Inspired by a riveting batting performance by Alex Hales, England put on a mammoth total of 444 on the scoreboard, thus becoming the new record holder of the highest total in a One Day International innings. Things soon turned worse for Pakistan as they lost three batsmen shortly after the beginning of their chase. The middle order tried to pump some life into their survival chances, but it all proved to be in vain as England secured a gigantic 169-run victory to put the five-match ODI series beyond the visitors’ reach with a 3-0 lead at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. Interestingly, Hales’s 171 is now the best individual score by an English batsman.
Pakistan bowlers struggled to breach the promising partnership of Root and Hales, who managed to cross 100 for England after 18 overs. What happened in the remaining 32 overs baffled all cricket viewers across the world. Absolute fireworks ensued, especially at the expense of the two spinners, Mohammad Nawaz and Azhar Ali. He collected 20 runs off an over from the latter to propel England from 100 in 18 overs to 157 in 23. Wahab Riaz had actually managed to get Hales caught at the boundary line, only to be ruled out later, thanks to a no ball. It clearly wasn’t Pakistan’s day, and the English top order exploited Pakistan’s misfortune across the field in the form of fours and sixes. The partnership of 248 between Hales and Root is now the second highest second-wicket stand for England in ODIs.
England 444/3 in 50 overs (Hales 171, Buttler 90, Root 85, Morgan 57)
Pakistan 275 in 42.4 overs (Sharjeel Khan 58, Sarfraz Ahmed 38)