Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019 |3rd ODI |5/14/2019 County Ground, Bristol
That's all from this high-scoring but one-sided game. 717 runs came in total as their was no respite for the bowlers on this minuscule ground in Bristol. The action for the fourth ODI moves to Nottingham. Do join us on 17th May at 1300 local (1200 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
Jonny Bairstow is chosen for the Man of the Match award. He led the charge of England's batting superbly with his 93-ball 128.
Earlier in the day, powered by Imam-ul-Haq's impressive century and some handy contributions from Haris Sohail and Asif Ali, Pakistan posted their best ODI total batting first in England. At the halfway stage, they would have really fancied their chances but the way their bowling faltered was really disappointing.
Abysmal bowling and fielding performance from Pakistan. Jason Roy was dropped when he was on 21 and after that, their bowlers received a real pounding. There wasn't a single bowler who left any impact or created any pressure. To add to that, their ground fielding was also very substandard. With the World Cup knocking on the door, Pakistan have a really big issue to address.
It was a usual story for England. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow went berserk at the start and put together a 159-run stand in no time. That pegged Pakistan back and in spite of losing Jason Roy, the English team always remained in front. Bairstow and Root then combined for yet another handy partnership to keep the visiting team on the back foot. All the batsmen to follow after that contributed to the cause and eventually it was a very easy and comprehensive victory for the numero uno ODI team.
A cakewalk! England have chased down a target of 359 with ridiculous ease. Didn't even break a sweat. Insane batting. The bowlers suffered yet again. Really feel bad for them. This is the joint fifth highest run chase in ODI history and it has been done with 31 balls to spare. Dominance of the bat at its very best.
A Ali to E Morgan, Surely not! Morgan pushes this ball through the point region and picks up the winning run. ENGLAND WIN BY 6 WICKETS and WITH 31 BALLS TO SPARE. They take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series!
A Ali to M Ali, Short on middle, Ali misses out on the chance to get a big one and score a fifty. He hits this to long on aerially for a single. Only 1 needed now! Morgan not going to defend 2 balls surely. Is he?
A Ali to E Morgan, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
A Ali to E Morgan, FOUR! This is powered away! A short ball wide outside off, slashed so hard that deep cover has no chance this time. All the way to the fence.
A Ali to E Morgan, Shorter one outside off, punched away to the left of deep cover for a couple by Morgan.
END OF OVER 44 | 16 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 350/4
Asif Ali comes on.
S Afridi to M Ali, Low full toss on off, driven back to mid off. Shaheen ends a really bad day with figures of 10-0-83-0!
S Afridi to M Ali, SIX! Deep into the crowd again! A short length ball on middle, Moeen swings this over deep square leg. Huge! The 350 comes up for the hosts. 9 needed now.
S Afridi to E Morgan, Full toss on the pads, Morgan did not expect that and manages to just push it towards deep square leg for a run.
S Afridi to M Ali, Yorker outside off, jammed away to deep backward point for a single by Ali. 9 runs off the first 3 balls of this over.
S Afridi to M Ali, FOUR! Two in two! A length ball outside off, Moeen just stands and tonks this one over mid off with ease. The ball ends up crossing the rope on a bounce.
S Afridi to M Ali, FOUR! Outside off, Moeen slashes at it. The ball flies through backward point for a boundary. No chance for deep point to come around.
END OF OVER 43 | 9 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 334/4
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Driven towards mid off by the skipper.
F Ashraf to E Morgan, SIX! There is number 14 of this England innings. A short length ball on middle and leg, Morgan lets this one fly. He pulls it with power over deep square leg and into the stands. This is merry-making by the English batsmen. Every single one who has batted has hit a six today.
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Back of a length on top of leg, Morgan defends this back towards the bowler.
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Nicely driven wide of deep cover for a couple of runs.
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Skids on! A length ball on the pads, Morgan tries to work it on the leg side but misses. The ball goes onto the thigh pad and back on the surface.