Stokes, Willey key as England beat Pakistan, end World Cup with back-to-back wins

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England ended their 2023 World Cup campaign with back-to-back wins, defeating Pakistan in their final league fixture, in Kolkata on Saturday.

Haris and Bairstow shares a laugh | Sportz Point

Chasing a target of 338 runs, Pakistan were bowled out for 244 in 43.3 overs. David Willey removed Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Zaman early as Pakistan were reduced to 10/2 in the 338-run chase

David Willey roars after dismissing Virat Kohli | Image - Getty

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan did some rebuilding, before Gus Atkinson removed Babar for 38(45). Soon, Moeen Ali struck in the 23rd over to remove Rizwan (36). 

Babar Azam | Rizwan | Sportz Point

David Willey ended up taking a three-wicket haul also his 100th ODI wicket. Other than Shafique and Zaman, he emoved Salam Ali Agha (51). Mohammad Wasim Jr. (16*) set up a final wicket partnership with Haris Rauf (35), but Chris Woakes struck in the 44th over to remove the latter

David Willey | Sportz Point

Earlier, England produced a solid show after opting to bat first against Pakistan. Ben Stokes, who slammed a century in the previous encounter, chipped in with an impactful 76-ball 84 before getting to Shaheen Afridi. 

Ben Stokes | Sportz Point

Root also completed his half-century before getting out for 60(72) against Shaheen, who picked two wickets in his full quota of overs.

Joe Root | Sportz Point

Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan gave England a strong start and added 82 for the first wicket before Iftikhar Ahmed broke the stand in the 14th over.

Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan | Sportz Point