England Wrap Up Series With Comfortable Victory
England 256-6 (Morgan 107no, Shoaib Akhtar 3-40) beat
Pakistan 135 (Kamran Akmal 41, Broad 3-24) by 121 runs
Fifth One-Day International, The Rose Bowl
Eoin Morgan scored a vital unbeaten 107 before Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann took three wickets apiece to set up a comprehensive 121-run win for England over Pakistan in the decisive fifth and final One-Day International at The Rose Bowl.
Morgan's innings guided England to a score of 256 for six and Pakistan were then bowled out for 135, falling away dramatically after making a good start with the bat as England wrapped up the series 3-2.
Morgan's fourth ODI century, an innings full of class and invention, helped England recover from 47 for three to post a competitive score as he shared a 93-run partnership with Paul Collingwood (47) for the fourth wicket and an explosive stand of 54 in less than five overs with Tim Bresnan at the end of the innings.
After England won the toss and chose to bat, it was Pakistan who made the better start, Mohammad Hafeez having Steve Davies (17) stumped before Shoaib Akhtar bowled Jonathan Trott for three and having tormented Andrew Strauss with a consistent spell outside off stump, he finally had him caught by Kamran Akmal for 25.
Shoiab later had Luke Wright bowled for one ot return three for 40 and England were at various points in some trouble as first Paul Collingwood had to retire ill suffering from a migraine and then Ian Bell (28) strained a groin and had to use a runner.
Throughout it all, Morgan held his nerve, hitting eight fours and a six late on during his 101-ball knock, accelerating devastatingly towards the end of the 50 overs.
Kamran Akmal (41) and Mohammad Hafeez (29) then raced to a half-century partnership in reply before two wickets in two balls from Broad checked their progress. Hafeez was superbly caught by a diving Collingwood at backward point and Asad Shafiq edged to Davies.
Akmal was then unluckily given out leg before to Luke Wright having edged the ball and soon after, the introduction of Swann turned the game decisively in England's favour.
He produced three sharp turning deliveries to bowl Fawad Alam (1), Mohammad Yousuf (20) and Shahid Afridi (0), the latter also departing for a golden duck.
Nothing was going Pakistan's way, illustrated beautifully when Umar Akmal connected with a drive only to be caught and bowled by Collingwood for 19.
They then quickly subsided to the inevitable when Umar Gul (6) and Saaed Ajmal (1) were run out and Akhtar chipped a catch to Morgan as Broad finished with figures of three for 24 to Swann's three for 26.
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