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Big scalp: Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of Jos Buttler
Big scalp: Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of Jos Buttler
Joe Root celebrates his 100 with fellow centurion Buttler at Trent Bridge

By David Charlesworth

Joe Root has stressed the importance of remaining calm despite England suffering their first setback of the World Cup after a surprise 14-run loss to Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Sparkling centuries from Root and Jos Buttler were scant consolation for the tournament favourites as Pakistan turned the form book on its head, snapping a run of 11 consecutive one-day international losses.

However, the round-robin nature of the group stage means defeat is not a disaster by any means for England, and Root believes they will regroup ahead of Saturday's trip to Cardiff to tackle Bangladesh.

The Yorkshireman said: "The most important thing now for us as a group is not to panic.

"We know what works for us as a formula, and as a team, but other sides are allowed to play well and we've got to make sure we learn quickly and bounce back at Cardiff.

"The temptation is to get a little bit tense, but one of our great strengths as a side is sticking to the way we go about things and be as smart as possible.

"And the beauty of this format is that I do believe the best four teams over the tournament will qualify for the semi-finals and we've got to make sure we play some good cricket in our remaining games.

"One thing this side doesn't do very often is to make the same mistake twice and I'm sure the guys will make sure it's a very different performance against Bangladesh.

Pakistan posted 348 for eight which, if overhauled, would have set a new tournament record for the highest successful chase, but it was insurmountable for England.

Root (107) and Buttler (103) came together at 118 for four and, though their 130-run stand raised hopes of an unlikely victory, England were ultimately left to rue an uncharacteristically derisory effort in the field.

It was the first time a side with two century-makers had lost a World Cup match.

Mohammad Hafeez was dropped on 14 by Jason Roy before going on to amass 84, while there were mis-fields and overthrows from a side that delivered a masterclass in fielding when they defeated South Africa in the curtain-raiser last week.

England captain Eoin Morgan said: "I don't think it was that bad a day.

"It was just a really bad day in the field. It hasn't happened a lot with us but there were mistakes that we don't normally make. And that's disappointing.

"We've gone from probably one of our best performances in the field at The Oval to not extremely bad, but it's cost us probably 15-20 runs in the field which is a lot in the one-day game.

"Our performances with bat and ball throughout the tournament will ebb and flow. Today it wasn't that bad."

Speaking after their victory, Pakistan's Hasan Ali said: "We were very disappointed we lost 11 games in a row but one thing is very important, we believed in ourselves.

"We needed just a little bit of kick and then we will click. We got that kick. We needed the win because we are playing at the World Cup. The World Cup is a different game, you have a lot of pressure.

"After the first match, we sat down and talked about our weakness and about our plans and execution, all these things.

"But one thing is very important, which is our coach (Mickey Arthur) is always backing us."


England v Pakistan

Cricket World Cup

Trent Bridge

Pakistan Innings

ul-Haq c Woakes b M M Ali 44

F Zaman st Buttler b M M Ali 36

Babar Azam c Woakes b M M Ali 63

Mo Hafeez c Woakes b Wood 84

Sarfraz Ahmed c & b Woakes 55

Ali c Bairstow b Wood 14

Shoaib Malik c Morgan b Woakes 8

Wahab Riaz c Root b Woakes4

Hasan Ali not out 10

Shadab Khan not out 10

Extras b1 lb8 w11 pens 0 20

Total 8 wkts Innings (50 overs) 348

Fall: 1-82 2-111 3-199 4-279 5-311 6-319 7-325 8-337

Did Not Bat: Mohammd Amir.

Bowling: Woakes 8 1 71 3; Archer10 0 79 0 ; M M Ali10 0 50 3;Wood10 0 53 2; Stokes 7 0 43 0; Rashid 5 0 43 0


England Innings

J J Roy lbw b Shadab Khan 8

J M Bairstow c S Ahmed b W Riaz 32

J E Root c Mo Hafeez b Shadab K107

E J G Morgan b Mo Hafeez 9

B A Stokes c Ahmed b ShoaibMal13

J C Buttler c W Riaz b Mo Amir 103

M M Ali c F Zaman b W Riaz19

C R Woakes c Ahmed b W Riaz 21

J C Archer c W Riaz b Mo Amir 1

A U Rashid not out 3

M A Wood not out10

Extras lb3 w5 pens 0 8

Total 9 wkts (50 overs) 334

Fall: 1-12 2-60 3-86 4-118 5-248 6-288 7-320 8-320 9-322

Bowling: Shadab Khan10 0 63 2; Mohammd Amir 10 0 67 2; Wahab Riaz 10 0 82 3; Hasan Ali 10 0 66 0;

Mohammad Hafeez 7 0 43 1; Shoaib Malik 3 0 10 1

Pakistan beat England by 14 runs

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