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Pakistan vs England 1st ODI: Hafeez’s century secures 6 wicket win for Pakistan

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Abu Dhabi: The 1st ODI of 4 match series was played today and against the expectation it was a low-scoring match which ended as Pakistan won the match by 6 wickets remaining. The permanent and most reliable opener of Pakistan side, M Hafeez played at 1 down position as the team plan was. The reliable man yet again proved his class and stood up with scoring a not out century which played the pivotal role in Pakistan’s win.

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After losing Test Series 2-0, today 1st match of the ODI series was played. England opted to bat first after winning the toss. The decision went ugly when for English dugout as one the second ball of the match Jason Roy was bowled by the Pakistani big guy, Irfan.

This was just the beginning, Pakistani pace attack furiously decamped English top order and at one stage England were badly suffering as there were just 14 runs on the board after the loss of 3 wickets. After this, English captain Eoin Morgan and James Taylor joint crucial 133 runs on the board, before Morgan was departed by Shoaib Malik.

After this, none of the batsmen from English side look comfortable with the bat except Chris Woakes. The 1st innings concluded as England were bowled out for 216 in 49.4 overs.

England’s top batsmen

Eoin Morgan: 76 of 96 balls
James Taylor: 60 of 82 balls
Chris Woakes: 33 of 49 balls

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Pakistan’s top bowlers

M. Irfan: 3wickets-35 runs
Anwar Ali: 2 wickets-32 runs
Shoaib Malik: 2 wickets-45 runs

Pakistanbegan their batting with  new opening couple, which failed to contribute, trhe opening pair constituting of Pakistan’s skipper Azhar Ali and Bilal Asif, both departed just on the early team score of 15 runs. After their departure the veterean batsman Younis Khan, who was playing his last ODI of career came to the crease, he also was’nt able to defend Topley’s attack and was quickly departed when he was just on individual score of 9. After this, Shoaib Malik came to the crease and was departed by Moeen Ali, just before he was looking comfortable on the wicket. At that time, scores were 111-4 and it look that might be Pakistan’s batting line be sinking more deeper. But Hafeez and Rizwan totally fled away such clouds and scored not out 102 and 62 respectively.

Pakistan’s top batsmen

Hafeez: 102 of 130 balls
Babar Azam: 62 of 62 balls
Shoiab Malik: 26 of 35 balls

England’s top bowlers

Reece Topley: 3wickets-26 runs
Moeen Ali: 1 wicket-32 runs

Man of the Match (MoM)

Mohammad Hafeez for his much needed  notout 102 of 130 balls, his innings consisted of ten 4’s and one 6.

 

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