Pakistan stunned tournament favourites England after beating them by 14 runs in a nail-biting thriller in Trent Bridge on Monday (June 3) 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.
Scorecard: PAK 348/8 (50 ovs) | ENG 334/9 (50 ovs)
Man of the Match: Muhammad Hafeez
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14 September, 2019