Pakistan hit the revival trail to beat England

The world’s most unpredictable cricket team ended a run of 11 straight defeats in one-day internationals by beating top-ranked England by 14 runs in a thriller at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Set 349 to win,  Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) made centuries but couldn’t complete what would have been a record run chase at a World Cup and finished on 334 for nine.

After making their second-lowest World Cup total of 105 in a shambolic opening loss to West Indies, Pakistan made its second-highest score in tournament history of 348 for eight against England, the host nation and favourite.

England also have one win and one defeat, having beaten South Africa on the first day of the World Cup.

England were always struggling to reel in Pakistan, especially after slipping to 118 for four in the 22nd over. A fifth-wicket stand of 130 between Root and Buttler – this World Cup’s first century-makers – brought the team back into the contest but both players fell soon after reaching triple figures.

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