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It was a magnificent win - Eoin Morgan

It was a magnificent win - Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan lauded the partnership between James Taylor and Jos Buttler after their victory against Pakistan in third ODI.
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England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan hailed his team's six-wicket victory in the third One-Day International against Pakistan on Tuesday as a "magnificent win".

Going into the third ODI with the series level at 1-1, England bowled out Pakistan for 208 runs and then chased down the target with nine overs to spare.

With the victory, England have now taken an unassailable 2-1 lead and will be pressing for a series victory in the fourth and final ODI.

Extremely satisfied with England’s victory, Morgan is expecting a similar performance from his team in the fourth ODI.

"It was a magnificent win, we look to the next game to go on and win the series; we've earned the right to do that so hopefully we can produce another performance like that," Morgan said.

"The performance was hugely satisfying.”

Despite the low target, the slow nature of the surface meant that England had to approach the game with caution as the spinners were getting some assistance from the pitch.

England were reduced to 93 for four at one stage but James Taylor and Jos Buttler put on an unbeaten 117-run partnership to see the team home.

Taylor scored a measured half-century in an innings laced with six boundaries and two sixes, earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Morgan highlighted that the match-winning partnership between Taylor and Buttler is a huge boost for the team especially with the kind of positive approach England have adopted.

“I think one of the most pivotal things in the performance was the chase, the pitch turned a lot more than we expected it to," he said.

"I thought the partnership between Buttler and Taylor was outstanding.

“It's a huge step forward for us, particularly our middle order and our batting unit having absolute clarity in what we were doing and playing in the positive way in which we're trying to improve the way we play all the time.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali is disappointed at his team’s batting collapse, which saw them reduced from 132 for two to being bowled out for 208.

"Things were going pretty well," he said.

“The start was good until we lost a few wickets, then the run outs happened.

“I agree that the running between the wickets was not good.

"As a team we are in the process of settling down.”

Facing a must-win situation in the fourth ODI, Ali is hoping to get the team selection right in order to win the final game and square the series at 2-2.

"Definitely when a team loses it is not a good feeling.

“And when the doubts sink in then it is not a good feeling for the team and the country as well.

“I am part of the team selection.

“The last match is a must-win game for us.

“We will select the team based on the best eleven who can help us win the match."

The last time Pakistan won a bilateral ODI series in the United Arab Emirates was in December 2013 when they beat Sri Lanka 3-2.

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