Heroic 158 of Babar Azam goes in vain. With the help of James Vince’s 102 off 95 balls, England beat Pakistan by three wickets in the third ODI. They have sealed a 3-0 series win at Edgbaston with this win. Lewis Gregory’s 77 off 69 and opener Phil Salt’s quickfire 37 off 22 helped England.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam fired the visitors to 331/9 with a career-best score of 158 off 139 balls. It is also the highest score by any Pakistani player against England in ODI cricket.
England vs Pakistan 3rd ODI: Match Facts
England started the chase in a ballistic fashion with Salt hitting four fours in the opening over off Shaheen Afridi. His partner Dawid Malan was dismissed in the next over by Hasan Ali. Salt continued in the same fashion, hitting a four in almost every over except the sixth before falling to Haris Rauf in the seventh.
Pakistan were hurt by their poor fielding on the day, dropping England’s stand-in captain Ben Stokes twice. Imam-ul-Haq later dropped Gregory while he was on one run in the 27th over. Gregory would only go on to be dismissed in the 45th over by which time he had hit six fours and three sixes. Vince and Gregory put up 129 runs off 116 balls for the sixth wicket in a partnership that took the game away from Pakistan.
Babar Azam scored 158 runs
Babar and Rizwan put up 179 for the third wicket off just 120 balls. Earlier, Pakistan were buoyed by a strong showing from their top order but they also lost as many as seven wickets in the last five overs, six of which fell in the last three.
While openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam could only put up 29 runs, Imam and Babar then scored 92 for the second wicket. Imam fell for 56 runs after which Babar shared a 179-run stand with Mohammad Rizwan for the third wicket which came off just 120 balls.
The partnership was broken only in the 46th over when Brydon Carse dismissed Rizwan on 74. Carse would pick four more wickets in his last two overs to complete his five-wicket haul.