Pakistan batting concern continues, experienced England take lead 2-0 in 3 match ODI series

England beat Pakistan in the first ODI comprehensively by 8 wickets in hand. There will be always a day for even the good teams in the world to perform poorly. The main reason this match attracted criticism is that England was allowing five debutants to play despite Pakistan were outplayed by England. Micheal Vaughan, former England commented on Pakistan’s performance on Twitter.

The toss won by Baber Azam Pakistan choose to field first. So, England had the opportunity to post a big total on board and put pressure on Pakistan. Both sides remain to be unchanged. But what was most surprising is that even the Pakistan team unchanged after their poor performance in the first ODI.

England had a terrible start to their innings, as they lost both in form batsman David Malan and Zak Crawley in quick successions. Both batsmen who hit half-centuries in the first ODI were dismissed for a duck in the second ODI. But there was a very good partnership building between Phil Salt and James Vince. The pair put together 97 runs at a very rapid pace. Just when England was proceeding towards a big total. Pakistan bowlers strike back by dismissing to set two batsmen within the span of 20 runs.

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The Ben Stokes couldn’t make it big this time around as he was dismissed for just 22 runs. Just when England was on the verge of getting all-out. There was a partnership between Lewis Gregory and Bryden Carse. The pair did contribute 70 valuable runs to the total but also ensured England to post a total close to 250. Even though England was all-out they managed to get 247 runs on board.

Pakistan tough never looked at contention for the chase as they regularly kept losing wickets. And also, was scoring runs at a very slow pace. None of the top-order batsmen contributed more than 20 runs. There was a small partnership building between Saud Shakeel and Sohaib Maqsood. But the pair failed to convert it into a big partnership. Shakeel was Keeping Pakistan’s hopes alive.

Even Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi played their best to help Shakeel in the chase, but it was too much expected of them. In the end, Pakistan lost by 52 runs.

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