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England vs Pakistan, 1st ODI: England race to emphatic win over Pakistan

England completed a comprehensive 9 wicket win over Pakistan today,  in the 1st ODI of the series , at Sophia Gardens Cardiff.

Match Summary

England 142/1 (21.5 ov)

Pakistan 141/10 (35.2 ov)

Result - England won by 9 wickets




Match Report – Salim Parvez - Saqib stars in England triumph

England were forced to take the field with five debutantes and a new captain Ben Stokes, due to positive covid-19 testing in their ODI squad. It still didn’t stop them recording an overwhelming 9-wicket victory against Pakistan at Cardiff, in the first of the three-match series. A low scoring match only lasted 57.1 overs as David Malan (68 not out) and Zak Crawley (58 not out), took their side to victory with considerable ease.

Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a terrible start with Imam-ul-Haq and skipper Babar Azam, both out without scoring to Saqib Mahmood, in the first over of the day. A run-out of Sohaib Maqsood (19), who reminded one of the great Inzamam-ul-Haq with an effortless six over extra cover, at the score of 79 in the 19th over, reflected England’s complete control. The top-order Pakistan batsmen had not been able to put together any substancial innings. Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman tried his best with fluent strokeplay but having reached 47, he was the sixth man out and the score was 90-6 now. All-rounder Shadab Khan with 30 was the only other who defied the English attack but it didn’t change much on a gloomy afternoon for the tourists. Pakistan 141 all out in 35.2 overs, were out of contest. Saqib’s 4-42 off 10 overs, won him the Player of the Match award.

Pakistan team management will be disappointed by today’s outcome for they were playing against a side, largely made up of fringe England players. Today’s result has proved the depth of England ODI squad and exposed the tourists’ batting line-up in challenging conditions. Had Pakistan been able to bat the whole of their 50 overs, their total could have been in the region of 230 but it wasn’t to be. A disciplined bowling and proactive leadership of Stokes were the highlights of the match.

Match Highlights

England won the toss and decided to field, at Sophia Gardens Cardiff, today against Pakistan who score an unimpressive 141 all out in just over 35 overs - Fakhar Zaman (47) top scored and Saqib Mahmood 4-42, Matthew Parkinson 2-28 and Craig Overton 2-23 were the stars with the ball for England.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Imam ul Haq - 0.1 ov), 2-0 (Babar Azam - 0.3 ov), 3-17 (Mohammad Rizwan - 3.2 ov), 4-26 (Saud Shakeel - 6.6 ov), 5-79 (Sohaib Maqsood - 18.3 ov), 6-90 (Fakhar Zaman - 21.5 ov), 7-101 (Faheem Ashraf - 26.2 ov), 8-123 (Hasan Ali - 29.3 ov), 9-134 (Shadab Khan - 33.3 ov), 10-141 (Shaheen Afridi - 35.2 ov)


In reply, England romped home to a emphatic 9 wicket win – Dawid Malan 68* and Zak Crawley 58* top scoring and the not out batsmen.

Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Philip Salt - 4.1 ov)




Playing Xis

England - Philip Salt, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes(c), John Simpson(wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson

Pakistan - Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf


Match Detials


Start Time: 13:00

Toss: England won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff

Officials: Alexander Wharf, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, David Mills, Chris Broad

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