On Monday, Pakistan stunned England in a high-scoring match in Nottingham. Batting first, Pakistan put up 348/8 in 50 overs, with half-centuries from Mohammad Hafiz, Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed. With this match, Pakistan set up their first win after 11 consecutive losses.
The Nottinghamshire County Ground has been great for England in the past. The hosts have raked 444 runs in 2014 and 481 runs in 2016 versus Pakistan and Australia, respectively. This time, it was a shocker, as England could not chase the total in spite of centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler. With this match, England lost their first match at home after 16 consecutive wins.
When England won the toss, they decided to use the formula of West Indies. They put Pakistan to bat and used their fast bowlers Chris Woakes and Joffra Archer to destroy the top order. However, the visitors pulled themselves together and put up a mammoth total of 348 runs that included 29 fours and 6 sixes.
The hosts got a taste of their own medicine as their top order was knocked out by the Pakistani bowlers. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes had to depart, leaving their side reeling at 118-4. At this point, Joe Root and Jos Buttler had a lot on their shoulders but they managed to score a century each and made the chase look possible. However, both their wickets fell consecutively, leaving Mark Wood and Adil Rashid at the crease where the target slipped beyond their reach.
With this match, England also became the first team in the World Cup to lose a match in spite of two centuries from a single team.
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