Joe Root scored a fine century against Pakistan in the game no 6 of ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC), 2019. Root was dropped by Babar Azam on first slip on Mohammad Amir's bowling. This has indeed proved costly for Pakistan as England are now currently on the driving seat with well-set Root and Jos Butler on the crease. Root scored his century from 97 balls and becomes the first batsman to do so in CWC 2019. Pakistan vs England Live Cricket Score 6th ODI Match.
Earlier England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to field. Pakistan went on to post a massive target of 349 runs with a valuable contribution from all batsmen. Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq provide a good start for Pakistan which was converted well by Mohammad Hafeez knock of 84 runs from 62 balls. Babar Azam and Pak skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed also scored half-centuries. PAK vs ENG, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Live Cricket Updates.
Butler becomes 2nd Englishman to hit two World Cup Hundreds
Finally, the first 💯 of #CWC19!
Joe Root brings up his century off 97 balls and becomes just the second Englishman to hit two World Cup hundreds. pic.twitter.com/3UE3fblePr
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 3, 2019
England did not start well in their chase as they lost both their openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow in first 10 overs. Roy was dismissed by Pak spinner Shadab Khan while Bairstow got out in the 9th over by Wahab Riaz. Little later ENG skipper Eoin Morgan and English all-rounder Ben Stokes got out cheaply by Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik respectively. Currently, Butler has also scored a half-century and is batting at the strike rate of above 140.
England after getting the bad start are cruising along well to chase down the target of 249 runs. If Pakistan has to win this match, they have to quickly break Butler and Root partnership. The 100 run partnership between Butler and Root came in just 81 balls.