2nd ODI: Hasan Ali picked up 5 wickets and hit a quickfire 31 but Pakistan were not able to gun down 248 in a must-win match at the Lord’s in London. Lewis Gregory’s all-round effort helped England seal another win.
Hasan Ali heroics not enough for Pakistan in 2nd ODI vs England at Lord’s (Reuters Photo)
- England have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in 3-match ODI series
- Babar Azam’s poor form is hurting Pakistan against a 2nd-string England side
- Lewis Gregory hit 40 and picked up 3 wickets for England on Saturday
World champions England showcased the depth in their limited-overs resources as a second-string side, led by Ben Stokes, outclassed Pakistan in the 2nd ODI of a 3-match series to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead. Babar Azam’s Pakistan have been comfortably outclassed by the England side which was scrambled at the eleventh hour after members of the first-choice team tested positive for Covid-19.
Hasan Ali picked up a 5-wicket haul to restrict England to 247 but Pakistan fell well short of the target despite the pacer coming up with a cameo at Lord’s. England Lewis Gregory shone as he hit a crucial 40 in the middle order and picked up 3 wickets.
Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl after rain caused a delay which led to the match being reduced to 47 overs per side.
Pakistan fast bowlers made things happen under the grey sky in London as Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi picked up early wickets. England opener Dawid Malan and one drop Zak Crawley went for naughts and Pakistan had the opportunity to tighten the noose but their poor catching effort helped England release a bit of pressure.
Opener Philip Salt hit his maiden ODI fifty as she stitched a 97-run stand with James Vince who made 56.
However, with Shadab Khan and Saud Shakeel striking in quick succession, England lost both Salt and Vince. Hasan Ali returned to remove captain Stokes (22) and wicketkeeper Simpson (17) but handy cameos from Lewis Gregory (40)and Brydon Carse (31) helped England post 247 in 45.2 overs.
Babar Azam fails once again
In reply, Pakistan got off to a horror start as they lost Imam-ul-Haq (1), captain Babar (19) and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (5) inside the first 10 overs.
None of the Pakistan batsmen, barring newcomer Shakeel (56) got going as Pakistan slipped to 115 for 6 and then to 152 for 8. Hasan Ali hit a quickfire 31 from just 17 balls and Shaheen Afridi chipped in with 18 but it was not enough for Pakistan.
With the series already sealed, England will look to complete a sweep when the two teams meet on July 13 in at Edgbaston.
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