In the 6th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Pakistan cricket team pulled up a brilliant win against hosts England.
Pakistan defeated England by 14 runs at the Trent Bridge Stadium in Nottingham on Monday, ending their 12 match losing streak in one day cricket. Pakistan earlier, lost 5 -0 to Australian and 4 -0 to England in bilateral series.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez anchored Pakistan’s innings, scoring 84 runs in 62 balls to take them to 348/8 in their fifty over quota. Babar Azam and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed made fifties, ending at 63 and 55 respectively. The opening pair of Imal-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman got 82 runs for the opening wicket, each scoring 44 and 36.
For many Pakistan’s win was shocking, because their side collapsed to 105/10 against West Indies in their World Cup opener on the same ground on Friday.
While chasing the massive 300 plus target, England lost opener Jason Roy on 8. Later, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root cautiously took the score past 50. Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan were removed in quick succession.
It was left to Joe Root and Jos Buttler to churn things around. The two individually batted brilliantly scoring centuries, before being dismissed on 107 and 103 respectively. Moreover, once these two punch hitters were gone it was on 288/6, it seemed impossible for the rest of the non-batsmen to pull 65 odd runs.
England ended at 334/9 in a fighting spirit nonetheless.