Pakistan left behind the Windies bowlers’ memories and registered a monumental total of 348 runs in their second game of World Cup 2019 against hosts England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The Pakistani batters recorded a sensational performance as the trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed smacked amazing half-centuries to guide their team’s progress. On the other hand, the England bowlers had a very poor outing in the game as majority of them gave away too many runs.
England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl first as he reckoned that it is a good wicket and the dimensions of this ground are smaller than The Oval. The two Pakistani openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq got their team off to a fabulous start at the top. They came out in an aggressive mode, blistering a tally of 69 runs in the first 10 overs. Both of them batted quite well to counter the opening spells of the England new ball bowlers, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
The trio of Hafeez, Babar and Sarfaraz rack up significant knocks
However, off-spinner Moeen Ali then provided England with the opening breakthrough in the form of Fakhar’s wicket and Jos Buttler also supported in the dismissal with some brilliant work behind the stumps. This in turn ended the 82-run opening stand. Chris Woakes then took a superb catch in the long-off region to get the better of Imam-ul-Haq and leave Pakistan 111 for 2. After the dismissal of the two openers, the duo of Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez joined hands to carry on Pakistan’s progress further in the innings.
The pair of Hafeez and Babar constructed an excellent partnership of 88 runs for the third wicket. They batted very well and showed some great composure to keep the England bowlers at bay during the middle-overs phase of the game. Babar Azam looked in a solid touch, notching up a fabulous knock of 63 runs off 66 balls before getting dismissed to Moeen Ali in the 33rd over. However, even after Babar’s wicket, Hafeez kept on playing his natural game.
He stitched a vital stand of 80 runs along with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to lay down a strong platform for a massive total. Hafeez looked good to get the first century of this tournament, however, Woakes took another fantastic catch to send him back to the pavilion for well-made 62-ball 84. Sarfaraz also played an impressive knock of 55 runs. The England bowlers made a slight comeback in the last few overs by picking up some quick wickets, but still they leaked too many runs and this helped Pakistan post a massive total of 348 runs in their quota of 50 overs.
For England, Moeen was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three crucial wickets and finished with an impressive economy rate as well. Woakes also picked up three scalps but gave away a total of 71 runs in his eight overs.
Pakistan 348/8 in 50 overs (Mohammad Hafeez-84, Babar Azam-63, Sarfaraz Ahmed-55; Moeen Ali 3/50, Chris Woakes 3/71) vs England.