Mohammad Hafeez hits brilliant century as Pakistan brush England aside to claim ODI, Mohammad Hafeez hits brilliant century as Pakistan brush England aside to claim ODI series lead, Pakistan had little trouble in getting the better of England in the first of four listed one-day internationals as a causing great fear not matched 102 from Mohammad Hafeez got coming out on top by 6 wickets after the persons making a journey for pleasure, who were got the better of 2-0 in their nearby Test number, order, group, line against the same ones against, had put a completely second rate Target of 217 in Abu Dhabi.
Brilliant Century as Pakistan brush England aside to claim ODI
Proceedings got off to a woeful start for England, who lost opener Jason Roy to just the second delivery of the day when he was clean bowled by the towering figure of Mohammad Irfan for a duck and Joe Root lasted less than an over before he was trapped lbw by Anwar Ali. The Yorkshire star, who had yet to add any runs, appealed in vain for a slight inside edge but South African umpire Johan Cloete’s decision was upheld in the absence of snicko or hotspot from this series.
Already reeling from such a disappointing early showing, things got worse shortly afterwards when Alex Hales edged Anwar Ali to Younis Khan at first slip for 10. The 37-year-old, playing in his his last ODI after announcing his retirement from the format before play began at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, took a juggling catch to leave the tourists in big trouble at 14-3.
A partnership of 133 between captain Eoin Morgan and James Taylor initially steadied the ship for England, before the latter was handed a reprieve when he lofted a shot high into the air but was then dropped by Azhar Ali. Pakistan were not to be denied, however, and Morgan was dismissed with the very next ball as he was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Shoaib Malik.
That loss seemed to derail the team’s concentration once again and the out-of-form Jos Buttler appeared for just a matter of moments before he was called through for an ill-advised single by Taylor and swiftly run out with time to spare as Azhar Ali did well to deliver the ball to Ahmed for a simple stumping. Looking to atone for his error, Taylor survived once again when Malik waited too long to appeal an lbw shout and replays subsequently showed that it had indeed pitched in-line and was set to hit leg stump. He eventually went for 60 after flicking the same bowler to Azhar Ali at mid-wicket.
By now, England were struggling badly to reach even a modest total and Babar Azam did not help their cause when he claimed a magnificent diving one-handed catch off dangerous leg-spinner Yasir Shah to remove Moeen Ali. Adil Rashid was next to trudge back to the pavilion for seven when he chipped Irfan to the waiting Zafar Gohar at mid-on and David Willey required medical attention after being laid out by taking a fast and powerful delivery from Wahab Riaz directly to the midriff.
Instead of looking to finish with a flourish, England failed to trouble the boundaries for a long time and were merely hoping to hang on towards the end of their 50 overs. Willey made 13 before being deceived by a booming yorker from the impressive Ifran and the final wicket fell when an attempt to get Chris Woakes back on strike proved fruitless as he was run out by a direct hit from Ahmed. More…..
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