England vs Pakistan 2019, 3rd ODI: England Batsmen Continue Their Domination To Easily Chase The 350+ Target
On Tuesday (14th May), the home team England continued their solid ODI form after beating the visiting side Pakistan by the six wickets (with 31 balls remaining) at County Ground (Bristol). After that third ODI of the five-match ODI series, England has taken a 2-0 lead.
In the first innings, Pakistan managed to put a big total on the board of 358/9 (50 overs). However, the host side comfortably chased down that target in 44.5 overs after losing four wickets.
The Turning Point of the Match
England vs Pakistan – 2nd innings
The host side England once again had a brilliant start as this time their openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow managed to put 159 runs for the first wicket. After they managed to score 74/0 at the end of the first powerplay, the openers continued their aggressive batting. While Roy completed his half-century in 40 balls, Bairstow achieved that same feat in 36 balls. That partnership hugely helped England to chase down the big target comfortably.
After a tough battle, Pakistan pacer Faheem Ashraf dismissed Roy who was batting on 76 runs off 55 balls (eight fours and four sixes).
Jonny Bairstow was the ultimate star of the match
However, Bairstow continued his bashing and completed his seventh ODI century in just 74 balls. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman hit 12 fours and three sixes to complete that century.
For the second wicket, Bairstow had a 75-run partnership along with Joe Root. Finally, Junaid Khan bowled Bairstow in the 29th over of that innings when the English batsman scored 128 runs off just 93 balls (15 fours and five sixes). However, England was totally under control in that innings and that wicket didn’t change their fate.
Later, Root (43 runs off 36 balls) lost his wicket after another 44-run partnership along with Ben Stokes for the third wicket.
Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes continued England’s dominating position in that innings with another 46-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
While the host side was 35 runs away from that incredible victory, Stokes was run-out on 37 runs off 38 balls.
However, England didn’t face any further issues in that innings as the host side successfully chased down that target in 44.5 overs after losing four wickets. Moeen remained not out on 46 runs off 36 balls (four fours and three sixes), while the captain Eoin Morgan was batting in the end on 17 runs off 12 balls.
Among the Pakistan bowlers, only Junaid Khan (1/57), Imad Wasim (1/58) and Faheem Ashraf (1/75) managed to pick up one wicket each.
England vs Pakistan – 1st innings
English captain Eoin Morgan decided to field first after winning the toss. The visitors lost their first two wickets inside the first five overs. After the opener Fakhar Zaman lost his wicket on just two runs, the no.3 batsman Babar Azam was bowled for just 15 runs. English pacer Chris Woakes bagged both those wickets as Pakistan was battling on 27/2.
However, another opener Imam-ul-Haq handled that situation very well along with the no.4 batsman Haris Sohail. They had a 68-run partnership for the third wicket before Sohail (41 runs) lost his wicket through a run-out.
Then, Imam-ul-Haq had a 67-run partnership along with the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for the fourth wicket. During that partnership, Imam-ul-Haq completed his half-century in 55 balls. Since then, the left-handed opening batsman played attacking cricket in that innings.
Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz scored 27 runs before English pacer Liam Plunkett dismissed him.
Imam-ul-Haq and Asif Ali had significant contributions
Asif Ali once again played a great innings as he scored his second consecutive ODI half-century. With Asif, Imam built up a solid aggressive partnership for the fifth wicket that helped Pakistan to manage a high first innings total. They had an impressive 125-run partnership for that wicket.
Imam completed his sixth ODI century in 97 balls where he hit 11 fours. Later, Asif took 39 balls to complete his half-century. Woakes took his third wicket in the 43rd over of that innings when he dismissed Asif on 52 runs off 43 balls (2 fours and 3 sixes).
In the slog-overs, Imam completed his maiden ODI 150 in 128 balls. After scoring a brilliant 151 runs off 131 balls (16 fours and only six), Imam was bowled by Tom Curran.
In a short time, the lower middle-order and lower-order batsmen made crucial contributions in that Pakistan innings that helped them to score 358/9 in 50 overs. Among them, Imad Wasim played a brilliant cameo of 22 runs off just 12 balls (four boundaries).
Among the English bowlers, Chris Woakes was the best bowler with the bowling figures of 10-0-67-4. Tom Curran (2/74) was the only other bowler in that innings who picked up more than one wicket.
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