Pakistan upend form book to beat England despite Root, Buttler tons

Pakistan 348 for 8 (Hafeez 84, Babar 63, Sarfaraz 55, Moeen 3-50, Woakes 3-71) beat England 334 for 9 (Root 107, Buttler 103, Wahab 3-82) by 14 runs.

Pakistan beat England by 14 runs in ICC World cup 2019 despite centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Highlights: England vs Pakistan

Pakistan came for Monday’s clash at the back of 11 straight defeats, the last of which was wrapped up in less than 34 overs. And when they did win, none of their batsmen scored a century, while England had two. Wahab Riaz bagged three wickets, England had two doing the same.

Pakistan seal thriller

What an upset from Pakistan!! The unpredictable Pakistan have done it again, taking out the favourites England by 14 runs. In a game that had is fair share of twists and turns, Riaz delivered the knockout punch by dismissing both Woakes and Moeen in a single over. Root and Buttler composed splendid tons but Pakistan just about held their nerves to seal the game.
Earlier, Hafeez also played a mature hand of 84. Jason Roy would be pondering somewhere about the fluffed chance that gave Hafeez the reprieve. England’s fielding on a whole was way below par.
Pakistan in front in a thriller
Just when England seemed to be getting on par, Moeen couldn’t pick the slower short ball from Riaz and sliced it to backward point. Riaz then bowled a quick delivery on back of a length to remove Woakes. Wickets via successive deliveries!! Riaz is fired up.
Pakistan edge ahead…

England fight

Pakistan still have the edge but England’s lower order is fighting. Moeen, who has been terribly out of sorts in the tournament so far, clubbed the pull of the final ball off the 47th over. 38 needed in 18 balls. You would still bet your money on Pakistan

Prized scalp for Amir!!

Buttler reaches the landmark in trademark style with a handsome shot drilled through extra cover off Amir. Wonderful innings. Unfortunately for England, Buttler was dismissed the very next ball, edging a slower one to the man behind square. Is that the final nail in the coffin?
Pakistan’s fans are going crazy. The Pakistan camp is ecstatic!! Huge moment of the game.

Sarfraz fluffs one

Action and drama in the middle! Moeen couldn’t pick the googly from Shadab and eked out an edge but Sarfraz couldn’t hold on to it. It has to be said the chance wasn’t easy.

Huge wicket!

Unfortunately for England, Root fell at a crucial juncture, carving one straight to the fielder behind square. It was fired in on a length and in the channel outside off from Shadab and Root could only crack it straight to the fielder. Root is almost down in tears. But it was a splendid knock from the England bedrock and gets a standing ovation for it.
Calm and collected Root compiles ton
Impressive hundred from Root. He has anchored the chase superbly, combining a diet of singles and twos with well-timed boundaries that bisected the gaps with perfection. As he acknowledged the crowd by raising his bat, one could listen to chants of #Rooooot”.
Meanwhile, Buttler has continued to showcase his pyrotechnics. The way he tailored the gap in 35th over via backward point with a backfoot punch capsulises the point.

Buttler’s magic

What a fifty this from Buttler!! He is a special batsman and reaches the milestone in style; nonchalantly flicking Shadab over the ropes. He blends power with finesse to explore every nook and cranny of the stadium. Class and quality. On the other hand, Asif Ali seems to have hurt himself with trying to pouch the catch.
For Pakistan, Riaz has bowled his heart out but with no real luck. He even generated a hint of away swing with the old ball to produce the edge of both Buttler and Root but Sarfraz didn’t have the first slip in place.
150 required in 19 overs.

Buttler and positive intent

Buttler has come out with positive intent to give England a glimmer of hope. The way he scooped Riaz over the ‘keeper’s head and then crunched a sumptuous drive off Shadab through extra cover gave a glimpse of his class to explore all corners of the ground. Root, at the other end, has anchored the innings superbly.

Pakistan in control

Stokes too has been dismissed. The slide continues. The all rounder tried to cut Malik but could only eke out an edge. Sharp catch from Sarfraz behind the stumps. The unpredictable Pakistanis are again at it.
Pakistan finish with flourish
Pakistan finished with a flourish as they ended up with a sizeable 348 for 8 in 50 overs. Hafeez, Sarfraz and Azam all crunched fifties. Not a good day for Roy or England in the field. Roy dropped a sitter and there were misfields from others too.
Can England’s powerful batting unit chase this down? Remember it is a World Cup game. What would be Pakistan’s tactics? Will they start with Shadab against Bairstow?
On a side note, Morgan’s England couldn’t finish their quota of overs within the stipulated timeframe.

Azam throws it away

Just when Azam looked set for a massive score, the talented batsman has thrown it away. The lofted shot was quite unnecessary as Pakistan were going well. He skipped down the track and mistimed it slightly and could only spoon it to the reliable Woakes at wide long on. Moeen has snapped up all three wickets to fall so far. His spin colleague, Rashid, however, hasn’t had a good day.
Hafeez, who is looking in good touch, needs to get a big one. He has also completed an enterprising fifty.

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