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ENG VS PAK, ICC 2023 Match 44 – Full Scorecard, Commentary, Squad

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nd Innings Pakistan
That's it from this game then! The final game of the round-robin is on Sunday, 12th of November and it is a clash between India and Netherlands. The game begins at 2 pm IST (8.30 am GMT) but our build-up will begin much sooner. Until then, take care and goodbye!
The captain of England, Jos Buttler says it has been a disappointing tournament. Adds they did well today and he is happy about it. Mentions Ben Stokes is a special player and they missed him at the start but they are a good team and they showed what they're capable of. Adds Willey has been really good, this is a special side and he is sure they'll push from here.
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam says that it was a very disappointing defeat. Feels that it would have been a different story had they won the South Africa game. Mentions that they gave their best but could not get the momentum after a couple of losses. Feels that they gave away 20-30 runs extra. Reckons that spinners lacked wickets in the middle phase which did not help them. States that they will sit together and discuss their mistakes. Ends by informing that he will do his best to pitch in with his experience.
David Willey is the Player of the Match in his last England appearance. He says that the tournament did not go to plan which was disappointing. Says that to be able to perform and get to 100 wickets was a nice way to finish. Mentions that they have massive talent in the dressing room but they have underperformed which is disappointing. Feels that not many players get to walk out on their own terms. Shares that it has been a proud feeling every time he pulled on an England shirt. Ends by saying that even though he did not play in the T20 World Cup in  Australia, that moment was very special.
Time for the presentation ceremony…
Pakistan on the other hand, just kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They were always on the back foot because of that. A few of their batters got off to starts but none went on to make it big. They were outplayed by a better side on this day.
A thumping win for England to secure their Champions trophy spot. A complete performance from them which had been missing in this tournament. It was their batting which put on a really good show in the first half. The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes got them to a score which we felt was over par and then it was the bowlers who came to the fore. David Willey was excellent with the new ball and Gus Atkinson and the spinners continued the good work. It was a total team effort from the English in an important game.
43.3
W
Chris Woakes to Haris Rauf, OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! The fun is over as England register a convincing win! Chris Woakes serves it full and slower, at the stumps, Haris Rauf backs away to go down the ground but ends up hitting it straight in the air towards long on. Ben Stokes settles under it and reverse cups it with ease. Chris Woakes has a wicket to his name and England win by 93 runs!
43.2
Chris Woakes to Haris Rauf, Slower and in the channel on off, on a length, Haris Rauf leaves the ball alone.
43.1
Chris Woakes to Haris Rauf, Lands it on a back of a length, dabbed off the back foot to backward point.
42.6
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, Bangs it in short, around off, slower as well, Mohammad Wasim walks across to pull but gloves it behind the stumps and Jos Buttler makes a good stop diving away to his left. David Willey finishes his quota of 10 overs and signs off with the ball from international cricket!
42.5
4
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, FOUR! The fun continues! Fuller in length, outside off, Mohammad Wasim makes room and carves it over extra cover. He gets more elevation on this but hits it away from deep point for a boundary.
42.4
1
David Willey to Haris Rauf, Full and on leg, Haris Rauf swats it down to long on for a single.
42.3
4
David Willey to Haris Rauf, EDGED AND FOUR! On a length, outside off, from around the wicket, Haris Rauf slogs across the line and gets an outside edge that rolls into the third man fence for four more runs.
42.2
David Willey to Haris Rauf, Swing and a miss! Angling away, on a length, on off, Haris Rauf swings again but connects with thin air this time.
42.1
4
David Willey to Haris Rauf, FOUR! Streaky! On a good length, on middle, Haris Rauf goes for a mighty heave across the line but gets an inside edge that rolls to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
41.6
1
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, Fullish delivery, on middle, knocked down to long on for a single.
41.5
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, Another yorker, near the tramline on off, Haris Rauf lets it through.
41.4
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Wasim, Leg bye! On a hard length, on middle and leg, Mohammad Wasim gets beaten for pace and gets hit on the thigh as the ball rolls on the leg side for a leg bye.
41.3
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Wasim, Nails the yorker, at the stumps, Mohammad Wasim digs it out down the wicket.
41.2
1
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, In the air..but safe! Serves it on a length, at the stumps, Haris Rauf clears his front leg to go down the ground. Skies it high in the air to the right of the bowler. Gus Atkinson tries settling under the skier but fails to do so as the ball drops in front of him. A single taken.
41.1
6
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, SIX! Cracked away! Gus Atkinson bangs it in short and takes pace off, over middle, Haris Rauf backs away and hammers the pull over deep square leg for a maximum.
40.6
6
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, SIX! Whoa, cracking shot! A length delivery by David Willey, on off and middle, no half measures from Mohammad Wasim as he holds his shape and clears his front leg to thump it over the sight screen for a biggie.
40.5
1
David Willey to Haris Rauf, Serves it on a back of a length, on off, Haris Rauf runs it down to third man for a single.
40.4
1
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, On a yorker length, outside off, Mohammad Wasim makes room and squeezes it out to deep point for a single.
40.3
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, Half a shout for LBW! It looked to be pitching outside leg but Jos Buttler has sent it upstairs. A bit fuller and around leg, Mohammad Wasim shuffles to scoop it behind on the leg side. He fails to get bat on it and gets pinged on the bent front leg. Nothing on UltraEdge but it is pitching outside leg on Ball Tracking.
40.2
4
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, FOUR! Mohammad Wasim joins in on the fun now! Short of a length, at the batter, Mohammad Wasim winds up and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
40.2
1
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, WIDE! Bends his back and bangs it in short, on off, Mohammad Wasim watches the ball sail over his head for a wide.
40.1
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, Delivers it on a back of a length, outside off, Mohammad Wasim steps out and hits it on the bounce to mid off.
39.6
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, Short and on middle, Rauf looks to play at it but misses.
39.5
6
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, SIX! Excellent from Rauf! Fuller one, on middle and leg, Rauf picks it well and lofts it over long on for a maximum!
39.4
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, Fuller one, on off, Rauf taps it to point. Dot.
39.3
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, Short and on off, Rauf looks to play at it but misses.
39.2
6
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, SIX! That sounded better than the last one! Short and on off, Rauf picks it well and pulls it over deep mid-wicket as the ball sails into the stands!
39.1
4
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, FOUR! Touch short and on off, Rauf heaves it with power, over mid-wicket for a boundary.
38.6
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, On a length and on off, Wasim blocks it to mid off.
38.5
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, Short, on off, Wasim leaves it alone.
38.4
1
David Willey to Haris Rauf, Lands it on off, Rauf flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
38.3
David Willey to Haris Rauf, Good length, on off, Rauf goes for a wild swing. Doesn't connect well as the ball goes to the mid-wicket fielder. Dot.
38.2
David Willey to Haris Rauf, Slower one, outside off, Rauf tries to loft it but gets beaten.
38.1
1
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, On a length and outside off, Wasim steers it to backward point for a single.
37.6
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, Short, on off, Rauf ducks underneath it.
37.5
Gus Atkinson to Haris Rauf, Too full, on off, Rauf taps it to the left of the bowler. Dot.
Haris Rauf is the last man in for Pakistan.
37.4
W
Gus Atkinson to Shaheen Afridi, OUT! PLUMB! Fuller one, on middle and leg, Afridi looks to block it but misses and gets rapped on his pads. A loud appeal and the finger goes up. Afridi goes upstairs to have a check. Fair delivery and Ultra Edge shows no spike. Ball Tracking shows three reds as Afridi makes his way back into the hut!
37.3
Gus Atkinson to Shaheen Afridi, Lands it outside off, Afridi looks to play at it but misses.
37.2
Gus Atkinson to Shaheen Afridi, On a length and on off, Afridi taps it to the cover fielder.
37.2
1
Gus Atkinson to Shaheen Afridi, Wide! A wayward bouncer, Afridi let's it go.
37.1
4
Gus Atkinson to Shaheen Afridi, FOUR! Lovely shot! On a length and outside off, Afridi picks it well and lofts it over covers for a boundary! Afridi is enjoying himself here.
36.6
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, Full, on middle, Wasim flicks it to the fielder at short mid-wicket.
36.5
David Willey to Mohammad Wasim, Full, on off, Wasim blocks it to covers.
Mohammad Wasim comes in now.
36.4
W
David Willey to Agha Salman, OUT! TAKEN! Willey is in the 100's club now! On a length and on off , Salman looks to heave it. Doesn't connect well as the ball lobs in the hands of Ben Stokes at mid on. Pakistan go eight down now!
36.3
1
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, Good length, shaping away, Afridi blocks it watchfully towards mid on.
36.2
4
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, FOUR MORE! Lands it on middle, Afridi throws a kitchen sink at it. Gets a leading edge as the ball races away over point for a boundary.
36.1
4
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, FOUR! Streaky but they will take it. Short, on middle, Africa looks to pull it. Gets a top edge as the ball balloons over the keepers head for a boundary.
35.6
1
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, Too full, on off, Afridi pushes it to covers for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowlers end but misses.
35.5
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, Bowls it on off, Afridi drives it but finds the fielder at covers.
35.4
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, Lands it on middle, Afridi blocks it back solidly.
35.3
1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, In the air… and lands safe! Full, on leg, Salman moves forward to heave it. Gets a leading edge but the ball lands safely at covers . They cross.
35.2
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Quicker one, on off, Salman blocks it back.
35.1
1
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, Fuller one, angling in, Afridi taps it to covers for one.
34.6
2
David Willey to Agha Salman, Good length, on leg, Salman tucks it to backward square leg for a brace. Fifty up for Agha Salman! Something to cheer for the Pakistan fans here.
34.5
1
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, Too full on the occasion, Afridi flicks it to square leg for a single.
34.4
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, On a length and on middle, this is defended back. Four dots in a row.
34.3
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, This one lands on off, Afridi punches it to the cover fielder. Dot again.
34.2
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, Lands it on middle, Afridi blocks it to mid on.
34.1
David Willey to Shaheen Afridi, Good length and on off, defended.
Drinks break!  England are closing in on what will be their third victory of this World Cup. The defending champions would want to wrap up the innings quickly and sign off with a massive win. The writing is on the wall for Pakistan and unless Agha Salman pulls off an innings like Glenn Maxwell, they will be exiting the World Cup with a defeat.
33.6
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, On middle, this is defended.
33.5
1
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
33.4
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, Another googly, it lands it on off, this turns away. Shaheen Afridi looks to defend but is beaten.
33.3
1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.
33.2
1
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
33.1
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, BEATEN! The googly, it lands on middle, it turns away. Shaheen Afridi looks to defend but is beaten.
32.6
4
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, FOUR! Third man! Agha Salman looks to hit it over mid off but it goes off the outside edge down to third man for a boundary.
32.5
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, On middle, defended.
32.4
6
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, SIX! Over the fence! This is tossed up on middle, Agha Salman lofts it over long on for a biggie.
32.3
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Outside off, Agha Salman looks to reverse sweep but misses.
32.2
1
Moeen Ali to Shaheen Afridi, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
32.1
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.
31.6
6
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, SIX! Over the fence! That is a big one! Tossed up on off, Shaheen Afridi plays the slog sweep and it sails over the mid-wicket fence.
31.5
Adil Rashid to Shaheen Afridi, Tossed up on off, this is defended.
Shaheen Afridi comes out to bat.
31.4
W
Adil Rashid to Shadab Khan, OUT! TIMBER! The googly, Shadab Khan does not pick it. He looks to drive it through the off side. It turns back in. Shadab Khan misses and it hits the off pole.
31.3
Adil Rashid to Shadab Khan, Around off, defended.
31.2
1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Tossed up on off, this is driven through covers for one.
31.1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Tossed up on middle, this is turned away a long way. Agha Salman looks to defend but is beaten.
30.6
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, Around off, this is pushed to cover.
30.5
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, Tossed up on off, Khan defends it back.
30.4
4
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, FOUR! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for a boundary.
30.3
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, Around off, defended.
30.2
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, Around off, defended.
Shadab Khan is the new batter.
30.1
W
Moeen Ali to Iftikhar Ahmed, OUT! TAKEN! Iftikhar Ahmed falls now! This is tossed up on off, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to step out but does not get to the pitch of it. He looks to hit it over mid off but it goes off the splice towards mid off. The fielder takes it.
29.6
4
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, FOUR! Lovely shot! Floats it up now, on middle, Agha Salman uses his feet and lofts it with the turn to get it over mid on for a boundary.
29.5
1
Adil Rashid to Iftikhar Ahmed, Dishes out the googly now, on the pads, Iftikhar Ahmed works it in front of square for a single now.
29.4
1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Drops it short now, on off, Agha Salman punches it from the crease to deep point and turns the strike over.
29.3
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Flatter and shorter, on off, Agha Salman dabs it from the crease to point.
29.2
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Short and slower, on off, Agha Salman looks to force it through the off side but mishits it back to the bowler.
29.1
4
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, FOUR! Nicely swept! A bit too full, at the stumps, Agha Salman rolls his wrists well to sweep it hard and wide of deep square leg for a boundary.
28.6
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Floats it up, at the stumps, Agha Salman skips down the track and strokes it through mid on for a run.
28.5
1
Moeen Ali to Iftikhar Ahmed, Drops it short and on off, Iftikhar Ahmed gets behind the line and punches it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
28.4
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Slows it up, full and on off, Agha Salman pulls out the reverse sweep again but the ball deflects off his glove and comes off the arm as it goes over the keeper for a single.
28.3
1
Moeen Ali to Iftikhar Ahmed, Sharp turn again, short and around middle, Iftikhar Ahmed knocks it through square leg for a run.
28.2
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Short and turning in, on leg, Agha Salman plays it with the turn to deep backward square leg for a single.
28.1
4
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, FOUR! Edgy! Tossed-up delivery, around off, Agha Salman goes for the reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge that rolls past short third man for a boundary.
27.6
Adil Rashid to Iftikhar Ahmed, Short and turning away, on off, Iftikhar Ahmed watches it all the way and keeps it out on the off side.
27.5
W
Adil Rashid to Saud Shakeel, BOWLED ROUND HIS LEGS! Adil Rashid gets in on the act now! Bowls it quicker now and dishes out the googly, full and around leg, Saud Shakeel gets a bit inside the line as he looks to paddle it fine. He fails to connect and also fails to cover his leg stump. The ball spins in after pitching and goes on to clatter into the middle and off stump. That spun a long way in. Iftikhar Ahmed is the new batter.
27.4
1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Flighted again, on off, Agha Salman drives it through point for a single.
27.3
2
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Slower through the air, full and on off, Agha Salman reaches out in front and sweeps it through square leg. Harry Brook in the deep, covers good ground and slides to his right to keep the ball in play. He manages to evade the ball when his feet are over the ropes by lifting his upper body. Two runs taken.
27.2
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Drifting on the pads, full as well, Agha Salman keeps it out off the front foot.
27.1
1
Adil Rashid to Saud Shakeel, Short and wide outside off, patted on the up towards deep point for a run.
26.6
1
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Angled in, on middle, nudged through square leg for a single.
26.5
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Short and turning in, on middle, Agha Salman helps it away behind square on the leg side for one.
26.4
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Pushed through, angling away, on off, Agha Salman misses out on the reverse sweep.
26.3
4
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, FOUR! Good use of the feet! Tossed-up delivery, on off, Agha Salman shimmies down the track and lofts it back over the bowler's head. He does not get it from the middle of the bat but gets enough to clear mid off for a boundary.
26.2
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Sees the batter advance and pulls the length back, on off, Agha Salman can only push it back to the bowler.
26.1
1
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Dropped short, around off, Saud Shakeel rocks back and cuts it through covers for a single.
25.6
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Shortens his length and bowls it on middle, Agha Salman gets behind the line and defends it out.
25.5
4
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, FOUR! Up and over! Even more loop on this one, full and on off, Agha Salman gets down to go down the ground but skies it high in the air. The ball goes over mid on and trickles into the fence for a boundary.
25.4
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Loops it up again, on off, Agha Salman goes for the drive but mishits his shot to mid on.
25.3
1
Adil Rashid to Saud Shakeel, Pushed through, short and on off, Saud Shakeel pats it from the crease to deep mid-wicket for one.
25.2
1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Much slower, shorter and outside off, Agha Salman shapes for the sweep but changes his mind and dabs it to point for a run.
25.1
1
Adil Rashid to Saud Shakeel, Turning in sharply, short and on middle, Saud Shakeel plays it with the turn to deep square leg for a single.
24.6
1
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Shortens his length and bowls it on off, Saud Shakeel whips it through square leg for a single.
24.5
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Floats it up, on off, Agha Salman steps out again and drills it hard towards the non-striker. Saud Shakeel fails to get out of the way and the ball hits him flush on the glove. Just a single off it as the ball rolls behind towards mid on.
24.4
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Short and on middle, Agha Salman works it off the back foot to mid-wicket.
24.3
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, That could have been catastrophic for Pakistan! Flighted delivery, on off, Agha Salman drives it firmly to mid off and sets off for a suicidal run. Thankfully, a misfield from Dawid Malan there allows Agha Salman to retreat and get back inside the crease. Jos Buttler takes the bails off as the throw comes from Malan and the replays show that Agha Salman was pretty lazy in getting back in. He had his bat in the air when the bails came off but he had his front foot grounded inside.
24.2
1
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Bowls it short, on middle, Saud Shakeel tucks it through mid-wicket for a single.
24.1
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Full and on middle, swept to deep square leg for a single.
23.6
1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Tossed up, on off, Agha Salman gets on the front foot to work it across the line but gets a soft leading edge that lobs in front of cover.
23.5
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Quicker and shorter, on off, Agha Salman tries to cut but gets a bottom edge that rolls behind to first slip.
23.4
2
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Drops it short, on middle, Agha Salman goes for the pull but gets it off the bottom part of the bat. Skies it high in the air and manages to clear mid on for a couple of runs.
23.3
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Beaten! Slows it up even more, on off, Agha Salman gets behind the line to block but gets beaten for the sharp away turn.
23.2
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Bowls the googly now, full and on off, Agha Salman does manage to read it and nudges it to mid-wicket.
23.1
Adil Rashid to Agha Salman, Slower through the air, turning away, on off, Agha Salman defends it with soft hands and gets an outside edge that rolls to first slip.
22.6
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Angled back in, short and on middle, Saud Shakeel misses the tickle and gets hit high on the back leg.
22.5
1
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Keeps it full and on off, Agha Salman gets down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a single.
22.4
Moeen Ali to Agha Salman, Full and turning in, on middle, Agha Salman prods forward to defend but the ball spins in to ping the front pad.
22.3
W
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, OUT! TIMBER! Change of angle does the trick for Moeen Ali! A big blow for Pakistan as Mohammad Rizwan departs now! Gives the ball air and invites the big shot, turning in, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan shimmies down the track and swings wildly to go down the ground. He fails to get to the pitch of the ball and the ball turns in sharply to sneak under the bat. Rizwan gets beaten all ends up and to add more misery, he pulls his hamstring and lays flat on the floor.
22.2
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Flighted delivery, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan steps out and frees his arms to go over extra cover but gets an outside edge that rolls to short third man.
22.1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Darted away from around the wicket, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan gets forward and defends it out.
21.6
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter and shorter, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan uses the depth of his crease to flick it square for one more run. 100 comes up for Pakistan!
21.5
1
Adil Rashid to Saud Shakeel, Floated up again, on middle and leg, Saud Shakeel lunges forward and smothers the ball on the leg side for one more.
21.5
1
Adil Rashid to Saud Shakeel, WIDE! Half a shout for caught behind! Jos Buttler thinks about it and takes the review. Tossed-up delivery, turning down leg, Saud Shakeel shapes to help it away with the turn but the ball spins away from his bat. Jos Buttler and Co. go up in appeal but the umpire is unmoved. Nothing on UltraEdge and England lose their review.
21.4
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Dishes out the googly, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan prods forward and tucks it in front of square on the leg side for a run.
21.3
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Loopy delivery, slower and fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan goes for a drive away from the body and gets beaten on the outside edge.
21.2
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Pushed through, full and on off, driven straight to extra cover.
21.1
2
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowls the leg break, short and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and opens himself up to punch it past extra cover for a couple of runs.
20.6
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowls it short again, on the pads, Mohammad Rizwan nudges it in front of square for a run.
20.5
1
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, More away turn, short and around off, Saud Shakeel makes room to dab it wide of backward point for a single.
20.4
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Short and on off, kept out off the back foot by Saud Shakeel.
20.3
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Looped up, turning in, on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan reverse sweeps it against the turn to deep point for one.
20.2
2
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Drops it short now, on off, Mohammad Rizwan goes back in his crease and punches it wide of deep point for a couple of runs.
20.1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up, turning in, on off, Mohammad Rizwan reaches out in front and paddles it to short third man.
19.6
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Angled into pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
19.5
1
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.
19.4
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Does not time it that well! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled but to mid-wicket.
19.3
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Bangs it short again, Saud Shakeel cuts but to point.
19.2
4
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, FOUR! Top shot! This is fuller and around off, Saud Shakeel lifts it over mid off and this one races away to the fence. Nicely played.
19.1
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, On middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.
18.6
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Angled into the pads, this is pushed down to long on for one.
18.5
1
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, A single now after the boundary! On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.
18.4
4
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, FOUR! Nice and fine! Good batting! On middle, tossed up, fuller, Saud Shakeel plays it fine on the off side and this races away.
18.3
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Tossed up on off, defended.
18.2
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Short again, Mohammad Rizwan works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
18.1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.
17.6
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Back of a length and on off, Saud Shakeel pushes it but finds cover again. Top over from Gus Atkinson!
17.5
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Bangs it in short and around off, Saud Shakeel cuts but finds point.
17.4
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Does not find the gap again! Shorter and around off, Saud Shakeel cuts but finds it to point.
17.3
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Fuller and on off, Saud Shakeel drives but to covers again.
17.2
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Fails to find the gap! Shorter and on off, Shakeel punches it to covers.
17.1
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Shorter and outside off, this is guided through point for one.
Drinks break! England are in control of the proceedings here. They put Pakistan in early trouble and just when a partnership was blossoming, they dismissed Babar Azam. As for Pakistan, a lot will rest on Mohammad Rizwan who needs to take the game deep for his side. An interesting phase of the game coming up…
16.6
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Shorter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
16.5
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Gives it air and lands it on off, defended.
16.4
1
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Angled into the pads, Saud Shakeel works it through square leg for one.
16.3
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Tossed up on middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.
16.2
4
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, FOUR! Nice and fine! Well played! On middle, Saud Shakeel goes down on one knee and plays the paddle scoop fine on the leg side. This one races away to the fence.
16.1
4
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, FOUR! More off the top edge but the result Saud Shakeel wanted! Tossed up on middle, Saud Shakeel goes down on one knee and looks to sweep, it goes off the top edge over short fine leg for a boundary.
15.6
1
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, A single to end! On the pads, Saud Shakeel works it through square leg for one.
15.5
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Slashes but misses! Shorter and angling away from the batter. Saud Shakeel throws his hands at it, he is beaten.
15.4
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Another dot! Length and on off, Saud Shakeel pushes it to covers.
15.3
Gus Atkinson to Saud Shakeel, Fuller and on off, Saud Shakeel pushes it to mid off.
15.2
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Bangs it in short and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it through square leg for one.
15.1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length and on off, defended.
14.6
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Angled into the pads, Saud Shakeel looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
14.5
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Quicker and on middle, defended.
14.4
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Nicely flighted and lands it on off, Saud Shakeel looks to drive but it goes off the outer half towards point.
14.3
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Flighted again and around middle, Saud Shakeel looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards cover. Saud Shakeel wanted a run but is sent back.
14.2
Moeen Ali to Saud Shakeel, Tossed up on middle, defended.
14.1
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Sharp turn for Moeen Ali! Flatter and outside off, this one spins back in. Mohammad Rizwan looks to run it down to third man but it hits the glove and rolls towards short third man for one.
Saud Shakeel walks out to bat. Also, a change in bowling as Moeen Ali comes into the attack.
13.6
W
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, OUT! TAKEN! Babar Azam falls. Gus Atkinson gets his first and it is a wicket he will remember. Massive wicket as these two were going along well. A partnership was just starting to build. Gus Atkinson goes short. Babar Azam pulls it hard but straight to Rashid at mid-wicket. He makes no mistake. Pakistan slip further.
13.5
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, Solid from Babar again! On middle, blocked.
13.4
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, Fuller and on middle, this is driven but back to the bowler.
13.3
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Shorter and around off, Rizwan plays it past point for one more.
13.2
1
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, Around off, this is guided down to third man for one.
13.2
1
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, A bumper but down the leg side. Wided.
13.1
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Shorter and around off, this is guided down towards third man for one.
12.6
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up on off, Rizwan pushes it towards cover and gets to the other end.
12.5
1
Adil Rashid to Babar Azam, Another one as this is eased down to long on.
12.4
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Around off, Rizwan plays it past cover and gets to the other end.
12.3
1
Adil Rashid to Babar Azam, Fuller and outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.
12.2
Adil Rashid to Babar Azam, Tossed up on off, kept out.
12.1
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller and on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.
11.6
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, Another dot! Shortish and outside off, Azam cuts but finds point. Tidy from Atkinson to begin with.
11.5
1
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Outside off, this is guided through point for one.
11.4
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, kept out.
11.3
Gus Atkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length and on off, kept out.
11.2
1
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, Bangs it short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.
11.1
Gus Atkinson to Babar Azam, Good length and on off, defended.
10.6
1
Adil Rashid to Babar Azam, A single to end! Floats it up on off, this is pushed through covers for one. A decent over for Pakistan.
10.5
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, This is slower and outside off, it is swept again through square leg for one.
10.4
4
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! UP AND OVER! Rizwan loves this shot. Tossed up on middle, Rizwan goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it wide of deep.mid-wicket for a boundary.
10.3
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, A little bit too straight, Rizwan looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
10.2
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed it up on off, Rizwan defends.
10.1
1
Adil Rashid to Babar Azam, Starts off with a juicy full toss, this is just eased down to long off for one.
Powerplay 2! England can now have 4 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the 40th over. Jos Buttler turns to spin now in the form of Adil Rashid.
9.6
1
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Takes pace off this time, full in length, on middle, Babar Azam clips it in front of square on the leg side for a single to keep the strike.
9.5
4
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, FOUR! Picture perfect! Not that bad a delivery from Chris Woakes, on a length, on middle, Babar Azam lunges forward and plays it as late as possible. Brings his wrists into play to get it wide of mid-wicket for a boundary.
9.4
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Fractionally fuller, on off, Babar Azam is solid in defence again.
9.3
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, This is bowled on a back of a length, on off, Babar Azam pats it from the crease towards cover.
9.2
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, At 134.1 clicks, on a good length, on off, a hint of away movement, Babar Azam gets squared up as he looks to play at it and the ball rolls to backward point.
9.1
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, At 132.9 kph, on a full length, on off and middle, driven hard straight back to the bowler by Babar Azam.
8.6
1
David Willey to Babar Azam, Back of a length, at the hips, Babar Azam hops and works it through square leg. Retains the strike with a single.
8.5
David Willey to Babar Azam, Top of off, on a good length, Babar Azam taps it from right under his eyes well in front of backward point.
8.4
David Willey to Babar Azam, Drifting on the pads, on a length, Babar Azam tucks it calmly but straight to mid-wicket.
8.3
David Willey to Babar Azam, Goes full this time, at the stumps, Babar Azam shows the full face of the bat to push it back to the bowler.
8.2
1
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Gets this one to angle across the right-hander, on a back of a length, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan plays it away from the body and gets a thickish outside edge towards third man for one.
8.1
1
David Willey to Babar Azam, Strays on the pads, on a good length, Babar Azam nudges it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
7.6
Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller in length, on off, Mohammad Rizwan gets on the front foot and drives it crisply down the wicket. Chris Woakes does well in his follow-through to make a good low stop with his left hand.
7.5
1
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, A bit of shape in, on off, on a good length, Babar Azam plays it late as he guides it wide of backward point for a single.
7.4
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Much fuller now, on off and middle, Babar Azam leans on and pushes it back to the bowler.
7.3
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Much better! Around off, on a length, Babar Azam gets on the front foot and pushes it out in front of point.
7.2
4
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, FOUR! Pulled away with disdain! This is bowled with a scrambled seam, a bit too short, on off, sits up nicely for Babar Azam who stands tall and pulls it past the leapiing mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
7.1
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Bowls it on a good length, on the off-stump line, Babar Azam gets behind the line and dabs it towards point.
6.6
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, On the pads, a bit full, Mohammad Rizwan closes the bat face and gets a soft leading edge back to the bowler.
6.5
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Angling away, on a length, on off, Mohammad Rizwan firms it with an angled bat to mid off.
6.4
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowls it on middle and leg, on a length, Mohammad Rizwan pushes it without much timing to mid on. Right then, we can now officially confirm that New Zealand is the fourth and final team to qualify for the semis.
6.3
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Angling across, on off, on a length, Mohammad Rizwan reaches out in front and keeps it out on the off side.
6.2
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, This is bowled full now and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan frees his arms but creams the drive straight to short cover.
6.1
2
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Swinging in, on a length, on the pads, Mohammad Rizwan helps it away behind square on the leg side for a couple of runs.
5.6
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Angling in, on a back of a length, on off, Babar Azam dabs it off the back foot to backward point.
5.5
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Short again, a bit wide outside off, there to be hit, Babar Azam misses out on the cut as he mistimes his shot to point.
5.4
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Short of a length, in the channel on off, Babar Azam steers it with an open bat face but cannot beat backward point there.
5.3
2
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, A bit straight by Chris Woakes, on a back of a length, Babar Azam helps it away off his hips towards deep backward square leg fence. Gus Atkinson performs the chase and slides to save a couple of runs for his side.
5.2
4
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, FOUR! Cut away with ease now! Short and wide outside off, Babar Azam waits for the ball to arrive and stands tall to hit it through cover-point for four more runs.
5.1
4
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, FOUR! Uppish but in the gap! Chris Woakes bowls it full and swinging away, outside off, Babar Azam prods forward and drives it wide of cover. The ball was in the air for a brief period but it was in the gap between cover and mid off.
4.6
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Much straighter this time, full in length, Mohammad Rizwan drives it firmly but can't get it past mid off.
4.5
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Slightly fuller, angling across, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan gets a good stride in and leaves the ball alone.
4.4
1
David Willey to Babar Azam, Angled away, outside off, on a short of a length, Babar Azam opens the face of his bat to run it down to third man for a single.
4.3
David Willey to Babar Azam, Hurls it on a back of a length, on off, Babar Azam stays back and pats it in front of cover.
4.2
David Willey to Babar Azam, Pitches it up does David Willey, outside off, Babar Azam leans into the drive as he hits to mid off. A bit of a fumble there and there is a yes-no situation between the batters. In the end, they decide not to run on the misfield.
4.1
David Willey to Babar Azam, In the channel on off, on a length, Babar Azam blocks it right under his eyes towards cover.
3.6
Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, Lands it on a back of a length, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan looks to defend from the crease but gets it off the inner half of the bat to square leg.
3.5
Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and honing in at the stumps, driven firmly with a straight bat to mid on.
3.4
Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, At 134.3 clicks, on a good length, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan lunges forward to defend it in front of mid off.
3.3
1
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Angling in, on a back of a length, around leg, Babar Azam clips it off the back foot in front of square leg for a single.
3.2
1
Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, Drags it back and bowls it on middle, Mohammad Rizwan gently nudges it wide of mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
3.1
4
Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Nicely done! Chris Woakes strays on the pads, full in length, Mohammad Rizwan makes room by hoping to the leg side and gets his bat out in front to flick it through square leg for a boundary.
2.6
David Willey to Babar Azam, This is bowled on a back of a length, on off, Babar Azam punches it sweetly but straight to mid off. End of another successful over from David Willey.
2.5
1
David Willey to Mohammad Rizwan, Pitched up again, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan lunges forward and works it to the left of mid off. Opens his account with a single.
Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in.
2.4
W
David Willey to Fakhar Zaman, OUT! TAKEN! 99th ODI wicket for David Willey! Fakhar Zaman goes now and Pakistan lose their second wicket. Delivers it full and just outside off, Fakhar Zaman decides to take on the delivery and uses his feet to go down the ground. He fails to get the elevation to clear the man at mid off and ends up hitting it flat and straight to Ben Stokes there who snaffles it with both hands. Pakistan have lost both their openers inside the first three overs.
2.3
David Willey to Fakhar Zaman, Drags the length back and bowls it outside off, Fakhar Zaman waits back in his crease and pushes it out in front of cover.
2.2
David Willey to Fakhar Zaman, On a good length, on off, Fakhar Zaman prods forward and keeps it out on the off side.
2.1
David Willey to Fakhar Zaman, At 130.3 kph, a gentle outswinger, full and around off, Fakhar Zaman presents a straight bat to defend but the ball goes past his outside edge.
1.6
Chris Woakes to Babar Azam, Angling back in, on a length, around leg, Babar Azam works it in front of mid-wicket for another dot. A tidy first over from Chris Woakes.
1.5
1
Chris Woakes to Fakhar Zaman, Strays a bit on the pads, on a length, Fakhar Zaman tucks it square on the leg side for a single.
1.4
Chris Woakes to Fakhar Zaman, Serves it full again, swinging in, on middle and leg, Fakhar Zaman nudges it out in front of mid on.
1.3
Chris Woakes to Fakhar Zaman, Seaming in again, on a length, at the stumps, Fakhar Zaman gets forward and taps it towards mid on.
1.2
Chris Woakes to Fakhar Zaman, Hurls it full and swinging in, on middle, Fakhar Zaman gets on the front foot and pushes it back to the bowler.
1.1
Chris Woakes to Fakhar Zaman, Angles it across, on a length, on off, Fakhar Zaman hangs on the back foot and dabs it in front of cover.
0.6
4
David Willey to Babar Azam, FOUR! Fine shot! Full and swinging into the pads by David Willey, Babar Azam stays still and rolls his wrists to clip it wide of mid-wicket for four more runs.
Chris Woakes will bowl from the other end.
0.6
1
David Willey to Babar Azam, WIDE! A bit too straight by David Willey, down leg, left alone by Babar Azam for a wide.
0.5
4
David Willey to Babar Azam, FOUR! A stylish way to get off the mark! David Willey goes full again in search of swing, on middle, Babar Azam gets on the front foot and shows the full face of the bat to drive it past the stumps at the non-striker's end for a boundary.
0.4
David Willey to Babar Azam, Keeps it full and moving in, on middle, Babar Azam leans on and defends it down the wicket.
0.3
David Willey to Babar Azam, Fullish delivery, shaping in, on off, Babar Azam gets his bat down in time and gently dabs it on the off side.
Who walks in now?
0.2
W
David Willey to Abdullah Shafique, OUT! PLUMB IN FRONT! David Willey strikes right away in his final international game! Abdullah Shafique departs for a duck. Goes full on this occasion, swinging in, on middle and leg, Abdullah Shafique plants his foot forward and lunges to clip it away. The ball tails in sharply and pings him on the front pad. England go up in unison and up goes the finger. Abdullah Shafique has a long chat with Fakhar Zaman and eventually runs out of time for a review. It would not have mattered anyway as the replays show it to be three reds on Ball Tracking.
0.1
David Willey to Abdullah Shafique, Starts off on a good length, angling across, on off, Abdullah Shafique gets half-forward and jams it down on the off side.
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We are back for the second essay. The two umpires and the players have made their way out to the middle. It will be Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique to open the innings for Pakistan. David Willey is at the top of his mark and will get proceedings underway with the new ball for England. Let's play…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, England have a formidable total on the board and one feels that they have their noses slightly ahead at the halfway mark. For those eternal optimists still hoping for a miracle, Pakistan will need to gun down this total in 6.4 overs to make it to the semis. Join us in a bit to see how the chase unfolds.
As he has done so often, Shaheen Afridi set the tone early for Pakistan with a first-over maiden. At the other end, Haris Rauf's horror show at the World Cup continued as he leaked 31 runs in his first three overs. It was Iftikhar Ahmed who drew first blood for Pakistan before Rauf struck in his second spell. They were not able to capitalise on the opportunity of bowling at new batters, and the dropped catch of Ben Stokes by Shaheen Afridi did them no favour. Having removed Stokes and Root in quick succession, Pakistan fought back exceptionally well, led by Haris Rauf's death-bowling masterclass. In the final over, Mohammad Wasim nailed his yorkers to help Pakistan finish strongly with the ball.
After Jos Buttler won the flip of the coin, he had no hesitation in electing to put runs on the board. It was a solid start for England as Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan saw through the difficult phase successfully to stitch an 82-run opening stand. Malan departed on 31, but Bairstow notched up his second fifty of this World Cup before being dismissed on 59. Joe Root and Ben Stokes then got together and took the innings forward on a surface that was not easy for the incoming batter. Stokes, the aggressor of the two batters, fell 16 runs short of his hundred, while Root, who had struggled for fluency for most of his innings, got out on 60. Jos Buttler and Harry Brook had full licence to tee off from ball one, and they sure did, chipping in with handy cameos. Playing in his last game for England, David Willey struck a few lusty blows in the final over to take England over 335.
An eventful end to the innings, and England finish with 337 on the board! At one stage in the game, they were well-placed to go over 350 but they will be fairly pleased with this total. As for Pakistan, their slim chance of making it through to the next stage diminished as soon as the flip of the coin landed in Jos Buttler's favour and he opted to bat first. Nonetheless, they have fought back well with the ball to limit England to a chasable total.
50
over
50 | 15 Runs | HH: 337/9
49.6
1
Mohammad Wasim to Adil Rashid, Just a bye to end but a really good over by England. Very full and tailing back, on the pads, Rashid looks to flick but misses. A bye taken. ENGLAND END WITH 337!
Adil Rashid walks out to bat.
49.5
W
Mohammad Wasim to Gus Atkinson, OUT! TIMBER! The off pole goes for a walk. A yorker on off, Gus makes room and looks to jam it out but ks beaten.
Gus Atkinson is the new batter.
49.4
W
Mohammad Wasim to David Willey, OUT! Taken! Really good catch. On the pads, Willey looks to flick, it goes off the leading edge towards long on. The fielder runs in and takes it brilliantly.
49.3
4
Mohammad Wasim to David Willey, FOUR! OVER MID OFF! Willey is taking Wasim to the cleaners. Fuller and on off, this is lofted over mid off. Boundary again.
49.2
6
Mohammad Wasim to David Willey, SIX! MASSIVE! 10 FROM THE FIRST TWO BALLS! Full and on middle, right in the slot. This is lofted down the ground and over the fence.
49.1
4
Mohammad Wasim to David Willey, FOUR! INNOVATION AT ITS BEST AGAIN! This is full and outside off, Willey plays the reverse scoop and gets it over short third man. Another boundary.
It will be Mohammad Wasim (9-0-60-0) to bowl the final over.
49
over
49 | 6 Runs | HH: 322/7
48.6
4
Haris Rauf to Chris Woakes, FOUR! UP AND OVER! Boundary to end and that spoils the over. This is pure timing. Full and outside off, this is lofted over cover and it races away.
48.5
1
Haris Rauf to David Willey, Fuller and on off, Willey jams it out towards mid off for one.
David Willey walks in now in his last inning as a batter for England. There seems to be a lighting issue with one of the two bails and the umpires have called for a replacement. It has been sorted and play will resume now.
48.4
W
Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, OUT! TIMBER! Knocks him over! A slower one around off, Moeen does not pick it again. Ali swings but way too early again. He misses and the stumps are hit.
48.3
Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, Another dot! Gold at this stage. Fuller and outside off, Another slower one. Moeen is yet again early in the swing. He misses.
48.2
1
Haris Rauf to Chris Woakes, Fuller and tailing back in. Woakes looks to flick but misses. This hits the pad and rolls towards mid-wicket. One taken. Singles won't harm Pakistan.
48.1
Haris Rauf to Chris Woakes, Brilliantly executed. A slower one on middle, Woakes is through his shot. It goes over the middle stump.
48
over
48 | 12 Runs | HH: 316/6
47.6
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, Dot to end! Full and outside off, it tails away. Ali looks to drive but misses.
47.5
6
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, SIX! RIGHT OFF THE MIDDLE! This is short and on middle, Ali stands tall and slams it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. That made a cracking sound off the bay but that was right in the slot.
47.4
1
Mohammad Wasim to Chris Woakes, Just the one! On the pads, Woakes looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
47.3
1
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
Chris Woakes walks out to bat now.
47.2
W
Mohammad Wasim to Jos Buttler, OUT! Buttler is well short. That is brilliant from Rauf. He gets the big man. This could well make a difference of 10 runs to the final score. Another in-dipping yorker on the pads, Buttler swings but misses. It hits his pad and goes to short third man. Buttler is late in taking off for the run. Rauf hits bull's eye at the bowler's end. Buttler is well short.
47.1
4
Mohammad Wasim to Jos Buttler, FOUR! FINDS THE GAP! Short and on the body, this is pulled behind square on the leg side. This races away.
47
over
47 | 8 Runs | HH: 304/5
46.6
1
Haris Rauf to Jos Buttler, A single to end! A decent over by Rauf. On middle, this is pushed down to long on. Buttler wants two but has to settle for one.
46.5
1
Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, A yorker outside off, Moeen hits it through covers for one.
Moeen Ali is the new man in.
46.4
W
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, OUT! TAKEN! That is a really good catch from Shaheen. Brook falls after a handy cameo. Rauf goes full again. This is in the slot but may have held in the surface a touch. Brook hits it hard but to the left of mid off. Shaheen takes it well.
46.3
2
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, Overthrow! Sloppy from Pakistan. A slower one on off, this is pushed towards mid off. They take one. The throw to the keeper is a wild one. Another run taken.
Halt! Haris Rauf is experiencing discomfort in his groin region and needs medical attention. The physio is out to check on him and Pakistan fans will be hoping that he is able to complete his quota of 10 overs. Rauf is back on his feet and we are all good to go now.
46.2
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, Excellent! Can't do a lot with that. A yorker on middle, this is jammed out to cover.
46.1
4
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, FOUR! INNOVATION AT ITS BEST! Brook goes down on one knee early. This is a slower one on middle, he manages to paddle scoop it over short fine leg for a boundary.
46
over
46 | 7 Runs | HH: 296/4
45.6
1
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, He does! Fuller and on the leg pole, this is pushed down to long on for one.
45.5
2
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, Two more! Shorter and on middle, Brook pulls but off the splice towards mid-wicket. Two taken. Can Wasim end the over well?
45.4
1
Mohammad Wasim to Jos Buttler, Good from Wasim so far! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled towards deep mid-wicket for one.
45.3
1
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, Outside off, Brook cuts it past point for one.
45.2
1
Mohammad Wasim to Jos Buttler, Fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
45.1
Mohammad Wasim to Jos Buttler, That has hit the stumps but the bails don't come off. Shorter and on the body, Buttler looks to pull but misses. He gets hit on the body. It rolls on the stumps but the bails do not come off.
45.1
1
Mohammad Wasim to Jos Buttler, Not the best start! Down the leg side. Wided.
45
over
45 | 20 Runs | HH: 289/4
44.6
6
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, SIX! OVER THE FENCE again! 20 runs from Afridi's last. It seemed like he did not time this. A full toss, this is lofted, one hand comes off the handle but he clears long on. Massive over. Timely one as the momentum seemed to be shifting.
44.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, A full toss this time, this is pushed towards cover. Another one taken.
44.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, Well bowled! A yorker now on middle, this is jammed out towards point for one.
44.3
4
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, FOUR! 12 FROM THE FIRST THREE BALLS. This is a gift. A full toss outside off, this is carved past point foe a boundary.
44.2
2
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, Two more! Another slower one on middle, Brook is early in the loft. It goes over mid-wicket. Two taken.
44.1
6
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, SIX! THAT HAS BEEN NAILED! Brook now joins the act. He makes room. This is fuller and outside off, Brook lofts it over mid off for a biggie. Two in a row now for England. Pressure on Afridi.
44
over
44 | 12 Runs | HH: 269/4
43.6
6
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, SIX! Jos Buttler gets away with it! Offers flight, on off, Jos Buttler backs away to launch it over long on but skies it high in the air. Haris Rauf stationed on the boundary, settles under the skier and completes the catch but fails to release the ball as he loses his balance and crosses the ropes. The replays show that Rauf had his foot in contact with the boundary cushion when he had the ball in his hand.
43.5
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, Drops it short and on off, Jos Buttler goes back and punches it neatly to point.
43.4
4
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Did it carry? Yes, it did. Tossed-up delivery, full and outside off, Jos Buttler goes for the reverse sweep but closes the bat face early and gets a top edge that lobs towards short third man. Mohammad Wasim stationed there, fails to read the flight of the delivery and gets his hands into an awkward position in deciding whether to go with fingers pointing upwards or downwards. The ball sneaks under his hands and races into the fence.
43.3
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, Drags it back, on middle, Jos Buttler uses the depth of his crease to punch it to extra cover.
43.2
1
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, Gives the ball air and bowls it full, outside off, Harry Brook knocks it down to long on for a run.
43.1
1
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, Looped up, turning away, on off, Jos Buttler plays it with the turn to wide long off for a single.
43
over
43 | 1 Runs | HH: 257/4
42.6
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, Slower this time and on a back of a length, on off, Harry Brook waits on the back foot and dabs it to point.
42.5
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, Continues to bowl full, outside off, Harry Brook defends it out in front of cover.
42.4
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, Keeps it full again, on off, Harry Brook pats it from the crease to extra cover.
42.3
Shaheen Afridi to Harry Brook, Full toss, on off, Harry Brook pushes it without much timing to mid off.
42.2
W
Shaheen Afridi to Joe Root, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Shaheen Afridi strikes again and this time, he gets the wicket of Joe Root! Cleverly rolls his fingers over the ball as he bowls it from over the wicket, on a good length, at the stumps, Joe Root tries to work it across the line but closes his bat face early. The ball stops in the surface and moves away to catch the leading edge. It balloons towards backward point where Shadab Khan backtracks and keeps his eyes all the way through to complete the catch. Harry Brook walks out to bat now.
42.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, Back of a length, on middle and leg, Jos Buttler hangs back and works it wide of mid-wicket for a single.
42
over
42 | 10 Runs | HH: 256/3
41.6
1
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, Drops it short now, punched off the back foot to long off for one.
41.5
4
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, FOUR! That is a trademark shot for Jos Buttler! Turning away again, on off, Jos Buttler premeditates and executes the reverse sweep to get it wide of backward point for a boundary.
41.4
Shadab Khan to Jos Buttler, Short and on off, Jos Buttler goes on the back foot and keeps it out.
41.3
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Continues to bowl it full, on middle, Joe Root controls the sweep to deep square leg for a single.
41.2
4
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, FOUR! In the gap! Floated up, outside off, Joe Root reaches out in front and slog sweeps it right between long on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
41.1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Tossed-up delivery, turning away, outside off, Joe Root pulls out the switch hit but gets beaten by the away turn.
41
over
41 | 6 Runs | HH: 246/3
40.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Joe Root, Angling away, on a length, outside off, Joe Root drives it square and gets it past point for another single.
40.5
2
Shaheen Afridi to Joe Root, Angled away, full and outside off, Joe Root leans on and drives it to the right of deep point for a couple of runs.
40.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, Another low full toss, pushed to mid on for a run by Jos Buttler.
40.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Joe Root, Low full toss, angled back in, on middle, Joe Root nudges it in front of deep square leg for a single.
40.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, Angling in, on middle, full in length, Jos Buttler drives it firmly to mid on and sets off for a single where Mohammad Wasim takes his eyes off the ball to make the single that bit easier.
40.1
W
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, OUT! CLEANED HIM UP! A top delivery from Shaheen Afridi to get rid of a top batter! Charges in from over the wicket and executes the yorker to perfection, at the base of the off-stump, with a bit of tail in as well, Ben Stokes winds up to go down the ground but fails to get underneath the delivery and gets undone by the reverse swing. The ball sneaks under his bat to uproot the off-stump. Shaheen Afridi has his first wicket and England are now 3 down. Jos Buttler is the new man in.
Powerplay 3! Pakistan can now have 5 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the end of the innings.
40
over
40 | 5 Runs | HH: 240/2
39.6
2
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, FIFTY FOR JOE ROOT! A much-needed knock for Joe Root to end his World Cup on a high! Full and shaping in, on leg, Joe Root works it square on the leg side and picks up a couple of runs.
39.5
1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Another attempted yorker gone wrong, low full toss, at the stumps, swatted to wide long on for a single by Ben Stokes.
39.4
1
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Hurls it on off, full in length, Joe Root drives it square towards deep point and rotates the strike.
39.3
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Looks for the yorker again but delivers a low full toss, on middle, Joe Root flicks it straight to mid-wicket.
39.2
1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Serves up a full toss, at 146 clicks, on middle, Ben Stokes gets a bit hurried as he knocks it down to long on for a single.
39.1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Takes pace off and bowls it on a length, outside off, Ben Stokes walks across to the off side to scoop but misses out.
39
over
39 | 12 Runs | HH: 235/2
38.6
1
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, Much fuller this time, on the pads, Ben Stokes clips it in front of mid-wicket and calls Joe Root through for a quick single. The substitute fielder there, Hasan Ali fails to pick it up cleanly which allows Stokes to complete the run easily.
38.5
1
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Lands it on a shortish length, over middle, Joe Root stays still and pulls it in front of square on the leg side to turn the strike over.
38.4
1
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, Length delivery, angling away, on middle, Ben Stokes clears his front leg and muscles it along the ground to long on for one more.
38.3
1
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Much straighter on a back of a length, on middle, Joe Root drops it with soft hands in front of mid-wicket for a run.
38.2
4
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, FOUR! Cut away now! Overcompensates does Mohammad Wasim by offering width outside off, it is short as well, Joe Root latches on and cuts it past point for four more runs.
38.1
4
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, FOUR! Easy pickings! A bit too straight by Mohammad Wasim, full in length, Joe Root flicks it off hi pads aerially but in the gap at deep backward square leg for a boundary.
38
over
38 | 2 Runs | HH: 223/2
37.6
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Pace on now, full and angling in, on middle, Ben Stokes looks to play at it but the bat twists in his hands and mishits his shot to mid-wicket. Good couple of overs for Pakistan.
37.5
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Cleverly rolls his fingers over the ball and goes a bit full, on middle, Ben Stokes reads the change of pace and he is happy to block it out.
37.4
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Comes from around the wicket and delivers it on a back of a length, in the channel, Ben Stokes hangs back and punches it fimly to extra cover.
37.3
1
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Directs it at the batter, on a length, Joe Root gets cramped for room but still manages to reverse scoop it down to third man for a run.
37.2
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Serves it full now, around off, Joe Root tries his favourite reverse scoop but fails to connect on this one.
37.1
1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, On a shortish length, at the batter, Ben Stokes swivels and helps the ball with the angle to fine leg for a single.
37
over
37 | 1 Runs | HH: 221/2
36.6
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Shaping in, fuller, on off, Joe Root stays leg side of the ball and whacks it along the ground without much timing to mid-wicket. A much-needed quiet over from Mohammad Wasim.
36.5
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Lands it on a good length, on middle and leg, a bit of reverse there, Joe Root looks to heave it away with the angle but the ball sneaks under his bat to hit him on the front thigh.
36.4
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Bends his back and bangs it in short, at 141.1 clicks, over off, Joe Root shapes to pull but eventually decides to sway away to let the ball pass.
36.3
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Short of a length by Mohammad Wasim, on off, Joe Root plays it from close to his body in front of point.
36.2
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, A loud shout for LBW but turned down! Babar Azam has a word with Mohammad Wasim and then takes the review. Full and honing in at the stumps, Joe Root looks to clip this one from the crease but the ball slides on to ping him on the front pad. Looked to be going down leg in real-time though. Nothing on UltraEdge and yes, it is missing the leg-stump on Ball Tracking. Pakistan lose their review.
36.1
1
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, Back of a length, around off, Ben Stokes stands tall to go downtown but he does not get a proper connection as the ball drops well in front of long on for a single.
36
over
36 | 16 Runs | HH: 220/2
35.6
1
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Another single as this is flicked through mid-wicket.
35.5
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Flatter and into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.
35.4
4
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, FOUR! OFF THE OUTSIDE EDGE! Fuller and outside off, Stokes slashes, this goes off the outside edge and to the third man fence.
35.3
6
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, SIX! OUTRAGEOUS! The reverse sweep comes out and it is nailed. Stokes slams it over the point fence.
35.2
4
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, FOUR! RAINING BOUNDARIES OFF THE BAT OF STOKES! Steps out, gets to the pitch of it and hits it over mid off. Boundary.
35.1
1
Agha Salman to Joe Root, Another one as this is hit to long on.
35
over
35 | 12 Runs | HH: 204/2
34.6
1
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
34.5
1
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, Fuller again, this is stroked through covers for one more.
34.4
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, Fuller and on off, Stokes drives but to cover.
34.3
4
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, FOUR! PULLED AWAY! 10 FROM THE LAST TWO BALLS. Wasim goes short, this is pulled past mid-wicket and it races away.
34.2
6
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, SIX! FULL EXNTENSION OF THE ARMS! WONDERFUL! Full and on middle, Stokes lofts it over the long on fence. Just brilliant batting from him.
34.1
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, Good length and on off, Stokes guides it to point.
Mohammad Wasim (4-0-17-0) is brought back into the attack.
34
over
34 | 6 Runs | HH: 192/2
33.6
1
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, A single as this is hit down to long on.
33.5
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Around off, this is pushed to cover.
33.4
4
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, FOUR! The reverse sweep comes out and it is nailed. Past the diving point fielder. Stokes is on the charge here as he gets to his fifty.
33.3
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.
33.2
1
Agha Salman to Joe Root, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
33.1
Agha Salman to Joe Root, Root looks to play the reverse, this is bowled slower. It goes off the toe-end towards short fine leg.
Drinks break! With 17 overs remaining in the innings, England are well-placed to get to a big total. Ben Stokes and Joe Root are looking confident and would want to shift gears with plenty of batting still to come. Pakistan have not quite been able to bowl with control and wickets are the need of the hour for them or else they will be chasing a daunting total.
33
over
33 | 6 Runs | HH: 186/2
32.6
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Well fielded! Shorter and outside off, Stokes pushes it but the fielder dives to his right and stops it.
32.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Joe Root, Root now takes one as he plays it to long on.
32.4
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, This time he hits it past cover for one.
32.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.
32.2
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Out comes the sweep, this is hit with the angle and through square leg. Another boundary.
32.1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Well bowled! Stokes steps out but the length is shortened. Defended.
32
over
32 | 3 Runs | HH: 180/2
31.6
1
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Fuller again, Stokes eases it through covers for one.
31.5
1
Agha Salman to Joe Root, Fuller, Root pushes it down to long on for one more.
31.4
1
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Fuller, Stokes pushes it down to long off for one.
31.3
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, On middle, defended.
31.2
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Fuller and outside off, this is hit hard but to cover.
31.1
Agha Salman to Ben Stokes, Outside off, this is cut but to point.
31
over
31 | 7 Runs | HH: 177/2
30.6
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Shorter and around off, this is eased down to long off for one more.
30.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Joe Root, Fuller and on off this is pushed through covers for one.
30.4
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Another single as this is nudged on the leg side.
30.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Shorter and outside off, this is pushed to cover.
30.2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Flatter and on middle, kept out.
30.1
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, FOUR! DRAGGED AWAY! Short and on middle, Stokes pulls it over mid-wicket and into the fence behind.
30
over
30 | 4 Runs | HH: 170/2
29.6
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, Low full toss, on middle, Ben Stokes changes his stance and reverse sweeps it to deep square leg for one more.
29.5
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Offers flight, on off, Joe Root gets down and takes it on the full to hit it to deep backward square leg for a run.
29.4
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, Short and turning into the pads, Ben Stokes goes back and helps it down to fine leg for a single.
29.3
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Flighted this time, turning away, Joe Root fetches it from outside off and sweeps it to deep square leg for one.
29.2
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, This is bowled short, outside off, Joe Root cuts it well but straight to point.
29.1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Flatter and outside off, Joe Root goes for the sweep but connects with thin air.
29
over
29 | 4 Runs | HH: 166/2
28.6
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Joe Root, Short again, on leg, Joe Root tucks it in front of square for a single to retain the strike.
28.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Pulls the length back and bowls it on middle, Ben Stokes punches it off the back foot to long on and turns the strike over.
28.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Slows it up, full and turning away, Ben Stokes looks to push it on the leg side and closes the bat face early. He gets a soft leading edge that drops well in front of short extra cover.
28.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Sees the batter advance and fires it down leg, Ben Stokes does well to read the line and keeps it out.
28.2
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Joe Root, Overpitched, on middle, driven down to long on for a single by Joe Root.
28.1
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, Darted in, on middle and leg, Ben Stokes tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
28
over
28 | 4 Runs | HH: 162/2
27.6
2
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Edgy! Another googly, on off and middle, Joe Root does not get fully forward as he looks to defend. He gets an inside edge as the ball sneaks just past the leg stump. Shaheen Afridi performs the chase and keeps it to two.
27.5
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, Dishes out a googly but the line is down leg, Ben Stokes gets down and sweeps this full delivery to deep backward square leg. It was there to be put away for Stokes.
27.4
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, Turning into the pads, full in length, Ben Stokes misses the clip to get hit on the front pad.
27.3
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Offers width again, full and outside off, Joe Root strokes it through covers for one.
27.2
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Gives the ball even more air, on off, Joe Root drills it hard but straight to extra cover.
27.1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Looped up, full and on off, Joe Root pushes it back to the bowler.
27
over
27 | 12 Runs | HH: 158/2
26.6
4
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Gets it past mid on this time! Lands it on a length, on middle and leg, Ben Stokes backs away again to create room and goes through the line. Hits it past the right of the diving Fakhar Zaman at mid on for four more runs.
26.5
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, Good comeback from Shaheen Afridi! Serves up a searing yorker, a bit of tail in, on middle, kept out safely by Ben Stokes.
26.4
4
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Ben Stokes on the charge! Around off, on a length, Ben Stokes moves leg side to free his arms and takes no half measures in hammering it wide of extra cover for a boundary.
26.3
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, Pulls the length back and bowls it on middle, Ben Stokes gets behind the line and taps it back to the bowler.
26.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Quality shot! A bit too full from Shaheen Afridi, angling in, on middle and leg, Ben Stokes angles the face of his bat perfectly and gets it to the left of mid on for a boundary.
26.1
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, Shaping in, on the pads, on a length, Ben Stokes nudges it in front of mid-wicket.
26
over
26 | 6 Runs | HH: 146/2
25.6
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Full and turning away, around off, Joe Root lunges forward and dabs it in front of point.
25.5
2
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Floated up, on middle, slower through the air, Joe Root knocks it to the right of wide long on and collects a couple of runs with ease.
25.4
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, Dragged it on almost! Googly from Shadab Khan, full and down leg, Ben Stokes goes for the sweep but the ball spins in to hit him on the glove. Luckily for him, the ball does not deflect back onto the stumps as it sneaks past the keeper for a single.
25.3
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Floats it up on off, this is eased down to long off.
25.2
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, On the pads, this is flicked through square leg for one.
25.1
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, On off, this is eased down to long off for one more.
25
over
25 | 6 Runs | HH: 140/2
24.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Joe Root, On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.
24.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, Angled into the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.
24.4
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, Fuller again, this is driven to cover.
24.3
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, A yorker now on off, this is jammed out to cover.
24.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, FOUR! HAMMERED! Dropped on the last ball and now a boundary. Steps out and slams it down the ground to the long off fence.
24.1
Shaheen Afridi to Ben Stokes, DROPPED! Second time Shaheen drops one off his own bowling! This should have been taken. Fuller and on off, a slower one. Stokes is early in the drive and lobs it back to the bowler. Shaheen spills it.
How costly will this drop prove for Pakistan?
24
over
24 | 6 Runs | HH: 134/2
23.6
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, On off, this is pushed to cover.
23.5
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, On the pads, this is swept towards deep square leg for one.
23.4
4
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, FOUR BYES! Sees Stokes go for the reverse and fires it down leg. Stokes misses and it goes between Rizwan's legs for a boundary.
23.3
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, On middle, this is pushed to cover.
23.2
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Around off, this is slapped through covers for one.
23.1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Tossed up on off, this is pushed to cover.
23
over
23 | 3 Runs | HH: 128/2
22.6
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Targets the pads, on a length, Ben Stokes gets behind the line to knock it to mid on. Joe Root wants a single but the fielder is too close and Ben Stokes sends him back.
22.5
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Comes from around the wicket for the left-hander and nails the yorker, on off, Ben Stokes gets his bat down in time and jams it out to cover.
22.4
1
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Angled in, on a good length, on off and middle, at 142.8 clicks, Joe Root reaches out in front but the ball seams in to catch the inner half of the bat. A single taken as the ball rolls to deep square leg.
22.3
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Delivers it on a good length, on the fifth stump line, Joe Root shuffles to play at it but the ball straightens and Root adjusts to pat it to mid on.
22.2
1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Goes full and straight, at the stumps, Ben Stokes rolls his wrists to clip it wide of mid on for a quick single.
22.1
1
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Serves it on a good length, in the channel, Joe Root opens the bat face and guides it between backward point and third man for a single.
22
over
22 | 7 Runs | HH: 125/2
21.6
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Full and around off, Joe Root gets on the front foot and whips it to wide long on for a run.
21.5
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Keeps it full and on off, pushed back to the bowler by Joe Root.
21.4
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, Offers flight, full and on middle, driven down to long on for a single.
21.3
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Full this time, outside off, Joe Root gets fully forward to work it to deep cover for one.
21.2
4
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, FOUR! A gift and Joe Root says thank you very much! A juicy low full toss, at the stumps, Joe Root holds his shape and swats it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
21.1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Tossed up, on off, Joe Root lunges forward to push it to extra cover.
21
over
21 | 6 Runs | HH: 118/2
20.6
1
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Fullish delivery, on middle and leg, Joe Root flicks it off his toes in front of square on the leg side for a run.
20.5
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, Hurls it on a hard length, around off, Joe Root dabs it with soft hands in front of backward point.
20.4
1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, The length is pulled back, over middle, Ben Stokes swivels and pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
20.3
4
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Carved away! On a length, outside off, Ben Stokes gets the width he needs and he uses the pace to slice it to the left of the diving point fielder for a boundary.
20.2
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, An optimistic shout for LBW! On a hard length, with pace behind it, around leg, Ben Stokes gets beaten for pace and gets hit high on the thigh pad due to the angle. Haris Rauf is the only one to appeal and it is turned down by the umpire.
20.1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, At 144.6 clicks, on a full length, on middle, Ben Stokes drives it stylishly with a straight bat to mid on.
20
over
20 | 2 Runs | HH: 112/2
19.6
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Flatter and quicker, it was the googly, on off, Joe Root uses the depth of the crease to pat it back to the bowler.
19.5
1
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, Drops it short, around off, Ben Stokes goes back and punches it down to long on for one more.
19.4
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Full again, turning away, on off, Joe Root strokes it through covers for a single.
19.3
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Fullish delivery, on off, Joe Root knocks it down the wicket but Shadab Khan moves quickly to his right to make a stop.
19.2
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Floated up now, on off, driven without much timing to Shadab Khan.
19.1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, A drag down, outside off, Joe Root cuts it hard and straight to point.
19
over
19 | 4 Runs | HH: 110/2
18.6
1
Haris Rauf to Joe Root, At pace, full and on middle, Joe Root lunges forward and works it off the inner half of the bat in front of square leg for a run.
18.5
1
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, A misfield and Ben Stokes is away! Short of a length, around off, Ben Stokes pushes it off the back foot towards cover where the fielder slides to his right and fails to pick it up, allowing an easy single.
18.4
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, At the stumps again, angling in, on a length, Ben Stokes gets half-forward to defend it in front of mid-wicket.
18.3
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, Zoning in at the stumps, on a length, Ben Stokes gets behind the line and keeps it out on the off side.
18.2
W
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, OUT! CAUGHT! Haris Rauf redeems himself! Jonny Bairstow cannot quite believe it as he has picked out the man to perfection! Bowls it with an upright seam, full and outside off, there to be hit, Jonny Bairstow's weight is on the back foot as he drills this one. He fails to hit it along the ground and also fails to pick the gap. Offers a regulation catch to Agha Salman at extra cover who does well as it was hit hard. An important wicket for Pakistan.
18.1
2
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Starts his new spell with a back-of-a-length delivery, outside off, Jonny Bairstow waits on the back foot and cuts it wide of deep point for a couple of runs.
18
over
18 | 4 Runs | HH: 106/1
17.6
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Dot to end! On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
17.5
1
Shadab Khan to Jonny Bairstow, Shadab gets away with that. Short and outside off, Bairstow slaps it through covers but only one.
17.4
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Another run as Root strokes it through covers.
17.3
1
Shadab Khan to Jonny Bairstow, On off, this is pushed through covers for one more.
17.2
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Fuller and on off, this is stroked through covers for one.
17.1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Tossed up on off, defended.
17
over
17 | 6 Runs | HH: 102/1
16.6
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Attacks the stumps again, Jonny Bairstow pushes it to mid off. Wasim continues to do well.
16.5
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, A good short one, Bairstow may have been taken by surprise. He evades it.
16.4
1
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Around off, this is guided wide of point for one.
16.3
1
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
16.2
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, On middle, kept out.
16.1
4
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! THROUGH THE LEGS! Very casual from Zaman. Around off and on a length. Bairstow times it through point. Zaman in the deep, runs to his left but lets it through. Two runs gifted to England.
Drinks break! This is a strong start from England on what looks like a slow and low surface. Joe Root is still relatively new at the crease but Jonny Bairstow is looking in great nick and he will be hoping to convert this start into a big one. Pakistan got a much-needed breakthrough courtesy of Iftikhar Ahmed but they must continue to look for wickets to stem the flow of runs.
16
over
16 | 6 Runs | HH: 96/1
15.6
1
Shadab Khan to Jonny Bairstow, Fifty for Bairstow. Top knock. He has been short of runs kn the tournament but this will make him feel good. Needs to make it big. Outside off, this is guided through point for one.
15.5
Shadab Khan to Jonny Bairstow, The googly but way too short, this is worked with the turn to mid-wicket.
15.4
4
Shadab Khan to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! CUT AWAY! Bairstow onto 49. Shorter and outside off, he plays it late and past point. Races away.
15.3
Shadab Khan to Jonny Bairstow, Slower and on off, blocked.
15.2
Shadab Khan to Jonny Bairstow, Brilliant fielding! Shorter and around off, this is cut but the fielder at point dives to his right and stops it.
15.1
1
Shadab Khan to Joe Root, Shorter and around off, this is slapped through covers for one.
15
over
15 | 6 Runs | HH: 90/1
14.6
1
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, Going down leg. On middle, this one tails back in. Root looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
14.5
1
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Length and outside off, Bairstow strokes it through covers for one.
14.4
2
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Easy two! Outside off, this is guided past point for two.
14.3
1
Mohammad Wasim to Joe Root, A little too straight again, this is clipped through square leg for one.
14.2
1
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Yet another one which tails back in from around off, this is worked to mid-wicket.
14.1
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Wasim has been good so far. On middle, no room to the batter, Bairstow works it to mid-wicket.
14
over
14 | 2 Runs | HH: 84/1
13.6
Iftikhar Ahmed to Joe Root, Dot to end a successful over. On middle, Root flicks it to mid-wicket.
13.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
13.4
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Joe Root, Root is off the mark as he works this down to long on.
Joe Root walks in at number 3.
13.3
W
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, OUT! TAKEN! On the second attempt. Iftikhar Ahmed strikes. Breaks the opening stand that was going along brilliantly. Pakistan needed this wicket and probably their best spinner in the tournament strikes. Slower and around off, Malan looks to play the reverse sweep. It hits the glove as it turns away slightly. Then hits Rizwan's chest but lobs kindly next to him. He takes it with a dive. Pakistan now need to capitalize. Malan walks back after getting off to another start.
13.2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Flatter and on middle, kept out again.
13.1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, On middle, a little bit of turn. Defended.
13
over
13 | 3 Runs | HH: 82/0
12.6
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, At 134.4 kph, angling in, on a length, on middle and leg, Jonny Bairstow gives himself room but adjusts well to dab it off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.
12.5
2
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Lands it on a length, around off, Jonny Bairstow lets his hands flow and drills it to the right of deep point for a couple of runs.
12.4
1
Mohammad Wasim to Dawid Malan, A bit too straight, on the pads, helped away to fine leg for a single by Dawid Malan.
12.3
Mohammad Wasim to Dawid Malan, On the pads this time, on a good length, Dawid Malan nudges it out in front of mid-wicket. Three dots on the trot!
12.2
Mohammad Wasim to Dawid Malan, Targets the stumps again, on a length, Dawid Malan hangs back and jams it down to cover.
12.1
Mohammad Wasim to Dawid Malan, Full and honing in at the stumps from over the wicket, Dawid Malan stays back in his crease and pushes it out to mid off.
12
over
12 | 5 Runs | HH: 79/0
11.6
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Keeps it short and outside off, Dawid Malan firms this one through covers for a single to keep the strike.
11.5
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Slows it up even more, short and outside off, Dawid Malan frees his arms but toe-ends his shot in front of cover.
11.4
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, Fuller and turning in, on middle, knocked down to long on for a single by Jonny Bairstow.
11.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, Drags the length back and bowls it on off, punched hard to extra cover.
11.2
2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, Slower and fuller, on off, Jonny Bairstow reaches out in front and laps it over the keeper towards fine leg for a couple of runs.
11.1
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Tossed up, on off, Dawid Malan plays it with the turn to deep point for a single.
11
over
11 | 2 Runs | HH: 74/0
10.6
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Pitched up now, on off, Jonny Bairstow drives hard but straight to mid off. A tidy first over from Mohammad Wasim.
10.5
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Shaping in, closer to the off-stump, on a length, Jonny Bairstow stays leg side of the ball to force it through the off side but mistimes his shot to cover.
10.4
1
Mohammad Wasim to Dawid Malan, Seaming away a touch, on a length, just outside off, Dawid Malan hangs back and runs it down to third man for a single.
10.3
1
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Lands it on a good length, around off, Jonny Bairstow extends his hands and strokes it through covers for a single.
10.2
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Hit hard! Back of a length, outside off, Jonny Bairstow frees his arms and crunches it hard but picks out the man at backward point on the bounce.
10.1
Mohammad Wasim to Jonny Bairstow, Starts off on a length, around off, Jonny Bairstow waits on the back foot and pushes it away to point.
Powerplay 2! Pakistan can now have 4 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the 40th over. Also, Mohammad Wasim is introduced into the attack now.
10
over
10 | 4 Runs | HH: 72/0
9.6
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, Short again and turning in, on leg, Jonny Bairstow whips it behind square on the leg side for a run.
9.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Floated up, at the stumps, Dawid Malan steps out and knocks it to mid on for a quick single.
9.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Sliding on, short and on middle, Dawid Malan shapes to punch it through the off side but changes his mind and manages to keep it out.
9.3
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, Slower and shorter, turning in, around middle, Jonny Bairstow goes back to work it to deep mid-wicket for one.
9.2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, Angled back in, on the pads, nudged in front of mid-wicket by Jonny Bairstow.
9.1
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Darted in from around the wicket, short and on off, Jonny Bairstow punches it down to long off for a single.
9
over
9 | 9 Runs | HH: 68/0
8.6
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Fuller from around the wicket, this is driven to mid on.
8.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, A slower one, this is nudged on the leg side for one.
8.4
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Shorter and outside off, Malan chops it to the keeper.
8.3
4
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, FOUR! GLORIOUS! We saw power in the last shot. This was all timing. Fuller and outside off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.
8.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, FOUR! SLAMMED AWAY! Short and on middle, Malan waits and then slams it over mid-wicket. Another boundary.
8.1
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Around off, this is guided to point.
8
over
8 | 10 Runs | HH: 59/0
7.6
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Angled into the pads, this is nudged to mid-wicket for one more. Another massive over.
7.5
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, On off, driven nicely but to cover.
7.4
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, FOUR! UP AND OVER! Iftikhar Ahmed gives it air, this is tossed up outside off, he carves it over point. Boundary.
7.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Dawid Malan, Tossed up on off, this is pushed to cover.
7.2
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.
7.1
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! That is brilliantly played. 50 up. Shorter and just outside off, Bairstow makes room and then cuts it past point. This one races away.
First look at spin as Iftikhar Ahmed comes into the attack.
7
over
7 | 11 Runs | HH: 49/0
6.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, A slower one now on off, this is pushed to cover for one.
6.5
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Around off, this is guided to point.
6.4
6
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, SIX! OUTRAGEOUS! Bangs this short and on middle, Bairstow watches it till the end and just helps it over the third man fence. Bairstow seems in fine touch here.
6.3
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Good length and on off, kept out.
6.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! OUTSTANDING TIMING AGAIN! Length and on off, Bairstow leans into it and creams it through covers.
6.1
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Good length and on off, this is guided to point.
6
over
6 | 12 Runs | HH: 38/0
5.6
2
Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, Two more. Rauf continues to leak runs. On off, this is pushed through covers for two.
5.5
Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, Malan will feel he missed out there. Shorter and down the leg side. Malan looks to pull but misses. That seemed to have held in the surface.
5.4
4
Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, FOUR! RUNS FLOWING NOW! This has been hit with disdain. Shorter and on middle, Malan swats it over square leg. Another boundary.
5.4
5
Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, FIVE WIDES! Bonus runs. That has taken off. This is short. It keeps rising. Goes well over the keeper and down to the third man fence.
5.3
Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, On middle, defended.
5.2
1
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Angled into the pads, this is nudged to mid-wicket for one.
5.1
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Good use of the feet there. Fuller and on middle, this is driven back firmly but Rauf stops it with his legs.
5
over
5 | 5 Runs | HH: 26/0
4.6
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Good length and on off, kept out.
4.5
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Goes past the outside edge. Pakistan have been a tad unlucky. Outside off, Malan goes after it with no foot movement. He is beaten.
4.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, A good slower one on off, Bairstow pushes it towards cover and takes one.
4.3
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Back of a length and around off, Bairstow guides it to point.
4.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! PULLED AWAY! Raining boundaries now. Slightly Shorter and on middle, this is dragged past mid-wicket. It races away.
4.1
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Close! On the pads, Jonny looks to flick but gets a soft leading edge to cover.
4
over
4 | 13 Runs | HH: 21/0
3.6
4
Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, FOUR! MAKE THAT THREE IN THE OVER! We probably jinxed Rauf when we wrote he has started well. He goes for plenty after that. This is bread and butter for Malan. Outside off, he leans into it and caresses it through covers. End of a massive over for England.
3.5
1
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Now a run. Good sensible batting. Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
3.4
4
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! That is a poor delivery and Bairstow puts it away. Consecutive boundaries for him. Full and on the pads, this is clipped down to fine leg. This is just the kind of over England needed.
3.3
4
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! FINDS THE GAP! This time he waits for the ball to come to him. It is on a length and just outside off, Rauf opens the face and guides it past point. No chance for anyone here.
3.2
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Yet another beauty! Rauf has begun really well here. Length again and around off, Jonny Bairstow looks to drive but is beaten by the away movement.
3.1
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, BEATEN! Not a wicket you can drive on the up. Length and outside off, this shapes away. Bairstow is beaten as he looks to drive.
3
over
3 | 2 Runs | HH: 8/0
2.6
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Beaten! Goes wide of the crease and gets this one to angle in, on a good length, on off, Dawid Malan gets rooted in the crease as he looks to block but plays inside the line. There is some interest again from the Pakistan players as Mohammad Rizwan pouches it but they do not go for the review.
2.5
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Full and swinging away from the left-hander, outside off, Dawid Malan is happy to leave the ball alone.
2.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Pulls the length back and bowls it on the pads, on a length, Jonny Bairstow works it behind square on the leg side for a single.
2.3
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, A dipping low full toss, swinging in, on middle, Jonny Bairstow tucks it to mid-wicket again.
2.2
Shaheen Afridi to Jonny Bairstow, Angling in, on a length, on middle, Jonny Bairstow nudges it in front of mid-wicket.
2.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Oh…a chance goes down! Full and at the stumps, Dawid Malan goes pushing it out in front and ends up chipping it back towards the bowler. Shaheen Afridi gets into a good position in his follow-through but gets deceived by the lack of pace and the ball eludes his left hand.
2
over
2 | 6 Runs | HH: 6/0
1.6
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Jaffa to end the over! Going away, on a good length, around off, Jonny Bairstow has a feel for the delivery again and gets beaten on the outside edge. Haris Rauf feels Bairstow has nicked it and almost starts celebrating but there is not much interest from the infield players.
1.5
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Half a shout for LBW! Seaming in, on a good length, on off, Jonny Bairstow gets forward to defend it with a straight bat and gets an inside edge onto the front pad again. Babar Azam seemed interested but not much of an appeal from the rest of the players.
1.4
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Almost sneaked through! Goes full again and angling in, on off and middle, Jonny Bairstow leaves a big gap between bat and pad as he tries to drive down the ground. Thankfully, he gets an inside edge onto the front pad.
1.3
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Beauty! On the fifth stump line, on a good length, Jonny Bairstow has a nibble at the delivery but the ball nips away and zips past his outside edge.
1.2
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Much fuller this time, on off and middle, driven with a straight bat to mid off by Jonny Bairstow.
1.2
1
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, WIDE! Loses his radar again as this one shapes way outside off, on a length, Jonny Bairstow lets it through for a wide.
1.1
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, Much better! On the fourth stump line, on a good length, Jonny Bairstow watches it all the way and withdraws his bat at the last moment.
1.1
5
Haris Rauf to Jonny Bairstow, FIVE WIDES! A wayward start from Haris Rauf! A loosener as this is bowled way down leg, left alone by Jonny Bairstow and it is way out of reach for Mohammad Rizwan as well.
Haris Rauf will steam in from the other end.
1
over
1 | Runs | HH: 0/0
0.6
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Top start from Shaheen Afridi, a maiden! Serves it full and outside off, a bit of away shape, Dawid Malan prods forward and plays inside the line to allow the ball to go past his outside edge.
0.5
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Slanting in, around off, on a length, Dawid Malan gets half-forward and pushes it out to mid off.
0.4
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Keeps it in the channel, on a length, Dawid Malan plants his foot forward and leaves the ball alone. The ball dies down on its way to the keeper.
0.3
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Oh…almost! Angling in, on a length, on the pads, Dawid Malan does not move his feet and looks to clip it away. He closes the bat face early and gets a leading edge that lobs well in front of cover.
0.2
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Much fuller and a tempter for the batter, swinging away, outside off, Dawid Malan goes pushing at the delivery away from the body and gets beaten on the outside edge.
0.1
Shaheen Afridi to Dawid Malan, Starts off on a good length, from over the wicket, in the channel on off, shaping away, Dawid Malan looks to defend from the crease and does well not to have a feel for the delivery as the ball goes past his outside edge.
We are done with the national anthems and are ready to get underway. The two umpires make their way out to the middle followed by the Pakistan players. It will be Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow to open the innings for England. Shaheen Afridi will start with the new ball for Pakistan. Off we go…
We are moments away from the first ball but before that, the two sets of players and match officials will line up for the national anthems. It will be Pakistan's national anthem first followed by the national anthem of England.
The skipper of Pakistan, Babar Azam says that they'll try their best and then see what to do. Adds he wanted to bat first too but they are now looking forward to this. Informs they have one change with Shadab Khan coming in for Hasan Ali.
England's captain Jos Buttler says that they will bat first. Mentions that it looks a good wicket but feels that it is a little bit dry. Adds that they want to make first use of it. Informs that they are going with the same team. Shares that it was nice to break the losing streak and want to leave India with heads held high. On David Willey, he says that he has been a great performer and hopes that he will have a great day.
Pakistan (Playing XI) – Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan (In for Hasan Ali), Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf.
England (Unchanged Playing XI) – Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (C/WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid.
TOSS – England have won the toss and elected to BAT!
England on the other hand, have had a World Cup to forget so far. A win in the last game has given them something to play for. They need to win this game if they are to secure their place in the Champions Trophy. They'll head into the game with confidence but they are up against a strong Pakistan side who also have their tails up. Stay tuned for the toss and teams.
Pakistan's chances of going through to the semis are as slim as it gets. They need a win by an unthinkable margin. We though have seen plenty of surprises in this World Cup so far but this will be the biggest of them all if they do manage to go through. However, we will be seeing Pakistan play with a lot of intent and this could well be very entertaining.
It is the second last game of the round robin and it is a clash between Pakistan and England. Both sides are playing for different reasons. Pakistan, to sneak into the top 4 whereas, England to ensure their qualification into the Champions Trophy. So a lot is at stake and these are two exciting teams, we can expect a cracker. 
… MATCH DAY …
We are at match number 44 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 where England go up against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This match is a very important one for England as their qualification for the 2025 Champion's Trophy hangs in the balance. They have had a campaign to forget as they have lost 6 out of the 8 matches so far. They must have gained some confidence after winning their last game against the Netherlands quite comfortably. Their batting unit regained their form with Dawid Malan scoring at a good rate. After Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Harry Brook were dismissed it was again Ben Stokes who rescued them from a collapse. He scored a fine century and kept the scoreboard going. Chris Woakes supported him down the order and ensured that the English put up a good total on the board. In the bowing unit, the spinners, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali rose to the occasion and took 3 wickets each. David Willey and Chris Woakes were very economical in the early overs and even took a few wickets. It was a good performance by England but they will have to work on a few things for their match against Pakistan. They will hope to win this one and end the tournament on a good note also moving up a few places on the points table will mean that they will have qualified for the Champion's Trophy. Pakistan on the other hand will be playing this match to end their tournament with a win. Their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals are next to impossible with the current scenario. To qualify Pakistan will have to beat England by a margin of more than 287 runs or chase the target with 284 balls to spare. Pakistan have had a rough middle patch of the tournament and despite a strong start, they could not finish in the top 4. However, they showed their strength in their last game against the Kiwis. They had to chase 402 on the board with the target of improving their NRR. The bowlers failed to take timely wickets but Mohammad Wasim shone out as he scalped 3. It was a rain-affected match but Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam made sure that they stayed well over the DLS score. Unfortunately for the Kiwis, the rain stopped the match and Pakistan clinched an important win. With Fakhar Zaman in form and back in the side, their batting order looks much stronger. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are dangerous in the middle order with Iftikhar Ahmed and Saud Shakeel to provide a strong finish. Their pace attack hasn't been very effective in these conditions, especially with Haris Rauf not being able to take wickets. Mohammad Wasim looks in good rhythm which will help Shaheen Afridi to bowl freely. This is expected to be an exciting clash where both teams will look to end their tournament with a win. England has much more riding on this match compared to Pakistan. Which team are you supporting?
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