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Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay – England 444/3 decimate Pakistan bowlers in charge led by Alex Hales

England's Alex Hales
England's Alex Hales
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August 30, 2016 - After two relatively low-scoring ODIs on the Pakistan tour of England in 2016, England pulled out all stops in the third match of the series on a batting beauty at Trent Bridge.

 

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, England were already past 30 when Jason Roy was dismissed on the second ball of the sixth over. Post that, it was nothing short of carnage as Alex Hales and Joe Root added 248 runs for the second wicket.

Hales, who had been under some pressure after his low scores in tests and outburst at the umpire at The Oval, set aside any doubts of his red-ball from affecting his white-ball credentials as he went hammer and tongs with 171 off 122 deliveries with 22 fours and 4 sixes, batting at a strike rate of over 140.

When he became the batsman to score the highest individual runs in an ODI for England, getting past Robin Smith's unbeaten 167 against Australia in 1993, he still had enough time to become the first English batsman to score an ODI double century and more, but he perished in an attempt to up the ante, trapped in front of the sticks by Hasan Ali, who was the best bowler for Pakistan, conceding 74 runs off his 10 overs, while picking up two wickets.

Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah were also expensive, giving away runs at around 8 RPO, but it was Wahab Riaz who had the worst day of them all. Riaz conceded 110 runs from 10 oves without picking up a wicket, falling just short of one of the most unwanted ODI records.

 

 

His figures could have looked a lot different. Riaz had Alex Hales caught at square leg on 72 and then bowled Buttler, but both turned out to be no-balls. Some atrocious fielding from Pakistan did not help either.

After Hales' dismissal, it was time for Jos Butler and Eoin Morgan to make merry. Buttler, who already had the record for the fastest hundred for England off 46 balls in Dubai, got to his 50 with four sixes off five deliveries off Shoaib Malik. Eoin Morgan blasted a 27-ball 57, getting to his half-century in 24 balls.

While getting past Sri Lanka's record of 443/9 as the highest total in ODIs seemed a mere formality by the 45th over, England almost missed it as both Buttler and Morgan found it almost impossible to connect well in the last over, bowled by Hasan Ali. A swipe through covers from Buttler on the last ball saw England achieve the feat.

Understandably, Pakistan struggled to compete as they were bowled out for 275, but not before Mohammad Amir scored a 22-ball 50, the highest score by a No 11 in ODIs. Sharjeel Khan also scored a rapid half-century, but to no avail.

Eoin Morgan said after the record-breaking 169-run win: "A momentum knock from Alex Hales on his home ground, our innings was based around that, not to undermine Joe Root's part in that. He's shaped up well and more often than not has kept a really good attitude. The records are hugely important, we are not just a side that likes batting second. We probably have a group of 17 or 18 players who have played in the last year or so and could have played. The success of the international team is driving all of that."

England took only two years to better their record when they raced to 481/6 against Australia in June 2018 at the same venue.

 

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