England hit world record one-day total of 444-3 against Pakistan in 3rd ODI
NOTTINGHAM – England piled up a world record one-day international total of 444 for three against Pakistan after Alex Hales and Jos Buttler ran riot at a sun-kissed Trent Bridge on Tuesday.
Buttler struck the last ball of the innings for four to take Eoin Morgan’s men past Sri Lanka’s 443 for nine against Netherlands in July 2006.
Hales plundered 171, the highest individual limited-overs score by an England batsman, before Buttler reached his fifty off 22 deliveries, also an England record.
The hosts passed their previous highest total of 408 for nine, made against New Zealand last year, while captain Morgan got to his half-century off 24 deliveries as he and Buttler shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 161.
Hales flayed four sixes and 22 fours in his 122-ball knock to surpass Robin Smith’s 167 not out against Australia in Birmingham in 1993.
Caught off a no-ball on 72 and dropped on 114, the 27-year-old right-hander passed Smith’s score by pulling Hasan Ali to the mid-wicket boundary.
The bowler trapped him lbw with the next delivery to end a second-wicket stand of 248 with Joe Root, who fell soon after for 85, but the pain was far from over for the Pakistan bowlers.
Buttler hammered six sixes and three fours to get to his half-century and finished 90 not out off 51 balls while Morgan ended unbeaten on 57.
Hales and Root’s partnership was also England’s third-highest in one-day internationals.
England Innings J. Roy c S. Ahmed b H. Ali 15 A. Hales lbw b H. Ali 171 J. Root c S. Ahmed b Nawaz 85 J. Buttler not out 90 E. Morgan not out 57 Extras (b-6 lb-8 nb-9 w-3) 26 Total (for 3 wickets, 50 overs) 444 Fall of wickets: 1-33 J. Roy,2-281 A. Hales,3-283 J. Root Did not bat: B. Stokes, M. Ali, C. Woakes, A. Rashid, L. Plunkett, M. Wood Bowling M. Amir 10 - 0 - 72 - 0(w-1) H. Ali 10 - 0 - 74 - 2(nb-3) W. Riaz 10 - 0 - 110 - 0(nb-2 w-2) M. Nawaz 10 - 0 - 62 - 1 Y. Shah 6 - 0 - 48 - 0 Az. Ali 1 - 0 - 20 - 0 S. Malik 3 - 0 - 44 - 0 Referees Umpire: Simon Fry Umpire: Richard Kettleborough TV umpire: Marais Erasmus Match referee: Jeff Crowe. –Reuters