ENG vs PAK, World Cup 2019: Fakhar, Imam come good after Windies nightmare at Trent Bridge

After being shot out for just 105 against West Indies in its World Cup opener, Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq put up a 82-run stand against host England at Trent Bridge.

Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman got Pakistan off to a solid start against England.   -  GETTY IMAGES

After the humiliation suffered at the hands of West Indies at the same venue on Friday, Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq came good with the bat against host England at Trent Bridge on Monday.

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The openers put up 82 runs in 14.1 overs after being put in to bat in overcast conditions. Both negated the short balls well after being exposed against the Windies when the side was bowled out for just 105 and losing the World Cup opener by seven wickets.

Fakhar fell eventually when Moeen Ali had him stumped for 36 in the 15th over.

The Pakistan openers are the third best opening pair in ODI cricket since the end of the Champions Trophy in 2017 after India's Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma and England's Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. They have scored 1,368 runs in 26 innings with four hundred run stands and six fifty partnerships.

Both Fakhar and Imam slammed centuries against England in the lead up to the World Cup in the five-match series in May.

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