England pair fined for breaching ICC code in World Cup defeat

Kamran Akmal believes Pakistan must pick Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali for their World Cup clash against England cricket

For a team that prides itself on its fielding, England was ragged throughout Pakistan's innings - the tone set by a misfield from captain Eoin Morgan in the first over. "Jason Roy was found to have breached Article 2.3... which relates to using audible obscenities in an global match", the ICC said in a statement. But their dismissals after reaching hundreds dashed England's hopes.

No side had previously made more batting second to win a World Cup match than Ireland, with 329 for seven against England at Bangalore in 2011. In the games that Pakistan have won, the engine room (batters 1-5) have predominantly constituted 95% of the overall score contribution but against England that percentage dropped down to 81%, making it vital for the tail to wag and making sure Pakistan obtain a competitive score at the end of the 50 over mark.

Moeen eventually had Babar caught by Woakes at long-on for a fine 63 but it failed to abate Pakistan's momentum as they found the boundary ropes easily - captain Sarfaraz and Hafeez sharing an 80-run partnership off just 10 overs. While Pakistan were all out for a paltry 105 at the same venue against the Windies, they posted 348 for 8 against England who beat South Africa by 104 runs in their first game. "In the last series we played here, we were there where we should win a couple of games, but we lost at a crucial stage of the game", man of the match Hafeez told reporters. "We ar every confident, our team is very good and balanced", he further added.

Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) were guiding the favourites towards an imposing target of 349 after Pakistan left England needing a World Cup record chase.

"We knew if we could score 340+ it would very hard to chase down".

"We certainly weren't complacent".

Pakistan's next World Cup match will be against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Friday. If we could have got a substantial partnership earlier, we might have got over the line.