Pakistan 348 for 8 (Hafeez 84, Babar 63, Sarfaraz 55, Moeen 3-50, Woakes 3-71) beat England 334 for 9 (Root 107, Buttler 103, Wahab 3-82) by 14 runs
Because it occurred: England v Pakistan
100 from Joe Root, the primary on this World Cup. 100 from Jos Buttler, at 75 balls the fifth quickest within the historical past of the World Cup. The drawback of dropping the toss and being requested to set a goal in these quixotic ODI instances. The stress of coming into this recreation on the again of a hammering on the identical floor three days in the past (to not point out 11 successive defeats within the format). Pakistan appeared cornered, for certain, however they produced the outdated tiger routine at Trent Bridge to emerge bloodied however unbowed in opposition to the hosts and favourites. And, extra crucially, with two World Cup factors of their pocket.
Having opened so easily in opposition to South Africa, England got a World Cup actuality verify – a reminder, specifically, that their vaunted batting line-up can not make up for each sub-par efficiency with the ball. It had been nearly 4 years since England final misplaced an ODI chase at house, however this was a file goal in World Cups and regardless of going into the final ten overs needing 91 with 5 wickets in hand, Pakistan’s dying bowling was ok that the ultimate dozen deliveries have been barely even squeaky.
Success with the ball has by no means been extra relative: Wahab Riaz’s Three for 82 would barely have certified as respectable a decade in the past, however his modifications of tempo on the finish ensured England wouldn’t wag their solution to a last-gasp victory (in addition to accounting for Jonny Bairstow on the prime of the order). Mohammad Amir, in the meantime, eliminated Buttler the ball after he had recorded his hundred, to lastly ship the scales lurching in Pakistan’s route.
In every other period, in opposition to every other facet, Pakistan’s complete of 348 for Eight would have appeared impregnable. It was constructed round strong top-order contributions from Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed, although maybe decisively aided and abetted by some uncharacteristically sloppy fielding from England.
On the midway stage, there was a way that this might simply go the way in which of Pakistan’s unsuccessful makes an attempt to defend 358 and 340 in the course of the ODI sequence final month (when Wahab and Amir, for differing causes, have been each notably absent). However this was a World Cup encounter, during which the hosts carry the tag of favourites; nonetheless usually they’ve pulled off such feats over latest years, there is no such thing as a such factor as a straightforward chase of 349.
So it was to show, although for some time in the course of the stand between Root and Buttler of 130 in 17.Three overs, England had the air of heat favourites (regardless of historical past and arithmetic remaining firmly in opposition to them). That lifted England from the travails of 118 for 4, with each openers falling contained in the Powerplay and Pakistan’s part-time spin pairing of Hafeez and Shoaib Malik accounting for the in-form Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes.
It might have been worse for England, Root surviving a tough diving likelihood to slide on 9 – Babar the would-be catcher, Amir the pissed off bowler – however he in any other case fulfilled his anchor function with aplomb, easing his solution to 100 from 97 balls. Then, with 101 wanted and greater than 10 overs of the innings remaining, Root threw his arms at a supply from Shadab Khan and sliced to quick third man. The noise from the more and more rambunctious English sections of the Trent Bridge crowd instantly dropped a stage.
In truth, there had been equally voluble assist for Pakistan, and England had appeared a contact rattled – there have been sarcastic claps to the group within the area, after which palpable frustration from Jason Roy when his lbw in opposition to Shadab within the third over was confirmed on evaluate. Bairstow responded forcefully earlier than feathering behind off Wahab, and it was an indication of England’s uneven effort that his 32 find yourself being their third-highest rating.
The DRS couldn’t come to Pakistan’s help later within the innings, when Buttler was rapped on the entrance pad by Shadab with simply 33 to his title. It was comprehensible that Sarfaraz had gambled, with Buttler clearly England’s likeliest match-winner; even after Root’s dismissal, Pakistan nerves frayed additional when a skinny edge off Moeen Ali that would even have seen him stumped was missed by the captain. However Amir had Buttler carving to quick third man, whereas Moeen by no means acquired going earlier than being put out of his distress by Wahab.
It was an English error that appeared to be magnified looking back, as Hafeez took benefit of the life he acquired on 14 to top-score for Pakistan – after which scuttled one via Morgan’s defences for good measure, as he and Malik ensured that an XI mild on frontline bowlers might maintain off the trendy recreation’s most enthusiastic chasers.
Regardless of the scorn heaped upon their batsmen after succumbing to 105 all out in opposition to West Indies on Friday, Pakistan produced a remarkably resolute response. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman placed on 82 for the primary wicket and the center order then cracked on fluently as solely Moeen discovered a lot pleasure among the many England assault. How completely different may issues have been, nonetheless, had Roy held on to a steepling miscue from Hafeez when he gave Adil Rashid the cost within the legspinner’s second over.
Rashid was to finish wicketless, hit out of the assault after conceding 43 from 5 overs as Babar and Hafeez took him on. Jofra Archer, too, endured his hardest outing in worldwide cricket, handled dismissively on the dying on the way in which to figures of Zero for 79.
Whereas Chris Woakes couldn’t be faulted, claiming 4 catches and a share of the World Cup file for a fielder, to go along with three wickets, his contributions have been the exception as England totted up 13 misfields and 17 additional runs donated to the Pakistan trigger – sufficient to have swung the match. Having did not stay as much as their billing, Morgan’s facet should cope with defeat by a staff that they had wiped apart 4-Zero in bilaterals simply a few weeks in the past. That added stress of World Cups? Properly, it’s only going to extend from right here.
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick
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