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England thrash Pakistan by nine wickets in first ODI

England thrash Pakistan by nine wickets in first ODI
July 8, 2021

CARDIFF (92 News) - England thrashed Pakistan by nine wickets in the first ODI at Cardiff on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in a three-match series.

Pakistan set just 142 for victory, a completely altered England XI after a coronavirus outbreak within the originally selected squad, finished on 142-1 with more than 28 overs remaining.

Dawid Malan was 68 not out and Zak Crawley 58 not out, the pair sharing an unbroken stand of 120,

Earlier, fast bowler Saqib Mahmood took an ODI best 4-42 as Pakistan were dismissed for 141 with more than 14 overs of their innings left.

The 24-year-old Lancashire fast bowler, in just his fifth match at this level and first in nearly a year, took two wickets in three balls in the first to leave Pakistan reeling after England stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the toss.

Only opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, with 47, and Shadab Khan (30) offered much resistance in the first of this three-match series.

And when World Cup-winner Stokes caught Shaheen Shah Afridi to end the innings, Pakistan had more than 14 overs left to bat.

Such was England's command that Stokes, despite being the most experienced member of the attack, bowled just the one over.

The decision of hosts to elect bowling first after wining toss proved right as Pakistan in deep trouble after losing early wickets in the first ODI being played at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

Two Pakistani players cannot open their score account and lost their wicket at zero. Third player can only secure 17 runs, however, the fourth lost the wicket on a total score of 26. Imamul Haq and Babar Azam lost their wicket on zero while Rizwan secured 13 runs only.

In his debut, Saud Shakeel dismissed after getting five runs. Sohaib Maqsood returned in the current team. The trophy of the series was also unveiled before the match.

England's stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan.

Pakistan is eyeing the top spot in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League as they take on a comparatively weaker England squad at the Sophia Gardens today.

COVID-19 hit the England camp just three days before the ODI series when seven members of their squad tested positive, including three cricketers, forcing them to announce a new squad.

This resulted in Stokes taking over the captaincy from regular skipper Eoin Morgan.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, however, was resolute to field his best team, showing no mercy at all for the new-look England team when he spoke from Derby.