Pakistan Go Down Fighting As England Take The Lead

Cricket was eventually the winner at Southampton where England ended up victorious in the second ODI against Pakistan. They won by 12 runs. This was despite 734 runs being scored for the loss of hardly 10 wickets throughout the day.

Put into bat first, England managed to score 373 runs for the loss of 3 wickets as all five batsmen scored over 40 runs, with Jos Buttler managing 110 not out off just 55 balls, followed by Jason Roy’s 87 and skipper Eoin Morgan’s unbeaten 71. It was a pathetic bowling display for Pakistani bowlers who went for more than 5 runs per over, with Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi ending with one wicket each for 81 and 80 runs respectively.

Chasing 374 runs to win the match, Pakistan had a good opening start as Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq added 92 runs in 14 overs, with Imam batting relatively slower than his partner. Fakhar continued his resurgence with the bat and blasted 138 runs off 106 balls adding 135 runs for the second wicket with Babar Azam.

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After Fakhar and Babar’s dismissal for 51, Pakistan was in trouble. However, a 36-ball 51 from Asif Ali and 35-ball 41 by skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed took Pakistan closer to the target.

Needing 19 runs to win off the final over, the visitors fell short by 12 runs. They ended the match at 361 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Liam Plunkett and David Willey were the star bowlers for the hosts with 2 wickets each. England go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

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