Pakistan All Out For 241 As England Chase Series Win
Pakistan (Fawad Alam 64, Anderson 3-26) v England
3rd One-Day International, The Oval
Fawad Alam scored 64 and James Anderson took three wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 241 in the third One-Day International against England at The Oval.
On a pitch that looked good for batting, England, with a sixth series win of the summer in their sights, again performed well in the field to keep Pakistan to a manageable total.
The tourists won the toss and chose to bat but were quickly in trouble when James Anderson had Mohammad Hafeez (1) caught by Steven Davies and Kamran Akmal was bowled by Tim Bresnan via his thigh pad for five.
When Mohammad Yousuf was trapped in front by Anderson for ten, the ball possibly going over the top, Pakistan were at 31 for three but they recovered partially thanks to Asad Shafiq's 40 and Alam's 64 - his third ODI half-century.
Spinners Graeme Swann (1-53) and Michael Yardy (1-42) then dismissed Shafiq and Alam respectively and it took innings of 34 in 29 balls from Shahid Afridi and 31 in 24 from Abdul Razzaq to get Pakistan past 200 as Anderson trapped Saeed Ajmal in front for two to return figures of three for 26.
Afridi was run out in slightly bizarre circumstances when, having turned his back on a throw from Swann, he failed to react quickly enough after the ball clipped his bat and hit his stumps with him short of his ground.
Stuart Broad, who had Razzaq caught by Anderson, was the other England bowler to take a wicket.
England lead the five-match series 2-0 following wins by 24 runs and four wickets at Chester-le-Street and Headingley respectively.
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