Eng v Pak ODIs: Another poor batting display by Pak seals the series for Eng
The second string England team does it again. Pakistan batsmen come up with yet another abject batting performance after their bowlers had restricted England to a manageable 247. The match was reduce to 47 overs due to weather interruptions and a late start.
Batting first England lost both the 1st match heroes early with Malan (0) edging to slips of Hassan Ali and Zak Crawley (0) bowled by a beauty from Shaheen which pitched and left him to hit the top of off.
However Phil Salt (60) and James Vince (56) showed their class in their 97 runs stand, playing gorgeous shots through the offside and pulls through midwicket. After their dismissals, there was enough strokeful contributions from Stokes (22), Gregory (40) and Carse (31) which took England to 247 but a continous fall of wickets ensured that they played 10 balls short from their total overs quota.
Hasan Ali (5/51) was the outstanding Pakistan bowler coming up with timely breakthroughs whenever England looked to get away. Eng v Pak ODIs: Another poor batting display by Pak seals the series for Eng.
With a modest target of 248, a superb spell of bowling by Saqib Mahmood & Gregory rattled the Pakistan top order. Imam (1) edged Gregory to slips and then Saqib took over getting the prized wicket of Babar Azam (19) lbw after Babar looked good with some sparkling boundaries. Soon Rizwan (5) snicked Saqib to keeper and Fakkar (10 off 45 balls) after his painstaking stay was bowl by a beauty from Overton which came in. Maqsood (19) after hitting few lusty blows was taken by Overton to leave Pakistan tottering at 86/5.
Saudi Shakeel (56) played a sensible innings to keep Pakistan in the game. He was having a good stand with Shadab (21) who got out at the wrong time follow by Faheem Ashraf (1) to leave Pakistan tottering at 115/7.
However, Hasan Ali (31 off 17 balls) enlivened the proceedings by smacking spinner Parkinson for 3 successive sixes. However England bowlers chip away at the right moment and though Shakeel and Shaheen (18) got into a 40 run stand, at the end it was too much left to do with a lack of wickets in hand and Pakistan were all out for 195.
It was a great team effort by England bowlers with all the five of them getting amongst wickets.
With the 52 run win, the second-string England team took an unassailable series lead of 2-0. A highly creditable performance by a team that was set up at the last moment due to the original squad going into sudden quarantine as a result of covid virus attack on some of the members.
As for Pakistan, it was another poor performance which will invite massive criticism from the fans.
Luis Gregory was the man of the match for his 3 wickets and crucial 40 runs.
ENG 247/10 (45.2 Ovs)
Philip Salt 60(54)
James Vince 56(52)
Hasan Ali 5/51
Haris Rauf 2/54
PAK 195/10 (41 Ovs)
Saud Shakeel 56(77)
Hasan Ali 31(17)
Saqib Mahmood 2/21