England vs Pakistan 3rd ODI: Shoaib Akhtar Lashes Out at Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co for Not Being Able to Defend a Huge Score of 358
It was the 2nd highest successful run chase for England as they chased down a record-breaking 358 against Pakistan to win the 3rd ODI at the County Ground in Bristol. English openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy proved to the game changer for the home team as they got England off to the perfect start with a mammoth 159 runs stand. For one more time, the Men in Green lost yet another match after putting up a great batting performance.
Former Pakistan speedster popularly known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express was apparently disappointed with the performance of Pakistan and asked current skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to take more bold decisions in order to win matches. “Another big total wasted. A lot to think when you cannot defend 358. As a captain, @SarfarazA_54 needs to step up and make solid decisions,” Shoaib Akhtar wrote on his Twitter handle.
Another big total wasted. A lot to think when you cannot defend 358.
As a captain, @SarfarazA_54 needs to step up and make solid decisions.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 14, 2019
It was England skipper Eoin Morgan who won the toss and put the visitors in. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were dismissed pretty early on as Pakistan were reduced to 27/2. However, it was Imam-ul-Haq who proved to be the difference as he scored a magnificent 151 of just 131 deliveries. Harris Sohail also played a good knock and came to the rescue with Imam sharing a 68 runs stand with the southpaw.
Meanwhile, Asif also completed a quick-fire half-century as Pakistan registered a mammoth score of 358 on the board in their allotted 50 overs. It is also their 8th highest total in 50 overs cricket. Meanwhile for England, all-rounder Chris Woakes was the wrecker in chief as he bagged 4 wickets for 67 runs in his 10 overs spell.
For England, it was Jason Roy smashed a quickfire 76 of 56 deliveries and added a huge stand of 159 runs in just 17.3 overs. Jonny Bairstow then got the support of Joe Root following the dismissal of Roy. Jonny Bairstow remained there and kept smashing the Pakistan bowlers all around the park. He scored a century who;e a 36 balls 46 from the blade of Moeen Ali also helped England cruise to the victory target.
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