ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan snatches game from England by 14 runs
Pakistan on Monday edged out England by 14 runs and brought an end to their 11-match winless streak. It becomes more surprising as in their last game against West Indies, they had posted their lowest total of the tournament.
Chasing a record 349 to win, England's Joe Root and Jos Buttler smashed brilliant hundreds but both went into the vain as they failed to ensure a win for their team. Mohammed Hafeez bagged the Man of the match for his 84 off 63 balls which helped Pakistan post a mammoth 348/8.
“It’s a great team effort. Credit to batsmen to take us to 350. Then bowlers bowled really well today. Match starting 10.30, first 10 overs are very important. If you lose early wickets, you can’t get that type of runs. Fakhar and Imam did a really good job. Started with Shadab today, because we know they’re not good batsmen against spin – Roy and Bairstow. Fielding a very important part,” said Sarfaraz at the post-match presentation.
Winning the toss and batting first, Pakistan scored 348 runs. Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez scored fifties. Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali were the pick of the English bowling, scalping three wickets apiece.