England beat Pakistan by 12 runs in 2nd ODI at the Ageas Bowl

England beat Pakistan by 12 runs in 2nd ODI at the Ageas Bowl
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Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl against England at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton today in the 2nd ODI of the series.

Match Summary

England 373-3 (Jason Roy 87, Jonny Bairstow 51, Eoin Morgan 71*, Jos Buttler 110*)

Pakistan 361-7  (Fakhar Zaman 138, Babar Azam 51, Asif Ali 51, Sarfaraz Ahmed 41*)

Result – England won by 12 runs

Scorecard

Put into bat first, England scored an impressive 373-3 in their 50 overs – mainly thanks to some brilliant batting from Jason Roy 87, Jonny Bairstow 51, Eoin Morgan 71* and Jos Buttler 110*.

In reply, Pakistan just fell short in the run chase scoring  - Fakhar Zaman 138, Babar Azam 51, Asif Ali 51 and Sarfaraz Ahmed all batted superbly to get Pakistan into a winning position, however, at the death, they required 19 off the last over to win, which was just too much, losing out by 12 runs. A thrilling end to great ODI.

Match Report - Salim Parvez

Centurions Jos Butler and Fakhar Zaman star in a run feast at Southampton

In an absorbing limited-overs contest, heavily dominated by the bat, England pulled off a victory through smart bowling and super-athletic fielding in the death overs, to go one up in the five-match ODI series, against Pakistan The difference between the two sides was a mere 12 runs and spectators at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, were treated to a batting feat they will remember for years to come. A real appetizer, prior to the World Cup, kicking off on 30th May.

England with Jos Butler in such devastating form and literally impossible to bowl at on the flattest of the pitches, displayed his full range of explosive strokes. He went about in the fashion that is now expected from him.  One has to admire his ability to despatch good length and yorkers into the crowd, no matter who is bowling to him. His astonishing unbeaten 110 off a mere 55 balls faced included six fours and nine huge sixes. Even by modern standards it was one hell of a batting exhibition. The last five overs of the innings with Butler and skipper Eoin Morgan (unbeaten 71 off 48 balls) having taken full charge of the game, brought 74 runs to the great delight of the crowd.

Earlier having been put into bat, the England top order took a liking to what was on offer. A bland surface that made the Pakistan bowling look predictable and somewhat one-dimensional. Jason Roy (87 off 98 balls) and Jonny Bairstow (51 off 45 balls) set the platform with a 115-run opening stand in 19 overs. None of the Pakistan bowlers looked like making an impact and England continued merrily on their way to crossing the 350 mark for the 35th time since the 2015 World Cup.

Facing a massive England total of 373-3, the Pakistan batsmen too fancied themselves in these batting-friendly conditions. At the half way stage with Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq having confidently opened with 92 runs on the board, the total had sped to 155-1 off 25 overs. Fakhar brought up his 4th ODI hundred in 84 balls, having smashed six fours and four leg-side sixes. On his day he too like Butler for England can be a nightmare for the bowlers. The use of two white balls often means there will be less chance of reverse swing, allowing batsmen to play with more freedom.

England were guilty of bowling repeatedly short and Pakistan after 30 overs had a simple equation of 180 required off 20 overs, with 9 wickets in hand. Fakhar twice played the scoop stroke to near perfection in the fine leg area and eclipsed Ijaz Ahmed’s 137, as the highest individual ODI innings for Pakistan against England. Unlucky to get out caught behind off the toe edge of his bat on a wide delivery after a review from Morgan, his thrilling 138 off 106 balls had given his side a real chance to upset the odds.  His dismissal was a key breakthrough for England in the 33rd over.

Fakhar’s departure was followed by that of Babar who had looked very compact with 51 off 52 balls and now Pakistan had to rebuild their innings all over. Two new batsmen making the tourists’ task even more stiffer and Morgan opting with spin at both ends – Adil Rashid and Moin Ali. Pakistan flags were still waving when 100 were required off 11 overs and seven wickets in hand as it turned into more of a t20 run chase. For best part of thetheir innings Pakistan were ahead of England but were asked to match Butler’s brutal onslaught to go one-up in the series.

Asif Ali two balls after reaching 51 off 34 balls, was caught at long off in over number 46 bowled by David Willey and only four runs coming from it. Asif’s ability to hit over the top, as he showed with four sixes, will come handy in the World Cup. Though Sarfraz Ahmed never gave up whilst compiling an unbeaten 41 off 32 balls, Pakistan had fallen short against Willey’s fuller length that dominated his superb spell of 2-17 off 3 overs in a high-scoring game. 

England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett

Pakistan - Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(c)(wk), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

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