Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019

England vs Pakistan - 3rd ODI

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

Date & Time: 14 May 2019

England 359/4

RR: 8.00 | England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets

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That's all from this high-scoring but one-sided game. 717 runs came in total as their was no respite for the bowlers on this minuscule ground in Bristol. The action for the fourth ODI moves to Nottingham. Do join us on 17th May at 1300 local (1200 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

Jonny Bairstow is chosen for the Man of the Match award. He led the charge of England's batting superbly with his 93-ball 128.

Earlier in the day, powered by Imam-ul-Haq's impressive century and some handy contributions from Haris Sohail and Asif Ali, Pakistan posted their best ODI total batting first in England. At the halfway stage, they would have really fancied their chances but the way their bowling faltered was really disappointing.

Abysmal bowling and fielding performance from Pakistan. Jason Roy was dropped when he was on 21 and after that, their bowlers received a real pounding. There wasn't a single bowler who left any impact or created any pressure. To add to that, their ground fielding was also very substandard. With the World Cup knocking on the door, Pakistan have a really big issue to address.

It was a usual story for England. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow went berserk at the start and put together a 159-run stand in no time. That pegged Pakistan back and in spite of losing Jason Roy, the English team always remained in front. Bairstow and Root then combined for yet another handy partnership to keep the visiting team on the back foot. All the batsmen to follow after that contributed to the cause and eventually it was a very easy and comprehensive victory for the numero uno ODI team.

A cakewalk! England have chased down a target of 359 with ridiculous ease. Didn't even break a sweat. Insane batting. The bowlers suffered yet again. Really feel bad for them. This is the joint fifth highest run chase in ODI history and it has been done with 31 balls to spare. Dominance of the bat at its very best.

44.5
1
A Ali to E Morgan, Surely not! Morgan pushes this ball through the point region and picks up the winning run. ENGLAND WIN BY 6 WICKETS and WITH 31 BALLS TO SPARE. They take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series!
44.4
1
A Ali to M Ali, Short on middle, Ali misses out on the chance to get a big one and score a fifty. He hits this to long on aerially for a single. Only 1 needed now! Morgan not going to defend 2 balls surely. Is he?
44.3
1
A Ali to E Morgan, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
44.2
4
A Ali to E Morgan, FOUR! This is powered away! A short ball wide outside off, slashed so hard that deep cover has no chance this time. All the way to the fence.
44.1
2
A Ali to E Morgan, Shorter one outside off, punched away to the left of deep cover for a couple by Morgan.

Asif Ali comes on.

43.6
0
S Afridi to M Ali, Low full toss on off, driven back to mid off. Shaheen ends a really bad day with figures of 10-0-83-0!
43.5
6
S Afridi to M Ali, SIX! Deep into the crowd again! A short length ball on middle, Moeen swings this over deep square leg. Huge! The 350 comes up for the hosts. 9 needed now.
43.4
1
S Afridi to E Morgan, Full toss on the pads, Morgan did not expect that and manages to just push it towards deep square leg for a run.
43.3
1
S Afridi to M Ali, Yorker outside off, jammed away to deep backward point for a single by Ali. 9 runs off the first 3 balls of this over.
43.2
4
S Afridi to M Ali, FOUR! Two in two! A length ball outside off, Moeen just stands and tonks this one over mid off with ease. The ball ends up crossing the rope on a bounce.
43.1
4
S Afridi to M Ali, FOUR! Outside off, Moeen slashes at it. The ball flies through backward point for a boundary. No chance for deep point to come around.
42.6
0
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Driven towards mid off by the skipper.
42.5
6
F Ashraf to E Morgan, SIX! There is number 14 of this England innings. A short length ball on middle and leg, Morgan lets this one fly. He pulls it with power over deep square leg and into the stands. This is merry-making by the English batsmen. Every single one who has batted has hit a six today.
42.4
0
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Back of a length on top of leg, Morgan defends this back towards the bowler.
42.3
2
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Nicely driven wide of deep cover for a couple of runs.
42.2
0
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Skids on! A length ball on the pads, Morgan tries to work it on the leg side but misses. The ball goes onto the thigh pad and back on the surface.
42.1
1
F Ashraf to M Ali, Back of a length on middle, dabbed towards mid-wicket by Ali for a single.
41.6
0
S Afridi to E Morgan, Low full toss on off, driven back to mid off by Morgan. That pinged off the bat but unfortunately for the batsman, goes straight to the fielder.
41.5
0
S Afridi to E Morgan, Outside off on a length, left alone by Eoin Morgan.
41.4
1
S Afridi to M Ali, Slashed away to deep backward point by Moeen to bring his skipper on strike for the first time.
41.3
0
S Afridi to M Ali, Play and a miss! Outside off on a length, Ali looks to cut but misses the ball. It goes to the keeper.

Eoin Morgan walks in next.

41.2
0
S Afridi to M Ali, OUT! An unfortunate run out for Ben Stokes. Fuller length ball on off, Moeen absolutely drills it back towards the bowler. It deflects off Afridi's left leg to the stumps and Stokes is found strolling out of his crease. Ben knows that and starts to walk to the pavilion. He has a wry smile on his face and also gives thumbs up to his partner. Mere formality left in this match.
41.1
0
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, NOT OUT! Yes, the impact is outside off! Stokes survives and Pakistan lose their review. A full toss outside off, Stokes looks to paddle this over fine leg by shuffling across the stumps but misses the ball. He gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal which is turned down by the umpire. Sarfaraz takes a review, maybe in desperation. The replays show that the impact of the ball is outside off and hence the umpire can remain with his original decision!

Review time! An LBW appeal against Stokes has been turned down. Ben looked to ramp this full toss but missed it and got hit on the pads. Looked like it was outside off, the impact though!

Shaheen Afridi comes back on.

40.6
2
F Ashraf to M Ali, Excellent running! A length ball on middle, Moeen taps the ball towards mid-wicket and the batsmen come back for an easy couple. The fielders seem really tired!
40.5
0
F Ashraf to M Ali, Short of a length on middle, Ali looks to pull this and gets hit on his body again, on the thighs now.
40.4
0
F Ashraf to M Ali, Ouch! That would have hurt. A short ball on the body of the batsman, Ali looks to pull this away but misses and gets hit on the rib area. Dot ball.
40.3
1
F Ashraf to Ben Stokes, Back of a length again as Stokes makes room. The ball is patted with soft hands towards the off side and a quick single is picked up.
40.2
0
F Ashraf to Ben Stokes, Back of a length outside off, punched towards mid off by Stokes.
40.1
6
F Ashraf to Ben Stokes, SIX! The Free Hit has been hit for six. A length ball on middle and leg, Stokes brings out the pick up shot and smashes it over deep mid-wicket. That went high and it goes just over the rope. 39 needed now in 59.

Free Hit coming up...

40.1
1
F Ashraf to M Ali, No ball! A front foot no ball. Short of a length on middle, pulled away by Ali to deep mid-wicket for a single. Stokes to face the Free Hit ball.

The last ten overs will be Powerplay 3. Five fielders can be outside the circle. England need just 47 off 60 balls. Faheem Ashraf comes back on, meanwhile!

39.6
2
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Good length ball outside off, Stokes tries to push it through the line but it takes the outside half of his blade and runs through the gap between short third man and backward point. The fielder from the former position puts in a slide to stop the ball but fumbles while picking it up, thereby making the second run easy.
39.5
0
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Too full and on off, driven to mid off.
39.4
1
J Khan to M Ali, Searches for a yorker on off, Moeen digs it out to covers and crosses.
39.3
0
J Khan to M Ali, A length ball outside off, Moeen pushes it with an angled bat to point.
39.2
1
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Good length ball outside off, a mistimed punch shot to covers for a run.

Mid on drops back.

39.1
0
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Very full and on off, Stokes advances down the track and forces it out back to the bowler. Junaid collects it and has a shy at the striker's end but misses.
38.6
1
H Ali to Ben Stokes, Shortish on off, tapped down to cover-point for one.

The seam of the ball has come out and the umpire is cutting it by using a scissor.

38.5
1
H Ali to M Ali, Too full in length on off, Moeen squeezes it out off the outside half of his bat through backward point. The batsmen have run through for a single.
38.4
1
H Ali to Ben Stokes, Half-tracker on middle, Stokes mistimes his pull shot through square leg for one. After collecting the run, Ben was seen shadow practicing the hook shot.
38.3
0
H Ali to Ben Stokes, On and around off, it's defended from the crease towards the bowler.
38.2
1
H Ali to M Ali, The batsman guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
38.1
4
H Ali to M Ali, FOUR! Bang! Shortish and on off, Moeen rocks back and punches it on the up through the gap between mid off and extra cover for a boundary.
37.6
1
J Khan to M Ali, Another one PUT DOWN, this time by Babar Azam. Speechless are we and so is the Pakistan skipper. He seems to have given up. A short ball outside off, Moeen stays back to ramp it down to third man but fails to connect properly. It flies towards backward point where Azam puts in a dive but fails to catch it. They pick up a single.
37.5
0
J Khan to M Ali, Play and a miss! Yet another short ball is dug into the batsman, Moeen tries hooking but it goes over his bat.
37.5
0
J Khan to M Ali, Wide called for height! Bouncer, well over the head of the batsman. Ali allows it through.
37.4
6
J Khan to M Ali, SIX! This one lands flush on the boundary cushion. Junaid angles in a length ball on off, Moeen uses the line to his advantage and heaves it over cow corner.
37.3
0
J Khan to M Ali, Edged but just short! On and around off, Moeen pushes inside the line and gets a thick outside edge behind. Sarfaraz dives across to his left but it doesn't carry.
37.2
6
J Khan to M Ali, SIX! Moeen Ali opens his six account, this one is the 12th of the English innings. No real pace on this short delivery, Ali stands back to fetch it from outside off and dismisses it over mid-wicket.
37.1
1
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Serves a shortish length ball outside off, Stokes strokes it off his back foot to sweeper cover for a run.

Junaid Khan to have another go...

36.6
0
H Ali to M Ali, Lands it on a length around middle, Moeen defends it off his back foot.
36.5
0
H Ali to M Ali, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
36.4
0
H Ali to M Ali, Beaten! On a length and outside off, Moeen pushes inside the line and misses.
36.3
1
H Ali to Ben Stokes, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single.
36.2
0
H Ali to Ben Stokes, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
36.1
0
H Ali to Ben Stokes, Angles it into the batsman on off, Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Hasan Ali is back on.

35.6
4
F Ashraf to M Ali, FOUR! Putting salt to the wounds. Width on offer outside off, Moeen flashes and flashes hard. It goes off the outside edge and runs down to third man for a boundary. What could have been a wicket maiden, turns out to be an over with a boundary and no wicket.
35.5
0
F Ashraf to M Ali, DROPPED! Second catch down in the field. This time by Imad Wasim, one of their better fielders. A back foot punch by Moeen flies towards extra cover where Imad dives to his left but fails to catch it. It deflects towards mid off and the fielder there picks it up before scoring a direct hit at the bowler's end. Of no use though. Sarfaraz' look tells everything. If looks could kill...
35.4
0
F Ashraf to M Ali, Back of a length ball on middle and off, Moeen gets behind the line and blocks it from the back foot.
35.3
0
F Ashraf to M Ali, Stays back to a shortish ball outside off and punches it to point.
35.2
0
F Ashraf to M Ali, Lands it on a fuller length around off, a slower one, Moeen keeps it out off the inner half to mid on.
35.1
0
F Ashraf to M Ali, Back of a length outside off, punched from the crease towards point.
34.6
1
I Wasim to M Ali, Moeen Ali gets off the mark with a cut shot to deep cover. A single is taken and he will be on strike for the next over.
34.5
0
I Wasim to M Ali, Pushed back to the left of Imad where he runs and stops that ball.
34.4
0
I Wasim to M Ali, Moeen Ali looks to get off the mark with a pushed shot but it goes straight towards mid-wicket.
34.4
0
I Wasim to M Ali, Wide! Darted down the leg side and penalised by the umpire.

Moeen Ali walks out now.

34.3
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, OUT! Hit straight to mid off! Root departs without a fifty. A flatter one outside off, Joe wanted to hit this over mid off but does not get the elevation. He ends up hitting it straight to Babar Azam at mid off who takes a good catch putting his hands up to the right of his face. End of a good-looking innings from Root but he would have loved to see this chase through. 81 needed off 93 now.
34.2
1
I Wasim to Ben Stokes, Pushed down to long on by the southpaw and he exchanges strike.
34.2
0
I Wasim to Ben Stokes, Wide! Flatter down the leg side. It is wided.
34.1
0
I Wasim to Ben Stokes, Flatter on off, defended back towards extra-cover by Stokes.
33.6
1
F Ashraf to Ben Stokes, Run down to third man for a single by Stokes as he keeps strike for the next over. The equation is 83 off 96 now.
33.5
0
F Ashraf to Ben Stokes, Dot ball. On a length on off, kept out towards mid on. Solid!
33.4
6
F Ashraf to Ben Stokes, SIX! That is the power of Stokes. A fuller length on off, Ben comes down a bit and just swings through the line. He smashes the ball over long on for a huge six. This is becoming all too easy.
33.3
0
F Ashraf to Ben Stokes, Good ball! Back of a length on middle, Stokes tries to punch the ball but it was too close to the body. He gets it off the inside half and onto his midriff.
33.2
1
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Short of a length on middle, pulled away to mid-wicket for a single by Root.
33.1
4
F Ashraf to Joe Root, FOUR! Root goes downtown again! A short ball on middle, Joe comes down the track and smashes this with a flat-bat over mid on. The ball pounds into the stands on a bounce once more.
32.6
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, Fuller outside off, driven down to the right of mid off for a run.
32.5
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, Shorter outside off, chopped towards short third man off the back foot by Root.
32.4
1
I Wasim to Ben Stokes, Flatter again on middle, eased down to long off for a run by Stokes.
32.3
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, Fuller and flatter, driven to long on for a single by Root.
32.2
6
I Wasim to Joe Root, SIX! Joe Root getting into the act now. A flatter one on off, Root comes down the ground and lifts it over the rope behind the bowler. Into the sightscreen goes the ball!
32.1
1
I Wasim to Ben Stokes, Fuller on the leg stump line, driven down the ground for a single by BS.

Imad Wasim is back on.

31.6
1
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, Similar shot again from Stokes but a single is taken this time. Wasim fires a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batsman was well in.
31.5
0
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, Fuller length outside off, Stokes plays a punchy drive to the right of mid off. Good stop there by the fielder, Imad Wasim.
31.4
0
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, Really full outside off, jammed towards cover. Good ball this! Shaheen must be getting some confidence back.
31.3
1
S Afridi to Joe Root, Fuller one outside off, driven stylishly to deep cover for a run by Root.
31.2
1
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, On a length outside off, Stokes pushes the ball towards cover for a run.
31.1
0
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, Yorker length on off, Stokes defends the ball back towards the bowler.
30.6
1
J Khan to Ben Stokes, On a length on off, Stokes dabs it besides the stumps. Quick single taken.
30.5
1
J Khan to Joe Root, On a length, worked away through mid-wicket for a single by Root. It brings up the 250 for the hosts.
30.4
0
J Khan to Joe Root, Back of a length on off, defended towards point by the batsman.
30.3
4
J Khan to Joe Root, FOUR! Shot! Classy and deft! On a length from around the wicket, Root gets inside the line and puts the ball fine on the leg side. Beats short fine leg. Goes to the rope.
30.2
1
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Short of a length on off, pulled away through square leg for a single by the southpaw.
30.1
0
J Khan to Ben Stokes, On a length on off, Stokes defends the ball back to the bowler.
29.6
1
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, Shortish and outside off, Stokes sticks back and guides it to third man for a run. 10 from the over, 115 needed off the last 20 overs.
29.5
0
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, On a length and outside off, Ben watchfully makes a leave.
29.4
4
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Quality timing! Afridi angles in a full ball on middle, Stokes gets forward and flicks it with excellent timing through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep rushes across to his right but fails to cut it off.

Now the slip comes in.

29.3
4
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, Edged and FOUR! No slip in place. Pakistan can only win from here by picking wickets. Sarfaraz has missed a trick. A length ball outside off, once again holding its line, Stokes tries poking inside the line but it takes a thick outside edge and runs through the vacant first slip region for a boundary.
29.2
0
S Afridi to Ben Stokes, Excellent delivery. Good length delivery outside off, holding its line, Stokes pushes at it tamely and misses.
29.1
1
S Afridi to Joe Root, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
28.6
0
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on off, Stokes goes on the back foot and plays it down towards mid on.
28.5
0
J Khan to Ben Stokes, Aggressive start against the new batsman. Junaid bends his back and digs in a shortish ball on off, Stokes drops his wrists and leans back to allow it through.

Ben Stokes is the new man in as a part of plan to test out every batsman. Moeen Ali is slated to come in next with Eoin Morgan expected to bat at six.

28.4
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, OUT! Bairstow drags it on and he is furious with himself. Hits the stumps with his bat in anguish before heading back to the pavilion. Might be asked to visit the match referee's room later in the day. A short of a length ball outside off off, angling in from 'round the wicket, Bairstow stays back to play the cross-batted shot but it takes a fat inside edge and destroys the stumps behind. That brings a spectacular knock by Jonny to a close. 125 needed off 128 balls. England stay on top!
28.3
4
J Khan to J Bairstow, FOUR! This time Jonny connects and connects handsomely! The off side field is up and Bairstow knows it. He stays leg side of this short ball and slams it over cover-point.
28.2
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Play and a miss! Khan digs in a short ball on off, Bairstow sticks back to play the upper cut but fails to connect.
28.1
1
J Khan to Joe Root, On a good length around off, it's turned through mid-wicket for a run.

Junaid Khan to have another go...

27.6
4
S Afridi to J Bairstow, FOUR! This boundary spoils a good over from Shaheen. The length is slightly short around off and Bairstow sits back and pull it thunderously to deep square leg for a boundary. 130 needed off 132 balls.
27.5
0
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Well bowled. Finds the blockhole and Bairstow digs it out to mid on where the fielder makes a diving stop.
27.4
0
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Another aerial shot by Jonny. He is timing it so well. A length ball angling in on off, Bairstow drives it on the up past the bowler to mid off.
27.3
0
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Uppish but safe! Full and on middle, angling in, Bairstow flicks it aerially towards mid-wicket.
27.2
1
S Afridi to Joe Root, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
27.1
0
S Afridi to Joe Root, Lands it on a good length around middle, Root punches it down to mid on.

Shaheen Afridi is back into the attack. 48 runs in 5 overs from him so far...

26.6
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, The batsman tries to pull that one but failed to connect it.
26.5
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, Gets behind the line and drags his shot off the inside half to mid on.
26.4
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Once again a full length ball is angled into the batsman, Root repeats his last flick shot but finds mid-wicket. A needless shy at the non-striker's end by Fakhar Zaman and he hits the timber. The ball deflects wide of covers and they cross for a run.
26.3
4
H Ali to Joe Root, FOUR! Classic shot from Root! A leg stump half-volley, Joe picks it off his pads and flicks it with beautiful timing through mid-wicket. Great placement and timing.
26.2
1
H Ali to J Bairstow, Hasan goes short to Bairstow and it's been pulled to deep square leg for a run.
26.1
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Good length delivery close to off stump, Root quietly plays it down to third man and crosses for a run.

Hasan Ali charges in but Joe Root is not ready. The batsman pulls out and Ali will have to reload.

25.6
1
H Sohail to Joe Root, Quicker and on middle, worked in front of square leg for one. 16 from the over.
25.5
1
H Sohail to J Bairstow, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
25.4
6
H Sohail to J Bairstow, SIX! Dismissed again! Full and flighted on middle, right in the arc and Bairstow muscles it over long on. Into the crowd this time, so the ball remains in play.

The ball seems to have been lost. We have a slight delay as the fourth umpire runs to the middle with a box of balls.

25.3
6
H Sohail to J Bairstow, SIX! Where has that gone? Out of the stadium! That's one way to get the ball to stop reverse swinging. Bring on the new ball. A charge down the track to a full ball by Jonny as he hoists it over long on. 50-run stand comes up. 150 needed off 147 balls.
25.2
1
H Sohail to Joe Root, Gets on the front foot and pushes it back to the bowler. Sohail fails to stop it and they cross for a run as the ball travels to long off.
25.1
0
H Sohail to J Bairstow, Fires a full ball down the leg side, Bairstow tries to sweep but misses. It goes off his pads towards short fine leg and they take a leg bye.
24.6
1
H Ali to J Bairstow, Another yorker on middle and leg, Bairstow hits the ball down to long on somehow with a jammed shot. Single taken. Hasan has a few words to say to Bairstow.
24.5
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, A yorker on middle, Bairstow keeps the ball out towards mid on. Good ball, some reverse swing on it.
24.4
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Root pushed this to deep cover for a run. Good-looking shot.
24.3
1
H Ali to J Bairstow, Pulled away behind square on the leg side. Single taken.
24.2
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, Appeal for LBW but no says the umpire. A length ball on middle and leg, going down leg with the angle. Bairstow misses the ball and gets hit on the pads, the bowler appeals but the umpire is unfazed. The replays show that the ball would have gone down leg. Good decision not to take that upstairs by Sarfaraz.
24.1
4
H Ali to J Bairstow, FOUR! Celebrates reaching the 100 with a boundary! A length ball on middle, hit back over the bowler's head for another four down the ground. Hitting through the line has been on the menu today.
23.6
1
H Sohail to J Bairstow, THERE IT IS! HUNDRED FOR BAIRSTOW! The 7th one for him in ODIs. A flighted ball on middle, it's driven down to long off for a single by Jonny to get to the milestone. His fourth fastest in ODIs, taking 74 balls. This has been a brilliant knock so far.
23.5
0
H Sohail to J Bairstow, YJB works this ball on the pads to short fine leg.
23.4
1
H Sohail to Joe Root, Flighted outside off, lifted over cover for a single by Root.
23.3
1
H Sohail to J Bairstow, Flatter on middle, punched back down the ground to long on for a single. 99 now!
23.2
1
H Sohail to Joe Root, Lots of flight on this one too, JR comes down the ground, takes it on the full and hits it down to long off for a single.
23.1
0
H Sohail to Joe Root, Flighted on middle, pushed to cover by Root coming ahead.

Haris Sohail is now into the attack. Meanwhile, we see some attention for Joe Root who was looking like he had a few cramps.

22.6
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, Wide outside off, YJB looks to cut but there is extra bounce on that one which causes the ball to go over the bat.
22.5
2
H Ali to J Bairstow, Short outside off, Jonny chops this one onto the square and causes the ball to bounce over the head of point. Two runs taken till third man comes around and mops up. 98 now!
22.4
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, Pushed back to the bowler this time by the batsman.
22.3
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, Back of a length outside off, the ball goes off the outside half as YJB looks to punch this one. Straight to the point fielder.
22.2
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, On a length on off, Jonny looks to drive it down the ground but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket.
22.1
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Back of a length outside off, pushed to deep cover for a single by Root.

Hasan Ali comes back on.

21.6
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Good length ball outside off, punched to mid off.
21.5
4
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, FOUR! Goes wide of mid off this time. A length ball on off, angling in, Jonny gives it the full whack of his bat and hammers it down the ground for a boundary.
21.4
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Stays back and plays it down to mid off.
21.3
1
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Width on offer outside off, steered behind backward point for one.
21.2
0
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Gets behind the line of the delivery and punches it to mid on. The non-striker is interested in a run but is sent back. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
21.1
0
F Ashraf to Joe Root, A length ball on off, pushed from the crease to covers.
20.6
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, This ball is flatter on the pads, paddled towards short fine leg by JR for a single.
20.5
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, Root has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
20.4
4
I Wasim to Joe Root, FOUR! Reverse sweep and a boundary! A flatter one on off, Root reverse sweeps this one fine on the off side. Beats short third man and the ball goes to the rope.
20.3
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Punched back down the ground to long on for a single by Roy.
20.2
2
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Top edge! In the air... goes past short third man though. A short ball on middle, Bairstow looks to pull this away, the ball takes the top edge and flies to the left of short third man. So unfortunate that one did not go to hand. Two runs picked up.
20.1
2
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Flatter on middle, tucked away to deep square leg and an easy couple is picked up as the ball is in the gap.
19.6
1
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Punched off the back foot to the left of extra cover who misfields this ball. A single is hence completed easily.
19.5
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
19.5
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Wide! Wayward outside off, penalized.
19.4
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, DROPPED! Faheem could have had both openers! A back of a length ball on off, Bairstow looks to punch it back over the bowler but the bat twisted in his hands as he played that ball. It goes to the right and top of the bowler with some speed, Ashraf looks to catch it by putting his right hand up but fails to hold on. Tough chance but needed to be taken given the context of the game. Bairstow gets a life!
19.3
1
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Fuller outside off, driven to deep point for a single by Root.
19.2
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, This one is on the pads, Jonny misses his flick. He gets hit on the pads and the ball rolls towards square leg for a leg bye.
19.1
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Back of a length on top of off, Bairstow pushes this ball to mid-wicket.
18.6
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, Remains on the back foot to a short ball and punches it on the leg side. Not in the gap. Three singles from the over.
18.5
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, Skidding down the leg side, Root eases it off his pads but finds short fine leg.
18.4
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover again. An easy run.
18.3
0
I Wasim to J Bairstow, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. No run.
18.2
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, Stays back to a short ball and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
18.1
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Flatter and shorter on middle, Bairstow punches it down to long on for a run.

Imad Wasim comes back on now. 3-0-31-0 so far.

Interesting fact - Jonny Bairstow has scored 98 percent of his runs through the leg side in today's innings so far! Gives you an idea of where the Pakistan bowlers have been bowling and what they need to do. Duh, make him play on the offside!

17.6
1
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Short again, outside off, Jonny pulls it to the right of mid on and takes a single. Eventful over, in spite of a wicket, 12 runs came off it.
17.5
4
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, FOUR! Poor delivery, short and sliding down the leg side, Bairstow stays back and easily pulls it wide of short fine leg for a boundary.
17.4
1
F Ashraf to Joe Root, On middle, tickled in front of square leg and Root got off the mark with a run.

Joe Root walks out next.

17.3
0
F Ashraf to J Roy, OUT! A wicket against the run of play and finally Pakistan have broken the opening partnership. Smartly bowled by Ashraf. He follows Roy down the leg side with a short ball and nearly cramps him for room. Jason still goes on with his shot and mistimes his flat-batted shot towards cover-point where Asif Ali manages to hang on to the catch, staring at the sun. His eyes were off the ball but hands were in proper position. End of a fluent knock by Jason Roy and the 159-run entertaining stand comes to an end too. 200 more needed off 195 balls.

Fine leg drops back.

17.3
0
F Ashraf to J Roy, Wide! Slips a length ball down the leg side, Roy allows it through.
17.2
4
F Ashraf to J Roy, FOUR! Just toying here with the Pakistan bowlers. A length ball outside off, Roy shuffles across the stumps and spoons it over short fine leg for a boundary.
17.1
1
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Fetches a shortish ball from around off and pulls it in front of square leg for a run.
16.6
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Angling away from the batsman, it's guided down to third man for a single. A steady over from Shaheen, 8 from it.

Change of bat for Jonny Bairstow! As if the old willow was not doing enough damage already...

16.5
1
S Afridi to J Roy, Plays it with soft hands to mid off and crosses for one.
16.4
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Turns a length ball on the leg side and once again it goes towards Asif Ali at deep mid-wicket. The crowd gets behind him but he makes no mistake this time. It's a tough world. One more added to the total.
16.3
0
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
16.2
4
S Afridi to J Bairstow, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Nothing going Pakistan's way. Short in length and on middle, Bairstow stands tall and pulls it handsomely behind square leg. Asif Ali in the deep gets to the ball with a dive but while getting up, he loses it from his palms and it rolls behind to meet the fence.
16.1
1
S Afridi to J Roy, The batsman guides it to third man. They pick up a single.

Drinks break. Phew! Insane batting from the English openers. They have taken the Pakistan bowlers to the cleaners here and are making a complete mockery of this run chase. The required rate is now just over 6 as both Roy and Bairstow are closing in on their individual centuries. The formed got a life and is duly punishing the visiting team. A cruise at the moment for England.

15.6
4
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, FOUR! No stopping this one! Identical to the last delivery, this time Bairstow goes straight and powers it down the ground for a boundary. Jonny has now overtaken his partner as the race to century begins between the two openers. 214 needed off 204 balls.
15.5
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Smashed straight back but not for a run. Shortish and on off, Bairstow flat-bats it down the ground but the mid on fielder immediately gets across to his left to collect the ball.
15.4
2
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Back of a length ball on off, Jonny hangs on the back foot and pulls it powerfully down to deep mid-wicket. Imam in the deep makes a tumbling stop and the batsmen take two.
15.3
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Lands it on a length and gets it to angle into the batsman, Bairstow pushes it back and Faheem moves across to his right to stop the ball. A rare dot in this run chase.
15.2
2
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, A touch short and on off, Jonny plays a short-arm jab over mid-wicket and it falls safely in the deep. A couple of runs added to the total.
15.1
0
F Ashraf to J Bairstow, Good length delivery angling into the batsman, Bairstow pushes it back to the bowler. Roy is seen roaming outside the crease and hence the bowler has a shy. Misses and mid on backs it up.

Stat alert - Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have the most runs by an opening pair for England and also have the most number of century stands. The J and J Show!

14.6
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Comes back over the wicket, a fuller ball outside off is driven for a single by YJB towards mid off. 20 runs off this one! 111 runs in the last 10 overs! This total is also the second highest score that England have ever made in the first 15 overs of an ODI!

A huge discussion... between the keeper, bowler and Hasan Ali!

14.5
6
S Afridi to J Bairstow, SIX! This over gets even worse for Afridi! A short length ball that has been pulled and smashed deep over the rope at mid-wicket. The ball is in the crowd! What entertainment!
14.4
4
S Afridi to J Bairstow, FOUR! This is really poor bowling. A ball on the pads, flicked away with power through mid-wicket. This time the ball goes to the left of the fielder in the deep and another boundary.
14.3
4
S Afridi to J Bairstow, FOUR! That is a slap! And it is FIFTY FOR BAIRSTOW! 10th in ODIs. A short length ball, Bairstow is all class and it shows as he has so much time to pull this through square leg and to the rope.
14.2
1
S Afridi to J Roy, Roy comes down the ground and punches this short ball to long on for a single.
14.1
4
S Afridi to J Roy, FOUR! Welcome back, Afridi. Poor ball on the pads, Roy gleefully glances this past short fine leg. Easy pickings and a boundary results.

Change of gloves for Jason Roy. Meanwhile, there is a bowling change as well. Shaheen Afridi is back on.

13.6
1
F Ashraf to J Roy, Tight but Roy is in as the fielder misses his shy! A length ball on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket by Jason and the batsman looks to run a single. He sets off and it would have been out had Fakhar Zaman hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. He misses and JR gets in.
13.5
0
F Ashraf to J Roy, This one was down the leg side and Roy looks for a wide but the umpire thinks that the ball has touched his shirt on the way through.
13.4
4
F Ashraf to J Roy, FOUR! Pulled away! Short on middle, nothing delivery. Roy smashes this one wide of deep mid-wicket.
13.3
0
F Ashraf to J Roy, Dropped short! That is poor fielding from Sohail! A length ball outside off, holds in the surface a bit. Roy looks to punch it but is early into the shot and it goes aerially towards extra-cover. It seems to be an easy catch had Haris there come even a bit ahead but he does not and lets the ball drop in front of him without any effort! Sarfaraz must be disappointed.
13.2
0
F Ashraf to J Roy, Back of a length following the batsman, Roy tries to make room and run it down but fails to do so as the ball was very close to him. It goes to the keeper.
13.1
6
F Ashraf to J Roy, SIX! They are making this a habit! Beginning the over with a maximum. A length ball from Faheem on middle, Roy does not want to have a look and dances down the track and smashes it over long on! Into the stands.

Faheem Ashraf comes on now.

12.6
1
I Wasim to J Roy, Slogged away to deep mid-wicket by Roy for a single. They are really looking to smash everything here. 14 off this over!
12.5
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Flatter on middle, pulled away for a run. Smart batting this, a single after the six.
12.4
6
I Wasim to J Bairstow, SIX! That is huge! A flatter one on middle, Bairstow gets nice and low on one knee before lifting this over cow corner. That ball is somewhere in the stands and will take some retrieving! The 100 comes up for the hosts!
12.3
1
I Wasim to J Roy, Flatter on middle, punched back to long off for another run, this time by Roy.
12.2
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Fuller on middle, turned towards fine leg for a single.
12.1
4
I Wasim to J Bairstow, FOUR! So quick to pick the length! A flatter one on middle, Bairstow pulls this wide of long on with ease. The boundary is peppered.
11.6
2
H Ali to J Roy, Length ball outside off, driven away wide of deep cover. The batsmen run the first one quick and put pressure on the bowler. Two runs picked up as Asif in the deep misfields! What a start this is, 92/0 at the end of 12 overs!
11.5
4
H Ali to J Roy, FOUR! FIFTY FOR ROY! His 14th in ODIs and second consecutive one! What a way to get there too, just off 40 balls. A length ball outside off, dabbed down really fine past the keeper to his right. Third man has no chance to come around and stop it.
11.5
0
H Ali to J Roy, Wide! Bouncer gone too high on middle, the leg umpire is the one to give the decision.
11.4
0
H Ali to J Roy, Back of a length on middle, defended off the back foot to the bowler.
11.3
4
H Ali to J Roy, FOUR! Shot! A short length ball outside off, Roy smashes this standing tall. The ball goes to the boundary to the right of the fielder in the deep. Easy pickings, with that kind of width.
11.2
1
H Ali to J Bairstow, Punched to deep cover for a single by YJB. Bairstow wanted the second but Roy yells out a loud wait!
11.1
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, Bouncer outside off, Bairstow looks to ramp this ball over the keeper but misses it.
10.6
0
I Wasim to J Roy, Make that 5 dots after the six on the first ball. A flatter one on middle, punched back to the right of the bowler where Wasim runs and stops the ball. Good comeback from Imad. He stares at the batsman as he completes his over.
10.5
0
I Wasim to J Roy, 4 dots after the first ball! Flatter outside off, punched towards cover by Roy.
10.4
0
I Wasim to J Roy, Flatter on the pads, turned towards mid-wicket.

Haha! Imad Wasim is into his delivery stride and Jason Roy moves out at the last moment. They are having a go at each other.

10.3
0
I Wasim to J Roy, Flatter on middle, punched towards the bowler. Wasim fields and fake a throw! The crowd jeers!
10.2
0
I Wasim to J Roy, Slower through the air on leg, pushed back down the ground to the bowler.
10.1
6
I Wasim to J Roy, SIX! That is enormous! Third floor on the building there near cow corner. A flatter one on middle, Roy just lifts it and deposits it outside the rope.

Powerplay 2 time! 4 fielders are allowed now outside the inner circle till the end of the 40th over!

9.6
1
H Ali to J Roy, Keeps it on a length around off, Roy dabs it down in the direction of third man for one. 10 from the over after Powerplay 1!
9.5
1
H Ali to J Bairstow, On a length around middle, a mishit down towards mid on for one.
9.4
4
H Ali to J Bairstow, FOUR! Catch it is the shout but it has gone to the fence. A length ball on middle, Bairstow brings down a straight bat and forces it down the ground aerially. Shaheen dives across to his left to attempt for the catch but it falls wide and races away to the fence. He dropped a dolly earlier, expecting too much from him with this chance.
9.3
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, Beaten! Slower delivery again, on a length and around off, Bairstow tries hitting across the line but misses.
9.2
4
H Ali to J Bairstow, FOUR! Eased away! Slower delivery, short and on middle, Bairstow gets on top of the bounce and helps his pull shot down to fine leg for a boundary.
9.1
0
H Ali to J Bairstow, A length ball outside off, pushed off the front foot to the cover region. Dot ball.
8.6
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Forces a full ball down to long on for a single. End of a long over in terms of time taken, 11 coming off it.

The shoe has been taken off by Wasim... he looks in real pain here! The physio will definitely have a look but it does not seem too good! He is continuing!!!

8.5
1
I Wasim to J Roy, Imad Wasim has hurt himself here! A flatter full ball on off has been drilled right back to the bowler who tries to stop it with his left boot. Is down in pain.
8.4
0
I Wasim to J Roy, Shortish and on middle, punched off the back foot to covers.
8.3
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Flatter and on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a run.
8.3
0
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Wide! Sprays this one well down the leg side. It's left alone by Jonny.
8.2
1
I Wasim to J Roy, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single.
8.1
6
I Wasim to J Roy, SIX! Roy greets Imad with a maximum! Immediately attacks him with all his might. A flighted ball on middle, Jason clears his front leg and sends it packing over long on.

Imad Wasim comes on to bowl now.

7.6
1
H Ali to J Roy, Roy plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single. 7 runs and a dropped catch from the over.
7.5
0
H Ali to J Roy, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
7.4
4
H Ali to J Roy, FOUR! Just rubbing it in for that dropped catch. Short delivery outside off, rising high, Jason rocks back and just helps his attempted hook shot through mid-wicket. It speeds through and Imam in the deep tries to stop it with a dive. Ends up going into the fence with the ball.
7.3
0
H Ali to J Roy, Full and around off, pushed off the front foot to the off side.
7.2
1
H Ali to J Bairstow, The batsman works it down the leg side towards short fine leg. They pick up a single.
7.1
1
H Ali to J Roy, DROPPED! Goodness gracious, what have you done Shaheen! That was an absolutely dolly. Would have been a brilliant start for Hasan. Back of a length delivery outside off, Roy stands tall to slap it over mid off but fails to get the desired connection. It goes straight in and out of Shaheen's hands. A single is taken as Ali is distraught.

Hasan Ali is into the attack now.

6.6
1
J Khan to J Roy, Gets behind the line of the delivery and bunts it to mid off for a quick single.
6.5
1
J Khan to J Bairstow, Good length ball on middle, Bairstow flicks it towards mid-wicket where the fielder fails to stop it cleanly and a run results.
6.4
6
J Khan to J Bairstow, SIX! High and handsome! Minimum effort maximum result. Just a shade short in length around middle, Jonny turns inside the crease and turns it handsomely over backward square leg for a maximum.
6.3
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Full and outside off, Bairstow wristily pushes it back past the right side of the bowler to mid on.
6.2
1
J Khan to J Roy, Back of a length ball outside off, leaving the batsman, Jason helps it down to third man for a run.
6.1
1
J Khan to J Bairstow, A length ball on the leg stump line, Bairstow tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls to square leg and they cross.

Slight movement near the sightscreen. Jonny Bairstow is not happy and want the security guards there to settle down or move away.

5.6
0
S Afridi to J Roy, Bouncer, it has gone over the batsman who offers no shot. Strangely no signal from the square leg umpire.
5.5
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Back of a length ball on middle, Jonny stands back and whips it to deep backward square leg for a run.
5.4
1
S Afridi to J Roy, Nearly a return catch! Too full in length on middle, Roy brings down a straight bat and it flies to the right of the bowler. Shaheen puts in a dive in his followthrough but it goes wide of him towards mid on. One run taken.
5.3
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Digs in a short ball on middle, Bairstow pulls it across the line through square leg for one.
5.2
1
S Afridi to J Roy, Good length ball on middle, it's worked in front of square leg for a run.
5.1
6
S Afridi to J Roy, SIX! Down the track comes Jason Roy and he dismisses it over the bowler's head for a biggie. As a fast bowler, you just hate that. A length ball around middle and off, Roy with the lovely extension of his arms has admonished it.
4.6
4
J Khan to J Bairstow, FOUR! That one poor ball that spoils the over! A length ball on off, Bairstow flicks it away past short fine leg for a boundary. A 3-run over till then becomes a 7-run one!
4.5
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Good bouncer! Brilliantly aimed at the head of the batsman. Bairstow had to duck really sharply and let the ball go.
4.4
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Back of a length outside off, pushed back down towards mid off by the batsman.
4.3
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Turned towards mid-wicket by Jonny. Good shot for no run.
4.2
1
J Khan to J Roy, Off the inner half again towards the right of mid on for a single by Roy.
4.1
1
J Khan to J Bairstow, Back of a length on off, pushed towards mid on off the inner half of the blade by YJB. A single is taken.
4.1
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Wide! Bowled down the leg side, Bairstow wanted to smash it over square leg but fails to touch the ball. It is wided.
3.6
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, On a length on middle, tucked away to deep mid-wicket for a run by Bairstow and he retains strike.
3.5
1
S Afridi to J Roy, Jason guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
3.4
0
S Afridi to J Roy, Almost had a wicket there! A length ball outside off, Roy looks to cut but fails to connect. There was a little skid and extra bounce there which was why he missed the ball.
3.3
0
S Afridi to J Roy, Another good ball on length and on top of middle, the ball goes off the outside half towards cover.
3.2
0
S Afridi to J Roy, What a jaffa! Completely opened up the batsman! A back of a length ball on off and middle, going across Roy who wants to defend initially but is surprised by the slight movement. He misses the ball and it goes past the outside edge.
3.1
0
S Afridi to J Roy, Fuller length ball outside off, driven back towards extra-cover.
2.6
4
J Khan to J Bairstow, FOUR! Easily done! Back of a length on the hips, tucked fine on the leg side. Easy pickings for Bairstow, the man in form!
2.5
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Off the glove, in the air... but drops well short! A short ball on the rib cage, Bairstow looks to pull it over short fine leg but the ball goes off the glove and lobs towards Shaheen there who reacts late and tries to then come to the ball. It lands well short of him though.
2.4
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, On a length on middle, punched back confidently towards the bowler who puts his left hand down to his left to stop the ball.
2.3
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Bairstow tucks this one towards mid-wicket. No run though.
2.2
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Back of a length outside off, Jonny looks to pull this away but fails to connect. Missed out there.
2.1
4
J Khan to J Bairstow, FOUR! Back of a length on middle, flicked away! The ball is in the gap to the right of mid-wicket. There is no chance for the fielder once it crosses the circle. Bairstow off the mark in style!
1.6
0
S Afridi to J Roy, Another confident drive! This goes straight to mid off.
1.5
4
S Afridi to J Roy, FOUR! There is nothing wrong with this shot though. A fuller and wide ball outside off, Roy drives it supremely wide of mid off and all the way to the boundary. Should have made him feel really good.
1.4
4
S Afridi to J Roy, FOUR! Lucky runs! First boundary for Roy. A length ball outside off, Jason cuts but gets an under edge that goes past the keeper to his left for a boundary.
1.3
0
S Afridi to J Roy, Inside edge onto the pads, Roy looking to break the shackles here. Looks for a quick run as well but Bairstow sends him back.
1.2
0
S Afridi to J Roy, Fuller outside off, driven to mid off and the single is declined. Good call too as the fielder fires a direct hit at the bowler's end.
1.1
0
S Afridi to J Roy, On a length on middle from Shaheen, the batsman pats it back down on the surface.

Shaheen Afridi to bowl with the other new ball.

0.6
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Bairstow pushes it towards mid-wicket off his toes. Dot ball to end the 1-run over! Nice stuff from Junaid.
0.5
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Back of a length on middle, the batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
0.4
0
J Khan to J Bairstow, Bairstow defends his first ball back down to the bowler from the crease.
0.3
1
J Khan to J Roy, England are away but not in the best fashion. A length ball wide outside off, Roy reaches out to drive but the ball goes off the outside half towards third man for a single.
0.2
0
J Khan to J Roy, Back of a length on middle and coming inward, Roy is tucked in there without much room and misses the ball. He gets hit high on the thigh pad. There is an appeal but it was way too optimistic. That would have flown miles over the stumps.
0.1
0
J Khan to J Roy, Length ball on middle to start, Roy comes forward and punches this ball confidently towards mid on.

We're back for the run chase. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are the English openers. The start in a big run chase like this is of utmost importance. These two have been in fine form of late and would try to provide that here. Pakistan will start proceedings with Junaid Khan. This should be a riveting battle, let's play!!!