2 centurions not enough: England set unwanted record in World Cup 2019 defeat vs Pakistan

first_imgEngland had the opportunity to set a new World Cup record for the most runs chased when Pakistan set them a target of 349 runs in their 2nd ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match in Nottingham on Monday.England have made a habit of posting 300-plus totals and gunning down improbable ones in the recent past. In the 5-match bilateral series vs Pakistan in the lead up to the World Cup, England had posted 4 successive 340-plus totals and eventually won the series 4-0.That’s precisely why Pakistan’s total of 348 in 50 overs in Monday’s World Cup encounter wasn’t considered safe.As it turned out, Pakistan came up with an inspired performance to beat the World Cup favourites England by 14 runs and end their 11-match losing streak.England become 1st side to lose World Cup match after 2 centuries in 1 inningsDespite the loss, England set a new World Cup record, albeit an unwanted one as they became the first team to lose a World Cup match after two players scoring hundreds in the same innings.Joe Root and Jos Buttler hit hundreds and were looking on course to take England past the finish line during their 130-run stand for the 5th wicket in Nottingham. However, Shadab Khan removed Joe Root after the England Test captain got to his hundred in the 39th over.Jos Buttler hit 103 in just 76 balls but he too failed to close out the match for England. The big-hitting superstar batsman was removed by Mohammad Amir in the 45th over of their 349-run chase.advertisementEngland were restricted to 334 in their 50 overs after Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir dented their lower-middle order, sharing 5 wickets between them. Pakistan used their part-timers Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to complete 10 overs wherein they gave away just 53 runs between them, picking up a wicket each.Earlier in the day, Mohammad Hafeez struck 64-ball 84 while captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam hit half-centuries each to help Pakistan make a strong comeback after their horror batting show against West Indies last week.Also Read | Mohammad Hafeez on Pakistan’s unpredictable tag: We don’t pay much heed to what people sayAlso See:last_img

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