David Willey claimed figures of 3/56 in front of 37,661 crowd as England ended their World Cup campaign on an high by defeating Pakistan by 93 runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow got England off to a solid start. The pair added 82 for the opening wicket before the former was dismissed by Iftikhar Ahmed for 31.
Haris Rauf then sent back Bairstow for 59. The pair of Joe Root and Ben Stokes added 132 runs for the third wicket stand before the latter was cleaned up Shaheen Shah Afridi for a swashbuckling 76 ball-84.
Harry Brook scored a breezy 17 ball-30 to take England to a mammoth score of 337/9 in 50 overs.
In response Willey got England off to a dream start by snaring both Abdullah Shafique (0) and Fakhar Zaman (1). Skipper Babar Azam along with Mohammad Rizwan added 51 runs for the third wicket before the former fell to Gus Atkinson for 38.
Agha Salman‘s (51) and a quickfire 35 from Harris Rauf helped their side reduce their margin of defeat, as they were bowled out for 244.
With the win, England eliminated Pakistan from the competition and booked their spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy.
A very fine crowd of 29,983 was in attendance at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai as South Africa beat Pakistan in a thriller. The win took the Proteas to the top of the table on NRR.
There were always doubts about the Proteas’ ability to chase in pressure situations following their loss to the Netherlands earlier in the tournament, and they very nearly made a mess here of what was otherwise seemingly a straightforward chase, going from 206/4 after 33 overs to 250/8 in the 42nd over.
However the troika of Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi hung on gamely and despite a wonder catch by Haris Rauf in his final over to dismiss Ngidi, it came down to 5 to win, with the pacers having finished their spells. Babar Azam oddly tossed the ball to Mohammad Nawaz instead of specialist spinner Usama Mir, and the left armer bowled one down leg than Maharaj was able to tuck away to the boundary to give South Africa a famous victory.
A very good official crowd of 23,284 was present at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk as Afghanistan stunned Pakistan by eight wickets in Chennai to register their first ever WC win over their neighbours.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq got their side off to a solid start. The pair added 56 runs for the opening stand before the latter perished to Azmatullah Omarzai for 17.
Skipper Babar Azam (70) and Abdullah Shafique (54) scored half-centuries at the top, while Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed scored valuable runs down the order to take Pakistan to a respectable score of 282/7 in their 50 overs.
Left arm spinner Noor Ahmad was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-49.
In reply, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran got Afghanistan off to a fantastic start. The duo put on 130 runs for the first wicket before the former top edged a delivery from Shaheen Shah Afridi to Usama Mir for 65.
Zadran missed out on a well-deserved century, scoring 87 off 113, which included 10 fours. However Rahmat Shah (77)* along with skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (48)* shared an unbeaten 96 run stand for the third wicket to take Afghanistan to an emphatic 8 wicket win.
Afghanistan will next play Sri Lanka at the MCA Stadium in Pune on October 30.
Afghanistan 286 for 2 (Ibrahim 87, Rahmat 77*, Gurbaz 65, Shahidi 48*, Hasan 1-41) beat Pakistan 282 for 7 (Babar 74, Shafique 58, Noor 3-49, Naveen 2-52) by eight wickets
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