Mumbai: Pakistan’s win against England earned came after losing 11 ODIs in a row and was much needed after last week’s humiliation at the hands of West Indies.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and co, beat tournament favourites England by 14 runs in a match where the batsmen outshone their own shabby performance against the Caribbeans. They scored 348 for 8 against England, who had taken down South Africa by 104 runs in their first match.
While England were chasing the highest target in the tournament so far, Jos Buttler and Joe Root, two of their top batsmen were taken out at critical moments in the game. England could then only manage to reach 334 runs in 50 overs at the expense of 9 wickets.
Mohammad Hafeez who was playing his final World Cup won the Man of the Match after scoring 84 off 62 balls and taking England captain Eoin Morgan’s wicket. Pakistan plays Sri Lanka next on June 7.
The performance earned the praise of Twitter celebs like-
Congratulations to the Pakistan cricket team for a great win and for coming back into form after a poor start in the warm up matches and the first WC match. You have the talent, all you need is the self belief that you can go all the way.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 3, 2019
What a win @TheRealPCB - @WahabViki was special today!! From 105 all out to 348 in two days beating the no 1 team in the world! Truly mercurial,presence of Amir and Shadab helped strength the team & Mohd Hafeez & Shoaib Malik were fantastic! #EngvPAK— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 3, 2019
It started 4 days back but the World Cup came alive today!— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 3, 2019
Not just an unexpected result but a thriller too!
Well done Pakistan!! 👏👏👏#ICCWC2019
Amazing what a better attitude does to a cricket team! Well played Pakistan! Great win. 👏🏻👏🏻— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) June 3, 2019
Who says One Day cricket is dead? #ICCWorldcup19
Great fight and passion from @RealPCB_Live and in terms of the tournament its a great result for this World Cup! @englandcricket not quite on it today but that happens - bowling was a bit awry I feel! I wouldn’t worry if I were them, can’t win them all. #moveontothenextgame— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) June 3, 2019