World Cup 2023: England set 338-run target for Pakistan

World Cup 2023: England set 338-run target for Pakistan

Kolkata (Web Desk): England set a target of 338 runs for Pakistan in their last group stage match of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.

After winning the toss, England opted to bat first against Pakistan and scored 337 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in stipulated 50 overs.

England got a flying start with their opening pair between Dawid Malan (39) and Jonny Bairstow (59), with adding 82 runs in 13.3 overs.

Joe Root (60) and Ben Stokes (84) then came in the middle and took the momentum toward them making a 132-run stand between them.

In the late overs, skipper Jos Buttler (27) Harry Brook (30) played cameos to put the team on a high to set the huge target.

Haris Rauf took the highest three wickets for Pakistan while each of Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Wasim Jr got two and Iftikhar got one wicket.

The Green Shirts needed to bowl out the defending champions and chase the target in 3.4 overs. However, the moment Jos Buttler-led side surpassed the 150-run mark, Pakistan practically got eliminated from the mega-event as they needed to surpass New Zealand in net run rate.

Pakistan made one change bringing in Shadab Khan to replace Hasan Ali while England kept the same team that beat the Netherlands by 160 runs in Pune three days ago.

India, South Africa, and Australia have already entered the semi-finals, while New Zealand are likely to join them in the last four.


England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (capt/wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Agha Salman, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf