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    Pakistan beat England by 14 runs

    June 04, 2019

    Pakistan sprung a surprise at the Cricket World Cup on Monday, as they beat England by 14 runs in a thrilling game at Trent Bridge. England won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat, only for the away side to amass a significant total. Mohammad Hafeez (84) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55) both shone, making the most of some sloppy fielding from their opponents to post 348 for eight from their 50 overs.

    In response, England lost wickets cheaply and they found themselves 118 for four when Ben Stokes was dismissed. Jos Buttler (103) and Joe Root (107) then put together a brilliant partnership, as they each made fine centuries to haul their team back into the contest.

    However, Pakistan held their nerve late on, with the wicket of Buttler swinging the clash back in their favour. England eventually limped to 324 for nine. Having lost their last 11 games in a row in one-day international cricket—including their opener at the World Cup to the West Indies—it was imperative Pakistan delivered a performance in Nottingham.

    From the off, there was intent with the bat, as they put on an opening partnership of 82. Partnerships of 88 and 80 then put them to within touching distance of the 300-mark, meaning England were always going to have a big chase on.

     


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