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Hosts England stunned by Pakistan for first defeat

Hosts England stunned by Pakistan for first defeat”

Eoin Morgan's side thrive on knowing there is no better team in world cricket more adept at chasing down big totals, even if they were staring at a target higher than anything successfully achieved at any World Cup.

England's World Cup bid resumes at Trent Bridge as they lock horns once again with Pakistan in their second match of the tournament.

England have included Mark Wood in place of Liam Plunkett in their playing XI whereas Pakistan have brought in Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik in place of Imad Wasim and Haris Sohail.

But despite their early access to English conditions, Pakistan lost their opening World Cup match against West Indies by seven wickets and were bowled out for 105 runs at today's venue, Tent Bridge.

England was always struggling to reel in Pakistan, especially after slipping to 118-4 in the 22nd over.

Hafeez eventually picked out Woakes at long-off having made a fine 84 off just 62 balls but Sarfaraz reached his half-century off 40 balls after Joe Root's shy at the stumps ran away for four buzzers.

Moeen eventually had Babar caught by Woakes at long-on for a fine 63 but it failed to abate Pakistan's momentum as they found the boundary ropes easily - captain Sarfaraz and Hafeez sharing an 80-run partnership off just 10 overs.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has praised the Pakistan fans for constantly supporting their team through thick and thin.

It helped Pakistan make a fast start, with Fakhar Zaman (36) and Imam-ul-Haq (44) sharing an opening stand of 82.



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