Virat Kohli: Facing the toughest test of my career in World Cup 2019 When umpires stopped Pakistan, England players from roughing up the ball Virat Kohli responds to Rabada’s comments on his immaturity: ‘We can discuss man to man’ The left-arm pacer snared Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes off successive balls to stall Englands chase at a crucial moment of the match. (Reuters) The moment that encapsulated what Pakistan thought about the contest against England came right at the end after they clinched a memorable win by 14 runs, quelling a serious challenge by the hosts. The bowler, Wahab Riaz, was still angry at a misfield that had the last ball, inconsequential to the match result, run away to the boundary. He was almost in a trance, staring at the fielder on the boundary and had to be yanked out of his reverie by Mark Wood, who hugged him.
This wasnt a reaction of a team that had even contemplated that it would be an upset if they won; there werent any over-the-top reactions from anyone. Shaking hands with each other – a nice little moment was Mohammad Hafeez enveloping Sarfraz Ahmed with a hug, and both walking towards another veteran Shoaib Malik. Sarfraz the captain, Hafeez who first played for Pakistan 16 years ago, and Malik who outdates him, the only player in the tournament who played international cricket in the 1990s.
A day before, an English scribe had asked whether a Pakistan win would be considered an upset and Azhar Mahmood, the bowling coach, made sure he repeated the word upset as a question before he answered in the negative.
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If you are a pop-psychologist, Pakistans triumph would be a win-win situation for both the victors and the vanquished — and as a result for the tournament. Pakistan needed this to shrug off the first-match blues, and England needed it to stub the hype building around them that could cause insane pressure later. A blessing in disguise, perhaps. Now, yet again, the tournament remains open.
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Pakistan could have surrendered to the pre-match hype. They didnt. England too could have given up when they were 118 for 4 in the 22nd over – still 231 runs adrift with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Ben Stokes in the hutch. They didnt either.
There is no doubt that Jos Buttler is a star. Despite the frenetic style of play, he exudes a calmness rare with such hitters. The run rate kept climbing away from him but he kept reining it in. In the past, he has talked about how in the last couple of years, he has cracked the code of what works best for him in terms of technique and, importantly, in his head: he strives to be in a meditative state. Bang, Crash, and a gentle smile or an impassive face stares back when the camera zooms in.
Unlike most top-order batsmen, Buttler holds his bat a touch low, almost thigh-high and sort of crouches in his stance as he peers across. Steve Smith and Rohit Sharma hold their hands pretty high but not Buttler, and its one of the key factors in the way he bats. The first thing he looks across isnt the bowler running in but the top of the off stump at the other end as he believes it helps him get his head and balance right. Somewhere later, he shifts to the bowler even as he begins to move back as his first step.
Then a forward movement, sometimes aligned with a hip-swivel ala a baseball hitter, and those low hands with that cocked wrist help him punish deliveries of varied lengths. If its a yorker, he drops his hands pretty easily and meets the ball almost close to the middle of the bat (a lot closer to it than most batsmen) and calmly threads the gap on the off-side. It also helps in his scoops over fine-leg.
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Shadabs leg-spin proved to be the difference in the end, among other things. As many as 35 runs had come in four overs before the 39th, but Shadab gave away just two and picked up Root, who had missed two cuts off back-of- length turners and chose the wrong one to cut – too full and was swallowed at backward point.
Buttler crashed Riaz for 10 runs next over but then began the lull. With Moeen Ali, out of sorts, (the left-hander was expected to take on the leggie), Buttler too decided to play the spinner out. Bu there were still three overs in him. In that vital spell, Shadab gave away just 13 runs. Hasan Ali too skidded in two tight overs and suddenly England required 65 from six overs.
Until Root was there, and especially in the latter stages of their partnership, it seemed England had it covered but now, they were staring at a huge ask, especially with Ali struggling. Buttler had begun to manufacture shots, he sent one in the air just wide of the lunging mid-off and perished next ball, cutting a Mohammad Amir slower one that bounce straight to backward point.
Again, just before that ball, Malik had a mini-chat with Amir to calm him down. Despite Chris Woakes valiant attempt, the task proved beyond England. A day before the game, after the media interaction, a member of the Pakistan camp had leant over and whispered into the ear: Upset? Bhai, the cup isnt coming home! It still might but Pakistans win has certainly spiced up the tournament.
Unpredictable Pakistan scripted a terrific comeback in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 as they defeated the formidable hosts England by 14 runs at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday to put an end to their humiliating winless streak in the ODI format.
“Its a great team effort. Credit to batsmen to take us to 350. Then bowlers bowled really well today. Match starting 10.30, first 10 overs are very important. If you lose early wickets, you cant get that type of runs. Fakhar and Imam did a really good job,” said Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, who scored 55 runs in the match. “All round today we werent that bad. Pakistan played well. Sides will beat each other. Dont think many sides will go unbeaten. Going to be a competitive tournament. Looking forward to Bangladesh.”
With the win, Pakistan jump to the sixth spot in the points table while also massively recovering from the poor NRR they registered after their defeat versus West Indies at the same venue last Friday. Meanwhile, England slipped to the fourth spot with their first loss in the ongoing tournament.
Joe Root, who became ICC World Cup 2019s first centurion, stands atop in the top-run scorer list with 158 runs in two matches. He scored 107 runs off 104 deliveries against Pakistan on Monday. He is followed by Jos Buttler, who carved out 104 runs to become the fastest England batsman to an ODI history. Buttler has amassed a total of 121 runs for England in two matches.
Mohammad Amir has scripted a wonderful comeback into the format with his tally of five wickets as he stands atop in the top wicket-takers list. Oshane Thomas stands second with his tally of four wickets that he had picked up against Pakistan in West Indies opener.
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