England extends their winning margin in ODI series to 4-0 in a five-match ODI series. In the fourth ODI, Pakistan, who batted first, managed to score only 247 in 50 overs. England in reply lost four quick wickets for 72 runs but Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow shepherded a partnership and pulled England out of the situation. Moeen Ali gave the finishing touch with his unbeaten 45 that ensured England’s four wickets victory.
Here are five talking points of the match:
Azhar Ali’s 80: Pakistan trail the five-match series 4-0. In the fourth ODI Pakistan captain, Azhar Ali scored an 80 run innings of 104 balls. When England spinners were rattling the Pakistan batsmen, this right-handed batsman anchored Pakistan’s innings at Headingley, Leeds. Pakistan’s batting woes continued in the fourth ODI too. They are a slow batting unit and unlikely competitor to the England at least in this series. Frankly, this series is not even a contest.