Pakistan in thrilling win over England by 14 runs at Trent Bridge
England won the toss and decided to bowl against Pakistan in their World Cup match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham today.
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
Batting first, Pakistan hit a competitive 348 – 8 with Babar Azam 63, Mohammad Hafeez 84 and Sarfaraz Ahmed 55 all batting superbly and Moeen Ali 3-50 and Chris Woakes 3-71, the top wicket takers for England – England will be disappointed with their fielding today.
In reply, England scored 334 – 9, missing out on the run chase by just 14 runs - Joe Root 107 and Jos Buttler 103 scoring centuries and Wahab Riaz 3-82 the main wicket taker for Pakistan. A thrilling win for Pakistan, who are right back in this World Cup.
Full match report by Salim Parvez
Rejuvenated Pakistan arrive at the World Cup
Who could have guessed Pakistan to bounce back in such a dramatic fashion to beat England, a side that is feared all around the world for their incredible white-ball feats. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men would have none of that and have stunned the world of cricket with a 14-run win in a World Cup tie at Trent Bridge, when least expected.
England captain Eoin Morgan, is leading a side that is riding high and happy to be labelled as the hot favourites to lift the 2019 World Cup. Today he fancied a run chase and asked Pakistan to bat first on a wicket with bounce and pace. Although Jofra Archer and Chis Woakes were both on target but could not separate the openers – Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman. Their stand of 82 of 14.1 overs was a solid start.
Smart work by Joss Butler, behind the stumps, accounted for Fakhar (36 off 40 balls) and it was a brilliant diving catch at wide long off by Woakes that send back Imam (44 off 58 balls). The fall of wickets did see the run rate drop and on such a beautiful day for batting Pakistan needed a big total.
Babar Azam with another run-a-ball fifty to his name applied himself well and did not feel any pressure to play big shots. But his dismissal having accumulated 63 off 66 balls, in the 33rd over, caught at long-on of Moeen Ali, with all three wickets to his name by now. Not a mean effort to claim first three batsmen in a crunch World Cup game as he finished with 3-50 off his 10 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez, survived a dropped catch on14 by Jason Roy, to play a fluent innings, bringing up his 50 off 39 balls and out before hitting a superb 84 off 62 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. England looked frustrated with some below par fielding lapses, giving Pakistan more breathing space to finish well in the last 15 overs.
Hafeez-Sarfraz stand was worth 80 runs in 9.5 overs for the 4th wicket. Skipper Sarfraz struggled with his timing though only needed 40 balls to reach his fifty. From 218-3 off 35 overs, Pakistan total progressed to 297-4 after 45 overs. England kept coming back with improved catching and wickets at crucial stages but the Pakistan total still got to 348-8.
It is a proven fact that Pakistan is at his best when playing attacking cricket. Today at Trent Bridge they claimed Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow in the first powerplay and were in great position to dictate terms. At the fall of the fourth wicket England were 118 and only Buttler could get them back into the game.
Joe Root brought up his 15th ODI hundred in a very calm innings and playing the anchor’s role to perfection. Reaching three figures off 96 balls with 49 singles to highlight what a smart cricketer he is under pressure. His exit was critical at 107 and gave Pakistan hope and his stand with Buttler had added 130 runs. Buttler without adopting a top gear reached his hundred off 75 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes but sadly for his side got out to the very next ball.
Buttler’s exit left the English tail-enders requiring 65 off the last 36 balls and it needed Wahab Riaz to account for two-in-two get Pakistan a rare ODI victory, in fact after 11 defeats. The inclusion of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz has added experience to Pakistan’s bowling attack and they received good support from the rest of the attack. The bowlers were backed up by fielders and perhaps that was the different between the two sides to open the tournament.
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Pakistan- Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed(c)(wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
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