The sixth match of ICC World Cup 2019 was packed with full-fledged emotions and intense nostalgia as the pitch of Trent Bridge witnessed season’s first maiden century by England’s star batsman Joe Root on Monday. The 28-year-old talented cricketer smashed a brilliant century in just 97 balls against Pakistan squad in 50-over maiden tournament. Pakistan who lost the chance to dismiss the right-handed batsman in the beginning of his miraculous innings. Root became the first batsman in CWC 2019 to hit maiden century while English cricketer Jos Buttler became the second to score a hundred in the ongoing world cup. The wicket-keeper batsman Buttler scored 103 runs off 76 balls along with nine boundaries and two sixes.
On England’s front, the Eoin Morgan’s team started abruptly as they lost their opening wickets of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow in initial overs. The team seemed to look in tremendous pressure after giving so many runs in first innings of the game which eventually turned into a bad day for England.
Despite root’s and Buttler’s path-breaking efforts, England lost the match to Pakistan by just 14 runs. After winning the toss Eoin Morgan decided to bowl first. The green army posted a massive score of 349 runs on board. Pakistan started their game vigorously in order to break their losing streak in the grand Cricket Cup. Pakistani players contributed very well in all the three departments (bowling, batting and fielding) to turn around their losing momentum.
Explosive openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq both proved to be the great pillars for Pakistan’s success in the game as they gave a good start to the team which was later followed by Mohammad Hafeez and green team’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Hafeez added a total of 84 runs from 62 balls to the amazing innings of Pakistan while Babar Azam and Ahmed knocked astonishing half centuries to lead their team to triumph.
Earlier in their match against West Indies, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s squad faced the painful defeat as Windies dismissed the whole team of Pakistan at just 105 runs. This resulted in social media flooding with mockery posts and Pakistani cricketers faced major embarrassment from the fans.
England will next take on Bangladesh squad at Sophia Gardens on June 8, 2019 while Pakistan will face Sri Lanka at Bristol County ground on June 7.