Cricket World Cup 2023: England win toss, opt to bat against Pakistan

England are unchanged but Pakistan brought in spin all-rounder Shadab Khan for seamer Hasan Ali

By Reuters

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England's Jos Buttler and Pakistan's Babar Azam shake hands before the match. Reuters
England's Jos Buttler and Pakistan's Babar Azam shake hands before the match. Reuters

Published: Sat 11 Nov 2023, 12:10 PM

Last updated: Sat 11 Nov 2023, 12:25 PM

England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in what is the final group match for both sides at the 50-overs World Cup at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.

Holders England have already been eliminated, while 1992 champions Pakistan are only mathematically alive in the race for a semi-final place in the showpiece event.

"Nice to break a losing streak, want to leave India with our heads held high," Buttler said referring to their win against the Netherlands in their previous match.

England are unchanged but Pakistan brought in spin all-rounder Shadab Khan for seamer Hasan Ali.

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"We are looking forward to Fakhar's innings, we are enjoying his batting," said Pakistan captain Babar Azam, referring to opener Fakhar Zaman's form.

"We will try our best, and let's see."

India, South Africa, and Australia have made the semi-finals, while New Zealand are likely to join them in the last four.

Playing XIs:

England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler(w/c), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Brydon Carse

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imam-ul-Haq


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