England Take Series Lead Against Pakistan

by on Wednesday, November 18

Pakistan_England_ODI_CricketEngland took a 2-1 lead in the ODI series against Pakistan yesterday, easily reaching Pakistan’s low score with 9 overs to spare. It now means that England can’t lose the series, which finishes in Dubai on Friday.

Pakistan took the first victory of the game by winning the toss, and elected to bat first. It was a decision that seemed to be the correct one, as the Pakistan batsmen started quickly. By the time they reached 132-3 – a pretty good score in an ODI game – it looked like England could well be charged with chasing down a big score. But then it all fell apart, as Pakistan suffered a collapse more often associated with their English opponents…

From their position of 132-3, Pakistan then proceeded to lose wickets on an incredibly regular basis. The running between the wickets was abysmal, and contributed to 3 wickets in their innings, however England’s bowling was also fantastic. Chris Woakes was the pick of the England players, finishing with impressive figures of 4-40. Moeen Ali, while only managing one wicket, was also good, with an economy of just 3.00 from his 10 overs.

The Pakistan collapse saw them end their innings with a score of just 208 – probably around 100 less than they’d have expected nearer to the beginning of their innings. While England were confident before their innings began, that confidence quickly evaporated early in their innings though…

First Jason Roy fell when the score was on just 12, and then Joe Root was dismissed with the score on 27. With the score on 27-2, the England reply was faltering, and suddenly Pakistan realised that they could still win the game. That was until Morgan and Hales came together, who both steadied the ship. Just when the ship was steady though, they were both dismissed in quick succession, leaving the score on 93-4.

This brought James Taylor and Jos Buttler to the crease, and they saw the game through to its conclusion. While Taylor’s innings of 67* was the best of the day, Buttler’s 49* was probably the most important. The wicketkeeper had been struggling for form in recent games and there was much discussion about his place in the team, however this innings underlined his value to the England team.

As already mentioned, the final ODI of the series will take place on Friday. The two teams will then play a three match T20 series before the tour comes to an end.