CARDIFF: England have posted a sizable total of 302/9 runs in the first innings of fifth ODI against Pakistan at the Sophia Garden, Cardiff.
Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali, won the toss and elected to bowl first on slow but covered pitch. The idea didn’t work that good for him as his pacers kept leaking runs.
England lost two quick wickets but didn’t lose the run rate.
Roy went on to score 87 off 89 balls to give middle order some support. Besides him, en Stokes (75) also held the England batting line. Rest of the batsmen could not do much to wonder Pakistan.
Hales (23), Root (9) and Morgan went for (10). However, Bairstow once again showed a glimpse of his fine form this summer before departing for 33.
Pakistan could not hold runs in the middle overs, but bowled brilliantly in the last part of innings to prevent England from scoring a big total.
Amir took 3 wickets for 50 runs in his quota. Imad Wasim once again was phenomenal with the ball. He bowled his ten over for 33 and took important wicket of in-form Morgan. On the other hand, Hasan Ali, a bit expensive, but handy, bagged 4 wickets for 60.
Pakistan when come to bat, would require 303 to win this game!