England critical with Pakistan’s ball handling
Following the win in the tournament opener, England took on Pakistan in their second group stage game in Nottingham. Pakistan batted first and scored a giant total of 348 for the loss of 8 wickets in the allocated 50 overs with the winning contributions from the top five batsmen.
In reply, the hosts were unable to chase down the total and felt 15 runs short of the target and that gave a 14 run victory for Pakistan. With this win, Pakistan have started their points table account.
After a loss to Pakistan, the host team is not happy with the way their opponents handled the match ball during their innings and the skipper Eoin Morgan himself has made some comments as it was a bit unacceptable the way Pakistan players handled the match 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 England captain Eoin Morgan.
“They emphasised 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,” he added.
Both England and Pakistan were told off by the umpires for throwing the ball into the wicket-keeper on the bounce, a tactic often used to scuff up the ball and extract reverse swing.
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