After being outplayed in the first game by West Indies, Pakistan stunned favourites England played at
Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 3rd June 2019.
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to field first. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq
got the team off to a flying start putting pressure on the hosts. At the end of 10 overs, Pakistan raced to 69 for 0.
After the power play overs, Moeen Ali produced the breakthrough dismissing Fakhar Zaman with a
brilliant stumping by Jos Buttler. The Pakistani openers added 82 runs in 14.1 overs. Babar Azam came to the crease and looked in fine touch. A superb catch by Chris Woakes ended the innings for Imam.
Mohammad Hafeez looked positive right from the word go while Babar also showed his class by
reaching his fifty off 50 balls. The experienced Hafeez completed half-century off 39 balls. Moeen Ali got the much-needed breakthrough by getting the wicket of Babar Azam. Babar and Hafeez added 88 runs for the 3rd wicket. Sarfaraz Ahmed promoted himself to number 5 keeping the momentum of the innings with Hafeez.
Mark Wood dismissed the dangerous Hafeez for 84 off 62 balls. Hafeez and Sarfaraz added 80 runs for the 4th wicket. Sarfraz played with responsibility to complete his fifty off 40 balls. In the last few overs, England bowlers kept picking wickets. Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan added cameos to help Pakistan post 348 for 8 in 50 overs. For England, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali took 3 wickets each while Mark Wood took 2.
Chasing a massive target of 349 runs to win, it was not an ideal start for the hosts as they lost an early wicket of Jason Roy who was dismissed by Shadab Khan cheaply. Joe Root was dropped by Babar Azam for 9 at slips. After the drop catch, Root grabbed the chance and made the Pakistani bowlers pay.
On the other hand, Bairstow attacked the Pakistani bowling with aggressive strokes. As things were looking good for England, Wahab Riaz struck to dismiss Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow and Root added 48 runs for the 2nd wicket. At the end of 10 overs, England were 62 for 2.
After the power play overs, Eoin Morgan was also dismissed cheaply by Mohammed Hafeez for 9. Joe Root looked impressive with his stroke play while Ben Stokes looked out of touch. With the wicket of Ben Stokes, England were in trouble at 118 for 4.
Joe Root completed his fifty off 47 balls while Jos Buttler looked in fluent touch right from the word go. Buttler and Root made the batting look easy which kept the Pakistani bowlers under pressure. The explosive wicket-keeper batsman completed his fifty off 34 balls with a six.
Root and Buttler kept the scoreboard ticking which kept the pressure on Pakistani bowlers. The experienced Root reached his century off 97 balls to keep England chances alive. With 101 runs required in 11.1 overs, Root was dismissed by Shadab Khan for 107. Root and Buttler added 130 runs for the 5th wicket.
Moeen Ali came to the crease and struggled with his timing. On the other hand, Buttler completed his 100 off 75 balls. Mohammad Aamir got the big breakthrough dismissing the centurion Buttler for 103. Buttler and Moeen Ali added 40 runs for the 6th wicket.
Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes kept the England hopes alive with 32 runs stand for the 7th wicket. Wahab Riaz dismissed Ali and Woakes off 2 successive deliveries. With 25 runs needed, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid could hit only 11 runs. For Pakistan, Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 82, Mohammad Aamir and Shadab Khan took 2 wickets, Mohammad Hafeez and Malik 1 wicket each respectively to give Pakistan a thrilling 14 run win.
For his all-round performance, Mohammad Hafeez was awarded the man of the match. Pakistan 348 for 8 in 50 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 84, Babar Azam 63, Moeen Ali 3/50, Chris Woakes 3/71) beat England 334 for 9 in 50 overs (Joe Root 107, Jos Buttler 103, Wahab Riaz 3/82, Shadab Khan 2/63) by 14 runs.