On 3rd June, mercurial Pakistan was up against tournament favorites England in their 2nd match of World Cup. Pre-match analysis by the cricket experts underrated the Pakistan side after their shocking loss to West Indies in their 1st match of World Cup. However mercurial Pakistan once again showed that they have the talent to beat any opposition when in confidence. Pakistan beat England by 14 runs and took 9 wickets of the strong English batting line-up.
It was Pakistan’s first win in their last 12 completed matches, breaking their losing streak of 11 matches. To be honest, Pakistan has been performing well with their bat scoring consistently 300+ but what lacked to rate them was the victory that they had not for last 11 matches despite performing well.
Earlier, England won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first on a batting friendly track. Pakistan got of to a brilliant start. Pakistan openers scored quick 80 runs before they lost Fakhar Zaman to stumping of Mooen Ali’s bowling. Pakistan’s middle order scored decent figures to post a target of 349 for England. The innings was powered by Hafeez’s 84 of 62 balls. Pakistan’s consistent player Babar Azam scored 63 of 66 while skipper Sarfaraz scored 55 of 44 balls to give a finish touch to innings.
In reply, England lost wickets at regular intervals at the start. They were reeling at 118 for 4 with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes back in the pavilion. Joe Root and Jos Buttler then scored centuries to bring the chase on track but failed to take their team over the line. England eventually finished on 334 for 9.
With the ball, both Wahab Riyaz and Mohammad Amir performed well. Wahab took 3 for 82 which included 2 crucial wickets of 2 balls in 48th over when the game was going away from Pakistan. Mohammad Amir took an important wicket of Jos Buttler at a crucial stage of the match.
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