England register thumping win over Pakistan in first ODI
England beat Pakistan by nine wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Thursday.
England were chasing 142 and reach the target with nine wickets in hand. Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley scored fifties while Saqib Mahmood picked a four-wicket haul.
Malan and Philip Salt started England’s chase after finishing Pakistan’s innings on 141. Even though it was a very inexperienced batting line-up for the host, the target set by Pakistan was below par and that it was an easy chase for Three Lions.
Player of the match Mahmood took an ODI best 4-42 as Pakistan were skittled out for just 141 with more than 14 overs left to bat.
Matters started worsening from the start when opener Imamul Haq and skipper Babar Azam were sent to the pavilion for a duck by Mahmood.
However, Fakhar Zaman helped the team to recover before he was dismissed by Matt Parkinson at 47 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan made 13 runs while Shadab Khan and Sohaib Maqsood scored 30 and 19 respectively.
Craig Overton and Matt Parkinson took two wickets each while Lewis Gregory claimed one wicket.
Ben Stokes lead the hosts side after English Cricket Board announced a new squad to play against the guests. The new squad has been announced after three players and four members of the backroom staff tested positive for coronavirus.