Jonny Bairstow smashed a blistering hundred to see England canter to a comfortable win over Pakistan in the third game of the one-day series played at County Ground in Bristol.
Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl first on a surface that looked flat. Imam-ul-Haq splendid innings saw Pakistan post a mammoth 358 runs on the board. In reply, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow delivered scintillating performances to see the complete the chase inside 45 overs. England have taken 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series against Pakistan.
Chasing 359 runs to win, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got the side off to rampant start and did not allow bowlers to deliver tidy spells. Roy showed excellent form with the bat at the top of the innings and scored 76 off 55 balls with the help of four sixes.
Bairstow has been in imperious form with the bat and play his shots against Pakistan bowlers. He scored 128 runs off just 93 balls to see England dominate the proceedings in the game.
For Pakistan, the bowling looked fairly ordinary and failed to make breakthroughs with the new-ball. Imad Wasim also failed to contain the England’s star-studded batting lineup on a placid surface prepared at Bristol.
Jonny Bairstow smashed a scintillating century to set up a comfortable win for England in the third one-day game played in Bristol
Earlier in the day, Pakistan got off to a shaky start as Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam departed for low scores in the initial Powerplay overs. Haris Sohail and Imam-ul-Haq joined hands and put on a 68-run partnership to lead the recovery for Pakistan in the innings. Sohail played well and scored 41 runs before a terrible mix-up saw him run-out in the 17th over of the innings.
Imam-ul-Haq started in cautious manner and slowly built his innings. The left-hander came into this game under a lot of pressure due to lack of runs. He scored a career-best 151 runs off 131 balls and smashed 16 fours in his innings.
Imam was well supported by Asif Ali, who decided to up the ante for Pakistan in the innings. The pinch-hitter scored 52 off 43 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes. Imam put on a mammoth partnership with Asif Ali to see Pakistan in a commanding position to post a big score on the board.
Imad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Hasan Ali chipped in with crucial cameos to see Pakistan post 358 for 9 in 50 overs.
For England, Medium-pacer Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name. Liam Plunkett also bowled well and conceded just 55 runs from his nine overs.
David Willey, Moeen Ali and Tom Curran leaked a lot of runs and will need to improve their game with the ball in the remaining game of the competition.