Mohammad Hafeez

ICC World Cup 2019: Cricketing world reacts as Pakistan stun hosts England in a thrilling contest

A combined team effort was what it took for Pakistan to steer past hosts, and heavy favourites, England. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side put up a massive total during their batting, before defending the same later.

Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, and Sarfaraz Ahmed all scored more than fifty runs for the Men in Green, while Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan outwitted the opposing batsmen with their spells. The result saw Pakistan claim their first win of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, having lost the last match to West Indies in a humiliating fashion.


That defeat was their 11th straight loss in completed one-day internationals, including the recent 4-0 series defeat against England.

But they started strongly at Trent Bridge on Monday and made 348 for eight, experienced Hafeez top-scoring with 84.

No side had previously made more runs batting second to win a World Cup match than Ireland, with 329 for seven against England at Bangalore in 2011.


Brief Scores: Pakistan 348/8 in 50 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 84, Babar Azam 63; Moeen Ali 3-50, Chris Woakes 3-71) beat England 334/9 in 50 overs (Joe Root 107, Jos Buttler 103; Wahab Riaz 3-82, Shadab Khan 2-63) by 14 runs.

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