Pakistan ended their losing streak against tournament favorites and hosts England and sent a warning sign for rest of the teams to not lower their guards against them just yet. Having bamboozled by the West Indies short-ball attack, Pakistan openers stood tall against England and provided a solid start for the team.
In doing so, openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman set the new world record for Pakistan in the World Cup. Pakistan scored 69 runs without losing a wicket during the first ten overs, after being asked to bat first by England in their second match of 2019 World Cup.
This was Pakistan's highest score in the first 10 overs in World Cup matches, since the quarter-final against India in Bangalore in 1996. Moreover, this score was also the highest score of the tournament after 10 overs by a team who is batting first and the first time a team batting first has not lost a wicket in the first Powerplay.