England Vs Pakistan: Pakistan held their nerve to clinch a thriller
June 3, 2019
ICC CWC 2019 | Match 6 | England Vs Pakistan | Post-match Analysis
What an upset from Pakistan!! The unpredictable Pakistan have done it again, taking out the favourites England by 14 runs. At Nottingham stadium on 3rd June, we can say that the game had fair share of twists and turns, Riaz delivered the knockout punch by dismissing both Woakes and Moeen in a single over. Root and Buttler composed splendid tons but Pakistan just kept their composure to seal the game.
The toss didn’t matter as this is the same pitch where England once scored 481/6 against Australia on 19th June 2018. So After winning the toss, England elected to bowl first.
Pakistan got the good start as both the openers Fakhar Zaman (36) & Imam-ul-haq (44) started off very well, hitting every bowler around the park especially Fakhar, in particular, has played with some great intent. Moeen Ali comes to the resque for the hosts as he picks up the wickets of both the openers, where Fakhar got out-stumped & a splendid catch from Woakes ends the Imam’s innings.
Chris Woakes gave a wonderful exhibition of athletic fielding by diving at long off to pouch a stunner! It was a well-timed lofted shot from Imam but Woakes’ dramatic effort ensured his innings would come to an end.
Babar Azam came in at no. 3 and ensured that Pakistan doesn’t lose the momentum and carried onto 63, before getting out to Moeen Ali. Hafeez (84) and skipper Sarfaraz (55) went onto complete their half centuries respectively. both of them played aggressively and didn’t allowed any english bowler to settle down. Pakistan finished with a flourish as they ended up with a sizeable 348 for 8 in 50 overs. Hafeez, Sarfraz and Azam all crunched fifties. Not a good day for Roy or England in the field. Roy dropped a sitter and there were misfields from others too. For the hosts Moeen Ali & Chris Woakes got 3 wickets each while Mark Wood got 2 as well.
Chasing a big fat total of 349, Jason Roy and Jonny Baristow walked out to open. Roy (8) got out LBW off Shadab Khan in the 3rd over. Joe Root and Jonny Baristow (32) streched the total to 60 before the latter getting caught behind against Wahab Riaz. Skipper Eoin Morgan (9) and Ben Stokes (13) didn’t last long either.
Then came the Jos Buttler (103) who came out with positive intent to give England a glimmer of hope. The way he scooped Riaz over the ‘keeper’s head and then crunched a sumptuous drive off Shadab through extra cover gave a glimpse of his class to explore all corners of the ground. Root (107), at the other end, has anchored the innings superbly. Calm and composed Root went onto hit the century. He has anchored the chase superbly, combining a diet of singles and twos with well-timed boundaries that bisected the gaps with perfection. both of them scored centuries before getting out to Shadab and Amir respectively.
Wahab Riaz nailed the coffin by picking two crucial wickets of Moeen Ali (19) and Chris Woakes (21). And England were left with the tail to close the game which was highly unlikely as they fall short by 14 runs. For the Pakistan, Riaz got 3, Amir & Shadab got 2 wickets each and Shoaib Malik grabbed one as well.
M. Amir changed the momentum in their side when Jos Buttler (103) got caught by Riaz in the 44.3th over. That triggered the change and bring the hope for the Pakistan team.
Player of the match
Wahab’s selection to the WC squad for his experience seems like a failure. But today he showed us why he was selected for the national team at the last second.
Wahab Riaz scalped two quick wickets of Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes in the 48th over when England still had the fuel to take down with 39 runs to get in last 3 overs.
PAK 348/8 (50 Ovs) Hafeez 84(62), Babar Azam 63(66) (Moeen Ali 3/50, Woakes 3/71) beat ENG 334/9 (50 Ovs) Root 107(104), Buttler(wk) 103(76) (Riaz 3/82 Shadab Khan 2/63) by 14 runs.
Records & Stats
First loss for England chasing in a home ODI since Sep 2015
Pakistan end a run of 11 consecutive losses in completed ODIs
Where team stands
Pakistan have announced themselves in the tournament in classic style. There’s too much written about their unpredictability, and with performances such as these, there’s much to be written yet. This World Cup needed a thriller, and it’s got one for the archives.
England given a reality check today. 350-plays-350 could be a norm in bilateral one-day cricket, but considering the intensity of the World Cup, it becomes a daunting proposition. Even so, they made a great fist of it through hundreds from Root and Buttler, but their untimely dismissals left the lower order with a steep task, something they weren’t up for. Their next match is against tigers Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on 8th June.