Everyone believed we can do it: Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan stun England

first_img graphs view more view less commentary Everyone believed we can do it: Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan stun EnglandMohammad Hafeez starred with bat and ball as Pakistan registered their first win of World Cup 2019 by beating hosts and favourites England in Nottingham on Monday. No data available!center_img scorecard advertisement Rohan Sen NottinghamJune 4, 2019UPDATED: June 4, 2019 00:05 IST Mohammad Hafeez played a crucial role in Pakistan’s 14-run win over England in Nottingham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan (348/8) beat England (334/9) by 14 runs in NottinghamMohammad Hafeez top-scored with 84 runs and picked up a wicket for PakistanThe win also snapped Pakistan’s 11-match losing streak in ODI cricketPakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez produced an all-round effort with bat and ball to script a 14-run win for his team against England in Nottingham as the Men in Green bounced back in style in the World Cup 2019.Hafeez was his side’s top scorer with 84 off 62 balls, while Babar Azam made 63 and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed belted a quickfire 55 as Pakistan posted 348 for 8 after being put into bat. Hafeez then chipped in with the crucial wicket of England captain Eoin Morgan as Pakistan stopped England at 334 for 9 in 50 overs.Speaking after the game, Hafeez said the team never stopped believing in themselves during the second innings when Joe Root and Jos Buttler were going great guns during their 130-run partnership for the fifth wicket.Root (107) and Buttler (103) both scored hundreds but once they fell, the English batting collapsed with Wahab Riaz finishing with 3 wickets while Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan picked up two apiece.”Everyone believed we can do this. We’re really happy and everyone chipped in, taking the task and giving everything. To be honest, we were very confident and we had a good meeting together. We just needed one winning performance. It was a total team effort,” Hafeez said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.The win also snapped Pakistan’s 11-match losing streak which also included the 4-0 loss against England in the ODI series just prior to the World Cup.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also heaped praise on his team and called it a total team effort.”I think it’s a great team effort. Fakhar and Imam started well. The match starts at 10.30pm and the first ten overs is important. They got a good start and that’s why we got 350. We tried a few different things – we started with Shadab because they weren’t good against spinners. Fielding is an important part and it was the main difference. This gives a lot of confidence to the team,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.advertisementAlso Read | England vs Pakistan Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan keep calm to upset England in high-scoring thrillerAlso Read | Jos Buttler hits England’s fastest World Cup 100Also Read | England vs Pakistan: Joe Root 1st player to hit 100 in World Cup 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mohammad HafeezFollow England vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

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International community must unite to support negotiated end to Syria crisis –

At least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. Earlier this week, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, stated that a political solution to end the crisis is necessary and still possible.“If we genuinely unite behind the Joint Special Representative for Syria and behind one process, based on the rejection of violence in favour of dialogue and a peaceful democratic transition, it is still possible to avert the worst-case scenario and enable a reconciled and stable Syria to emerge from this tragedy,” Mr. Ban told the fourth meeting of the Group of Friends of Syria. In his message to the meeting, which was held in Marrakech, Morocco, and attended by the Deputy Joint Special Representative, Nasser Al-Kidwa, Mr. Ban warned that a military solution to the crisis will not end the violence, which has escalated in recent weeks. “Left to themselves, the current dynamics risk the disintegration of Syrian state institutions and full-fledged civil war, with widespread killings along ethnic and confessional lines,” he warned. “Syria could be plunged into a destructive spiral from which recovery will be hard and long, with dangerous consequences for the entire region. “Building a free and democratic Syria will require negotiations and genuine political dialogue. The formation of a new coalition of the opposition is an important step in the right direction and can help create the conditions for a comprehensive and inclusive political process,” he added. Mr. Ban noted the broad representation of Syrian leaders at today’s meeting, and stressed that a durable solution to the crisis must be led and owned by Syrians working together in a spirit of inclusive dialogue and mutual understanding so all Syrians – Sunnis, Alawites, Christians, Druze, Shiites, Kurds, Assyrians and Armenians alike – can enjoy their full human rights. “The international community has an obligation to help you build a democratic future,” he said. “The United Nations stands ready to facilitate. But we can only succeed if all sides engage positively, with the support of the international community, in particular the Security Council.”The Secretary-General also drew attention to the fact that the situation in the country has deteriorated “dramatically” and has become more militarized, with continued large-scale human rights violations. He added that, with the onset of winter, potentially four million men, women and children inside Syria will need humanitarian assistance before the New Year. While commending the generous assistance and provided by host governments to the Syrians who have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, Mr. Ban said the international community needs to do more to help these countries address the growing impact of the refugee crisis. He also urged the international community to exert immediate and sustained pressure on all parties to respect international humanitarian and human rights law. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than half a million Syrian refugees have now been registered or are awaiting registration in four neighbouring countries – Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey – and North Africa.The agency said the numbers are currently climbing by more than 3,000 per day, and the total number of refugees could increase to 700,000 by the end of the year. Inside Syria, UNHCR reported that about 250,000 internally displaced people in Homs urgently need winter supplies and access to basic health services. The agency delivered urgent winter aid including quilts, sleeping mats, blankets, mattresses and sanitary supplies to thousands of displaced people over the last two weeks.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) notes that food insecurity is on the rise in Syria and that the distribution of its monthly food rations has been affected by lack of funds. In November, WFP dispatched food rations for more than 1.3 million people in all governorates, and it hopes to reach 1.5 million people in December.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that nationwide electricity cuts and fuel shortages have affected people’s access to cooking, heating and telecommunications. The delivery of humanitarian aid has also been affected as fuel shortages have caused delays to aid convoys. read more

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