Hosts registered a nine-wicket win on Thursday
David Malan and Saqib Mahmood starred as England registered a dominating nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first ODI.
Chasing a modest 142-run target, the Ben Stokes-led unit easily crossed the line in 21.5 over of the innings, courtesy of brilliant batting by Malan and Zak Crawley.
They ended up scoring unbeaten 68 and 58 respectively.
Shaheen Shah Afridi took the only wicket in the innings for Pakistan.
Earlier, after opting to bowl first, the hosts bowled superbly to bowl out the Men-in-Green for 141 in 35.2 overs.
The visitors were unable to recover from Saqib Mahmood’s early burst, who removed both opener Imam-ul-Haq (0) and skipper Babar Azam (0) in the first over.
Fakhar Zaman showed some resistance against England’s bowling attack. He ended up coming 47 off 67 deliveries.
Star of the show was the pacer Saqib Mahmood, who registered career best figures of four for 42 in his 10-over spell.
Craig Overton and Matt Parkinson also bagged two wickets each for England.
With this victory England go 1-0 up in the three match series.
Hope you have enjoyed our coverage. We will join you again on Saturday for the second ODI. Till then, it’s goodbye.
50! Half-century for Zak Crawley as England are in touching distance from winning the first ODI.
England 139-1 (21 Overs)
50! Superb batting from David Malan as he completed his half-century
England 115-1 (18 Overs)
At the end of power play
England 61-1 (10 Overs)
Massive wicket for Pakistan
OUT! Shaheen Shah Afridi strikes for Pakistan as he removes Phil Salt, who departs after scoring just seven— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) July 8, 2021
England 22-1 (4.1 Overs)
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We are back with the second innings.
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So that’s a very disappointing batting performance from Pakistan as they only managed to post 141.
Pakistan 141 (35.2 Overs)
OUT! Overton gets his second wicket of the game as he removed Shaheen Afridi, who departed after scoring just 12.
OUT! Craig Overton provides the break through to England as he removed Shadab Khan, who departed after scoring 30 off 43 deliveries
Pakistan 134-9 (33.5 Overs)
A brilliant spell from Saqib Mahmood came to an end.
OUT! Second wicket for Parkinson as he removed Hasan Ali, who departed after scoring just six.
What a day Saqib Mahmood is having with the ball
OUT! Fourth wicket for Saqib Mahmood in the game as he removes Faheem Ashraf, who departed after scoring just five— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) July 8, 2021
Pakistan 101-7 (26.1 Overs)
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Massive wicket for England
OUT! Big wicket for England as dangerous Fakhar Zaman departed after scoring 47 off 67 balls— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) July 8, 2021
Pakistan 90-6 (21.5 Overs)
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RUN OUT! Outstanding from James Vince as he sent Sohaib Maqsood packing courtesy of a brilliant effort in the field.
Pakistan 79-5 (18.3 Overs)
At the end of the power play
Pakistan 46-4 (10 Overs)
Third wicket for Saqib Mahmood
OUT! Saqib Mahmood is on fire as he removes debutant Saud Shakil, who departed after scoring just five— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) July 8, 2021
Pakistan 26-4 (7 Overs)
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Another huge wicket for England
OUT! Lewis Gregory join the party as he removes dangerous Mohammad Rizwan, who departed after scoring just 13— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) July 8, 2021
Pakistan 17-3 (3.2 Overs)
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Great start for England.
OUT! Mehmood bags two big wickets for England as he removed Imam and Babar, who departed without troubling the scorers— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) July 8, 2021
Pakistan 0-2 (0.3 Over)
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Here is Pakistan lineup:
Let’s take a look at England’s starting lineup:
TOSS: The news from the centre is that Ben Stokes has won the toss and England will be bowling first.
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