Eng v Pak ODI : Eng decimate Pak in 1st ODI with a 2nd string team
After all the confusion and frantic developments due to the covid pandemic hitting 7 members of England original squad, the England makeshift XI comes out with an absolutely clinical performance to blow away full-strength Pakistan by 9 wickets in the opening ODI
Pakistan send in to bat 1st was rocked early in the first over by Saqib Mahmood who had Imam ul Haq lbw and then got the prized wicket of Babar Azam as he edged on to 2nd slip. Pakistan 0/2. Eng v Pak ODI : Eng decimate Pak in 1st ODI with a 2nd string team.
From there the Pakistan batting never really recovered. Soon Mohammad Rizwan was caught behind off a beautiful delivery from Gregory. Fakkar Zaman showed resistance with a polished knock of 47 off 67 balls studded with some sparkling shots but he did not get any proper support. Later Shadab Khan’s 30 helped Pakistan to limp to 141 in 35 overs before they were allout . For England Sakib Mahmood was outstanding with 4/42 ably supported by Gregory (1/11), Overton (2/23) and Parkinson (2/28).
In reply, England had no alarms and reached the target in just 21 overs for the loss of Salt. Malan (68) and Zak Crawley (58) played sparkling strokes to prove that the pitch was ok. They closed out the game with ease with England leading 1-0 in the series
England won by 9 wkts
PAK 141/10 (35.2 Ovs)
Fakhar Zaman 47(67)
Shadab Khan 30(43)
Saqib Mahmood 4/42
Craig Overton 2/23
ENG 142/1 (21.5 Ovs)
Zak Crawley 58(50)