Pakistan opened the winning account in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to beat host England on Monday. Pakistan won by 14 runs in this exciting match played at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge Stadium. The two teams had the second match in this tournament. While England had won their first match against South Africa in their first match, Pakistan had to face defeat by the West Indies.
Pakistan batted first and put up a score of 348 runs. In reply, the England team could only make 334 runs by losing 9 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs despite brilliant innings from Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103). Root’s innings of 104 balls included 10 fours and a six while Buttler struck 9 fours and 2 sixes in an innings of 76 balls.
England followed a disappointing start to pursue the target. The first blow to the hosts was felt as Jason Roy (8). In the third over, Jonny Bairstow (32) also returned to the pavilion and took the team to a partnership of 48 runs for the second wicket with Root.
At the time when the team was recovering themselves, suddenly Bairstow lost his wicket in the ninth over. Then skipper Eoin Morgan (9) also failed to bat. His wicket dropped in the 15th over. Ben Stokes (13), famous for batting, was out in the 20th over. From here, Root and Butler took the front and saved the team from faltering. The two shared a crucial 130-run stand for the fifth wicket. The partnership broke down after Root was out in the 39 over.
Moin Ali (19) and Chris Woakes (21) tried very hard to score but the team failed to win. England’s eighth wicket dropped as Jofra Archer (1) in the 49th over. Mark Wood 10 and Adil Rashid remained unbeaten on 3 runs. Wahab Riaz took the most wickets from Pakistan He showed three players the way to pavilion Apart from this, Shadab Khan and Mohammed Amir got two each while Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik got one wicket each.
Earlier, Pakistan made a score of 348 in the 50 overs by losing 8 wickets. This is the biggest score made by any team against England in the World Cup. Mohammad Hafeez (84) scored the highest runs from Pakistan side. He hit eight boundaries and two sixes in his 62-ball inning. Man of the match was selected for Hafeez’s spectacular performance.
Apart from Babar Azam (63), Sarfaraz Ahmed (55), Imam-ul-Haq (44), Fakhar Jamman (36) and Asif Ali (14) Shoaib Malik (8), and Wahab Riaz contributed 4 runs. Hasan Ali 10 and Shadab Khan scored 10 runs and returned unbeaten pavilion. For England, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes grab three-three wickets while Mark Wood took two wickets.