After a humiliating defeat against the West Indies, Pakistan made a superb comeback to defeat England in a high scoring thriller at World Cup 2019.
ENGLAND VS PAKISTAN SCORECARD:
Pakistan: 348-8 in 50 overs
Mohammad Hafeez: 84(62) | Babar Azam: 63(66) | Moeen Ali: 3-50
England: 334-9 in 50 overs
Joe Root: 107(104) | Jos Buttler: 103(76) | Wahab Riaz: 3-82
Player of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez
Who would have thought that after a debacle against the West Indies, Pakistan would rise from the ashes, and score a mammoth score against the bowling line-up of England?.
A rejuvenated Pakistan did exactly that as they defeated England in a high scoring thriller by 14 runs.
Batting first, Pakistan had a fantastic start as the openers added 81 for the first wicket in just 14 overs. Even after the dismissal of the openers, Pakistan had two stable partnerships as they added 88 for the third wicket and 80 for the fourth wicket.
Almost everyone contributed to Pakistan as they ended on a mammoth 348-8 in 50 overs. Mohammad Hafeez top-scored for Pakistan with 84(62) including 8 fours and 3 sixes, while Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed made half-centuries each.
For England, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes took 3 wickets each, while Jofra Archer gave 79 in his 10 overs.
Chasing the mammoth 349, England were rocked back by Pakistan as they were reeling at 118-4 in 39 overs. However, the champion side England are, they didn’t give up as Joe Root and Jos Buttler built a fantastic partnership adding 130 for the fifth wicket.
The moment of the match came in the 39th over as a well set, Joe Root got out for 107(104) with a soft dismissal.
The responsibility of the chase then fell on Jos Buttler’s shoulders, who tried his best, but his attacking century wasn’t enough as England fell short of the target by 14 runs.
So, after a humiliating defeat against the West Indies, Pakistan have made a superb comeback to defeat England by 14 runs in World Cup 2019.
- Key partnerships of Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed with Mohammad Hafeez.
- Joe Root’s wicket in the 39th over against the run of play.
- Sarfaraz Ahmed dropping Moeen Ali and missing a stumping in the 41st over.
- Joss Buttler’s wicket when just 61 runs were required from 33 balls.
- Wahab Riaz taking 2 wickets in 2 balls at the death making it impossible for England to win.
Match 7: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
Date: June 4, 2019
Time: 3 pm IST
Can Sri Lanka overcome spirited Afghanistan in the clash of the Asian teams?.
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