England irritated by Pakistan’s ball handling in cranky World Cupcontest at the Trent Bridge. Jos Buttler inspected the ball after his dimissal at 103 by Mohammad Amir.
England and Pakistan faced each other in a World Cup Classic at Trent Bridge on Monday. The hosts and the number one side of the format suffered a 14-run loss at the hands of Pakistan. Pakistan entered the contest with 11 consecutive losses in ODIs. However, the most recent one, they faced at the hands of West Indies in which The Greens scored the lowest total of the World Cup.
The Champions Trophy holders batted first. They ended up scoring a massive total of 348 for 8. The Professor, Mohammad Hafeez was the top scorer for his side with 84 off 62 deliveries. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad and Babar Azam, both contributed well towards the total.
On the other hand, England had a poor start and lost wickets regularly. However, Joe Root and Jos Buttler, scored centuries and added 130 runs for the fifth wicket to minimize the chase. But Pakistan took both these batsmen in a quick succession and finished the hosts on 334-9 to register a historic win.
Furthermore, the hosts were super angry with the way Pakistan’s ball handling. Pakistan players constantly threw the ball on rough patches in order to extract reverse swing. However, England themselves had tried the same tactic as both teams were given warnings by on-field umpires. Both the sides were told to throw the ball into the wicket-keeper on the bounce. But the hosts got frustrated with Pakistan when they tried to change the state of the ball. Buttler, in fact, even inspected the ball after his dismissal at 103.
Morgans view on the handling of the ball:
“There were discussions throughout the whole of the two innings. The umpires came to me, mid-innings, and seemed to think that we were throwing the ball in on the bounce too much or it was being over exaggerated,” said Morgan in the post-match conference. “They emphasized it would be the same for both. It was really about us then… that conversations that were stopping the game were that Pakistan were doing the same thing. Jos was just intrigued to see the ball. When the ball is hit against the LED advertising boards it does scuff it up quite a lot so we he was just interested to see if one side was tougher than the other, natural or unnatural.”
Watch the highlights of the match here.