The high of England’s opening day victory over South Africa was punctured at Trent Bridge as they fell to a 14-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan.
Fresh from being skittled for 105 by the West Indies an embattled Pakistan piled on 348 for eight, leaving their hosts in pursuit of a World Cup record.
Joe Root’s 107 and Jos Buttler’s 103 – the first hundreds of the tournament – took them close but both were dismissed as a tense chase fell short.
Pakistan great Wasim Akram’s 53rd celebrations took an upturn as he watched his country produce a stunning result in Nottingham.
Chris Woakes is among one of the mildest mannered England players in recent years, but he was seemingly provoked into reacting by some heckling from the stands. When he took a fine diving catch to dismiss Imam-ul-Haq the all-rounder turned to ‘shhh’ his critics before pointing at them in celebration.
I think it's like cuddling your sister, it's not illegal but you shouldn't do it.Graeme Swann.
The former England spinner makes it clear he has no time for the ‘Mankad’ run out after Hafeez warned Ben Stokes for his backing up at the non-striker’s end.
Pakistan are off to a good start in Nottingham!— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 3, 2019
Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have lifted their side to 69/0 in 10 overs.
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There were plenty of handsome hits over the course of the day but given the perceived fragility of the Pakistan top order, perhaps the most important belonged to Fakhar Zaman. When he stepped across his stumps to ramp Woakes over his shoulder for four it was a sign that today would be a different story.
Has England’s feared opening pair got a chink in its armour? After South African spinner Imran Tahir dismissed Jonny Bairstow with the new ball, Shadab Khan did a similar job on Jason Roy here. Make no mistake, Bangladesh will be readying Mehidy Hasan or Shakib Al Hasan to test the hypothesis in Cardiff.
Woakes became the first non-wicketkeeper to take four catches in a one-day international, despite it being an otherwise shoddy day for England’s handiwork. In the process he also equalled the World Cup record for an outfielder.
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