Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Date & Time: 19 May 2019
RR: 6.34 | England beat Pakistan by 54 runs
That is it from this game and series then. England have stamped their authority with a 4-0 victory and will aim to replicate this form during the World Cup. Not too many international matches being played over the course of these 10 days with the warm-up games starting on May 24. Looking forward to the big tourney. Take a break, refresh yourselves and be back for the mega event. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
CHRIS WOAKES HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Good choice, given that normally batsmen get that award and Root and Morgan were in the reckoning. But well done Woakes, with a 4-fer and a 5-fer in this series. JASON ROY HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES, for scoring 277 runs in just 3 outings, which had a century and 2 half centuries.
At last, we got a 5-fer in this series. It was turning out to be monotonously boring with only batsmen getting their runs. But in this game, we got a 4-fer from Afridi and then in the run chase, a 5-fer from Woakes, breaking Pakistan's backbone. Rashid was decent too, for his couple of wickets. It was a better performance from England but their bowling still needs a working over.
It is at that stage when the actual fight began. Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed sized up the deck beautifully and played sensible strokes. Their 146-run stand kept Pakistan in the hunt till Adil Rashid produced a beauty in the field to run Babar out. Post that, Sarfaraz tried to hang around and take his team home but eventually, it was too much for him and he felt 3 runs short of his ton.
Heard of the saying, 'Looks are deceptive?' Perhaps Pakistan were deceived by the look of this pitch. They probably thought it was a belter like the previous ones in this series and could play their shots. But they were wrong. One needed to get set on this pitch and then try to play shots. Before they could even think of the word boundary in their mind, Woakes had reduced them to 6/3 in 3 overs.
For a change, in this game, the bowlers got a chance to come to the party. At first, with Root and Morgan going great guns in the first innings, it seemed like 500 was indeed on the cards. But Root's wicket led to a collapse and England were 'restricted' to 351. At the halfway mark, given the way Pakistan had batted in this series, it looked like they might chase this down.
A perfect warm-up heading into the World Cup for England. Their 11TH SUCCESSIVE UNBEATEN BILATERAL SERIES IN ODIS. Plus in this one, not a game lost.
Adil Rashid returns.
Ha ha ha! What happened there? Hasnain keeps backing away to the leg side, goes out of the pitch but Willey does not deliver! He probably expected Hasnain to not play that ball.
Mohammad Hasnain is the last man in.
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the circle now, though doubt that Morgan will make any change.
Shaheen Afridi walks in at number 10, replacing Asif Ali.
Hasan Ali walks in. David Willey is the bowler change.
Caught behind! Or not? Imad Wasim has taken a review after being adjudged caught down the leg side. Sounded like bat...
Chris Woakes returns. 5-2-17-3 so far.
Tom Curran is back on. 4-0-22-0 so far.
Imad Wasim walks in at number 8, replacing Sarfaraz.
Is that a run out? Buttler seems to have pulled off a stunner here. Sarfaraz looks frustrated with himself. And replays seem to show that Sarfaraz is late...
Asif Ali walks in at number 7, replacing Malik.
STAT ALERT - That six from Sarfaraz was his first in 18 ODIS!!!
Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.
Appeal for a run out! Adil Rashid has done a brilliant job to hit the stumps. Is Babar Azam short? England are looking excited...
Appeal for a run out, referred upstairs. No real reaction from England.
Adil Rashid is introduced into the attack.
Moeen Ali into the attack.
DRINKS BREAK. This is a good recovery from Pakistan. They seemed to be down and out in the first 4-5 overs but after that, Babar and Sarfaraz have seemed to ease out the pressure. The required run rate is still manageable, under 8 but this pair slowly needs to start upping the ante. Perhaps they are waiting for the fifth bowler.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle, till the 40th over (If the match lasts till then). BEN STOKES to bowl now.
Tom Curran into the attack now.
Interesting. Sarfaraz Ahmed walks in at number 5, replacing Hafeez.
Mohammad Hafeez walks in at number 4, replacing Abid. Pakistan certainly need the Professor to deliver a good and long lecture today.
Abid Ali has been adjudged LBW! he has taken the review though. Inside edge? Doesn't seem so, to the naked eye. Nope. Nothing on the Snickometer. What does Hawk Eye say? Two reds and one Yellow and Abid has to go!
David Willey to bowl with the second new ball.
Babar Azam walks in at number 3, replacing Zaman.
Back for the run chase. The men concerned are back on the field. Fakhar Zaman has a new opening partner in Abid Ali today after Imam-ul-Haq got injured in the last ODI. England are beginning with the pace of Chris Woakes. Two slips in place. All set, here we go again...