Pakistan shocks England by 14 runs in vengeance


England suffered a non-expected defeat in their second match of the World Cup

After a bad start in their first match Pakistan came back strong and defeated the World cup favorites England. The hosts fell 14 runs short from the target of 349 in the 6th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez put up a good show

Losing the toss, put into bat first Pakistan started well as their openers added 82 runs for the first wicket in 14.1 overs. Babar Azam, veteran Mohammad Hafeez and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed scored half-centuries and took their team to a massive total of 348.

The most talked bowler Jofra Archer went for lots of runs and couldn’t scalp any wicket. His bowling figure read 10-0-79-0 after the end of first innings. Chris Woakes and Mark Wood tried to pull things back in the back end of the innings by taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively.

Jos Buttler changed the momentum of the game

In response to a challenging total, England lost its opener Jason Roy cheaply on 8 which brought J Root on the crease. Joe root kept chipping away the runs and found timely boundaries. England lost the plot post the first powerplay and lost 4 wickets at 118. Then came Jos Buttler who changed the momentum of the game in England’s favor by playing some outrageous shots.

Two centurions couldn’t save the match for Hosts

Both the Js scored centuries and forged a partnership of 130 runs in 105 balls. Both got out just after scoring the century. Joe Root played a sensible inning of 107 from 104 and Jos Buttler made an amazing 103 of just 76 balls. Batsmen getting out at the wrong time, made England pay as they fell 14 run short after the end of second innings.

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Pacer Wahab Riaz took 3 wickets and Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan took 2 wickets each. It was the Buttler’s wicket which changed the result of the match. Spinner Shadab Khan who was expensive in his first spell came back strong in the later spells and gave 63 runs in 10 overs.

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