away at England as the hosts ultimately fell 11 runs short.
Pakistan ended a run of 11 consecutive losses in completed ODIs with this win.