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Pakistan win over England gives World Cup shot in the arm

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Nottingham: As shocked England were left to dissect why their bowling, catching and fielding had suddenly become so poor, there was a sense of relief among cricketing officials that Pakistan was still well and truly in contention for this World Cup.

The sport's showpiece tournament needs Pakistan and India to be in the mix for as long as possible, and for their fanatical supporters at the ground - and the tens of millions at home - to have much to cheer about.

On the winners' list: Pakistan took care of host nation England overnight.Credit:AP

On this occasion, it came care of Pakistan's 14-run win at Trent Bridge when the home side fell short of securing what would have been a record World Cup chase of 349 to win.

The tit-for-tat cheering and whistling between England and Pakistan supporters on the packed terraces, was what this event is all about, the mood swinging on every shot and wicket - but all........

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