Pakistan has ended their record losing streak by taking down the favorites themselves. Something that seemed far-fetched after they were blown away by the West Indies. Sarfaraz had labeled their collective failures. His batsmen validated him today. Right from the tone which Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman set together. Through Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez. Later the captain himself to amass close to 350 and set this game as a thriller.
Pakistan Ended Their Record Losing Streak By Winning the Thriller
A great start by Zaman and Imam did lay the platform for Pakistan, despite this pitch being more batting-friendly. An unusually solid middle-order performance, with nos. 3-5 scoring fluent fifties and building some useful partnerships despite the absence of a big one. Wood was the pick of the pace and Moeen was the pick overall, with his guile to dismantle the top order.
Later only Root and Butler played a suitable inning for the chase of 349 runs. Both of them scored the centuries. Joe Root scored 107 runs in 103 balls. Jos Butler played a magnificent inning of 103 runs in 76 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez | MoM (84 off 62 | 7-0-43-1): Everyone believed we can win the game. We were playing good cricket before but we weren’t winning the crucial stages. Today, everyone really chipped in and gave everything required in the situation. We were very confident. We practiced well yesterday, had a good meeting, and we needed one winning performance to start us off. Bowlers did a great job defending the score.
Morgan, England captain: It was way below par today. Probably cost us 15-20 runs. They bowled well. We got a considerable partnership to stay in the game. All around today we weren’t that bad. Pakistan played well. Sides will beat each other. Don’t think many sides will go unbeaten. Going to be a competitive tournament. Looking forward to Bangladesh.
Sarfaraz, Pakistan captain: It’s a great team effort. Credit to batsmen for taking us to 350. Then bowlers bowled really well today. The game starts at 10.30, so the first 10 overs are very important. If you lose early wickets, you can’t this sort of a total.
Pakistan has announced themselves in the tournament in classic style. There’s too much written about their unpredictability, and with performances such as these, there’s much to be written yet. This World Cup needed a thriller, and it’s got one.