England vs Pakistan: Joe Root 1st player to hit 100 in World Cup 2019
World Cup 2019: Joe Root hit his 15th ODI hundred as England faced a record 349-run chase against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday. No other player has yet scored a hundred in the tournament.
Joe Root became the 1st player to score a hundred in World Cup 2019 as England sought to chase down a World Cup record 349 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday.
In 5 matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup before the England vs Pakistan game, no player had managed to get past the three-figure mark. Ben Stokes (England) and David Warner (Australia) had scored 89 each.
In a high-scoring match at Trent Bridge, England were in early trouble after losing openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow to Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz. England were dealt a further blow after Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes failed in a steep chase.
However, Joe Root held firm and anchored the innings allowing Jos Buttler to explode at the other end.
Joe Root had scored 121 – his maiden World Cup hundred – in 2015 against Sri Lanka. However, England had lost on that occasion after setting Sri Lanka a target of 310.
Root is very different from the rest of his hard-hitting English teammates but his technique has borne fruit in one-day cricket nonetheless. One of the greatest Test players of this generation, Joe Root is spoken of in the same breath as Virat Kohli, David Warner, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson.
In the 5-match ODI series against Pakistan before the start of the World Cup, Joe Root had failed to convert strong starts before hitting a stylish 84 in the final ODI of the series which England won 4-0.
On Monday, Joe Root was dropped on 9 by Babar Azam at the slip cordon.
Root was not going to let that opportunity pass by and produced one of England’s most sterling innings in World Cup history.