What an absolute thriller! Pakistan have strongly come back after the defeat against West Indies in the 2019 World Cup. Joe Root and Jos Buttler's hundreds went in vain as Pakistan once again proved an unpredictable team in world cricket by beating hot favourites England at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday.
It's an aggressive approach by Men in Green as they posted their second-highest WC score of 348/8 and the hosts reply not to be enough and fell short of 14 runs. Let us have a look at the highlights of the World Cup match between England and Pakistan.
Sarfaraz Ahmed led Pakistan lost the toss and were asked to bat by England skipper Eoin Morgan
The hosts decided to go with one change in their playing XI as Mark Wood comes in for Liam Plunkett.
Pakistan made 2 changes in their playing XI, Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik were replaced by Imad Wasim and Haris Sohail.
Pakistan openers started the innings on a good note as both the opening players established the 82-run partnership for the first wicket. Fakhar Zaman scored 36 runs in 40 balls with 6 beautiful boundaries before being trapped by Moeen Ali in the 15th over.
Another opener, Imam-ul-Haq made 44 runs in 58 balls with 3 beautiful boundaries and 1 huge maximum hit into the crowd. Imam-ul-Haq was caught by Chris Woakes in Moeen Ali's bowling.
Babar Azam (63), Mohammad Hafeez (84) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55) hit half-centuries to post a challenging total for England
Babar Azam hit 4 boundaries and 1 six, Mohammad Hafeez blasted 8 boundaries and 2 sixes and Sarfaraz Ahmed posted 5 boundaries.
Pakistan scored 348 runs with the loss of 8 wickets in their quota of 50 overs. Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali scalped 3 wickets while Mark Wood claimed 2 wickets.
Chasing a huge target, the home team got off to the worst start as they opening batsman Jason Roy scored 8 runs and got out in Shadab Khan's bowling.
Another opener, Jonny Bairstow made 32 runs in 31 balls with 4 boundaries and he was trapped by Riaz in the 9th over.
Joe Root hit a century as right-hander scored 107 runs in 104 balls with 10 beautiful boundaries and 1 huge hit into the stands before being out in Shadab Khan's bowling.
Jos Buttler scored a quick fire of 103 runs in 76 balls with 9 beautiful boundaries and 2 huge hits into the crowd. He played very aggressively from the first ball itself.
The match-turning point was Buttler's wicket as he was trapped by Amir in the 45th over. Pakistan supporters started their celebrations when Buttler was trapped by an off-cutter in Amir's bowling.
Joe Root and Jos Buttler forayed the 130-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
The asking run rate was climbing too much and England batsmen tried their best but failed to reach the target due to disciplinary bowling by Pakistan fast bowlers in the end.
Finally, England posted 334 runs with the loss of 9 wickets in their quota of 50 overs. All the Pakistani bowlers claimed wickets, except Hasan Ali. Wahab Riaz was the top wicket-takers among them.
Pakistan: 348-8 (Babar Azam 63, Mohammad Hafeez 84, Sarfaraz Ahmed 55; Woakes 3/71).
England: 334-9 (Joe Root 107, Jos Buttler 103, Jonny Bairstow 32; Wahab Riaz 3-82).
Player-of-the-Match: Mohammad Hafeez (84 runs, 1 wicket).
In the next World Cup match, Afghanistan will lock horns with Sri Lanka at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff (3 PM) on June 4.
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