Pakistan vs England Match Analysis: ICC World Cup 2019


England and Pakistan played out a riveting World Cup encounter with Pakistan winning the match by 14 runs in a treat for their fans who were hitherto disappointed with their team’s capitulation to the West Indies.

Team England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.

Team Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan Innings

Pakistan started their innings confidently with an 82 run opening stand between Imam-ul-Haq who scored a brilliant 44 of 58 balls and Fakhar Zaman who hit 36 off 40 balls. Babar Azam played a fluent knock of 63 of 66 balls and was complemented by the roaring form of Mohammad Hafeez who top scored with 84 of 62 balls. The edge at the end came from Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed who hit 55 of 44 balls with 5 sixes to boot. There were tiny but handy contributions from the tail as well, pushing up the total to 348 runs in 50 overs. The English bowlers were expensive although Chris Woakes did pick up 3 wickets, conceding 71 runs in just 8 overs and Moeen Ali turned out the pick of the bowlers with 3/50 in his 10 overs. Mark Wood also bowled decently, posting figures of 2/53 in his 10 overs. Jofra Archer was expensive and so were Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid.

England Innings

Jason Roy got out cheaply to start the England innings on an onerous note with Shadab Khan striking a major blow. However, a partnership was built by Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, getting England back on track. Yet, Bairstow’s dismissal for 32 of 31 balls put pressure squarely back on England which was compounded by the dismissals of Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes for 9 runs and 13 runs respectively. Yet, Root scripted a near win for his team, scoring a valiant 107 of 104 balls and partnering effectively with the ever reliable Jos Buttler who scored 103 of just 76 balls. Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes scored 19 runs and 21 runs respectively while Mark Wood was not out on 10 at the end with Adil Rashid not out on 3 runs. Jofra Archer fell cheaply for 1 run to Mohammad Amir at the climax. Shadab Khan picked up 2 wickets for 63 runs while Mohammad Amir picked up 2 wickets for 67 runs. Wahab Riaz picked up 3 wickets for 82 runs while Hassan Ali went wicketless, conceding 66 runs in his 10 overs. Mohammad Hafeez added to his batting exploits, conceding 43 runs in 7 overs and picking up one wicket while Shoaib Malik picked up 1 wicket, conceding 10 runs in 3 overs.

Match Summary:

Pakistan- 348/8 in 50 overs

England- 334/9 in 50 overs

Match Review

Pakistan’s leading batsmen were Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam, supplemented by handy knocks from Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan’s top bowlers were Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan along with Mohammad Amir although they were slightly expensive.

The Man of the Match was Mohammad Hafeez for his steady knock of 84 runs from 62 balls and also his crucial wicket, conceding 43 runs in 7 overs. Hafeez’s all-round performance definitely proved to be the difference between the two teams.

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