Chris Woakes overtakes Ian Botham to become England’s most successful bowler in World Cups


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Chris Woakes became England’s most successful bowler in World Cups when he surpassed former all-rounder Ian Botham after claiming a single wicket during England’s 93-run win over Pakistan at the iconic Eden Gardens. Woakes’ 31st wicket was the last dismissal of the night as he bowled a slower delivery, Haris Rauf hit it full force trying to clear the boundary but his shot went straight to Ben Stokes the center of the.

In England’s final match against Holland, he equaled Botham’s record of 30 wickets for England, which he picked during his decorated career.

With 29 wickets, right-arm pacer Phil Defreitas holds the second spot while James Andersen who still continues to perform for England in the Test format, has claimed 27 wickets for the Three Lions in the World Cup. Spinner Adil Rashid has 26 wickets to his name while a pacer Mark Wood has 24 wickets.

Coming to the match while chasing a target of 338, David Willey in his last international match, Pakistan batsmen were made to work hard as they had no answer to his quick swinging deliveries. He made the most of the opportunity when he declined Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Azam back to the pavilion for scores of 0 and 1 respectively.

Skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan stitched together a 51-run partnership that powered Pakistan’s innings with hopes of ending it on a positive note.

Rizwan held on to his wicket at the other end along with Saud Shakeel. Another promising but short-lived partnership ended with Rizwan going back to the pavilion. The 25-year-old Gus Atkinson provided the breakthrough to derail Pakistan’s innings by dismissing Babar for 38.

Adil Rashid’s spin baffled Shakeel (29) while Agha Salman‘s promising bank of 51 was brought to an end by Willey. The rest of the batsmen crumbled apart from Shaheen Sha Afridi and Haris Rauf who showed some fight towards the end.

Afridi’s cameo of 25 ended when Atkinson took his second wicket of the night, while Rauf’s fireworks took Pakistan’s score past 200, but his valiant 35-run knock came to an end with Chris Woakes picking up the final wicket.

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