The ICC World Cup 2023 has been a rollercoaster ride for England. They started the tournament as one of the favorites, but they struggled throughout the group stage. However, they managed to finish the tournament on a high note with a decisive win over Pakistan.
A Match to Remember
England’s win over Pakistan was a dominant performance from start to finish. They won the toss and chose to bat first, and they posted a massive total of 337 for 9. Pakistan eventually got bowled out for 244 runs, never looking like they could chase that score.
England’s Batting Prowess
England’s batting performance was led by Jason Roy, who scored a brilliant 126. Ben Stokes’ 51 and Jos Buttler’s 63 provided Roy with plenty of assistance.
Pakistan’s batting performance was poor, and they were never able to get into the game. Babar Azam was the top scorer for Pakistan with 66, but he was the only batsman to score a half-century.
Champions Trophy Berth Secured
England’s win over Pakistan secured their place in the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament. Pakistan will host the six-team competition known as the Champion’s Trophy in 2025. England will be one of the favorites to win the tournament.
Pakistan faced an uphill battle.
Pakistan began their World Cup campaign with a defeat to India, but they went on to win seven of their next eight matches to put themselves in contention for a semi-final berth. However, they needed to beat England by 287 runs to qualify for the semi-finals.
Pakistan’s poor batting performance
Pakistan was bowled out for just 244 in response to England’s 337/9, which severely hurt their chances of making it to the semi-finals. The top order of the Pakistan team failed to fire, with only one batsman reaching double figures.
England’s dominant performance
Indeed, Captain Jos Buttler’s outstanding 110 not out helped set the stage for England’s triumph. Chris Woakes, who claimed four wickets for 35 runs, provided Buttler with excellent support.
Finally, England’s win over Pakistan was a fitting end to their World Cup campaign. They finished the tournament in fifth place, but they will be looking forward to the Champions Trophy next year. Pakistan, on the other hand, will be disappointed to have missed out on a semi-final berth, but they will be looking to bounce back in the next year’s Champions Trophy.