Pakistan vs England: Hosts Go 2-0 Up In ODI Series

Imam Ul Haq’s 151 in vain as England go 2-0 up in ODI series against Pakistan

Pakistan vs England is never a dull encounter. The visitors were put into bat in ideal conditions. They managed to score over 350 runs in the 50 overs. The opener scored over 150 runs, nearly everyone except the captain scored at more than run a ball. Yet Pakistan couldn’t win the third ODI against England at Bristol because the hosts came better prepared and took all by surprise.

“Pakistan managed to score 358 runs for the loss of 9 wickets against England”

Thanks to the monumental century by Imam ul Haq (151 off 131 balls) and a gutsy half-century by Asif Ali (52 off 43 balls), Pakistan managed to score 358 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Chris Woakes was the most successful bowler for the hosts with 4 wickets including that of the dangerous Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam.

Bowling short and mostly wayward

Chasing a huge 359 run target, the hosts began their innings in clinical fashion with neither Jason Roy nor Jonny Bairstow in the mood to go easy on the Pakistani bowlers. Besides Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan, who went for 55 and 57 runs in their respective 8 overs, the rest went for over 8 runs per over. Bowling short and mostly wayward. Whenever there was a chance of a catch it was floored.

Eoin Morgan (17 not out off 12 balls) demolished the already demoralized Pakistani bowling

The English openers managed 159 runs in 17.3 overs for the first wicket with Roy contributing a 55-ball 76; Bairstow’s innings came to an end after his dismissal by Junaid Khan for 128 in the 29th over. However, by then, the hosts had scored 234 runs. Joe Root (43 off 36 balls, Ben Stokes 37 off 38 balls), Moeen Ali (46 not out off 36 balls) and Eoin Morgan (17 not out off 12 balls) demolished the already demoralized Pakistani bowling as England managed to reach the target in the 45th over for the loss of just 4wickets.

Afridi looked clueless in the field as he dropped a crucial catch and bowled short

Shaheen Afridi’s bowling reminded the fans of the game of Wahab Riaz who also used to go at 8 runs per over, but he usually took wickets. Shaheen Afridi looked clueless in the field. He dropped a crucial catch and bowled short. So did Faheem Ashraf who seems to be on a self-destructive mission ahead of the World Cup. He went for 75 runs in his 9 overs and couldn’t use the conditions to his advantage. Costing Pakistan another match and helping England to a 2-0 unbeatable lead in the five-match series.

Staff Reporter

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