Kolkata: After a crucial match in the Cricket World Cup, Pakistan’s global event journey concluded with a defeat against England.
In the 44th match of the ICC World Cup held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Pakistan suffered a defeat by 93 runs against England. Chasing the target set by the English team, Pakistan managed to score 244 runs in the 44th over, losing all wickets.
In the pursuit of the target, Pakistan’s Agha Salman remained the top scorer with 51 runs, while the national team’s captain Babar Azam scored 39, Mohammad Rizwan 36, Haris Rauf 35, Saud Shakeel 29, Shadab Khan 25, Shoaib Malik 4, Iftikhar Ahmed 3, Fakhar Zaman 1, and Abdullah Shafique went out without scoring. Muhammad Waseem Junior remained unbeaten with 16 runs.
From the England side, David Willey took 3 wickets, Adil Rashid, Gis Atkinson, and Moeen Ali took 2 wickets each, while Chris Woakes claimed 1 wicket.
Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bat first, scoring 337 runs in 50 overs with 9 players getting out.
England’s opening pair made a strong start, putting up 82 runs on the board. Later, David Malan scored 31 runs and got out, while Jonny Bairstow made 59 runs. The third-wicket partnership between Ben Stokes and Joe Root established a solid foundation, with Stokes contributing 84 runs, including 11 fours and 2 sixes. England’s middle-order batsman Jos Buttler scored 27, Harry Brook 30, Moeen Ali 8, David Willey 15, and Chris Atkinson 0 before being dismissed.
For Pakistan, Haris Rauf took 3 wickets, while Shaheen Shah Afridi and Muhammad Waseem Junior took 2 wickets each, and Iftikhar Ahmed claimed 1 wicket.