Finally, Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co put a full stop on the 11 matches long losing spree in quite a fashionable manner as Pakistan locked horns with England in the sixth game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. It was Wahab Riaz snapped three wickets for the side as Pakistan successfully defended 348 runs. The match was held at the Trent Bridge Stadium and after winning the toss, England opted to bowl first. Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman contributed with 82 runs for the first wicket and give a good start to the team. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Points Table Updated: Pakistan Moves to Number Six After Defeating England by 14 Runs in CWC19 Round-Robin Match.
Babar Azam Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Ahmed scored half-centuries. Hafeez became the highest scorer of the Pakistani side as he scored 84 runs. In reply, England lost four wickets in the first 20 overs of the game. Joe Root and Jos Buttler scored 107 and 109 respectively and gave England much-needed support to the crumbling side. At one point in time, it looked as of victory was not very far from England. However, after the two departed none of could take the team to the finishing line. England lost the game by 14 runs. PAK beat ENG by 14 runs.
Now let’s have a look at a few stats of the game:
# Pakistan was 69/0 in 10 overs. This was the team’s highest score in the first 10 overs in World Cup matches since the Quarter Final against India in Bangalore in 1996.
# Chris Woakes became the fourth player to take four catches in a World Cup match. Mohammed Kaif (2003), Soumya Sarkar (2015) and Umar Akmal (2015) were the ones to take four catches in the World Cup.
# Sarfaraz Ahmed took the 100th Catch in ODI.
Mohammed Hafeez became the Man of the Match and said, “Everyone believed we can win the game. We were playing good cricket before but we weren't winning the crucial stages. Today, everyone really chipped in and gave everything required in the situation. We were very confident. We practised well yesterday, had a good meeting, and we needed one winning performance to start us off. Bowlers did a great job defending the score.” Pakistan will next play against Sri Lanka on Friday at Bristol County Ground.