England gave another demonstration of their awesome batting power, reaching a stiff target of 359 at a canter to go 2-0 up in the series
Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali celebrate Englands victory. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Simon Burnton and Rob Smyth
The Man of the Match is Jonny Bairstow Im really pleased with that. Its a bit of change coming back to English conditions after being in India, so its great to hit the ground running. I wanted to go on and get 170, 180, 200 not out, and thats why I was angry when I got out. Its not bad batting with Jason – we complement each other pretty well, we have a laugh out there and we enjoy each others success.
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Heres Eoin Morgan Im extremely proud. We talked at the halfway stage about doing it in our way. We thought 358 was about par for this ground, and the two boys up front were absolutely outstanding. They set the platform for the way we wanted to go about the chase. The bowling performance was good – we restricted them to a par score. Hopefully Mark Wood will play in the next game. His progress has been very good in the last couple of days.
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Heres Sarfaraz Ahmed I was confident when we scored 358 but our bowling was not up to the mark. The England openers played very well – they played better than us and thats why they won. We have to improve our bowling. Its a positive sign for us that our openers are playing so well. Asif Ali also played really well.
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So, England go 2-0 up in the series with two to play. Even allowing for the ideal batting conditions, that was quite a statement of intent. They equalled the fifth highest chase in ODI history – and did so at a canter, with 31 balls to spare. It was close to a formality after a brutal opening partnership of 159 from 17.3 overs between Jason Roy (76) and Jonny Bairstow (128). England are very good indeed, and were lucky to have them.
44th over: England 350-4 (Moeen 45, Morgan 9) Moeen hurries England towards victory. He lashes successive boundaries off Shaheen Afridi before pinging another six over deep backward square. England need nine from six overs. Theyre chasing 359.
Englands Moeen Ali gives the ball a thwack. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Updated at 9.13pm BST
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43rd over: England 334-4 (Moeen 30, Morgan 8) Every England player has hit at least one six in this innings. Morgan gets his first with a sweet pull behind square off Faheem. The shot was accompanied by the familiar Eoin Morgan six-face, when he grimaces slightly at the point of impact.
Ben Stokes is run out backing up. Moeen smashed a straight drive back at Shaheen, who deflected it onto the stumps with his right foot. Stokes walks off smiling, knowing there was nothing much anyone could have done about that.
41st over: England 323-3 (Stokes 37, Moeen 28) A front foot no-ball from Faheem gives Stokes a free hit – and he launches it over midwicket for yet another six. The controlled savagery of this performance has been so impressive.
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40th over: England 311-3 (Stokes 30, Moeen 24) Stokes squirts Junaid towards third man for a couple, the highlight of a rare boundaryless over.
39th over: England 308-3 (Stokes 27, Moeen 24) A stunning shot from Moeen, who punches Hasan Ali between extra cover and mid-off for four. It was in the air but he placed it perfectly. England need 51 from 66 balls.
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Hey Rob, says Brendan Large. In my day we didnt slag England off for playing well…we just never assumed that would it continue for the entire match, or even the entire over.
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.
38th over: England 300-3 (Stokes 25, Moeen 18) Moeen Ali dumps Junaid over midwicket for six, the 12th of the innings, and then does it again two balls later. And why not? The over ends with another embarrassing dropped catch, this time from Babar Azam to reprieve Moeen. In his defence, he slipped as he ran towards the ball and was slightly off balance.
37th over: England 285-3 (Stokes 24, Moeen 5) I know what Inderpal Sokhy (34th over) means, but thats the England that had so many ways to lose – this one has so many ways to win, says Gary Naylor. That guarantees nothing – except that you enter every match as favourites and stay that way for most of them. Time to be confident I feel.
This is the strongest World Cup field since at least 1999, so I doubt anyone thinks England are nailed on to win it. They are deserved favourites, no more or less. It might be coming home. But it might not!
36th over: England 284-3 (Stokes 23, Moeen 5) Moeen is dropped, a diving chance to Imad Wasim at extra cover off the bowling of Faheem. Most modern fielders would probably take that nine times out of 10. Moeen slashes four more to move England within 75 runs of a routine victory chasing 359 what the hell has happened to cricket.
Youre right! And I suppose this is a good a time as ever to release my unofficial England World Cup song.
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I sympathise with Lord Gary Naylor that he is also now at that stage of his innings when in my years of is a usable phrase, says Ian Copestake. Next step? In all my years…
Roy was also in the runs, hitting 87 on his return to action from a back spasm that followed on from hamstring trouble.
Im loath to ridicule Gary, not least because I first used the phrase in my day when I was 12 years old.
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Pakistans Babar Azam takes the catch to dismiss Englands Joe Root. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Updated at 8.37pm BST
England, who host Pakistan at the Bristol County Ground today, will hope to further cement their favourites tag for this summers World Cup following their superb batting display at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.
34th over: England 276-2 (Root 43, Stokes 22) Root shows he can play the lumberjack as well, smearing a short ball from Faheem down the ground for a one-bounce four. And Stokes reminds us that Root isnt the only classical batsman in the England line-up with a delightful drive over long-on for six.
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Getting a bit carried away with it arent we, says Inderpal Sokhy. When Oz show up well see ig England are going to score 5oo or against Rabada Bumrah n Cummings. Its a balmy evening dont get too carried away. Eng are peaking way too early and all the runs have been scored n spent. The real test lies ahead against the best of the best.
Fair point. I should have trusted my first instinct to slag them all off for reaching a target of 359 at a canter.
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33rd over: England 264-2 (Root 38, Stokes 15) Root skips down the track to whap Imad Wasim back over his head for six. Beautiful shot. He has stealthily moved to 37 from only 31 balls.
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This English ODI team reminds me of the dominant South African team before the 2015 World Cup, says Sandile Xaso. Especially the batting lineup. Roy/Bairstow vs Amla/De Kock as the hyper-consistent, high-scoring opening pair. A solid, reliable no 3 (Root/Faf), a flexible middle order with power hitters that can score at different rates (Morgan/Stokes/Ali vs Duminy/Rossouw/Miller) all built around the generational talent of a galaxy-destroying batsman in his prime (Buttler vs De Villiers). I think Proteas had an edge in the bowling but England definitely has an advantage with the captaincy. Two great teams and maybe this England team can go a step further and justify its talent by winning it. Even if it doesnt, its been so fun to watch the past four years.
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They really have, and I hope that isnt forgotten when they lose all nine group games at the World Cup.
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32nd over: England 254-2 (Root 30, Stokes 13) Stokes steals a quick single to mid-off, and is comfortably home before Imad Wasims throw hits the stump.
Im with you Rob, writes Avil Lavi- Chris Drew. This is a different game – complementary to redball/Test/first class. Its entertaining in its own way. But it needs a yin to its yang.
31st over: England 251-2 (Root 29, Stokes 11) It will take a phenomenal effort for England to cock this up. Im not even sure the 2014-15 England could cock this up. Root moves them four runs closer with a bread-and-butter flick to fine leg off Junaid Khan.
Hi Rob, says Chris Evans. How many did England have after 30 overs when they got 481 against Australia?
30th over: England 244-2 (Root 24, Stokes 9) Stokes, on 0, edges a good delivery from Shaheen right through the vacant first-slip area for four. The next ball brings another boundary, flicked confidently through midwicket. England need 115 from 120 balls.
Rob, says Felix Wood. Received wisdom used to be take the score at thirty overs and double it. With recent developments and teams hitting out in the last ten overs this became a bit conservative. Now England are doing this, and you have to wonder what would happen if they didnt have to stop (hubris alert) after getting 358. Anyway, my question is: should Jason Roy open in Tests?
29th over: England 234-2 (Root 23, Stokes 0) Ben Stokes, who hasnt batted so far in this series, has been promoted to No4.
Jonny Bairstows storming innings is over. He drags a pull back onto the stumps and smashes the stumps in frustration. He almost sent one of the stumps for six. I suspect he had an eye on Jason Roys England ODI record of 180. Bairstow has to settle for a bloodthirsty 128 from 93 balls, with 15 fours and five sixes. It was a pleasure to watch.
Jonny Bairstow drags a pull back onto the stumps and is out. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Updated at 8.34pm BST
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28th over: England 229-1 (Bairstow 124, Root 22) If Im reading it right, at the halfway mark, England were 53 runs ahead on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern chasing 359, says Gary Naylor. If the stars align one day, theyll get 500 for sure.
27th over: England 224-1 (Bairstow 120, Root 21) Root reminds us there is more than one way to skin a bowling attack, flicking Hasan Ali classically through midwicket for four. He has quietly raced to 21 from 21 balls, and England need 135 from 23 overs.
Is this even cricket? If so. I am in, says John Jones, quoting my earlier comment. No, its not cricket Rob and I am out.
If it was the only form of cricket, Id probably agree, but I think this complements Test cricket pretty nicely.
26th over: England 217-1 (Bairstow 119, Root 15) Another beastly blow from Bairstow, who lifts Haris Sohail miles over wide long-on for his fourth six. The ball is lost, so theres a delay of around three minutes while they bring out a replacement. Bairstow then drives the next delivery, the first with the replacement ball, straight back over the bowlers head for another six. That was a gorgeous shot.
25th over: England 201-1 (Bairstow 106, Root 13) Bairstow creams Hasan Alis first ball straight back over his head for four, a shot of blistering contempt. He survives an LBW appeal next ball – it was missing leg – and then digs out a beautiful yorker. Hasan Ali has got the ball reversing, which might give Pakistan a chance. Bairstow and Hasan Ali have words at the end of the over, though Im not sure what it was about.
24th over: England 194-1 (Bairstow 100, Root 11) Thatll do. Jonny Bairstow reaches his seventh ODI hundred with a single off the new bowler Haris Sohail. Its been a spectacular innings: 74 balls, 12 fours, three sixes and not a single bit of nonsense.
Englands Jonny Bairstow plays a shot. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Bairstow (left) is congratulated by Joe Root as Bairstows single brings up his century. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Updated at 7.36pm BST
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23rd over: England 190-1 (Bairstow 98, Root 10) If England win, they will equal the fifth-highest run-chase in ODI history.
One thousand, three hundred and forty six days since England lost an ODI at home while chasing. Not gonna change against a team that fields like Pakistan have today. Too good a batting unit to be given so many chances.
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22nd over: England 187-1 (Bairstow 96, Root 9) A full ball from Faheem is larruped over mid-off for four by Bairstow, who is four away from a storming hundred.
Hi Rob, says Avitaj Mitra. Considering the outfield, short boundaries and the strength of the English batting line-up.. on a scale of 1-10, how thankless of a task is it for the Pakistani bowlers?
21st over: England 181-1 (Bairstow 92, Root 8) Bairstow top-edges a slog sweep off Imad and is lucky to see the ball fly over the head of short fine leg. Root then gets his first boundary with an impertient reverse lap past Sarfarazs right shoulder.
Is Joe Root now under pressure not to be Joe Root? says Ian Copestake. It must be tough knowing most people/teammates are worried he is taking up Joss overs.
I hope not. He showed his importance in that hugely impressive series win over India last summer, and there will games in the World Cup where England need something similar.
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20th over: England 172-1 (Bairstow 87, Root 3) Bairstow is dropped by Faheem off his own bowling. It was a sharp, one-handed chance above his head when Bairstow clubbed the ball back at him, and he couldnt hang on.
Isnt it wonderful how sport keeps evolving? says Simon McMahon. Remember when 60-1 after 15 overs was considered a fast start in ODIs? Maybe one day, when teams are routinely scoring 600, well look back and say the same about 137-0.
19th over: England 168-1 (Bairstow 86, Root 2) Bairstow scored a staggering six ODI hundreds between September 2017 and June 2018. Hes had none since then, so hell be especially keen to convert today. He looks in spectacular touch on the eve of the World Cup.
18th over: England 165-1 (Bairstow 84, Root 1) Jonny Bairstow has scored 98 per cent of his runs on the leg side today.
I cannot recall a time in my 40+ years of watching cricket when the rest of the world need to respond to Englands innovation, says Gary Naylor. But thats the case with the weight of shot England relentlessly exert on the ball, regardless of the scoreboard, conditions or bowling. Thats the result of selection and practice of course, but more a change in attitude. The World Cup may just be coming at the perfect time, as surely other teams will seek to do the same thing very soon.
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Thats very good bowling from Faheem Ashraf. He knew Roy wanted to make room so followed him with a short ball, and Roy slapped a cut stroke straight to cover. Roy goes for a scorching 76 from 55 balls.
Englands Jason Roy hits the ball in the direction of Faheem Ashraf who catches the ball which brings Roys innings to an end. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian A dejected or annoyed swing of the bat from Englands Jason Roy heads back to the pavilion. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Updated at 7.37pm BST
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17th over: England 153-0 (Roy 72, Bairstow 78) Bairstow pulls Shaheen Afridi towards deep square leg, where Asif Ali makes a brilliant diving stop – and then drops the ball behind him for four as he shapes to throw it in to the wicketkeeper. That brings up a barbaric 150 partnership from just 16.2 overs.