Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan’s win in Nottingham earns praises from Twitter

Pakistan’s win in Nottingham earns praises from Twitter

Pakistan had lost their last 11 completed one-day internationals, including a recent 4-0 series defeat by World Cup hosts and favourites England that preceded a woeful collapse to 105 all out in their tournament opener against the West Indies at Trent Bridge on Friday.

It was the spinners who struck next, England captain Eoin Morgan (nine) bowled by Mohammad Hafeez before Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed held an edged cut by all-rounder Ben Stokes (13) off Shoaib Malik.

"The incident occurred during the 14th over of Pakistan's innings when Roy used an audible obscenity after misfielding which was clearly heard by the umpires".

England, who launched their World Cup campaign with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa, were surprisingly sloppy in the field, while their fast bowlers were expensive - Jofra Archer's 10 wicketless overs cost 79 runs.

After Pakistan's thrilling win, the Twitteratis erupted and shared the news on the micro-blogging website.

"There were mistakes that we don't normally make", said Morgan.

"They emphasised it would be the same for both".

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Pakistan and England were both spoken to by the umpires at Trent Bridge for the frequency with which their fielders threw the ball in on the bounce from the outfield, a tactic commonly used by sides to get the ball into shape for reverse swing.

"Jos was just intrigued", Morgan said.

The loss was England's first setback in their pursuit of World Cup glory but fellow centurion Joe Root stressed the importance of remaining calm. "When the ball gets hit against LED [advertising] boards, it does scuff it up quite a lot, and I'm sure he was interested to see if one side was rougher than the other or if it looked natural or unnatural".

"But the one thing is very important, which is our coach is always backing us".

Root now expects England, the world's top-ranked ODI side, to bounce back strongly against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.

'The temptation is to get a little bit tense, but one of our great strengths as a side is sticking to the way we go about things and be as smart as possible.

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