England set 251 runs target against Pakistan in final warm-up
SYDNEY (92 News) – England have set 251 runs target against Pakistan in final warm-up match at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the countdown to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 continues to build up.
Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bat in the warm-up match against Pakistan.
England batsman Joe Root played a marvelous 85 runs innings on 86 balls while Gary Ballance scored 57 runs on 81 balls. Chris Jordan remained not out for 31 runs.
Pakistani leg break spin bowler Yasir Shah clinched three wickets, Sohail Khan sent two batsmen back to the pavilion while Shahid Afridi, Ehsan Adil and and Wahab Riaz managed to grab one wicket each. During the match Muhammad Irfan has been rested for the game.
Pakistan will play their first game of the World Cup against India on February 15.
England squad: 1 Moeen Ali, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wkt), 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Tredwell, 11 James Anderson
Pakistan squad: 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Sohaib Maqsood, 6 Haris Sohail, 7 Umar Akmal (wkt), 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Yasir Shah, 11 Ehsan Adil, 12 Sohail Khan