Exactly a year ago, England broke the then decade-long record of Sri Lanka (443-9) as they registered an ODI highest innings total vs Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. A powerhouse in ODI cricket, as they have emerged, post the ICC Cricket World cup 2015, England continued their domination against Pakistan as well.
England had already won the first two matches of the series by 44 runs (D/L Method) and four wickets at Southampton and Lord’s respectively. Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bat in this encounter. England lost Jason Roy (15) in the sixth over. But, it did not, by even an inch, affect their overall progress.
Alex Hales went on to score his fourth ODI hundred, 171 (122), with the help of 22 fours & four sixes. It is the highest score by an English batsman in an ODI, surpassing the 23-year old record of Robin Smith’s 167* vs Australia at Edgbaston, Birmingham. He was well-supported by Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan, all of whom scored individual half-centuries. England scored a mammoth 444-3 in 50 overs. With bowling figures of 10-0-74-2, Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Paksitan.
In reply, Pakistan were bundled out for 274-10 in 42.4 overs. Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Amir scored half-centuries each. Chris Woakes’ figures of 5.4-1-41-4 might be on the higher side but he was England’s highest wicket-taker in the match. England won the match by 169 runs. Alex Hales was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award.
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