Joe and Jos Shine in Defeat

Trent Bridge – Joe Root and Jos Buttler raised English spirits in the second World Cup group game vs. Pakistan. While Pakistan won by 14 runs both scored centuries and put England in a potential winning position.

If Ben Stokes was one of the stars in the match vs South Africa, it was the turn of Joe and Jos to shine at Trent Bridge.

England were on the back foot at 118-4 when Jos joined Joe in the 21st over.

Chasing Pakistan’s total of 348-8, the Phoenix Management Group family members shared a 130-run 5th wicket partnership. While Joe and Jos were together, England’s supporters were increasingly hopeful of victory.

Joe made his 16th ODI century, scoring 107 off 104 balls (10 fours, 1 six). His knock gave the innings solidity and allowed Jos to play with his bag of batting tricks. Jos added 103 off 76 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) and completed his 9th ODI century.

When Jos was the 6th batter out with the score on 288, Pakistan regained the initiative. When the last ball was bowled England were left adrift on 334-9.

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