Finally, Pakistan managed a victory over England in the 5-match ODI series. In the 5th and final ODI of this series, Pakistan beat England by 4 wickets at Cardiff. Pakistan decided to bowl first after winning the toss. England made 302/9 in 50 overs.
In reply, Pakistan chased that big total successfully in 48.2 overs after losing 6 wickets. Pakistan won this match by 4 wickets, though England won the ODI series by 4-1 as they had secured the ODI series earlier last month.
Brief Scores: England – 302/9 in 50 overs (Jason Roy 87, Ben Stokes 75, Hasan Ali 4/60)
Pakistan – 304/6 in 48.2 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 90, Shoaib Malik 77, Mark Wood 2/56)
Result – Pakistan won by 4 wickets
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- England put 302 runs on the board in 50 overs after losing 9 wickets. It was England’s 2nd highest ODI total at this ground (Sophia Garden, Cardiff). England’s highest ODI total at this ground is 324/7 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka on 2nd July 2016.
Also, this 302-runs innings was England’s joint 3rd highest ODI total against Pakistan on English soil.
- Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed was unlucky to miss a well-deserved century as he was dismissed for 90 runs. It was the first time in ODI history that a Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman dismissed in nervous nineties.
- Pakistan batsmen Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed put on a very important 163-runs partnership for the 4th wicket. It was the Pakistan’s 3rd highest ODI partnership for any wicket against England. Pakistan had put on a 167-run partnership –twice– against England in ODI. First one was in Karachi on 20th October 1987 (between Rameez Raja and Saleem Malik for the 2nd wicket) and the second one was at Southampton on 5th September 2006 (between Mohammad Yusuf and Younis Khan for the 3rd wicket).
- English debutant left-arm orthodox bowler Liam Dawson was very expensive in this match as his bowling figure was 8-0-70-2. As an England debutant ODI bowler, Dawson became the most runs conceded bowler. The previous record was 67 runs by David Lawrence (against West Indies at Lord’s on 27th may 1991)
- Pakistan chased the target of 303-runs successfully in 48.3 overs after losing 6 wickets (304/6 in 48.3 overs). It was the first time in ODI history that Pakistan chased a 300+ target successfully outside Asia.
Also, it was for the first time Pakistan chased 300+ target successfully in an ODI against a non-Asian team.