NOTTINGHAM – Pakistan beat England by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Monday as the World Cup’s first centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler were not enough to help the hosts and pre-tournament favourites overhaul the huge target of 349 set for them.
England had won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat, banking on the pace of fast bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer for early wickets and no doubt hoping to recreate the way the West Indies skittled Pakistan out for 105 on Friday.
Instead, the visitors put that woeful performance behind them and racked up 348/8, delighting their cheering fans in the stands with 29 fours and six sixes.
Mohammad Hafeez was his side’s top scorer with 84 off 62 balls, while Babar Azam made 63 and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed belted a quick-fire 55.
“Everyone was believing we could do this. We were playing good cricket but not winning crucial stages of the game. Everyone chipped in today, and gave everything which was required to win the game,” Hafeez told the BBC.