Joe Root’s 89 takes England to a comfortable win by 4 wickets against Pakistan at Lords

The second game in the one day series between England and Pakistan was played at Lords. Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first on a good surface prepared for the game.

The hosts did come up trumps yet again as bowlers did an excellent job to reduce Pakistan for 2 for 3 in initial overs. Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed started to rebuild the innings. Azam was dismissed for 30 runs by Liam Plunkett see to the side 4 down for a score of 66 after 13 overs. Sarfaraz Ahmed played well for his hundred and held the innings together for Pakistan. Shoaib Malik came in and produced 28 runs off 35 balls before played a reckless shot to Mark Wood in the 26th over of the innings. Sarfaraz Ahmed was joined by Imad Wasim who put on a partnership of 77 runs as both rotated the strike well and kept the score ticking at a good rate. Sarfaraz Ahmed top scored for Pakistan with 105 runs off 130 balls with Imad Wasim producing a good half century to see the side dismissed for 251 runs in the last over of the innings.

England in reply lost opener Jason Roy who could not replicate his heroics from the first game as he dragged the ball onto his stumps off the bowling of left arm pacer Mohammad Amir. Imad Wasim was introduced into the attack in the 8th over and the maneuver provided dividend as he got Alex Hales for 14 to see England placed at 35 for 2 after nine overs.Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan came to crease and formed a crucial 112 run partnership to take the side close to chase down the target. Root notched up his yet another half century in the one day game while Morgan also played well putting away loose deliveries and taking singles on a regular basis. Imad Wasim provided the breakthrough as he bowled Morgan for 68 runs to see England placed at 147 for 3 after 30 overs.

Ben Stokes came in and blazed away from the word go as he timed 30 ball 42 runs to take England close to a comfortable win. Stokes also fell trying to finish the game by all-rounder Hasan Ali.Joe Root scored 89 runs off 108 balls and was eventually gone as he miscued a ball to find a top edge off the bowling of Wahab Riaz to be taken by fielder Shoaib Malik at mid-on.

The struggles in the one day format for Pakistan are getting more visible as top order not producing runs with consistency has let down the bowlers to defend low scores in recent games. Pakistan side needs to produce better to stay alive in the series as third game will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday.


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