Taylor steers England to 2-1 series lead over Pakistan

17 Nov, 2015 11:48 pm

SHARJAH – James Taylor made a calm unbeaten 67 to lead England to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Pakistan in Sharjah on Tuesday and a 2-1 lead in the four-match one-day international series.

Taylor shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 117 with Jos Buttler (49 not out) to steer the visitors to their target of 209 with nine overs to spare after Pakistan’s debutant spinner Zafar Gohar had caused early problems.

Pakistan, who won the toss, slumped from 132 for two to 208 all out off 49.5 overs, including three comical run-outs.

Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 45 and Wahab Riaz added a handy 33 not out with the tail as right-arm seamer Chris Woakes took 4-40 for England.

The touring side struggled to 27-2 after losing Jason Roy for seven and Joe Root for 11.

Root had just reached 2,000 runs for England in all three formats of the game in 2015 when he swept a low full toss off left-armer Gohar’s fifth ball to Iftikhar Ahmed at deep square leg.

Alex Hales hit 30 in a 60-run third-wicket partnership with captain Eoin Morgan before Gohar forced him to edge to Mohammad Rizwan at slip.


Morgan, who earlier took an Irfan bouncer on the helmet and was dropped by Gohar on two, fell in the following over for 35 when a sharply spinning delivery from Shoab Malik clipped his off stump.

But England’s middle order knuckled down to take the sting out of the Pakistan attack.

Taylor compiled his seventh one-day international 50 and hit six fours and two sixes off 69 balls while Buttler enjoyed a welcome return to form after a poor run with an unbeaten 49 off 50 deliveries.

The final match in the series takes place in Dubai on Friday.

SCOREBOARD 

Pakistan Innings           
Az. Ali                         run out (Taylor, Buttler) 36  
B. Azam                         c Rashid b Woakes         22  
M. Hafeez                       c Root b Willey           45  
S. Ahmed                        c sub b Ali               26  
S. Malik                        run out ()                16  
M. Rizwan                       run out (Roy, Buttler)    1   
I. Ahmed                        c Root b Woakes           3   
An. Ali                         c Ali b Topley            7   
W. Riaz                         not out                   33  
Z. Gohar                        c Buttler b Woakes        15  
M. Irfan                        b Woakes                  0   
Extras                          (lb-1 w-3)                4   
Total                           (all out, 49.5 overs)     208 
Fall of wickets: 1-45 B. Azam,2-92 Az. Ali,3-132 M. Hafeez,4-135 S. Ahmed,5-138 M. Rizwan,6-145 I. Ahmed,7-156 An. Ali,8-161 S. Malik,9-187 Z. Gohar,10-208 M. Irfan
Bowling                    
D. Willey                       10 - 0 - 45 - 1(w-1)          
R. Topley                       10 - 0 - 41 - 1(w-1)          
C. Woakes                       9.5 - 0 - 40 - 4(w-1)         
A. Rashid                       10 - 1 - 51 - 0               
M. Ali                          10 - 0 - 30 - 1               
England Innings            
J. Roy                          c Malik b Irfan           7   
A. Hales                        c Rizwan b Gohar          30  
J. Root                         c I. Ahmed b Gohar        11  
E. Morgan                       b Malik                   35  
J. Taylor                       not out                   67  
J. Buttler                      not out                   49  
Extras                          (b-2 lb-3 w-6)            11  
Total                           (for 4 wickets, 41 overs) 210 
Fall of wickets: 1-12 J. Roy,2-27 J. Root,3-87 A. Hales,4-93 E. Morgan
Did not bat: M. Ali, C. Woakes, A. Rashid, D. Willey, R. Topley
Bowling                    
M. Irfan                        7 - 0 - 29 - 1(w-1)           
An. Ali                         3 - 0 - 17 - 0                
Z. Gohar                        10 - 0 - 54 - 2(w-1)          
W. Riaz                         6 - 0 - 23 - 0(w-1)           
I. Ahmed                        4 - 0 - 18 - 0                
S. Malik                        9 - 0 - 56 - 1(w-2)           
Az. Ali                         2 - 0 - 8 - 0(w-1)            
Referees                   
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle                               
Umpire: Johan Cloete. –Reuters                                          
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney                                     
Umpire: Shozab Raza                                           
Result: England won by 6 wickets



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