England v Pakistan ODI Highlights from Headingley
England v Pakistan ODI Highlights
Fresh off their record breaking 444 runs in the third ODI at Trent Bridge, England took a step closer towards a series whitewash with another win in the ODI at Headingley.
Pakistan who needed a stroke of luck to try to claw something back from this fixture may have been delighted to win the toss…possibly a sign of things to come?...or not
It was England who got off to a good start after Ben Stokes caught Sharjeel Khan following a superb ball by Chris Jordan, with the visitors on 24-1 by the fourth over.
Pakistan managed to then slow down the pace of the game with Sami Aslam playing cautiously to bring up the 50 for Pakistan, but it wasn’t long until Ben Stokes was once again called into action, catching a ball at deep-square to leave Pakistan on 61-2.
It was then Liam Plunkett’s turn to put on the pressure with two catches against Babar and Sarfraz as once again, Pakistan struggled with the quality of their batting in this Royal London ODI fixture.
If Pakistan were looking for any positives in the game, they were few and far between. However Azhar Ali was Pakistan’s lone bright spark, but even he couldn’t slow down the England onslaught as Rashid and Willey combined to dismiss the captain – who was quickly followed by Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan as the visitors finished on 247 – 8.
After the joys of their superb innings earlier in the week, England struggled at the start of their innings with Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan all dismissed with the Three Lions on just 72 runs… a totally different story from the record breaking third ODI at Trent Bridge.
Then came Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow….
Both played their part in rescuing the below-par innings for England who both managed to reach 50 runs on a difficult night at Headingley – a feat Jonny Bairstow has only managed twice in ODI cricket, before both were dismissed with England on 225 – just 22 runs short with 5 overs to go.
It was then up to Moeen Ali and David Willey to see England over the finish line – who finished the scoring by over 48, with Moeen Ali smashing the final two balls for 6 to end the game on a high.
England now lead the series 4-0 and will hope to complete a series whitewash with a victory at Sophia Gardens.
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