England vs Pakistan, In a thrilling finale to their 2023 World Cup campaign, England secured back-to-back victories by defeating Pakistan in a captivating encounter at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The clash concluded with England posting an imposing total of 338 runs and bowling out Pakistan for 244 in 43.3 overs. David Willey’s exceptional performance, claiming three crucial wickets and reaching his 100th ODI wicket milestone, played a pivotal role in England’s triumph.
England’s Dominant Batting Display: England vs Pakistan
Opting to bat first, England exhibited a formidable batting display against Pakistan. Ben Stokes, riding on the momentum from his previous century, continued his stellar form with an impactful 76-ball 84. Despite Shaheen Afridi’s early breakthroughs, Stokes formed a resilient partnership with Joe Root, contributing to a significant 100-plus run stand for the third wicket. Root, with a composed half-century, added 60 runs from 72 balls before falling victim to Shaheen’s bowling prowess.
Bairstow-Malan Duo Sets the Tone:
England’s opening pair, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan set the tone for a strong start, forging an 82-run partnership. Bairstow, completing a well-deserved half-century, played a pivotal role in laying the foundation. The duo’s partnership was disrupted by Iftikhar Ahmed in the 14th over, dismissing Malan for 31(39). Bairstow continued his impressive innings, contributing 59 runs from 61 balls before being removed by Haris Rauf.
Pakistan’s Valiant Chase Cut Short:
Facing a challenging target of 338 runs, Pakistan encountered early setbacks. David Willey struck early, dismissing Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Zaman, reducing Pakistan to 10/2. Despite efforts from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to rebuild. Willey’s three-wicket haul and Moeen Ali’s crucial breakthroughs limited Pakistan to 244 runs in 43.3 overs. Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Haris Rauf’s final-wicket partnership provided some resistance. But England emerged victorious as Chris Woakes clinched the decisive wicket.
As England concludes its World Cup journey with consecutive triumphs, Pakistan’s dreams of a semifinal spot are dashed. The intense clash at Eden Gardens showcased the resilience and skill of both teams. Leaving cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the upcoming stages of the tournament.