England’s makeshift XI whitewashes Pakistan in ODI series
Brilliant 100 by James Vince & superb support from Luis Gregory ensured a convincing 3-0 series win by a scrambled up England team over a full-strength Pakistan.
England somehow put together a makeshift XI after their whole original squad was put in isolation due to covid virus breakout amongst some members of the squad. However, the Ben Stokes led second XI showed outstanding character to blow away a full-strength Pakistan team by 3-0 in the ODI series.
In the 3rd ODI on a batting beauty at Edgbaston, batting first Pakistan put on a mammoth 331/9 in 50 overs. After the early loss of Fakkar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq (56) had a productive stand with Babar Azam. The former played delightful shots before being castle by a beauty from Parkinson.
Rizwan joined Babar at 113/2 and they proceeded to put on a magnificent partnership of 179 runs in 20 overs. Babar looked in gorgeous touch. After failures in the first two games, he was in his elements and showed why he is ranked number 1 in ODIs currently. He played his signature cover drives, glorious cuts and numerous pull shots as the England bowlers dropped short. Rizwan was never overshadowed by his captain as he unfurled his wide array of shots in his excellent 74 runs off 58 balls.
Rizwan’s dismissal triggered a rush of wickets as the remaining Pakistan batters tried to force the pace. Babar finally ended at his personal score of 158 glorious runs off 139 balls with 14 fours and 4 sixes and looked million dollars on this day as Pakistan piled on a formidable 331/9. England’s makeshift XI whitewashes Pakistan in ODI series.
For England, Brydon Carse took a creditable 5 wicket haul while Saqib scalped 3 wickets on a day in which the bowlers went for runs.
England started badly losing Dawid Malan (0) early. Salt (37) and Crawley (39) showed aggressive intent but could not carry on and later Stokes (32) thrived on a few lives. Before being dismissed quickly followed by Simpson to leave England in trouble at 165/5.
Finally, James Vince got into the act and after a prolonged struggle in English colours. He got his first 100 for his country. When Vince is on song, he looks a top drawer player and exactly that happened as he cracked power-packed shots on both sides of the wicket, unfurling sparkling drives and pulls. Luis Gregory (77 off 69) gave him wonderful company. As he hit some blistering pull shots of his own and hitting 3 sixes. Both batters played sensibly rotating the strike and running lots of doubles in their matchwinning 129 run stand. Before Vince (102) was dismiss follow quickly by Gregory. England looked slightly worried at 303/7.
However, Overton and Carse showed their batting common sense to take England over the line with ease with 2 overs still to go as Pakistan lacked venom in their bowling.
This was a brilliant series for England’s makeshift XI. Which is sure to put serious selection headaches ahead of the next series and T20I World cup.
As for Pakistan, they look a battered and a mentally bruised side. Needs a lot of mental resilience to bounce back in the T20I series.
England won by 3 wkts
PAK 331/9 (50 Ovs)
Babar Azam(c) 158(139)
Brydon Carse 5/61
Saqib Mahmood 3/60
ENG 332/7 (48 Ovs)
James Vince 102(95)
Haris Rauf 4/65
Shadab Khan 2/61