Resurgent Pakistan team announced themselves in the World Cup by living up to its unpredictable billing against tournament favorites England, just three days after losing to world number eight West Indies in their first game of the tournament.
Pakistan was in dire need of getting back to the winning ways after losing 11 ODI’s match consecutively and the pressure was mounting on the captain Sarfaraz and the team.
However, the ‘Green Shirts’ did what they do best and that is doing the unthinkable. Speaking in the post-match interview, captain Sarfaraz said that the openers did a good job in forming a foundation.
Moreover, he admitted that they tried different things like giving leg-spinner, Shadab Khan the new ball, knowing that their openers struggle against spin. The win provided a much-needed morale booster to the team for the matches ahead.
“I think it's a great team effort. Fakhar and Imam started well. The match starts at 10.30pm and the first ten overs is important. They got a good start and that's why we got 350. We tried a few different things - we started with Shadab because they weren't good against spinners. Fielding is an important part and it was the main difference. This gives a lot of confidence to the team,” Sarfaraz said.