Pakistan desperately required a win to rejuvenate their chances at this year’s World Cup. Coming into the match at the back of a horrendous run of form that saw them lose 11 games on the trot, Pakistan needed something special to defeat tournament favorites and hosts England.
Alas, it all clicked at the right moment for the Men in Green, as their much talked about top order got in on the act and piled on runs against the English bowlers. While Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam led the way with fluent half-centuries, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman also significantly contributed to the healthy opening stand.
This match also marked only the 3rd instance in World Cup history for Pakistan, when their top 4 players have made 35+ runs each in an innings. This surge in the form of the batters was the driving force behind Pakistan’s charge in the latter stages, that allowed them to post their second-highest total in World Cup games.