WORLD CUP: Pakistan stun England by 14 runs

SUMMARY: Pakistan 348-8 from 50 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 84, Babar Azam 63, Sarfaraz Ahmed 55, Imam-ul-Haq 44, Fakhar Zaman 36, Moeen Ali 3-50, Chris Woakes 3-71, Mark Wood 2-53) v England 334-9 from 50 overs (Joe Root 107, Jos Buttler 103, Wahab Riaz 3-82, Shadab Khan 2-63, Mohammad Amir 2-67)

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England suffered a stunning upset at the hands of inspired Pakistan in their second World Cup match at Trent Bridge. The hosts and favourites were surprisingly lacklustre in the field as Pakistan, roared on by their noisy and vibrant fans, posted 348-8.

Even though England have made a habit of overhauling such targets, they were still faced with having to pull off the most successful chase in World Cup history.

And they were denied by the rejuvenated Pakistanis, who had lost their previous 11 one-day internationals including a 4-0 series defeat by England prior to the tournament and then a humiliation against West Indies on this ground on Friday.

SCOREBOARD: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8039/scorecard/1144488/england-vs-pakistan-6th-match-icc-cricket-world-cup-2019

Despite Joe Root’s 107, the first century of the tournament, and a 75-ball ton from Jos Buttler, England were restricted to 334-9 to lose by 14 runs.

In a tournament where the 10 teams play each other once to determine the semi-finalists, there are plenty of opportunities for England to get their campaign back on track, starting with Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.

Pakistan, renowned for veering from shambolic to sublime in global tournaments, will look to continue their resurgence in Sri Lanka in Bristol on Friday. (BBC Sport)

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