England v Pakistan ODI - Swalec Stadium
England v Pakistan ODI – Swalec Stadium
England missed out on a first ODI series whitewash as Pakistan fought back to win the final One-Day at the Swalec Stadium by 4 wickets.
England started the innings after Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl, batting cautiously against a visibly pumped up Pakistan side - but the Three Lions began to pick up momentum by the 4th and 5th over until Hales was caught by Shoaib Malik at mid-on with England on 37-1.
It was easy to see that Pakistan were looking to retore some pride after a difficult ODI series as Joe Root (replacement for Hales) was dismissed for just 9 after a superb ball from Hasan Ali – quickly followed by Eoin Morgan (10) who was caught and bowled by Imad Wasim to leave England struggling by the 14th over.
Jason Roy was England’s star batsman – but was eventually dismissed by Hasan Ali who caught out the Englishman after a slow-ball by Mohammad Amir as the Surry player finished his innings on 87. England were on 164-4.
Ben Stokes also made a solid contribution to England’s total (even after an incident which left the crowd yelling ‘ouch’ in unison) along with Bairstow (33), until Pakistan piled on the pressure in the last 10 overs – dismissing Stokes (75), Woakes (10), Dawson (10) and Willey (6) to leave a total of 303 to win.
Proceedings seemed to fall into England’s favour during Pakistan’s innings, with Wood and Woakes combined to dismiss Sharjeel (10) – but fluid batting from Azhar and Babar brought up their 50 partnership by the 12th over until Mark Wood’s 88mph ball smashed the middle wicket to see Babar on his way, quickly followed by Azhar in the same over.
Sarfraz and Malik shared a record stand for Pakistan with a 150 partnership from 139 balls by the 35th over, but similar to Azhar and Babar – both were dismissed in quick succession with Pakistan needing just 47 from 60 balls.
Pakistan then started to struggle in the final 10 overs (Nawaz ran out for just 2 runs), but the visitors still managed to get over the line with 10 balls to spare to clinch their first win in the final game of the series, as England missed out on claiming their first ever ODI whitewash.
England at Emirates Old Trafford in 2017
England will once again return to Emirates Old Trafford in 2017 to play against South Africa in the Fourth Investec Test Match from Friday 4 – Tuesday 8 August before taking on the West Indies in the Royal London ODI on Tuesday 19 September.
Tickets for 2017 internationals are yet to go on sale, but you can register to get an email as soon as they are released.