Jonny Bairstow, who finished with 128 from 93 balls, and Jason Roy (76 from 55 balls) added a blistering 159 before they were parted in the 18th over, which meant the rest of the chase was no more than a canter. Needing 359 for victory England knocked off the runs with six wickets and 31 balls to spare. This was the second-highest successful run chase by an England side, the highest having taken place just three months ago against West Indies in Barbados.
Read more While blasting the ball to every corner of this shrunken ground, Roy and Bairstow – in just their 26th innings together at the top of the order – became Englands most productive opening pair in ODI cricket with considerable scope to add many more runs in the next few years. More immediately the analysts of the world will be searching for frailties. On this type of surface – another belter – they can intimidate the best.
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Bairstow explained afterwards that the secret was playing strong shots. He said: Its not like we are slogging and playing ramp shots but genuine cricket shots. He also feels he benefited from his experiences in the IPL. I loved it there and learned different things from different coaches and players [ including his teammate David Warner].
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They required one favour from Pakistan. On 21 Roy slapped the first delivery from Hasan Ali gently to mid-off. There Shaheen Afridi dropped the simplest of catches and soon Roy was pummelling the boundaries at will with the crack of the ball meeting bat resounding around the ground. Initially Roy played the most eyecatching shots with straight-driven sixes peppering the spectators but Bairstow advanced just as quickly and one of his sixes over midwicket went even further – over the temporary stand towards a burger bar.
Show Hide Englands six-wicket win over Pakistan on Tuesday is their second-highest successful ODI run chase – and the fifth best of all time.
1. South Africa 438-9 v Australia, 20062. South Africa 372-6 v Australia, 20163. England 364-4 v West Indies, 20194. India 362-1 v Australia, 20135. England 359-4 (44.5ov) v Pakistan, 20196. Australia 359-6 (47.5ov) v India, 2019
Thank you for your feedback. Once Roy was caught at cover, trying something extravagant, Bairstow took centre stage, tormenting the left-arm spinners in particular. This was brutal, carefree batting, while Joe Root looked on in quiet admiration as the two Yorkshiremen added 75 together. Both departed before the end but even this was convenient for England since it allowed Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali some much-needed time at the crease. Neither were quite so fluent – and Moeen benefited from two dropped catches – but before long they started to middle the ball. Stokes was run out for 37 after a deflection at the non-strikers end but Moeen finished it off with a flurry on yet another day when bowlers had to look forlornly at some ugly figures once they returned to the haven of the dressing room.
Earlier the England bowlers had suffered as well, mostly at the hands of Imam-ul-Haq. He is the nephew of the great Inzamam and he hit the highest score ever for Pakistan in an ODI against England. It was a polished innings by the 23-year-old left-hander and by modern standards it was not particularly violent. His 151 occupied just 131 balls yet for most of the time he was content to stroke the ball away, missing nothing off his legs.
Imam bats in glasses, which is unusual, and they never steamed up. There is still scope in this format for a measured player around whom there can be pyrotechnics from the other batsmen. However it is hard to gauge what is a good total at Bristol (or anywhere else, in fact) with the boundaries reduced, the pitch true and the white ball showing very little inclination to swing.
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Read more Pakistan had to recover from the loss of two early wickets to Chris Woakes, who found some movement early on when dismissing two obvious dangermen. In the first over Fakhar Zaman, after his heroics at the Ageas Bowl, edged to Root, who juggled before coolly taking possession of the ball at second slip. Then Woakes nipped a ball between the bat and pad of Babar Azam.
Thereafter the bat was seldom beaten; Haris Sohail batted smoothly until he was carelessly run out as Tom Currans right boot, not renowned for its accuracy in the pre-match football games, kicked the ball into the stumps. Sarfraz Ahmed consolidated for a while along with Imam and Asif Ali once again provided some muscle. The tail wagged eagerly as Pakistan mustered 94 runs from the final 10 overs.
England, who had omitted Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid from the side in Southampton, were not quite at their sharpest in the field. Woakes, who ended with four wickets, had a better day but this time David Willey yielded runs at a mildly alarming rate – his 10 overs cost 86 runs.
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In this side, with Mark Wood and Jofra Archer omitted, the bowlers were of uniform pace and, in the absence of Rashid, there was no mystery from the spinners. Joe Denly was given a solitary over again. Unlike at Cardiff in the T20 international there were no long-hops but there were two full-tosses and Morgan did not trust him to continue. Denly can bat but it is wishful thinking to believe he can have a significant impact with the ball against the best players in the world.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed also confirmed the same at the toss for the third ODI between England and Pakistan. Shadab will now leave for London on Thursday (May 16), where he will consult a doctor before joining the Pakistan squad in Bristol on Monday (May 20). Shadabs availability in the warm-up matches, scheduled for May 24 and 26 against Afghanistan and Bangladesh respectively, remains “subject to his fitness and the team managements decision,” a release from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.
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“Having played and won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, I understand the importance, flavour and glamour of global events and what success in such events mean to the players and the public. I am looking forward to featuring in the World Cup and will leave no stone unturned in helping Pakistan put up a strong show.
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Jason Roy has hailed his England team-mate as an extreme talent and said his brutal match-winning century in the second one-day international against Pakistan was no shock.
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It was the second-fastest hundred by an England batsmen in one-day internationals – Buttler also holds the record with a 46-ball ton – and Roy said on Sky Sports: He is as good as it gets to be honest.
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It is not kind of a shock. It is getting a bit routine for him to go out and play those innings, demoralising those guys at the top of the order that are kind of going at a run a ball, and he comes in and just blitzes it.
Roy was also in the runs, hitting 87 on his return to action from a back spasm that followed on from hamstring trouble.
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I spent six or seven weeks with my hamstring injury and fixing that, and then the back was quite a big issue, but it was resolved by the great medical staff we have.