Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019 |2nd ODI |5/11/2019 The Rose Bowl, Southampton
So that is it from this game! There are still three more matches to go though. The next one will be played on the 14th of May at 1300 local (1200 GMT). Will Pakistan level the series or will England take an unassailable lead? We'll have to wait to find out. Till then take care and goodbye!
Jos Buttler has been awarded the Man of the Match for his scintillating 110* off just 55 balls.
So just like we mentioned in the first innings, not a lot can be said about a team which concedes above 350. However, there is a stand out for the hosts and it was David Willey. It was probably his spell towards the end which won the game for them. On a day where most of the bowlers went for more than 6 per over, he went at under it and got two crucial wickets.
After Buttler's magnificent ton and handful contributions from the English top order, the hosts managed to get to a total which all thought England would defend quite easily. That was not the case though. The Pakistan openers got their team off to a brilliant start. Imam fell but Babar Azam then continued with Zaman. The right-hander got to yet another fifty and Zaman got to a brilliant ton. When the two were batting, Pakistan were favourites. However, they fell in quick succession and then a collapse seemed on the cards. Asif Ali, who got a life at the very start of his innings, struck some lusty blows. He along with his skipper, got his team back into the game. They needed 53 in the last 5 overs but wickets at regular intervals and some brilliant bowling ensured it is the hosts who finish on top.
WOW! Amazing game! A complete run fest. It is England who came out on top in the end but Pakistan surely gave them a run for their money. At once, it also seemed they would get over the line but some exceptional death bowling saw the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the series.
C Woakes to H Ali, A single to end! Top delivery once again. A yorker on middle, Hasan jams it down to long on and a single is taken. Customary handshakes taking place as ENGLAND WIN BY 12 RUNS!
C Woakes to H Ali, A dot now! 14 needed from the last ball. Full and wide outside off, it is the perfect full length delivery outside off, just inside the tramline. Hasan lets it be. He wants a wide but it is not one.
C Woakes to S Ahmed, Just a single which means, if England do not bowl an extra, they will win it. Full and outside off, it is carved out to sweeper cover for a single.
C Woakes to S Ahmed, A dot! Worst thing for Pakistan. It is just inside the tramline on the off side. Sarfaraz goes after it but misses. 15 in 3, the next ball has to go.
C Woakes to H Ali, Outside off and full again, Hasan swings but it goes off the bottom towards a very fine short third man. A single. A little to the left or the right and it would have been a boundary. 15 in 4, need a boundary do Pakistan.
C Woakes to H Ali, WIDE! Outside the tramline on the off side and it has been wided.
C Woakes to H Ali, Full outside off, Hasan Ali swings his bat at it. He does not time it well. It falls short of long off and they get a couple. 17 off 5 needed now.
END OF OVER 49 | 8 Runs & 1 Wkt | PAK 355/7
Chris Woakes to bowl the final over.
L Plunkett to S Ahmed, Just the couple to end! Shorter and on off, Sarfaraz flat-bats it over mid off and takes two. Just the 8 from the over, 18 needed in the last one. However, it is Hasan who will be on strike.
The new man in is Hasan Ali.
L Plunkett to F Ashraf, OUT! Plunkett gets another. A very full delivery on off, Faheem hits it high up in the air towards mid off where Stokes calls for it and then takes it. He may not have been expecting the short one there and hence, could not get the timing.
L Plunkett to S Ahmed, Pakistan are dealing in singles when boundary is the need of the hour. Continues bowling it short, it is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
L Plunkett to F Ashraf, Just a single again! England won't mind this at all. Short and on the body. Faheem looks to pull but it goes off the higher portion of the bat and towards fine leg for one.
L Plunkett to S Ahmed, In the air... but safe! A short ball on middle, Sarfaraz fails to get on top of the bounce, he only gets a top edge but it lands safe towards deep square leg. They go for the second. Willey throws it to the keeper who looks to flick it onto the stumps but misses. There is no one backing up so they take the third.
L Plunkett to F Ashraf, Just a single to begin with! Full and outside off, the batsman looks to drive it through the off side but it goes off the inner half towards the leg side for one.
END OF OVER 48 | 5 Runs & 1 Wkt | PAK 347/6
Liam Plunkett to bowl the all important 49th over.
D Willey to S Ahmed, DOT! Another top over. Just the five runs and a wicket from it. A full toss outside off, Sarfaraz looks to put bat on ball but misses. 27 now needed in 12 balls. Willey's spell comes to an end, a match-winning spell one can say. He has gone for 57 in his 10 and taken two crucial wickets.
D Willey to F Ashraf, Goes short again, Ashraf upper cuts it towards third man for only another single. Pakistan need boundaries, singles won't do them any good.