Pakistan stunned tournament favourites England after beating them by 14 runs in a nail-biting thriller in Trent Bridge on Monday to register their first win in the ICC World Cup 2019
Pakistan stunned tournament favourites England after beating them by 14 runs in a nail-biting thriller in Trent Bridge on Monday to register their first win in the ICC World Cup 2019. This is the first time that England have lost an ODI at home when chasing since September 2015, 21 matches ago.
Toss: England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bowl first as he prepared to unleash fast bowler Mark Wood against Pakistan.
First innings: Mohammad Hafeez missed out on becoming the first century-maker of the ongoing tournament, but a vastly improved batting display from Pakistan saw them make 348/8 against England. Hafeez made the most of a reprieve when Jason Roy floored a routine chance at mid-off following a skied drive off Adil Rashid, with the batsman on 14. A couple of half-centuries from Babar Azam (63) and captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed (55), led to a much-improved performance by the men in green who had collapsed to 105 all out at the hands of West Indies in their World Cup opener on Friday.
Second innings: Going after a target of 349, England lost Jason Roy for 8 after which Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root steadied the ship. However, they slumped to 118/4 after Ben Stokes was caught behind in the 21st over. Bairstow (32) and captain Eoin Morgan (9) were the other batsmen out. However, centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler brought them back in the match. However, a brilliant fightback led by Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) guided the tournament favourites towards their imposing target. The pair put on 130 for the fifth wicket but both were out shortly after reaching their hundreds and the tail had too much to do.
Gamechanger: Mohammad Hafeez’s brilliant innings of 84 from 62 balls including eight fours and two sixes, along with Babar Azam’s 63 and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed quickfire 55 proved to be the game changers in the match as Pakistan went on to pose a big enough total which their bowling attack could defend.
Sarfaraz, Pakistan captain: It’s a great team effort. Credit to batsmen for taking us to 350. Then bowlers bowled really well today. Confidence booster for the future. Hopefully we’ll play better cricket from here. Not easy to come back from 11 losses in a row.
Morgan, England captain: Very good game of cricket. Great advert for the tournament. Extremely disappointed to be at the wrong end especially when it got so tight. Thought we were outfielded today. Probably the difference between the sides. It was way below par today. Probably cost us 15-20 runs. They bowled well
Scorecard: PAK 348/8 (50 ovs) | ENG 334/9 (50 ovs)