ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Date & Time: 03 June 2019
RR: 6.68 | Pakistan beat England by 14 runs
End of an entertaining contest! After serving a few one-sided games initially, the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is picking up its intensity. On Tuesday, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns in Cardiff at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us then for all the action. Cheers!
Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed says it's a team effort. Credits the batsmen first who took them to 348 and then says the bowlers delivered. Mentions the first 10 overs are very important and it is crucial to not lose early wickets and Imam and Fakhar got them off to a good start. States they tried different things, they started with Shadab as Roy and Bairstow struggle against spin and it worked. Stresses fielding is a very important part and today they fielded better and also bowled better. Tells this win is a confidence booster. Adds that they were playing good cricket and today managed to cross the line. Ends by saying it is not easy to bounce back after losing 11 games in a row.
England skipper, Eoin Morgan says it was a very good game of cricket but he is very disappointed that he is on the losing side. States this ground is a high-scoring one and the outfield is quick. Admits that they needed partnerships but they lost early wickets. Feels that Root and Buttler kept them in the game but could not take them over the line. Reckons a partnership early on and it could have been different. Points out that the fielding between the two sides was the difference. Further adds the performance with the bat and the ball can go up and down but the fielding needs to be consistent and that is what let them down today. Tells Pakistan bowled well and they deserved to win. Ends by saying that they weren't too bad all-round but Pakistan were better.
Mohammad Hafeez is the Man of the Match for his all-round contribution! Says everyone had the belief that they can do it as they were playing well but not winning the crucial stages. Mentions today they gave everything and it was a team effort. States they were confident today, they practised well and they had a good meeting. Further adds they needed someone to stand up and the rest to contribute. Tells the bowlers were very good and so were the batters. Admits the first game was not that good but they knew they could turn it around. Informs he was looking to play his natural shots and everything came off well for him. Adds they always have good support here and it is like a second home to them. Ends by saying, the winning feel was missing and it is back today and the atmosphere will be awesome.
With the backs to the wall, Joe Root found an able ally in Jos Buttler and together the pair put on a show. Root shifted to the job of anchoring the chase while Buttler started to bat in his usual manner. They amassed 130 runs together off 105 balls and that brought the Three Lions in contention. Joe completed his century, also the first ton by any batsman in this World Cup, but he soon got out. Pakistan got the opening they wanted and once Buttler also departed after completing his century, the Asian team grabbed the match by its throat. Wahab Riaz dismissing Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes off consecutive deliveries in the 48th over proved to be the final nail in the coffin and Pakistan emerged out as the deserving winners. Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan also played crucial roles in this victory.
It was supposed to be a high-scoring game and it turned out to be so. Pakistan left behind the disappointment of the previous match and posted 348 on the board. Their top batsmen batted responsibly and concentrated on building handy stands. In reply, England lost their star openers inside Powerplay 1. Their skipper also didn't last long and Ben Stokes also followed him, leaving England reeling on 118/4.
Pakistan cricket at its mercurial best! Bowled out for 105 in the last match, posted their best World Cup score in this one and have defeated the numero uno ODI side who also are the title favourites! In a recent ODI series in England, the green team was clean swept by the hosts but the Sarfaraz-led team has won when it mattered the most, in a World Cup. This win also breaks the deadlock for Pakistan who were on an 11-match losing streak.
Wahab Riaz on a hat-trick! Mark Wood on strike...
Mark Wood is the last batsman for England.
Adil Rashid is the new batsman.
Jofra Archer walks out to bat in a pressure cooker situation. 29 needed off 13 balls.
Wahab Riaz to bowl now.
Chris Woakes is in next.
Mohammad Amir is back on.
Hassan Ali is back on.
Powerplay 3 about to begin! Pakistan can now put a maximum of 5 fielders outside the ring.
Moeen Ali is the new batsman out in the middle.
Shadab Khan is back on.
Wahab Riaz is back for another spell.
Mohammad Amir is back for a crucial spell.
Hassan Ali is back into the attack.
Drinks break. 150 more needed for a win for England. The current partnership has certainly given them hope after all the hiccups. Joe Root has done well to anchor this chase and Jos Buttler is doing what he does best. If these two last the distance, the result most likely will be in favour of the Three Lions. For Pakistan, it's all about hanging in there and trying for a breakthrough. A wicket or two from here and they will fancy their chances more. Currently, from a neutral's point of view, we are hoping for a thrilling finish.
Now comes a slip!
Massive moment in this run chase! Jos Buttler has misread a delivery and is hit on the pads. The appeal is made for an lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Pakistan know that this is a critical juncture in this match and have taken the referral...
Shadab Khan is back!
Wahab Riaz is back!
Hafeez stops just in time! It would have been a no ball had he delivered as there was one fielder less inside the circle. Good and timely realization.
Mid off drops back. Deep points returns inside the ring.
Jos Buttler arrives with England in deep trouble.
Time for Shoaib Malik to roll his arm.
Hafeez pulls out and then looks behind. The non-striker is inside the crease. Hmm... who wants a 'controversial' Mankading at this stage?
Ben Stokes is the new batsman.
Drinks break. With two wickets in the bag, Pakistan will be relatively pleased with their efforts so far although they cannot afford to relax as England bat very deep. Morgan and Root are doing well to build a platform for this run chase and the hosts will be hopeful that this pair does the bulk of the scoring. The middle phase is going to be very crucial. 264 needed more.
Mohammad Hafeez is introduced into the attack. There is a halt in play at the moment as some foreign object has gone into Root's left eye. The physio is called now.
Hasan Ali is on!
Powerplay 2 begins. Pakistan can now have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring till the 40th over.
Skipper Eoin Morgan walks in next with England needing 289 runs off 41 overs.
Wahab Riaz is on now!
Amir steams in but pulls out at the last moment.
Some issue with the ball. The two umpires get together and have called for a replacement.
Joe Root is the number 3 batsman.
Jason Roy is given out lbw! He has a long chat with his partner and then goes for the referral. Looks dead in front, let's see...
Amir pulls out just at the end. Not sure about the reason!
Mohammad Amir to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Pakistan players are out in the field taking their respective positions. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy stride out to the middle to open the innings for England. Pakistan start with a surprise as Shadab Khan takes the first new ball. Maybe they have taken a leaf out of South Africa's page here. Let's see whether he can provide the breakthrough like Imran Tahir did in the opener.