England vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez hails 'total team effort' as Sarfaraz Khan and Co clinch impressive win

Mohammad Hafeez saluted Pakistan's total team effort after they stunned hosts England with a 14-run victory over the tournament favourites at Trent Bridge

Agence France-Presse, Jun 04, 2019 08:15:33 IST

Nottingham: Mohammad Hafeez saluted Pakistan's "total team effort" after they stunned hosts England with a 14-run victory over the tournament favourites at Trent Bridge on Monday.

England vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez hails total team effort as Sarfaraz Khan and Co clinch impressive win

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez in action against England. AFP

Hafeez earned the man-of-the-match award for his influential innings of 84 from 62 balls as he punished England for dropping him when he was on 14.

The 38-year-old also took the key wicket of England captain Eoin Morgan, slowing the run chase before Pakistan held on despite centuries for Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

It was a remarkable result for Pakistan, who made 348-8, just days after they were thrashed by the West Indies in their first match of the tournament at the same venue.

On that occasion, Pakistan were bowled out for just 105, but they proved a much tougher against England and Hafeez put that down to the whole squad sticking together and producing their best at key moments.

"Everyone was believing we could do this. We were playing good cricket but not winning crucial stages of the game," he told Sky Sports.

"Everyone chipped in today and gave everything which was required to win the game.

"We needed one winning performance and then everyone contributed accordingly. It was a total team effort. It is a very happy dressing room."

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed echoed Hafeez's assessment of his unpredictable team's against-the-odds triumph and singled out leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

"It was a great team effort. Bowlers bowled really well. We tried a couple of different things. We started with Shadab because we know their openers are not good against spin," he said.

"Fielding is a very important part. In the last ODI series it was different. Today we feel better and we bowl better."

Bitter blow

It was a bitter blow for England after they made a flying start by crushing South Africa in their opening game.

That 104-run win was hailed as proof that England, the ICC's top ranked one-day international side, could win the World Cup for the first time.

Root admitted England had only themselves to blame for an unusually sloppy display featuring dropped catches and careless dismissals.

"Very disappointed if I'm being honest. One thing we have to make sure we don't do is panic and go away from what's been so successful for us," Root said.

"Credit to Pakistan, they played some really good stuff, I thought it was a great game of cricket.

"We probably just left a little too much to do at the end. That's probably my fault."

Insisting England will emerge stronger from their surprise defeat, Root added: "We've been nowhere near our best cricket throughout these two games, so with that still to come we feel like we're in a good place."

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Updated Date: Jun 04, 2019 08:15:33 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254