The hosts England have defeated Pakistan by 9 wickets at Cardiff in the first ODI. The covid pandemic has hurt the sports area much. The England team faced a huge blow when many of their front-line players were sent for isolation.
The ECB managed to get a new team and made Ben Stokes the captain. But they managed to prove to themselves why they are the present champions. We are talking about the bench strength of India. But England too have a good bench strength at present.
England vs Pakistan: Match Facts
England Skipper Ben Stokes had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pakistan’s top order failed to set the stage for the upcoming batsmen. Imam Ul Haq and Skipper Babar Azam went for a duck. Fakhar Zaman scored the highest runs for his side 47.
Shadab Khan had scored 30 runs and helped Pakistan to reach 141 runs. For England, Saqib Mahmood bowled very well. He got 4 wickets in 10 overs. Parkinson and Overton got 2 wickets each.
Shaheen Afridi got an early wicket when England were batting. But experienced Dawid Malan and Crawley batted so well. They reached the target in 21.5 overs. Malan scored 68* and Crawley 58* for their side.
What the players say
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam congratulates English bowlers for their outstanding performance. “They picked up early wickets and that never allowed us to score big. Credit to England bowlers for taking wickets as that took the momentum away. Fakhar Zaman can open. Zaman did carry his form from PSL. We are looking forward to the next game.“
England skipper Ben Stokes was happy with his team’s performance. He said,” A very clinical performance. Any game where you get the opposition out so early, you’re always ahead of the game. You’re always striving for that massive team performance. I just told the boys to do what they’ve been doing all summer for their counties. Don’t change anything.“
The man of the match Saqib Mahmood was excited about his performance. He said, “As players, you always want to contribute to a win. So it’s really a nice feeling. It’s important to read the conditions and then adjust. It was a red-ball surface at the top and it was important to bowl those lengths. Got easier later perhaps. Important game coming up and hopefully, we can seal the series a bit early.“