England vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI: England win again at Lord’s to take unassailable lead in series
England won the 2nd ODI, at Lord's today, by 52 runs and in doing so, took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series against Pakistan.
England 247/10 (45.2 ov)
Pakistan 195/10 (41 ov)
Result - England won by 52 runs
Match Report - Salim Parvez
England pocket one-day series
Within 48 hours, Pakistan has twice been outclassed by England ODI side that except skipper Ben Stokes featured only fringe players. The home side’s comfortable 52-run win at Lord’s has given them a 2-0 lead with one match to go.
A light drizzle in St John’s Wood, necessitated 12.30 start with the match now reduced to 47-over per side. Pakistan captain Babar Azam, opted to bowl first in the overcast conditions and very rightly so. England’s total of 247 all out in 45.2 overs was built around two significant stands. After losing two early wickets, Phil Salt (60 off 54 balls) and James Vince (56 off 52 balls), took advantage of first batting power play. Their stand at one time kept the run rate above seven runs an over and was worth 97 runs 13.2 overs. It was the introduction of spin that saw Pakistan edging back into the game.
Once they were separated English middle order was shaken by Hasan Ali, who would end up with five wickets for 51 off 9.2 overs, including clean bowling the key man Ben Stokes for 19. Just when everyone expected England will fail to reach 200, an eight-wicket stand worth 69 runs - the highest ever in an ODI at Lord’s by any side – between Lewis Gregory (40) and Brydon Carse (31) was built around common sense approach and it exposed Pakistan’s lack of intensity. Both their bowling and fielding was mostly up to mark but their inability to take control, against inexperienced opposition, was somewhat surprising.
The entire match was played under grey clouds but fortunately the rain stayed away after midday and hence there was no interruption. It is hard to say if these conditions suited just English bowlers, who were far more disciplined than their counterpart. If England’s fringe players have been able to beat Pakistan, with relative ease, how much more one-sided this 3 match ODI series would have been, if all of the senior players been available.
Pakistan batting did not come up to the expectations. It didn’t bode well after the loss of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, early on were just 38-3 in the first power play. Fakhar Zaman’s 10 off 42 balls suggested, if he was being asked to play an anchor role which pushed him, away from his natural game. Sohaib Maqsood, walking in at number six, should not have thrown his wicket to Craig Overton, having smashed two leg side sixes off the same bowler. It was reckless cricket. The two all-rounders -Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf- too departed to tame unwarranted strokes. The run rate was never an issue for Pakistan but lack of commitment meant, Saud Shakeel’s sound 56 (77 balls) did not get enough support to mount a realistic challenge in a run-chase. Hasan Ali in his usual entertaining role, hit three sixes in an over off wrist spinner Matt Parkinson but his 31 off 17 balls, did not change the outcome.
Saqib Mahmood’s six-over opening spell from the pavilion end, was full of pace and well directed. Stokes as captain was on the ball and at one time with Pakistan three down and ball moving both in the air and off the seam, had 4 slips in place. His assertive approach went a long way in strangling Pakistan. Gregory was picked as Player of the Match as he followed a most useful batting contribution with accurate seam bowling that fetched him 3-44 off 8 overs.
England Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Dawid Malan - 1.6 ov), 2-21 (Zak Crawley - 4.1 ov), 3-118 (Philip Salt - 17.3 ov), 4-134 (James Vince - 20.5 ov), 5-156 (Ben Stokes - 25.2 ov), 6-160 (John Simpson - 27.1 ov), 7-160 (Craig Overton - 27.4 ov), 8-229 (Lewis Gregory - 40.3 ov), 9-233 (Brydon Carse - 42.1 ov), 10-247 (Saqib Mahmood - 45.2 ov)
Pakistan Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Imam ul Haq - 1.1 ov), 2-25 (Babar Azam - 4.5 ov), 3-36 (Mohammad Rizwan - 8.3 ov), 4-53 (Fakhar Zaman - 13.5 ov), 5-86 (Sohaib Maqsood - 19.1 ov), 6-115 (Shadab Khan - 24.6 ov), 7-118 (Faheem Ashraf - 27.1 ov), 8-152 (Hasan Ali - 30.5 ov), 9-192 (Saud Shakeel - 39.6 ov), 10-195 (Haris Rauf - 40.6 ov)
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
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Lord's, London
Officials: Alexander Wharf, Richard Illingworth, Michael Gough, David Millns, Chris Broad
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