Sarfaraz Ahmed plays a shot during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match on Monday. AFP
Pakistan looked a different side from the one that surrendered to West Indies in their opening game in the 2019 World Cup as their batsmen put up a clinical performance on Monday to help the team post 348/8 against hosts England at Trent Bridge.
Mohammad Hafeez was the top scorer with a 62-ball 84 as Babar Azam (63 off 66) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (55 of 44) also scored half centuries. England will need to pull off the highest successful run chase in World Cup history if they are to win this game.
The Pakistan batsmen were bounced out by the West Indies pacers for a meagre 105 in less than 22 overs in their first match on Friday. In stark contrast, it took spinner Moeen Ali to provide the first breakthrough for England after openers Fakhar Zaman (36 off 40) and Imam-Ul-Haq (44 off 58) helped Pakistan stamp their authority early on.
`Pakistan fans cheer on their team during the 2019 Cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge on Monday. AFP
Fakhar and Imam put up an opening stand of 82 runs before Moeen drew the former out of his crease in the 15th over with a delivery that drifted in from around the wicket. The turn took the ball past the batsman and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler took the bails off in a flash.
Moeen would go on to dismiss Imam six overs later, thanks to a brilliant catch by Chris Woakes who had to run about 20 yards and dive to his left to complete it at the long off boundary.
However, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez plundered 88 runs in the next 12 overs before the former became the third man to fall to Moeen. Hafeez then found company in captain Safraz Ahmed as the pair put on 80 runs for the fourth wicket.
While there were no significant partnerships after that, the combined effort of Asif Ali (14), Hasan Ali (10) and Shadab Khan's (10) innings meant that Pakistan finished their essay just two short of the magical 350-run mark.
Joffra Archer, who was the standout bowler in England's first game against South Africa, cut a frustrated figure as he leaked 79 runs in his 10 overs without a wicket. Mark Wood got two while Chris Woakes got three. Ben Stokes, who bowled seven overs, couldn't get a wicket and gave away 43 runs. Adil Rashid bowled five and gave away 43 with no returns.
First innings scoreboard in the World Cup match between England and Pakistan in Nottingham on Monday:
Imam-ul-Haq c Woakes b Ali 44
Fakhar Zaman st Buttler b Ali 36
Babar Azam c Woakes b Ali 63
Mohammad Hafeez c Woakes b Wood 84
Sarfaraz Ahmed c and b Woakes 55
Asif Ali c Bairstow b Wood 14
Shoaib Malik c Morgan b Woakes 8
Wahab Riaz c Root b Woakes 4
Hasan Ali not out 10
Shadab Khan not out 10
Extras (b1, lb8, w11) 20
Total (eight wickets, 50 overs) 348
Did not bat: Mohammad Amir
Fall of wickets: 1-82 (Zaman), 2-111 (Imam), 3-199 (Babar), 4-279 (Hafeez), 5-311 (Asif), 6-319 (Sarfaraz), 7-325 (Riaz), 8-337 (Malik)
Bowling: Woakes 8-1-71-3 (2w), Archer 10-0-79-0 (4w), Ali 10-0-50-3, Wood 10-0-53-2 (2w), Stokes 7-0-43-0, Rashid 5-0-43-0 (1w)
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wkt), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Sundaram Ravi (IND)
TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)
Agence France-Presse / IANS
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A monumental final push in the UAE heat from Tadej Pogacar wasn’t enough to take the win in the third stage of the team’s home country as Adam Yates...
The 184km Emirates Stage finished with an exhausting 10.8km climb as Yates launched a surprisingly early attack with 6km to go. Pogacar didn’t react to Yates’ initial acceleration but then ripped clear of the chasing group with 5km remaining, finishing second in the stage, claiming the young rider’s jersey and ending the day second in the GC in a successful day for the team.
Pogacar said “It was extremely hot today, so for me on a climb like that in those temperatures it was a really good ride and I’m pleased.
“There is still three stages with another big mountain stage and the chance of crosswinds tomorrow so it’s not over yet. We have a strong team here so will try something for sure.”
Pogacar will get another chance to claim back the one minute GC deficit as the fifth stage of the Tour finishes at the same Jebel Hafeet summit.
Pogacar will wear the white young rider’s jersey in Wednesday’s stage as the race sees the riders return to the flats which will come as welcome relief for the sprinters.
The Emirates NBD Stage starts from Zabeel Park, crosses Mushrif Park and Motor City before finishing at Dubai City Walk where the popular walkway has been transformed as part of the racing route.
British climber Yates pulverised the opposition on the tough, final ascent of stage, winning by over a minute and taking the overall race lead.
His compatriot Chris Froome was dropped early in the race.
The four-time Tour de France winner again struggled on his comeback from injuries sustained last May.
The 27-year-old Yates is also making his 2020 debut and looks favourite to win in a competitive field after his stunning attack from 6km out at the end of a warm day with temperatures passing 30C.
“I attacked maybe a little too early, but in the end I felt good,” said Yates, whose win gives him a 1min 07sec lead in the overall.
“A minute is a lot, but we have to do this climb again, and maybe my legs won’t be so good then,” Yates said in reference to stage five.
“Also tomorrow I heard a rumour there are going to be crosswinds, so we’ll see.”
Yates was followed up the final 10.6km Jebell Hafeet climb at a 7 per cent gradient by a trio of challengers with Slovenian prodigy Pogacar finishing 1min 03sec adrift.
Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko was third at 1min 30sec accompanied by up-and-coming Frenchman David Gaudu.
Yates came fourth at the 2016 Tour de France and is targeting the Grand Boucle this summer where he will lead the Australian team ahead of his brother Simon.
Wednesday’s flat stage, the fourth of seven, is a 173km run to Dubai City Walk where a mass bunch sprint is expected.
Stage 3 Results
1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 4h42’34”
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:03
3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:30
General Classification Results
1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 12h30’02”
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:07
3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:35