Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Date & Time: 17 May 2019
RR: 6.88 | England beat Pakistan by 3 wickets
Right then, it's England 3-0 in the series with only one formality ODI left. It's on Sunday, May 19 in Leeds. Do join us at 1100 local (1000 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
Jason Roy is awarded the Man of the Match for his impactful hundred. His knock set the tone up front and played a big role in England's victory.
Earlier in the match, Babar Azam stroked a beautiful century but failed to carry on. The likes of Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez also got starts but the kind of finish that was desired never came at the death. Eventually, it was one more defeat for Pakistan, their 9th in a row in a completed ODI and they are finding no momentum heading into the mega event.
It was yet another poor display of bowling and fielding from Pakistan. Their performance with the new balls was not up to the mark. The pacers failed to create much impact initially, however, towards the end, they bowled some great deliveries to scare the English team. The young bowler, Mohammad Hasnain, impressed with his pace but he went for aplenty. Junaid and Hasan were very inconsistent with their lengths and overall, it was once again a below-par show from the Asian team.
The target in excess of 300 is always supposed to be a challenging one but given the way England made a mockery of the last chase in Bristol, 341 looked below-par. The English openers once again laid a solid platform with Jason Roy finally converting his fifty to hundred, after getting dropped on 25 by Fakhar Zaman. It was a cruise for the hosts but then came a roadblock. They lost four wickets for 15 runs in a span of 17 balls in the middle overs which brought Pakistan back into the game. However, the asking rate wasn't too much and Ben Stokes along with the lower order batsmen - Joe Denly, Tom Curran and Adil Rashid overhauled the target in the last over.
A hard-fought win for a change for England. They won't mind it though as it tested their lower order batting. A fine knock under pressure from Ben Stokes and he stayed till the end to drive the English team home.
19 needed off the last 2 overs. Junaid Khan to bowl the all-important penultimate over.
Adil Rashid is the new man in.
Hasan Ali back into the attack. Pakistan need wickets here. Can he provide it?
Junaid Khan is back into the attack.
Mohammad Hasnain is back into the attack.
Gamble from Sarfaraz. He brings Mohammad Hafeez back into the attack.
The new man in is Tom Curran. Powerplay 3 also signalled by the umpire. 5 fielders can now be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
Imad Wasim is back on.
Junaid Khan is brought back into the attack, replacing Mohammad Hafeez. 108 needed off 90 balls.
Hasan Ali replaces Shoaib Malik in the attack.
Mohammad Hafeez is into the attack now.
Joe Denly walks out to bat next.
Shoaib Malik is into the attack now. 125 needed off 120 balls.
Moeen Ali walks in at number 6, replacing his skipper.
Skipper Jos Buttler walks in next.
Ben Stokes walks in at number 4, replacing Roy.
Imad Wasim returns. 6-0-46-0 so far.
Mohammad Hasnain is back on. 4-0-30-1 so far.
Hasan Ali is back on.
What happened there? Hafeez comes on to bowl but at the last moment, does not deliver. Root is out of his crease and quickly gets his left leg back. But the Professor calmly tells him that he was not looking to Mankad. Replays show that he overstepped, so he did not deliver!
Junaid Khan returns. 3-0-25-0 so far.
Drinks break. Here comes Hafeez.
Hasnain comes on to bowl... but loses his runup. Seems like he lost his footing. The back leg just slipped a little, but very late.
Joe Root walks in at number 3, replacing Vince.
Going through the norms. The physio has just come out to check any concussion issues and also the helmet is being checked.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the circle till the 40th over.
Mohammad Hasnain, the promising pacer, is introduced into the attack.
Five fielders on the leg side.
First bowling change from Pakistan. It's going to be Imad Wasim.
Hasan Ali to operate with the second new ball.
We're back for the run chase. Jason Roy has a new opening partner in James Vince. Last time, the former went berserk and made a complete mockery of a big chase. Will the script change today? Will Pakistan bowl and catch better? Only time will tell. Junaid Khan to begin proceedings with the first new ball...