ICC World Cup 2023 | ENG vs PAK: England sets gigantic 338 against Pakistan
The IS ICC World Cup 2023 match between England and Pakistan Both England batsmen saw excellent performances with the willow. England set a target of 338 runs for Pakistan to chase down. David Willey scored 15 runs in five balls.
Ben Stokes and Joe Root who came into the ground after the dismissal of the England openers, completed his 100-run stand in the 36th over. Both of them took the responsibility on their shoulders and led their team in an excellent way.
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Ben Stokes who broke a century in the previous match brought up his fifty in 53 deliveries, this time. He showed no mercy to the Pakistan bowlers in their must-win spell in the ICC World Cup 2023. He set them up for 11 fours and 2 sixes and played a knock of 84 runs in 76 balls. Pakistan’s leading paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi Bowled a top delivery to get rid of it. The ball sneaked under his bat and the stump was uprooted from it.
On the other hand, Joe Root kept hitting the ball in the right gaps and raised his bat to celebrate his fifty in 65 balls. Soon after his wicket the batsman Root departed for 60 runs. Shadab Khan took his catch in Afridi. Afridi brought Pakistan back into the game with his fierce bowling.
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Pakistan’s bowlers did not get any chance after the fall of the first two wickets. After that, Stokes and Root continued to play a stubborn innings.
England skipper Jos Buttler walked in after the wicket of Stokes. He was joined by Harry Brook who smashed three boundaries with Afridi in the last over. Brook played a fiery knock of 30 runs in just 17 balls laced with 2 fours and 2 sixes. The England skipper departed for 27 runs.
Haris Rauf took three wickets in the 10-over innings.
England opening batsman Jonny Bairstow departed after completing his 17th ODI fifty. He lost his wicket to Haris Rauf. His opening partner Dawid Malan scored 31 runs before being caught in the hands of Mohammad Rizwan.
Ben Stokes (76) 84
Joe Root (72) 60
Jonny Bairstow (61) 59
Iftikhar Ahmed: Bowl haul (7), runs (38), wickets (1)
Haris Rauf: Most bowls (10), runs (64), wickets (3)
Shaheen Shah Afridi: Bowl haul (10), runs (72), wickets (2)
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