Pakistan vs England: 1st ODI

The ODI series started with Younis Khan announcing his retirement from ODI’s which was kind of a bizzare decision because of the timing of the retirement and the fact Younis was just making his comeback in the team which decision was questioned by many critics that why in the first place he has been selected in the ODI format yet again after successive failures no doubt Younis is a Test legend but ODI isn’t the format where his numbers speaks for himself, I guess he just needed a guard of honour.

English team started the ODI series misrebaly by losing 3 wickets for just 14 runs Eoin Morgan and James Taylor constructed the innings by adding 133 runs for the 4th wicket but the lower middle order couldn’t capitalize it and the whole team slumpped to 216 runs all out accompanied with some disciplined and energetic display in the field, Shoaib Malik chipped in with the two most valuable wickets of the innings of Morgan and Taylor.

Pakistan batting start was also shaky as the left armer Reece Topley got rid of the openers with some in swinging deliveries with in three overs and than Younis last innings ended with another failure which was the case in the ODI format for him for the last couple of years. Hafeez 11th ODI century and Babar Azam 50 made sure that there were no more twist and turns in the chase.

Intresting Facts:

  • Before this Pakistan have lost 7 out of 9 ODI’s in the UAE against England.
  • In the past 5 years Hafeez (24) have earned the most man of the match awards.

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)

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