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England vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI: England bring it home with 3-0 series win over Pakistan

England won the 3rd and final ODI against Pakistan by 3 wickets, chasing a record total at Edgbaston today.

Match Summary England vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI

England 332/7 (48 ov)

Pakistan 331/9 (50 ov)

Result – England won by 3 wickets


Match Report - Salim Parvz

England clean sweep despite Babar

England’s three-wicket win against Pakistan, whilst chasing the highest target in an ODI at Edgbaston, is something to cherish for a long time. It gave the second-choice home side to make a statement and provide further evidence of their bench strength.

Having suffered defeats in the first two ODIs at Cardiff and Lord’s Pakistan bowlers, not helped by shoddy fielding, failed to defend their total of 331. On a wicket with consistent bounce, the match was set to be dominated by the bat and it proved that way. Batting first, the second-wicket stand between Imam-ul-Haq (56) and Babar Azam, mindful of batting failures in the present series, started cautiously. Pakistan simply could not afford to hand in the initiative. Imam fell for a laborious 56 off 73 balls in the 26th over but it had given his side a platform.

With 10 overs to go, Pakistan were strongly placed at 227-2 and all set to go beyond 300. It was a chance to redeem themselves for both Babar and Rizwan were well entrenched by now. Rizwan brought up his fifty off 42 balls and was out hooking, down the leg side for a very well-played 74 off 57 balls. His third wicket stand with Babar worth 179 runs in just 20 overs is Pakistan’s best for any wicket against England in ODIs.

Pakistan’s 300 arrived in 46.3 overs with Babar, on his way to adding more to his fluent innings – a career-best ODI. Remarkably he had taken 14 deliveries to get off the mark but received a standing ovation when reaching his maiden 150 off 134 balls. Pakistan captain has added another sublime innings to his glittering career, having taken heavy criticism after two cheap dismissals in his last two outings, each time to Saqib Mahmood. The same bowler picked up 3-60 off his 10 overs today.

Brydon Carse’s five wickets in the death overs restricted the score to 331-9, with Pakistan losing seven wickets in the last five overs and adding 47 runs. Babar was finally caught at third man after hitting 158 (139 balls) with 14 fours and 4 sixes to his credit, in the 50th over. One of his very best white-ball knock.

In their pursuit of a highest-ever run chase in an ODI at this venue, England’s innings kicked off with four sweetly struck boundaries by Phil Salt from Shaheen Afridi’s first over. The right-handed batsmen got his side to a flying start with 50 coming off just 5.1 overs as Pakistan starting to look ragged. At the end of the first power play, England score had sped to 84-2 (13 fours) after 10 overs, compared to Pakistan’s pedestrian 35-1 earlier in the day.

The 100 was reached in 12.1 overs and England captain Ben Stokes faced his first delivery with his side 104-3 after 12.5 overs and a good contest in prospect. Pakistan’s fielding and catching continued to be below international standard as Stokes was missed at deep fine-leg sweeping in Shadab Khan’s first over and again at long-on, couple of overs later. The wrist spinner finally got his man as England were 151-4 after 20 overs but with the required run rate marginally over run-a-ball and still within their reach.

Even with five men down, James Vince was prepared to fight on and play his shots. His two consecutive boundaries brought up England’s 200 in 29.2 overs. In Lewis Gregory he found a perfect ally, who didn’t need any protection and had his own brand of strokes. Suddenly Pakistan were on the back foot and the game slipping away from them.

With target having come down to 62 off the last 10 overs, Pakistan were desperate of wickets and at this stage with Vince-Gregory threatening to take the game away from them. Vince reached his maiden hundred off 91 balls with a perfect pull off Hasan Ali. It was his 11th hit to the fence and with skilful placing of the ball both him and Gregory somehow managed to find the boundary at least once in an over. It helped the run rate to stay under seven all the way. He pulled Haris Rauf for two sixes in the 43rd over but in the same over the 129-run stand was broken with Vince departing for an excellent 102. Gregory’s dismissal left the tail-enders with 28 runs off 35 balls which was achieved with 13 balls still in the bank.

Match Stats

England won the toss and decided to field against Pakistan in the 3rd and final ODI of the series. Pakistan mangaed to have their best showing with the bat, totalling 331/9 in their 50 overs - Babar Azam top scoring with 158 - Brydon Carse 5-61 was the pick of the England bowlers.

Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Fakhar Zaman - 4.4 ov), 2-113 (Imam ul Haq - 25.5 ov), 3-292 (Mohammad Rizwan - 45.5 ov), 4-305 (Sohaib Maqsood - 47.2 ov), 5-309 (Hasan Ali - 47.4 ov), 6-324 (Faheem Ashraf - 48.5 ov), 7-324 (Shadab Khan - 48.6 ov), 8-328 (Babar Azam - 49.2 ov), 9-329 (Shaheen Afridi - 49.4 ov)

In reply, England were in some trouble in the run chase, at 165/5, but James Vince 102 and Lewis Gregory got them to 294 with 7 overs and 38 runs to go.

Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Dawid Malan - 1.2 ov), 2-53 (Philip Salt - 6.1 ov), 3-104 (Zak Crawley - 12.5 ov), 4-151 (Ben Stokes - 19.6 ov), 5-165 (John Simpson - 23.3 ov), 6-294 (James Vince - 42.5 ov), 7-303 (Lewis Gregory - 44.1 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 - Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf



Start Time: 13:00

Toss: England won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Officials: David Millns, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Martin Saggers, Chris Broad

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