England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets in the 3rd ODI in Bristol
England won the toss and decided to bowl against Pakistan in the 3rd ODI at the Bristol County Ground, Bristol today.
Pakistan 358 - 9 (Imam ul-Haq 151, Asif Ali 52; Chris Woakes 4-67, Tom Curran 2-74)
England 359-4 (Jason Roy 76, Jonny Bairstow 128, Joe Root 43, Moeen Ali 46*)
Result – England won by 6 wickets
Asked to bat first, Pakistan made a competitive Pakistan 358 - 9 in their allotted 50 overs, mainly thanks to a stunning 151 from Imam ul-Haq. Asif Ali 52 also contributed a supporting half century. Chris Woakes 4-67 and Tom Curran 2-74 were the pick of the England bowlers.
In reply, England stormed home in the run chase, winning by 6 wickets and with 5 overs to spare - Jason Roy 76, Jonny Bairstow 128, Joe Root 43 and Moeen Ali 46* doing the damage with the bat.
England go 2-0 up in the series with 2 matches to play.
Match Report - Salim Parvez
The brutality of English batsmen on show at Bristol
England eased to a 6-wicket win against Pakistan in the third ODI between the two sides at Bristol. The home side, once again, showed why they are amongst the best 50-over side in the world, by reaching a challenging target of 359 with plenty to spare. In fact 31 balls were still in the bank, when the winning run was scored to illustrate English domination on a wicket, perhaps a touch unfairly, offering absolutely nothing for any type of bowler. Not sure if the majority of the public would like to see a similar pattern in the forthcoming World Cup in England.
The two English openers, Jason Roy (76 off 55 balls) & Jonny Bairstow (128 off 93 balls) were quickly on to their plan to simply destroy the bowling. The pair, both in ominous touch and ultra aggressive intent of a modern-day batsman, smashed the two new white balls, offering little to helpless bowlers, on a ground with short boundaries. England’s first hundred arriving in just 12.4 overs as Pakistan bowlers were handed punishment that broke their spirits. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, looking clueless and frustrated in all his attempts to stem the rich flow of powerful hits, both to and over the fence. Shortly afterwards, poor Shaheen Afridi brought on for his second spell, went for 20 runs in an over and would go on to concede 83 runs in his 10. A dot ball was nothing short of a gold dust and the crowd was loving it.
A sharp caught-and-bowled offered to Faheem Ashraf by Bairstow on 86, was a rare mistake by England batsman as the total mounted to 172-1 off 20 overs. Perhaps the game was over by then and remarkably the scoring rate was maintained at eight runs an over till the end of the match. ‘Player of the Match’, Bairstow’s seventh ODI ton taking just 74 balls and his innings was as good as he has produced in white-ball cricket in English shirt. He was both brutal and majestic. The Yorkshireman, in prime form with the bat, was also keeping wickets today to give Jos Butler, an opportunity to rest and selectors’ plan to look at all players in the 17-man squad.
Having merrily helped himself to 15 fours and five sixes, Bairstow showed annoyance at dragging a ball on to his stumps, for he could have gone on further but had put his side in a commanding position with 244 for 2 after 30 overs. Sarfraz missed a trick by not having a slip for Ben Stokes, as he was allowed to settle himself and enjoy his time in the middle with fellow left-handed, Moin Ali, who would hoist Junaid Khan for two leg-sided sixes, in the same over. A couple of dropped catches by Imad Wasim and Babar Azam did not help Pakistan cause as white kookaburra balls continued to sail over the boundaries with English batsmen collectively hitting 34 fours and 16 sixes.
Asked to bat first by Eoin Pakistan, in a day-night fixture at Gloucestershire’s home county ground, Pakistan played hard and positive to post a challenging total of 358-9 in 50 overs with Imam-ul-Haq’s 151 at the top of the order. The left-handed opening batsman, nephew of the great Inzamam-ul-Haq, lead the way, with an attractive knock. Imam faced 131 balls and it included 16 sweetly timed fours and a six over long-on off David Willey, who was hit for 86 runs in his 10 overs.
One of Imam’s partners Haris, with a run-a-ball 41 to his name, was casual in his running to gift his wicket away. The big-hitting Asif Ali’s second fifty in a row should ensure his inclusion in Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the World Cup. His 125-run stand for the 5th wicket with Imam in 15 overs and a spirited tail-end contribution was central to Pakistan going beyond the 350 mark and seemingly well placed to level the series.
For the third time in the present series, Pakistan team management took a bold option to sit out the experienced all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik and would not be too displeased with how the young team has done so far against a rampant England side, with two matches at Nottingham and Leeds to follow. Pakistan squad was boosted with the news of its all-rounder Shadab Khan, having recovered sufficiently from hepatitis virus, of joining them in the next two days from Islamabad.
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan(c), Joe Denly, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett
Pakistan - Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(c)(wk), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi
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