The third one day game between England and Pakistan held at Trent Bridge in Nottingham saw the hosts produce spell-binding display with the bat to win the game by 169 runs and take the series.
It was one heck of carnage as runs crept coming and coming as top order Alex Hales struggling to find form went onto produce his finest one day score of 171 runs on a perfect strip of batting at Nottingham afternoon. Jason Roy fell early for 15 runs but Joe Root and Alex Hales made the bowlers for dropped catches as they put on 248 run partnership to put England in box seat half way through the innings as the side looked to score 380 plus after 50 overs.
The talk of Pakistan strong bowling was put to dust by belligerent batting performance by young England brigade who are increasingly looking a daunting proposition as a side at home in the one day game. Alex Hales notched up his century in just 83 balls and went to another gear as he flayed Wahab Riaz to all parts in one over. He scored 171 runs off 121 balls before being trapped right in front by right arm medium pacer Hasan Ali.He struck twenty two fours and four sixes in his innings and also went to break Robin Smith’s record of highest score by English batsman in one day cricket after two decades. The end stages became run massacre as Jos Butler and Eoin Morgan showed brute skills of clinical hitting with the bat to make sure England compile 144 runs in the last ten overs to finish up with highest team total in one day internationals previously held by Srilanka against Holland.
Pakistan did show glimpses of fight as openers Sharjeel Khan put opening bowlers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes to sword in the early overs but found one supporting him as the likes of Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam fell for low score.Sharjeel’s heroics came to end as Woakes had him caught on a pull shot taken by Ben Stokes for 52 runs. The middle order never showed the urge to fight as they fell one by one. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir in the end showed dogged resistance as they put 76 run partnership to avoid their succumbing to a much bigger margin of defeat by runs. Mohammad Amir came at 11 and produced a 22 ball 50 to put some smile on the faces of Pakistani fan that are increasingly getting depressed by the decline of the one day team. England went onto win the game by 169 runs and take the series by 3-0 with two remaining games to be played at Leeds and Cardiff.