Match six in the CWC19 sees England take on Pakistan at Nottingham’s historic Trent Bridge on Monday.
England extended their incredible ODI winning form, which gave them early favouritism to win this year’s tournament, with a more than convincing 104-run victory over South Africa in the opening match on Thursday at the Oval. They have now won 13 of their last 17 completed ODIs.
Batting first, there were half centuries for Eoin Morgan (57), Jason Roy (54) and Joe Root (51), but it was man of the match Ben Stokes who top scored with 89 to help post a commanding team score of 311/8.
It was Stokes too with the ball who was a main contributor to the Proteas being bowled out for 207, returning figures of 2/12 off 2.5 overs. England’s newfound wonderkid Jofra Archer did the most damage though, taking 3/27 in seven accurate and fiery overs.
Pakistan, in contrast, extended their recent run of very poor form. They lost their first match by seven wickets to a merciless Windies side at Trent Bridge on Friday. They have now lost 15 of their last 18 completed ODIs.
Being put in to bat by Jason Holder, they mustered just 105 all out in 21.4 overs (their second-lowest score in a World Cup). World #7 Babar Azam top scored with 22, with only two others making double figures.
What must be worrying now for Pakistan is that the West Indies pace attack peppered their top order with short, fast deliveries, of which they had no answers to, and that will have now been witnessed by all bowling attacks in the competition.
The return of their experienced pacemen Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz wasn’t enough to skittle a formidable Windies batting line-up. The one and only silver lining for the men in green caps was the three wickets taken by Amir (3/26).
Players to watch: Jason Roy (ENG) has scored four consecutive ODI fifties and needs just eight runs to reach the 3,000 milestone.
Fakhar Zaman (PAK), with a highest ODI score of 210, is the only double centurion in either team and was batting nicely against the Windies before he was unfortunate in playing onto his stumps.
Stat attack: Trent Bridge is the venue of the highest ODI score in history: 481/6 (ENG v AUS, 2018).
The team batting first have won just six of the last 21 completed ODIs at Trent Bridge.
The average winning first innings score at Trent Bridge is 307.
Pakistan have won two of their last 14 completed ODIs against other World Cup nations.
England have won nine of their last 11 completed ODIs against Pakistan.