Cricket

Ruthless England gunned down 359 with ease.

Bristol hosted Pakistan and England for the very first time, as England opted to field first after winning the toss, with English bowlers proved effective early on for the home side, as Fakhar was undone by Woakes in the first over for 2. Babar joined Imam for the second wicket stand, but the pair could only add 20 for the second wicket stand, as Babar became Woakes’ second victim when he was bowled for 15. Haris Sohail joined Imam and both steadied the ship for Pakistan to help the strike and the scoring rate. Imam completed his well-deserved half century off 55 balls. Haris made an impressive 41 before being runout, as Pakistan remained at 95-3. Sarfaraz promoted himself up the order, but could only manage 27 before being dismissed by Plunkett. Asif joined Imam, as Imam completed a memorable ton off 97 balls, and accelerated more after the ton. Asif took the charge from the very first ball, as he smoked 2 fours, and 3 sixes in his entertaining 52 off 43 balls, as Woakes got the better of him to end the vital 125 runs stand, with Pakistan at 287/5 in 43 overs. Imad joined Imam, as Pakistan crossed 300 mark in the 44th over. Imam raced to 150 off 127 balls. Curran removed him soon after, for 151. Imad made a quick fire 22, before Woakes had him caught and bowled for 22. Faheem and Hassan’s late surge took Pakistan to 358/9. Woakes picked up 67/4.


Chasing a mammoth total of 359, Roy and Bairstow begun the proceedings aggressively for the hosts, the pair put on the half century stand in 7.4 overs, while Roy brought up his half century off 40 balls, Bairstow looked in fine touch too, as he completed half century off 36 balls, the pair added the century stand in 12.4 overs. Faheem provided the breakthrough for Pakistan, when he had Roy caught for 76. Bairstow continued to impress as he reached a brilliant ton off 74 balls. Root added a vital 75 runs for the 2nd wicket stand. Bairstow’s terrific knock of 128 was undone for 128 by Junaid, with England cruising at 234-2. Stokes joined Root and the pair continued to toil the Pakistan’s bowling attack, Root made 43 before being undone by Imad, as England required 80 in last 15 overs; Walk in the park for the hosts. Stokes was run out for 37, as Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 46 took England home go in 45th over to go 2-0 in the series. Junaid Khan picked up 57-1.

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