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England Complete 4-0 Rout of Pakistan

England beat Pakistan by 54 runs as England wrapped-up a 4-0 series victory.

The hosts won the toss at Headingly and decided to bat first with Jonny Bairstow and James Vince opening the batting. The pair put on 63 for the first wicket before Vince fell for 63, caught by Fakhar Zaman off Shaheen Afridi for 33. Bairstow and Joe Root then added 42 before Bairstow, who had been relatively subdued for his 32, was caught by Shaheen, with Imad Wasim the bowler. That brought Eoin Morgan, captaining England for the 100th time, out to join Root, and the trusted pair looked to build a strong platform for their side.

Their stand reached 117, but then Morgan was caught by Abi Ali off Shaheen, for 76, having hit 5 sixes.

Joe Root and Buttler put on 35, but Root mistimed a hit off Mohammad Hasnain and was out for 84, before Wasim took the wickets of both Buttler and Moeen Ali in the space of three balls. Then Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes added 23, before Woakes gave Shaheen a third wicket. Stokes fell for 21 to Hassan Ali, but some late hitting from Tom Curran, helped push the score to 351 - 9, although there was still time for Shaheen to claim a fourth wicket in the form of David Willey.

Curran was 29 not out at the end, whilst Shaheen finished with 4 for 82, and Wasim 3 for 53.

Pakistan made a dreadful start as Woakes claimed three wickets with the new ball to reduce the visitors to 6 – 3. Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed then shared a stand of 146 for the fourth wicket, before England produced three brilliant moments of fielding. First Adil Rashid picked up a loose throw from Buttler to run out Babar, who had scored 80, including a six. Then Rashid had Shoaib Malik brilliantly and bowled, before Buttler’s improvised stop ran out Sarfaraz for 97. He had hit 2 sixes and 7 fours.

Wasim and Asif Ali put on 39 for the seventh wicket, but then Woakes struck again to have Wasim caught behind for 25, before Ali was caught by Stokes off the bowling of Willey for 22. Woakes accounted for Hassan, but a spirited last wicket stand of 47 held up proceedings, until Hasnain was stumped off the bowling of Rashid for 28.

Shaheen was 19 not out, but his side had been bowled out for 297, with more than three overs yet to be bowled.

Woakes took 5 for 54 and claimed the man of the match award.

Rajeev mcallister
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