The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is fast been dominated by England and their brilliant catching. Ben Stokes stole the show with what has been dubbed as the 'catch of the tournament' during the opening game of the tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against South Africa at The Oval. However, in England's second game against Pakistan in Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Chris Woakes put up a similar effort as the hosts built pressure on Pakistan. The unlucky victim this time was Imam-ul-Haq, who was nearing a fifty and had put Pakistan on course for a big total. The incident took place on the first ball of the 20th over bowled by Moeen Ali.
Moeen bowled a flighted delivery from round the wicket on off stump, Imam-ul-Haq danced down the track and made some room to loft the delivery inside out to wide long off. Chris Woakes ran to his right and kept his eyes on the ball, dived full length to his right and plucked a stunning catch with both hands.
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Moeen has his second wicket as Woakes makes terrific ground to catch Ul-Haq in the deep
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In the game against South Africa, Adil Rashid bowled a flighted delivery outside off and Andile Phehlukwayo dragged the slog sweep to deep midwicket. The left-hander had made good contact and it looked like the ball would sail over for a six. However, Stokes had other ideas. Perched near the boundary, jumped backwards and took a one-handed catch near the boundary to send Phehlukwayo back for 24. The cricketing world went berserk with Stokes’ catch and England made a big statement with a resounding 104-run win against South Africa.
Pakistan started their campaign on a horrendous note with a big loss against the West Indies in Trent Bridge. The batsmen could not cope with the pace and bounce of the West Indies side and they were bundled out for 105. West Indies romped home to a seven-wicket win. England have been the red-hot favourites heading into the contest against Pakistan, having recently won a five-match ODI series against them 0-4, with one game being abandoned at The Oval due to a no-result.
Pakistan have not secured a victory in their last 12 ODIs while England, while chasing in ODIs, have won 17 out of 20 games with two games getting abandoned due to a no-result and one match being tied. The tied match took place at Trent Bridge and it involved Sri Lanka with Woakes smashing 95 and Liam Plunkett hammering a last ball six off Nuwan Pradeep to reach 286.