Jason Roy’s blitz helps England outclass Pakistan by 44 runs

The first one day game between England and Pakistan was played at Ageas Bowl in Southampton.England came out on top in this fixture as they won the game by 44 runs due to D/L method as the rain curtailed England innings in the second half. The hosts were well placed to win the game at the time at 194 for 3 after 34 overs before rains came down to see the end of the game. Jason Roy was the catalyst for a brisk start at the top as he scored 65 runs off 56 balls.He struck six fours and one six in his innings. Alex Hales fell early as he was dismissed by fast bowler Umar Gul for 7.Joe Root supported Roy as they put on 89 run partnership to lay a solid foundation for others in the chase. Root scored 61 runs off 72 balls before he was run-out due to terrible mix-up with skipper Eoin Morgan. Morgan played well and remained unbeaten on 33 runs to see the side home after they were placed in terms of run according to Duckworth/Lewis method.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first on a good pitch for batting. Azhar Ali scored 82 runs and held the innings together for major part for Pakistan. Sharjeel khan for 16 runs to fast bowler Mark Wood. Mohammad Hafeez woes with the bat continued in the one day format as he played a reckless against the off spin of Joe Root to depart after scoring 11 runs. Babar Azam played well for his 40 runs but was given lbw out in a close call from the umpire. Sarfaraz Ahmed once again notched up yet another fifty to help the side register 260 runs on the board after 50 overs. Adil Rashid picked up two wickets and conceded 51 runs for England while fast bowlers did well on pitch not providing any sort of assistance to the seamers.

England now the leads the series 1-0 with second game to be played at Lords on 27th August. It will be interesting to see how Pakistan respond after being outplayed in the first game of the series.

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