With a victory, England finally put an end to their dismal performance in the current ODI World Cup, 2023.
They triumphed over Pakistan by a commanding 93-run score in their most recent match, which took place on Saturday, November 11, at Kolkata's famous Eden Gardens. Given that neither team had much chance of finishing in the top four, the match was more of a dead rubber.
In the meantime, Pakistan finished the tournament with a loss and was declared out in the seventh over of the second innings of play. Following their elimination, New Zealand guaranteed a semi-final berth and will take on India on November 15 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
England chose to bat first since their hitters outperformed Pakistan's potent bowling attack. Jonny Bairstow, the opener, scored 59 runs off the bat. Ben Stokes hit 84 runs off 76 balls to lead England to 337 in their allocated 50 overs, while Joe Root also played some excellent knocks to amass 60 runs off 72 balls.
Chasing a target of 338 runs, Pakistan lost wickets at quick intervals. Pakistan lost Abdullah Shafique (0), Fakhar Zaman (1), Babar Azam (38), Mohammad Rizwan (36), Saud Shakeel (29), Agha Salman (51), Iftikhar Ahmed (3), Shadab Khan (4), Shaheen Shah Afridi (25) and Haris Rauf (35) to English bowlers. Only Mohammad Wasim remained unbeaten at 16. The whole batting collapsed at 244 in 43.3 overs.
Brief Scores: England 337/9 in 50 overs (Ben Stokes 84, Joe Root 60; Haris Rauf 3-64) beat Pakistan 244 in 43.4 overs (Agha Salman 51, Babar Azam 38; David Willey 3-56, Adil Rashid 2-55) by 93 runs