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Chris Woakes Surpasses Ian Botham To Become England’s Most Successful Bowler In World Cups


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Chris Woakes became England’s most successful bowler in the World Cup when he surpassed former all-rounder Ian Botham after claiming one wicket during England’s 93-run win over Pakistan at the iconic Eden Gardens. Woakes’ 31st wicket was the final dismissal of the night as he bowled a slower delivery, Haris Rauf slogged hard trying to clear the boundary but his shot went straight to Ben Stokes at mid-on.

In England’s last match against the Netherlands, he equaled Botham’s record of 30 wickets for England which he picked up during his decorated career.

Right-arm pacer Phil Defreitas is second with 29 wickets and James Anderson, who is still leading England in the test format, has claimed 27 wickets for the Three Lions in the World Cup. Spinner Adil Rashid has 26 wickets and pacer Mark Wood has 24 wickets.

Coming into the match, chasing a target of 338, David Willey in his last international game made Pakistan’s batsmen work hard as they had no answer to his fast-swinging deliveries. He made the most of the opportunity as he smashed Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Azam back to the pavilion for scores of 0 and 1 respectively.

Skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan formed a 51-run partnership driving Pakistan’s innings as they looked to end it on a positive note.

Rizwan kept his wicket on the other side along with Saud Shakeel. Another promising livery partnership ended short when Rizwan walked back to the pavilion. 25-year-old Gus Atkinson sparked the change to destroy Pakistan’s innings by dismissing Babar for 38.

Adil Rashid’s spin sent Shakeel (29) to a scrap and Willey ended Agha Salman’s promising knock of 51. The rest of the batsmen crumbled except for Shaheen Sha Afridi and Haris Rauf who showed some fight towards the end.

Afridi’s cameo of 25 ended when Atkinson claimed his second wicket of the night, while Rauf’s fireworks took Pakistan past 200 but his valiant knock ended with 35 runs as Chris Woakes picked up the final wicket.

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