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Root scores first hundred of 2019 World Cup


Nottingham (United Kingdom) (AFP)

England's Joe Root scored the first hundred of the 2019 World Cup when he reached three figures against Pakistan in a group game at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Root completed his 15th one-day international century in 97 balls, including nine fours and a six, with a quick single off Wahab Riaz.

But it would have been a different story had he not been dropped on nine by diving slip Babar Azam off left-arm fast bowler Riaz.

Root was dismissed for 107, caught by Mohammad Hafeez off the bowling of Shadab Khan, leaving England 248 for five.

England were chasing a target of 349, which would be the highest total by a team batting second to win a World Cup match were they to achieve it, after Pakistan made 348 for eight.

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