Fortune reversal for Pakistan and England as hosts first defeat in 2nd match

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The cricket World Cup on Monday saw a reversal of fortunes for England and Pakistan as the hosts embarked on to chase a mammoth target of 349 runs in 50 overs. England were defeated by 14 runs at the hands of Pakistan on Monday.

This came a big boost for the south Asian team, which were bundled out for just 105 runs in their opening encounter by the West Indies before the former lost the match by seven wickets.

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England, on the other hand, had inflicted a 104-run defeat to South Africa in their opening encounter as Ben Stokes enthralled the crowd with his batting, bowling and phenomenal fielding.

But, when England and Pakistan met in their second match in the ongoing competition on Monday, Pakistani batsmen looked beyond recognition as they piled up a huge total of 348 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their quota of 50 overs. Batting first at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, Pakistani middle order led by Mohammad Hafiz, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmad shone with the bat and scored 84, 63 and 55 respectively. Also joining the party were opening batsman Imam-Ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, who scored 44 and 36 respectively.

For England, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali scalped three wickets each, while Mark Wood ended his spell with 2 for 50.

England’s start has been disappointing as they lost quick four wickets for just 124 runs in 23 overs. Apart from Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103), both of whom scored centuries, no other batsmen could shine. Even Stokes departed at 13 off the bowling of Shoaib Malik.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan wrote on Twitter, “Officially Worried .. !!”



Live Updates of the match will appear below

  • Now Jos Buttler has joined the party as he helps take England’s total to 166/4 at the end of 27 overs. Root is batting on 71, Buttler is unbeaten on 31.
  • Big over for England, scores 15 runs to take the total to 148/4 after 25 hours
  •  England 133/4 at the end of 24 overs

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