England suffered their first defeat in the 2019 World Cup after they failed to chase down the steep target of 349 against Pakistan. Speaking in the aftermath of the 14-run loss, England skipper Eoin Morgan lamented the sloppy fielding on display by his troops.
“We were outfielded and that was the difference. Our performance will go up and down but our fielding was below par. That should remain constant,” he said. He also commended Pakistan for putting up a strong show in all three departments of the game.
England were found guilty of frequent fielding errors during the Pakistan innings that proved to be too costly in the end. Jason Roy dropped a sitter offered by Pakistan’s top-scorer Mohammad Hafeez when he was on 14, before he made full use of the slip-up and punished the English bowling attack.