Not since WG Grace has batting looked quite so easy at this County Ground. Grace did not wield a modern bat that pings the ball for six, but he did wield immense influence so that umpires dared not give him out except when all three of his stumps had been knocked over, and since Grace’s day the straight boundaries have been shortened to make space for flats.
In the third one-day international some of the batting was superlative. Imam ul-Haq scored 151 off 131 balls, the highest ODI innings for Pakistan against England, yet he was out-gunned by Jonny Bairstow, who shared a withering opening stand of 159 with Jason Roy, and hit 128 off 93 balls to enable England to go 2-0 up with two to play.
Bairstow, like Jos Buttler before him, has expanded his range of strokes by playing in the Indian Premier League, and added a cubit to his stature. Grace never played in the IPL, although he would have seized the first opportunity to sign a mega-deal with the Viceroy’s Vampires, and after a winter of Indian cuisine would no doubt have added a cubit to his girth.
So Pakistan’s total of 358 was chased down most efficiently as England won with all of 31 balls in hand, as well as six wickets. The hosts did not even need Buttler to record their second-highest successful run chase.
There was only one drawback to this feast of run-making which was a continuation of the second game at Southampton - and it was not that bowlers were helpless. Pakistan’s laboured, but Chris Woakes nipped out their two most dangerous batsmen in the first five overs - an invaluable contribution as Pakistan thereafter were forced to show some restraint and keep wickets in hand. Moeen Ali conceded little more than five runs an over, and towards the end of Pakistan’s innings Tom Curran and David Willey found some reverse-swing.
The drawback is the aesthetics of batting are changing, if not diminishing. Grace and his contemporaries scored the majority of their runs on the offside, highlighting the cover-drive. Imam scored only 36 per cent of his runs on the offside, and Bairstow 17 per cent: to be specific, 22 of Bairstow’s runs were made on the offside, 106 on the legside. This was “magnifique” but it was hitting, powered by the right or bottom hand, not batting - at least as Grace knew it.
This, however, is the white-ball way - more spectacular than red-ball batting but less beautiful - and nobody can doubt its efficiency. Pakistan’s side, composed of more orthodox or traditional stroke-makers, apart from Asif Ali, hit seven sixes. Roy pummelled four sixes on his own; Bairstow five; even a straight-drive lofted by Joe Root crept over the boundary for six to add to his collection; and England smote 16 sixes in all.
Given a day-long run-rate of more than seven per over, Joe Denly’s solitary over for nine runs was not so expensive. But the make-up of it was telling, and so too the reaction of his captain Eoin Morgan: to take him off. Denly, having dragged the ball down in the T20 in Cardiff, over-compensated and bowled three full-tosses.
If it was remarkable that England’s selectors should have included in their provisional World Cup squad a 33-year-old all-rounder who had never taken a wicket in one-day internationals, Liam Dawson is surely coming up on the outside rail to overtake Denly in the final squad. Dawson is dependable in his accuracy; Denly is a good legspinner by modern English standards, not international ones.
To compensate for the difficulties of bowling on such a true pitch, England backed up their bowlers with fielding that was sound - while David Willey was more acrobatic than a scalded cat in the outfield - whereas Pakistan’s fielders could not provide similar solace. Moeen Ali alone was dropped twice, when the floodlights were taking effect, while Roy was dropped off the dolliest of catches by Shaheen Afridi when on 21, and Bairstow off a well-smitten caught-and-bowled chance on 86.
Ben Stokes, back in Bristol, demolished a boundary cushion with a dive - following a misfield - but nothing else, save the Pakistan bowling when almost knocking off the runs with Moeen. Neither Stokes’s batting nor bowling had excelled in the recent IPL, so it was good captaincy by Morgan to promote Stokes in his place to recover his brio until a freak run-out.
It was Morgan’s 198th ODI for England (to go with a score for Ireland) which took him past Paul Collingwood’s record. He was entitled to take it easy at number six. Now that Archer has been introduced with his extra pace - and England here were rather exposed without it - almost every box has been ticked.
England win by six wickets
Horrible for every bowler apart from Chris Woakes on this postage stamp ground and belter of a pitch. Sensational batting from Imam but England simply had more firepower. Bairstow was blistering and Roy, Root, Stokes and Moeen all contribute with big hitting and accumulation.
OVER 44.5: ENG 359/4 (Moeen 46* Morgan 17*)
Morgan cuts a long hop for two off Asif Ali and rinses four through the covers. They exchange singles and Morgan hits the winning run through midwicket. England win by six wickets with 31 balls to spare.
OVER 44: ENG 350/4 (Moeen 45* Morgan 9*)
Moeen knocks off 14 of them by slapping a full bunger through point for four, lofting a length ball over mid-off for four more and then planting a pick-up pull into the crowd at backward square for six. Shaheen ends with 10-0-83-0. Chastening but it is a pitch set up for bowlers to fail and with such a short legside boundary from one end he didn't stand much of a chance. England need nine off 36.
OVER 43: ENG 334/4 (Moeen 30* Morgan 8*)
Morgan punches two through cover, biding his time, until he pulls the fifth ball of Faheem's ninth over for six behind square. Seems pretty clear given Morgan's use of Denly today that he is the main man in the frame to get dropped for Archer. They will keep Vince as the spare batsman and use Root as a third spinner. It will make sense and also be the easiest option because he has only been around the squad for a couple of months . England need 25 off 42.
OVER 42: ENG 325/4 (Moeen 29* Morgan 0*)
Eoin Morgan comes in at the fall of Stokes rather than giving Denly the chance with the bat the condition of the pitch denied him with the ball.
Stokes run out 37 Sawn off backing up. Moeen drilled a straight drive that hit the bowler's heel in his followthrough and diverts on to the stumps. Stokes departs with a broad smile. Nowt you can do about those ones. FOW 324/4
Hit him as he tried to ramp Shaheen, striking him on the full but outside the line.
Stokes lbw b Faheem
OVER 41: ENG 323/3 (Stokes 37* Moeen 28*)
Faheem replaces Hasan Ali who had encouraged the ball up to 90mph. He begins with a front-foo no ball and serves up a free hit next ball. Stokes, with no jeopardy, thrashes the free hit for six, a pick up off a cross-seam travesty harpooned over backward square. Aggressive hustling off the last ball turns a single to midwicket into two. The curse of Sweet Caroline strikes. When will they turn it in?
OVER 40: ENG 311/3 (Stokes 30* Moeen 25*)
Junaid is finding some reverse, too, now, once he belatedly dispenses with half-trackers. Stokes runs the moving ball off an open face down to third man for a single. Two more come before the final Powerplay. England need 48 off 60.
OVER 39: ENG 308/3 (Stokes 27* Moeen 24*)
What a shot from Moeen, punched off the front foot with a bat about 3ft off the ground. It absolutely races to the boundary. Four sensible singles follow because England have broken the back of the rate requirement and don't need to push their luck. Easy singles to the infield everywhere.
OVER 38: ENG 300/3 (Stokes 24* Moeen 18*)
Junaid bangs it in outside off, it only gets up to waist height so Moeen swivels and plants it over deep midwicket for six with a pick-up pull. The next ball is pitched up and jags away. Moeen plays it with soft hands an feathers an edge that drops a few inches in front of Sarfraz. Another half-tracker from Junaid is again skelped over midwicket for six and when the bowler refuses to learn his lesson, or the fielders either, Moeen reaches to uppercut. Babar runs back from point, stumbles and drops it.
OVER 37: ENG 285/3 (Stokes 24* Moeen 5*)
Good from Hasan, using reverse swing to keep the batsman honest. He beats Moeen with a beauty that arcs in to the left-hander then nibbles away, leaving Moeen almost jack-knifing to follow it. Fortunately he misses. Only a single. England need 74 off 78.
OVER 36: ENG 284/3 (Stokes 23* Moeen 5*)
Moeen is dropped by Imad at cover. Four dot balls from the luckless Faheem builds the pressure, Moeen cracks and tries to fetch one from outside off, loses control and pops it up to cover's left. But he shells a dolly. Next ball is back on a fourth-stump line and Moeen adds injury to insult with a drive that flies off the edge down to third man for four.
OVER 35: ENG 280/3 (Stokes 23* Moeen 1*)
One wonders sometimes whether Root is taking a peashooter to a bazooka fight. He's exactkl what England need in an ODI No3 and should play his normal game rather than trying to match the IPL titans of tonk. We know he yearns for a contract but his skills are different. Not worse, in many ways better, but different.
Root c Babar b Imad 43 Picks out the man at wide mid-off with perfect precision while trying to smite a drive over his head to the boundary. Like catching practice. FOW 278/3
OVER 34: ENG 276/2 (Root 43* Stokes 22*)
Actually, scrub that nonsense about their tempo now they've played themselves in. Root goes on the charge again and clobbers a back of a length delivery baseball style for four through long on, After a short-arm pull round the corner for a single for Root, Stokes shows off his old moves by striding towards Faheem and depositing a perfectly respectable ball into the seats at long on. England need 83 off 108.
OVER 33: ENG 264/2 (Root 38* Stokes 15*)
Six for Root. He trots two steps down the pitch and plonks it into the first row of seats at long off. Not quite the power of Bairstow and Roy but you don't get more runs for hitting it further over the rope.
OVER 32: ENG 254/2 (Root 30* Stokes 13*)
Three singles off the over as the cushion bought for them by Roy and Bairstow gives both time to play it their way. Stokes is no longer the swashbuckler he was a couple of years ago.
Excellent batting from Jonny Bairstow - especially through the legside. Just 17% of his runs came on the offside, his slightly adapted technique (whereby he walks across his stumps a touch more) paying dividends. He looks in amazing form. #ENGvPAKpic.twitter.com/IzpGFW7kdC— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 14, 2019
OVER 31: ENG 251/2 (Root 29* Stokes 11*)
Junaid decides to come round the wicket to Root, angles it across him and gives him the opportunity to tickle it fine for four. England's tempo has been tranquilised by Bairstow's dismissal but I suspect if these two can take England home playing in orthodox fashion, it will serve England brilliantly for what's to come.
OVER 30: ENG 244/2 (Root 24* Stokes 9*)
Sarfraz hasn't got a slip for the new batsman so when Shaheen elicits a genuine edge it flies for four rather than being caught. Sarfraz closes the stable door, the bowler overpitches and Stokes whips it off his pads for four more. England need 115 off 120 balls.
OVER 29: ENG 234/2 (Root 23* Stokes 0*)
The ball after scything a cut for four off Junaid, Bairstow succumbs to another short ball that didn't get up as high as the bowler had hoped. Bairstow is momentarily furious with himself but after stomping off 15 yards, takes off his helmet and acknowledges the crowd. With Stokes having hardly batted all season, Pakistan will hope this is their moment.
Bairstow b Junaid 128 Dragged on a short ball that didn't get up, under-edging his pull on to off- and middle-stumps then gives them another tap with bat in pique. FOW 234/2
OVER 28: ENG 229/1 (Bairstow 124* Root 22*)
Bairstow gives poor Shaheen another tantaliser with a mistimed chip back up the pitch that whistles just past his outstretched left hand. He ends the over with his 14th four, working the ball off his pads with a corking clip that flies past square leg. This is a graveyard for bowlers. Makes for an utterly one-sided run-glut game.
OVER 27: ENG 224/1 (Bairstow 121* Root 21*)
Root tucks four off Hasan Ali, smacking it through midwicket with a whippy shot, beautifully timed. His body shape, like a straw in the wind, leaning over at about 340°. Bairstow splits another bat with a thick inside-edge. James Vince is on the boundary rope worrying away at one of the discards with tape to fix it.
Jonny Bairstow makes a century every 5.1 times he opens the batting in ODI cricket. That's the second best record of anyone in history with 5+ centuries.— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 14, 2019
The only player more prolific than Bairstow? That would be Imam-ul-Haq.#ENGvPAKpic.twitter.com/TlAnz1FOhu
OVER 26: ENG 217/1 (Bairstow 119* Root 15*)
Haris Sohai, slow left-arm othodox, is the victim of Bairstow's irritation at Hasan's cheek in daring to reverse swing it. He on drives a six out of the ground. Lost ball. When they get a replacement, eventually, Bairstow thrashes the next ball 10 rows back at long on. One stride and pongo, the ball disappears. Bairstow, who has already replaced one bat during his innings, now calls for his third. Gray Nicholls won't mind the expense, think of the publicity. I wonder if the blue riband of southern English batmakers recruited Bairstow because of Cook's retirement. It's a brand I can't recall having much of an association with Yorkshiremen in the past.
OVER 25: ENG 201/1 (Bairstow 106* Root 13*)
Having pinched the strike off the last ball of Sohail's over, he drills the first ball of Hasan's for four. The ball is swinging for Hasan which seems to be irking Bairstow even given his achievement and dominance. He gets into Hasan's face at the end of the over and the umpire and Root tell him to give over. Hasan stands up for himself, too.
OVER 24: ENG 194/1 (Bairstow 100* Root 12*)
Bairstow's seventh ODI hundred is brought up with a cover drive for a single. He raises his bat as he reaches it off 74 balls. Blistering hitting.
OVER 23: ENG 190/1 (Bairstow 98* Root 10*)
Good comeback from Hasan Ali who keeps them down to three. Bairstow carves a cut for two, hoping for the four that would have brought up his hundred, but it slipped off the face of the bat rather than connecting with the sweetest spot. At the end of the over Root requires an energy pouch, a drink and possibly some painkillers. Gone in the lower back again?
OVER 22: ENG 187/1 (Bairstow 96* Root 9*)
Excellent from Faheem to tie up the Tykes for five balls and then Bairstow bounds free with a chiselly off-drive for four.
OVER 21: ENG 182/1 (Bairstow 92* Root 8*)
Bairstow comes down to Imad Wasim, swipes across the line and top-edges a ball over short third man - he was aiming for deep midwicket. The fielder runs back but can't get there before it falls to earth and they run two. Root uses the pace of an Imad dart to ramp four over the keeper. He smiles with mischievous satisfaction.
137 runs from the first 15 overs. Only once in their history have England made more runs at this stage of an innings, back in 2011 against India when they made 139. Thrilling stuff. #ENGvPAK— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 14, 2019
OVER 20: ENG 172/1 (Bairstow 87* Root 3*)
Faheem instinctively sticks up his bowling arm in his follow through when Bairstow drives the ball straight off the toe. It strikes the palm but he cannot close his fingers around it. Commendable effort but he smiles as if to say, when it's not your day ... But the penny has dropped about the fifth-stump line to Bairstow and the flood has been stemmed.
OVER 19: ENG 168/1 (Bairstow 86* Root 2*)
Roy had given Imad some terrible tap and now he has gone his captain brings the man he trusts to control the rate back into the attack. And he repays Sarfraz with a miserly and aggressive line, rattling through his over that costs him only three singles. He's their best hope of ensnaring Root in a web of dot balls.
OVER 18: ENG 165/1 (Bairstow 84* Root 1*)
Fine leg is brought into the ring so Roy ramps a length ball from outside off-stump for four over his shoulder. Faheem gets his man by cramping him but Bairstow cannot be contained and he glides another four down to fine leg with a shovelly flick of the wrists. He has score 98 per cent of his runs into the onside but they keep bowling there. No wonder Sarfraz is throwing his right arm outside off-stump to demand a change of line.
Roy c Asif b Faheem 76 Clever bowling, following Roy with a slower bouncer and Roy flapped it with a horizontal bat to cover. He was looking to play that tennis shot over cover but it caught the stickers high up the face and popped up. Asif lost it in the crowd but held on with his head turned, fearing it was coming for his face. FOW 159/1
OVER 17: ENG 153/0 (Roy 72* Bairstow 78*)
Asif makes a diving stop on the boundary to prevent Bairstow's pull going for four but as he shaped to get in a throwing stance, he squeezed the ball out of his grasp and it dribbled over the boundary for four. Poor Shaheen, who is trying to bowl cutters to take the pace off. It's a tactic that works but for the misfield. The boundary should have been a single which would have meant five from the over, not eight.
OVER 16: ENG 145/0 (Roy 70* Bairstow 72*)
Two pulls from Bairstow, one a cramped short-arm hoick goes up in the air but drops short of the cow corner sweeper as it falls to earth and plugs. The other is middled and well-fielded by Imam. Was looking like a fairly respectable over for Faheem until the last ball which Bairstow bullies back past mid on for four. They'll have a drink and need one. Piety prevents a belt of brandy but it would work to calm the nerves after England's onslaught.
OVER 15: ENG 137/0 (Roy 70* Bairstow 64*)
Fifty for Bairstow from a pull off middle and off at about box height. Fifty-three off 36 balls. Shaheen tries the yorker to get from under the pump but doesn't land it, and Bairstow clumps it through midwicket on the full for four. Sarfraz comes down to have a word but it does no good because he does drop short, presumably s he was told, and Bairstow shovels it over midwicket for six. Twenty from the over as Roy began it with a four tickled fine.
OVER 14: ENG 117/0 (Roy 65* Bairstow 49*)
Faheem is brought into the attack by Sarfraz who must be shuffling through his options at bewildering speed. The first ball, good length, is transported back over long on for six. Roy clears his front leg and attacks it like a golfer off the tee. The bowler surprises him with extra bounce and almost lures Roy on to the rocks. He spoons his defensive off the splice to cover. Haris Sohail waits for it, waits for it but it dies a foot or so before him. Had he judged the flight better he might have dived but he thought it would just carry and stayed on his heels. Another life for the England opener. Roy pulls a four with bludgeoning power then takes a very hazardous single with a tip and run to midwicket that he hit more crisply than he thought. The ball is hurled at the non-striker's and had it hit he would have been short by 3ft. Roy, rather than blessing his luck, grimaces and shakes his head. It was his call.
OVER 13: ENG 106/0 (Roy 54* Bairstow 49*)
Too short from Imad. Bairstow rocks back and spanks it over midwicket for four. Roy thrashes a single to cover off the back foot and hares a single putting Bairstow on strike and he drops down to one knee to slog sweep the ball over the gantry and over the back of the stand on to the concourse, stunning a queue at the ice cream van. That brings up this pair's seventh century partnership in their 30th stand together. Carnage. At least the man chasing it fared better than this poor chap:
OVER 12: ENG 92/0 (Roy 52* Bairstow 37*)
Bairstow punches a single to cover off Hasan Ali, giving Roy the strike. Extra cover must feel persecuted because Roy murders the next ball past him, chiding it to the boundary with such exquisite timing and force that it all but blazed a trail in the grass. Softer hands bring him four more with a late cut wide of Sarfraz and that's another fifty for England's gun opener.
OVER 11: ENG 80/0 (Roy 42* Bairstow 36*)
Imad Wasim, who bowled so tidily at Southampton, is being abused here by Jason Jonathan Roy who pans the first ball of his new over long on into the third-tier balcony of the flats overlooking the ground. It gets him ticking and he responds feistily with a stare at Roy and by putting the batsman under the iron for the last five balls, all of them dots. Roy does smash one back at him but he fields it with asbestos hands and has a word, not from the Agnew lexicon, but a word all the same.
OVER 10: ENG 74/0 (Roy 36* Bairstow 36*)
Bairstow reads the slower, shorter one well from Hassan, and he paddles it down the leg side (again) for four. He doesn't see the next slower one coming, but after a swing and a miss if drifts harmlessly wide of Bairstow's off stump.
Four more! This time Bairstow goes down the ground and despite cries of "catch" there's never a chance. England will be very happy with that first powerplay - 74 runs and most importantly no wickets from it. Roy and Bairstow are both perfectly set up. I'll hand you back to Rob now to take you through the rest of the innings.
OVER 9: ENG 64/0 (Roy 35* Bairstow 27*)
Imad Wasim is on to bowl, and Roy has done to the spinner exactly what he did to Shaheen! Another huge six straight back down the ground and into the crowd. It goes from bad to worse for Imad, Roy has cracked a drive back into his foot, and the Pakistan man is in pain. The boot's off and the medical staff are on...
After a fairly lengthy delay Imad is back up and he's OK to finish his first over - one that's included a six, a wide and an injured foot. Eleven runs too - not ideal.
Jason Roy's fabulous six
OVER 8: ENG 53/0 (Roy 27* Bairstow 25*)
Wow. That's the meaning of the word dolly. Hassan Ali is into the sttack and immediately has Roy scooping one up in the air. It's right into Shaheen's hands but he somehow lets it squeeze out, fumbles it behind him and can't get to the rebound. That's really, really ugly - can Roy make him pay? Probably. He pulls a short one for four to bring up England's 50, and the hosts are pretty well placed here through eight.
OVER 7: ENG 45/0 (Roy 20* Bairstow 24*)
This time it's Jonny Bairstow who gets himself a maximum. It's over his favoured leg side, flicking Junaid off his hip and just over the ropes for six. He works another through the same side the next ball but just for a single. It's the odd loose ball which is letting Pakistan down here, they've mostly bowled very well.
OVER 6: ENG 36/0 (Roy 19* Bairstow 16*)
That's big! Roy absolutely middles one right back over Shaheen's head and that's not just six, it's gone into the top deck. He stands to attention as he watches his handiwork fly into the stands. A few balls later Shaheen almost gets his revenge with a well placed slower ball which the England man just about digs out. It flies up off his bat but no Pakistan fielder can get to it.
OVER 5: ENG 26/0 (Roy 11* Bairstow 14*)
Junaid starts off with a wide before Bairstow flicks him away for a single. Roy gets another off the next ball, and England are definitely finding it a little easier against Junaid, he's giving them a bit more space to work with. And there's exactly what I mean - Junaid lets his last ball slide down leg and Bairstow makes no mistake in dispatching it for four to release the tension.
OVER 4: ENG 19/0 (Roy 10* Bairstow 9*)
Shaheen Afridi completely opens Roy up there, beating him all ends up. Lovely ball. Roy isn't looking all that comfortable at the crease - Pakistan are doing an excellent job of bowling at him. Just a couple of singles off a very good over in the end.
OVER 3: ENG 17/0 (Roy 9* Bairstow 8*)
Bairstow tucks one off his legs and it's timed well enough that it goes to the boundary - he's off the mark with a four. He completely misses the next one, the ball's bounced low there and skidded under Bairstow's bat - something to watch out for.
Bairstow's got a little lucky there, this time a short ball bounces up on him, catches him on the glove and falls just short of Afridi at short fine leg. Afridi never moved. He doesn't need to on the next ball - Bairstow guides the ball past him finely for four more.
OVER 2: ENG 9/0 (Roy 9* Bairstow 0*)
It's Shaheen Afridi from the other end, another left-armer. Roy tries to swat a full one through the leg side but gets a thick inside edge - he's lucky the ball ricochets into his pads and stays clear of his stumps. The same thing happens the very next ball, except this time it evades everything, including the wicket-keeper, and goes all the way for four. Now that's better - Roy catches the following ball beautifully, driving through the off side for another four.
OVER 1: ENG 1/0 (Roy 1* Bairstow 0*)
Junaid appeals for LBW off the second ball of his opening over but it's miles too high - it's hit Roy on the thigh. The England opener then slices one a little uppishly behind square on the off side and he's off the mark. This is good, tight stuff from Junaid opening up, and England have just one from the first over.
Start of the second innings
Here come Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow - the perfect duo to get England off to the flying start they're going to need to win this one, thanks to Imam-ul-Haq's superb 151. Junaid Khan will open the bowling for Pakistan. Let's go...
England need 359 for victory
Excellent from Pakistan who will force England to make the fifth-highest successful chase in history to win here. They have the hitting power to pull this off, even without Jos Buttler, but will need something special from the out-of-sorts Ben Stokes and the rusty Moeen Ali to get there. We will return when England begin the chase in 20 minutes or so. Alex Finnis will take you through the beginning of England's reply.
OVER 50: PAK 358/9 (Hasan Ali 18* Junaid 0 0*)
Willey, like Curran, misses his yorker and Shaheen splats him into the crowd at long on with a huge swing. He is out next ball, they cross and Hasan steps over outside off-stump and chips him over his shoulder for four. Hasan must have Imam's bat because it makes such a sweet sound and he gives us an encore off the penultimate ball which he flogs over mid-on for another six.
Shaheen c&b Willey 7 Superbly athletic fielding. He bounced the No 10 batsman who had just belted him for six. Shaheen went for the hook and top edged it. Willey hared to short point, slid and caught it with his right hand. FOW 348/9
OVER 49: PAK 342/8 (Hasan Ali 2* Shaheen 0*)
Masterly from Curran - changing pace, length, line with impressive control - for five balls. And then Hasan tucks into the intended yorker that was supposed to end the over and smears it over long-on for six.
Faheem lbw b Curran It was tight but it did hit him on the toe in line. FOW 335/8
Faheem lbw b Curran
OVER 48: PAK 333/7 (Faheem 11* Hasan Ali 2*)
England's lack of Rashid means they are well beyond the time they should have bowled 50 overs. They were supposed to complete the innings by 4.30pm but have three overs to bowl at 4.43pm. Morgan and his team face a large fine - not sure if a ban is looming. Plunkett keeps the damage down to six off the over, five singles and a wide. Ahoy, triple Nelson!
OVER 47: PAK 327/7 (Faheem 8* Hasan Ali 0*)
Inbetween the bouncers, Woakes served up a wide yorker to Imad who picked it and flogged it for four past two fielders racing to converge at long off. He fell the next ball. Faheem ends the over by fetching a slow bouncer and slapping it for four. 375 looks about par here. For all Imam's magnificence, Pakistan are in danger of falling short.
Imad c&b Woakes 22Slow bouncer-quick bouncer- slow bouncer. The last in the sequence gets above the batsman's eyeline and he tries to swat it to the short boundary at midwicket but top edges it. Woakes sprints to short square leg to catch it. FOW 322/7
OVER 46: PAK 317/6 (Imad 18* Faheem 2*)
Curran prospers with the 'you miss I hit' strategy, knocking back off-stump with a swinging yorker. Enter Faheem who flicks a single off his pads. Imam crunches a slower ball back over Curran's head, almost decapitating him before it shot for four. He has one over left, as does Woakes who will bowl the next.
Imam b Curran 151 Yorked him. The batsman, in kick-on mode, was trying to thrash him over mid-on and missed. He heard the death rattle before he was through with his swing. FOW 310/6
OVER 45: PAK 310/5 (Imam-ul-Haq 151* Imad 13*)
Imam passes another landmark, posting 150 with a pull to midwicket for a single off Woakes. Imad carries on where Asif left off and knows the bouncer is coming because he quailed under it at Southampton. He takes a stride to leg and uppercuts the bumper over third man for four. Imam has surpassed Fakhar's 138 from the Ageas Bowl which was the previous highest score by a Pakistan batsman in England and has only four ahead of him as the best innings by a Pakistan batsman anywhere.
OVER 44: PAK 301/5 (Imam-ul-Haq 148* Imad 7*)
Willey cannot land his yorker and Imam caresses it around the corner for four. Jordan, who is still on as a sub, makes a full-length dive but can''t stop it. Imad Wasim has come out in his South Wales dancing shoes on and scampers down the pitch before slicing a drive over point for four.
OVER 43: PAK 289/5 (Imam-ul-Haq 142* Imad 1*)
The wide, slow yorker Woakes wishes to begin with ends up a filthy full toss as it slips out of his hand and Imam bludgeons it over cover point for four. Imam pulls a single to backward square and takes another after Asif departs.
Asif c Roy b Woakes 52 Slower bouncer. Asif had to wait and reach for it and spliced it to mid-off. FOW 287/5
OVER 42: PAK 282/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 136* Asif 52*)
Excellent given the circs from Willey, the two wides notwithstanding but then he is deliberately straining to hit the exact limits of the tramlines. From the legal deliveries only three singles and a two are reaped and though 8-0-58-0 would have been bruising even 10 years ago, on this postage stamp ground and on a belter of a pitch, it has demonstrated masterly control.
OVER 41: PAK 274/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 132* Asif 50*)
Woakes uses the slow-ball bouncer once too often and Asif waits for it and hammers it over midwicket for six with a threshing machine pull. Back-to-back fifties for him.
They *are* going through the gears now. In Overs 31-35, Pakistan were scoring at 5.2rpo - since then, they've scored at 11.61rpo. Can they keep this pace up through the death overs? #ENGvPAKhttps://t.co/ddP3Akea06— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 14, 2019
OVER 40: PAK 264/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 130* Asif 42*)
Imam uses Curran's error in angle by steering four off his ankles to the fine leg boundary. He bunts a single to cover giving Asif the strike who anticipates a yorker that Curran doesn't quite land and stays deep in his crease to pitch it over long on for six. Brilliant batsmanship. All is far from lost - this is a dream of a pitch for batting, a true belter, and England are capable of flirting with 400 even without Jos Buttler.
OVER 39: PAK 250/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 124* Asif 34*)
Forgot to mention that this is Eoin Morgan's 198th ODI for England, to add to the 23 for Ireland, which makes him the highest capped England player in 50-over cricket (or the 60-over format that preceded it). He overtakes Paul Collingwood who was eased out after the 2011 World Cup. Morgan turns to Woakes who runs through his bag of tricks, short, slower ball bouncers outside off-stump, scrambled seam wobblers and ending with a knuckle ball. Only five comes ff it which is a triumph at this stage. England had planned to give Joe Denly a lengthy bowl today - Morgan must feel it's too risky given the way these two are playing and the onslaught to come.
OVER 38: PAK 245/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 120* Asif 33*)
Pakistan are not accelerating smoothly, they have jerked violently into blitzkrieg mode. Curran bangs the first ball in and Asif pulls it hard, flat and in front of square for four. Pat-a-cake on this pitch. When Asif steers a drive to point and sends Imam back, correctly, the centurion is halfway down. Roy has a shy at the stumps and, had he hit, would have run out Imam by three yards as he gave up on his retreat, knowing he was beaten. Singles come easily while England's fielding on the boundary prevents further extreme damage.
OVER 37: PAK 235/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 119* Asif 25*)
Willey continues with the second over of his new spell and Imam is a different beast from the accumulator of the bowler's opening spell. After exchanging singles and banking the bonus of a leg-side wide, Imam opens his stance to smash a lofted drive over mid on for six then, next ball, flips four fine off his pads. Call the cops.
OVER 36: PAK 220/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 106* Asif 24*)
Curran replaces Plunkett. Imam sizes him up then gallops down the pitch to tonk an off-drive for four from about 20 yards. Swiss timing. He knocks a single round the corner then Asif shifts his weight to shuffle in his crease to throw the bowler off as he runs up and spears a stand-and-deliver and wedges a drive over mid on for four.
OVER 35: PAK 209/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 100* Asif 19*)
A hundred for Imam, his sixth in ODIs. Off 97 balls. Both openers are in scorching nick. It came after a panicky play and miss at a dab, flicking it round the corner. When he completes the single, off comes the helmet and he falls to his knees to kiss the earth. Only two from the over, though. Phoney war third Powerplay stage should be over now and one would expect them to tee off from here off the last 90 balls.
OVER 34: PAK 207/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 99* Asif 18*)
Morgan posts a slip for Asif after Imam plays tip and run to cover. Sharp fielding gives them the hurry-up but they make it home safe. Asif flicks two to deep backward square then punches one to cover. Lively cricketer. Imam, eyeing reaching three figures in the grand style, helicopters his bat at a bouncer, trying to hook it for six over long leg but it was an offside bouncer and he got his angles wrong. He gets hold of one that sits up more invitingly, pulling it off his midriff for four.
OVER 33: PAK 199/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 94* Asif 15*)
Asif Ali chassés down the pitch and plants a lofted drive over long on for six. It came off the bottom of the bat- such was the extravagance of the swing that it didn't matter. It still had enough to clear David Willey and hit the spectators a couple of rows back.
OVER 32: PAK 191/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 93* Asif 8*)
Bumble is talking to a man in the crowd via his earpiece again. It's on a loop every season. Plunkett steams in and bounces Imam who controls his pull with a roll of the wrist and cuffs it for a single. Asif takes singles with a leg glance and a carve to point.
OVER 31: PAK 188/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 92* Asif 6*)
The modern calculation posits that whatever score you have at 30 overs batting first ought to be doubled after 50. Probably will be if Morgan had persisted with Denly at this end but he brings back Moeen, presumably with a view to giving the leggie the other end. Four singles as Moeen reins the run-rate back in with flight and his habitually tight line. Drinks II, the return.
OVER 30: PAK 183/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 89* Asif 4*)
Imam pounces on to a short ball outside off from Plunkett and splats it through mid on for four. He was looking to pull it squarer but the destination made no difference to the result. The last ball of the over is a 76mph slower ball, speared on to his pads and Imam glances it behind square leg for four. Fine shot.
OVER 29: PAK 175/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 81* Asif 3*)
Joe Denly comes into the attack and serves up two full bungers. Imam misses out on the first, improvising a sweep as he falls over for two, but he marmalises the next, pummeling it through midwicket for four. Denly bites back with a leg-spinner that fizzes under Asif's attempted cut but it's a shaky start from Adil's understudy.
That was poor from Sarfaraz Ahmed. The ball from Plunkett swung just 0.1°, the least of any ball the England seamer has bowled to Sarfaraz today - and yet he made a terrible contact, and skied it for a comfortable catch. Frustrating end to an innings. #ENGvPAK— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 14, 2019
OVER 28: PAK 165/4 (Imam-ul-Haq 74* Asif 1*)
Plunkett comes on and off his second ball the umpires have a look at a run out but Sarfraz, unlike Sohail, dived into his ground and got there to beat the throw. The captain fails to cash in on the relief at the close call and is winkled out next ball. Asif, after his impressive cameo in Southampton, gets off the mark with a leg-glance for a single.
Sarfraz c sub (Jordan) b Plunkett 27 Fortunate that the substitute is the best outfielder in England and Jordan hangs on to a steepling, swirling monster at fine leg, making 15 yards to reach it. Plunkett again went cross-seam which screwed up Sarfraz's timing as he wound up to swat it over deep midwicket but toed it. FOW 162/4
OVER 27: PAK 160/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 73* Sarfraz 25*)
Morgan asks Moeen to apply the brakes, which he does by conceding only four singles into the onside. Double change - Plunkett will replace the leaky Stokes.
OVER 26: PAK 156/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 71* Sarfraz 23*)
Stokes' white-ball bowling is just not very penetrative on batsmen's pitches like this. Imam canters down the pitch to the all-rounder and smites a drive for four with cracking power. he helps himself to two with a pull and another four tucked crisply off his thigh pad square. Stokes has 4-0-34-0 so far. Easy pickings.
OVER 25: PAK 144/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 59* Sarfraz 22*)
Curran ends with a slower ball, a googly in fact, that Sarfraz reaches for and wallops straight between the bowler and mid-on diving to his left for four. Good shot. He read that from the hand, waited for it, opened his stance and larruped it.
OVER 24: PAK 135/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 57* Sarfraz 17*)
Stokes is struggling for zip and penetration. It's sitting up easily for the batsmen to work the ball into gaps. A long hop is clubbed behind square and Willey makes a sensational spring from his diving interception on the point boundary to bullet a throw to the striker's. Imam has to make a headlong dive to be make his ground. Pakistan have announced that Shadab Khan, who has been suffering from hepatitis, has been passed fit after his latest blood test to play in the World Cup. Terrific news. The 'moribund' middle overs have come early today.
OVER 23: PAK 128/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 52* Sarfraz 16*)
Curran goes up for a vociferous leg-before appeal. Bairstow makes the 'going down' gesture when the bowler and captain raised an eyebrow at him as they considered a review. They wisely heed his advice, as it was. Resourceful bowler, Tom Curran. Seems to have ditched the Dernbachian deficiency of incontinent over-experimentation. Four singles as England claw it back.
OVER 22: PAK 124/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 50* Sarfraz 14*)
Fifty for Imam-ul-Haq comes with a choppy dab down to thrd man for a single. Stokes so far is serving up plenty above the waistband and Imam pulls for two and tucks one off his hip for a single either side of Sarfraz milking a pair of singles.
OVER 21: PAK 118/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 46* Sarfraz 12*)
Tom Curran surprises Sarfraz with an 85 mph bouncer that arrows towards his throat. The Pakistan captain winds up to hook it but sensibly aborts as it climbs on him and he sways out of the way. The next ball does not get up so high nor veer into him. He plays it with delicate hands, late cutting it with poise and grace down to thrid man for four.
OVER 20: PAK 112/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 45* Sarfraz 7*)
Stokes begins with a Yorkshire growler of a pie outside off and Imam plays the cut, chipping it off the top edge down through wide third man for four. Imam takes a single with a dab down there, too, Sarfraz flicks a single down to long leg. Every run from the over, all five, come in an arch from third man to fine leg as Stokes strains to find his line.
OVER 19: PAK 104/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 39* Sarfraz 5*)
During the drinks interval, Rob Key and Ian Ward were talking about the pace bowlers reverting to death bowling already, favouring wide yorkers, given how accommodating the pitch is for the batsman. But that gift of a wicket has given them new hope. Sarfraz works two through midwicket and one behind point off Curran. Imam digs one off his toes round the corner. Ben Stokes is coming on. He had only two overs at Southampton. Needs a long bowl today.
OVER 18: PAK 100/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 38* Sarfraz 2*)
As many wags are pointing out, that run out was one in the eye for the new supremo Ashley Giles and his Edward II-style edict to ban football. I think we all know what happened to Edward II in Berkeley Castle, Gilo. Watch your step (and, more pertinently, your tuchas). Four singles and a wide off Plunkett's fourth over.
OVER 17: PAK 95/3 (Imam-ul-Haq 36* Sarfraz 0*)
Pathetic from Pakistan. Sohail was utterly complicit in his downfall. He should have sent the hesitant Imam back but then never committed to the run and even ran wide rather than bullocking past Curran. It was as if he wasn't even bothered, fearing the laundry bill if he dived.
Haris Sohail run out 41 Oh no! He's been in glorious nick but his partner has sawn him off, calling him through for a very tight single after dropping the ball at his feet and running. Curran, newly into the attack, hared up the pitch and knocked the baills off with a shot off his right instep. Haris didn't even try to dive. FOW 95/3
OVER 16: PAK 93/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 35* Haris Sohail 40*)
Much better from Plunkett. He goes for five - three singles and a two behind square - but it's an improvement given the masterclass in driving Haris Sohail has treated him to in his last couple of overs. Drinks are summoned.
OVER 15: PAK 88/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 31* Haris Sohail 39*)
The pitch has died since Woakes persuaded that ripper to nip back and castle Babar. The left-handers milk Moeen for three successive singles. No turn at all so he has to resort to flight and dip. Any mistake in length makes the ball a sitting duck and Sohail reads an error in trajectory early, comes down the pitch and lofts a four over extra cover.
OVER 14: PAK 81/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 29* Haris Sohail 34*)
Goodness me! A marvellous shot from Haris, not so much a leg-glance as a leg-bosh, a twist of the slick wrists clobbers it to the boundary with no discernible effort. Plunkett responds by pitching it up and Sohail steps forward to receive it in the slot and rinse it through cover for four. Haris Sohail looks a hell of a player.
OVER 13: PAK 70/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 27* Haris Sohail 25*)
Much more flight throughout the over from Moeen. Imam has itchy feet and tries to charge down the track but adjusts hastily when it dips to work it away for a single. The rest of the over is a mixture of milking and solid defence.
OVER 12: PAK 67/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 25* Haris Sohail 24*)
Double change as expected - Plunkett relieving Willey. He starts round the wicket to the pair of mollydookers. He almost strangles Haris Sohail down the legside but it didn't carry. Effective start from England's bang-it-in merchant.
It hit the ground before Bairstow could get his right hand under it, as it died a death after glancing off the glove.
Haris c Bairstow b Plunkett Soft signal is not out. Did it carry? Bairstow isn't sure.
OVER 11: PAK 64/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 23* Haris Sohail 23*)
Moeen comes on, as if like clockwork, at the end of Powerplay 1. Good start, too, by the offie, using flight and dip before dropping too short twice Two singles and a two into the offside, one of them tight had Roy's throw been any cop, and one worked off the pads.
OVER 10: PAK 59/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 21* Haris Sohail 20*)
Two terrific drives from Sohail off the first three deliveries of Willey's fifth over, pumping four through cover and another rinsed through mid-off, no follow through. His bat's a beauty. It hasn't just got a meat, it has a fillet of Waygu down there. A single apiece behind square on either side of the wicket complete the over and, presumably, Willey's first spell.
63% of David Willey's deliveries have been full so far today - the most he's ever bowled in a new ball spell, in his entire ODI career. #ENGvPAK— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 14, 2019
OVER 9: PAK 49/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 20* Haris Sohail 11*)
Woakes has analysed Haris Sohail and modified his approach, looking to stop him freeing his arms. He does this by going back over the wicket, slanting it across him and bringing the edge into play. A couple of snorters at the left-handers who jab and fence off the back foot to balls they should have come forward to and covered. Again only a single to Sohail, run off the open face down to third man.
OVER 8: PAK 48/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 20* Haris Sohail 10*)
Willey ties the left-handers up with a tighter line that allows them to pierce the infield only once when Haris works it off middle-stump through midwicket for a single.
That was a superb delivery from Chris Woakes to remove Babar Azam. It didn't swing particularly (just 0.1°), but it seamed significantly (0.7°) back into the Pakistan batsman. Classic new ball bowling - and a great sign for England ahead of the World Cup. #ENGvPAK— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 14, 2019
OVER 7: PAK 47/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 20* Haris Sohail 9*)
The left-handed Haris Sohail is all classical elegance, with a high elbow in spite of a slightly low grip. He flays two fours off the back foot through point with a vertical bat, the second even better than the first as it carromed unstoppably to the boundary. Woakes cranks it up to 85mph for the last ball from round the wicket and Haris steps forward to drive, squirting it past Bairstow's left-hand off the inside edge. That will keep Woakes interested.
OVER 6: PAK 38/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 20* Haris Sohail 0*)
Costly over as Willey loses his swing but takes too long to draw his length back. Imam smears a cover drive for four, the ball perfectly in the slot for him, and when Willey tries to draw him forward to climb into another, seeking the edge, he obliges with the middle of his bat and drills it through mid-off with lovely timing .
OVER 5: PAK 27/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 10* Haris Sohail 0*)
Pakistan have lost their best two batsmen. Babar looked in sumptuous form, collaring a pull for four that torpedoed to the boundary and then bamboozling Stokes in the field at square leg to earn four more. Stokes initially planted his feet wrong, missed intercepting it with his dive and watched it agonisingly creep away over the boundary as he furiously chased it down. But Woakes laughed last.
Babar b Woakes 15 That's a terrific comeback. Woakes, having been hit for successive fours, cranks up the pace to 84 mph and encourages one to nibble back through Babar's guard and knock back the top of off-stump. An absolute jaffa. FOW 27/2
OVER 4: PAK 19/1 (Imam-ul-Haq 10* Babar 7*)
Glorious delivery from Willey that swings away off a good length late and has Imam-ul-Haq groping blindly outside off-stump. "Too good for thee," as Fred Trueman would say. Too good for everyone. It deserved more but it whistles past the edge. Imam gets away by turning a single off one that didn't swing on middle through midwicket, then Babar creams four straight back past the bowler. Such sweet timing. Great player Babar, three centuries and averages 47 over the past two years.
WICKET! ☝️— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) May 14, 2019
Fakhar can be vulnerable to the ball angling across him and Root claims one handed at the second attempt at slip as Woakes induces the edge!
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OVER 3: PAK 12/1 (Imam-ul-Haq 9* Babar 1*)
Very tight again from Woakes, conceding only a single when he drops a few inches too short and Babar flicks him off his pads for one. It's all about his rhythm and the bounce in his run-up. He has a real spring in his step.
OVER 2: PAK 11/1 (Imam-ul-Haq 9* Babar 0*)
It's all the Ws as David Willey, as usual, takes the other new ball. He, too, is quicker than Saturday, hitting 85mph by mid-over. Imam-ul-Haq elongates a defensive to ping a punch-drive past mid-on for four. Some shape for Willey who entices the opener to have such a big swish at a drive outside off that tails away from him that he almost knocks himself off his feet. Willey double teapots (sugar bowls?) and smiles.
Joe Root's catch-juggling in great order ahead of the World Cup.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) May 14, 2019
OVER 1: PAK 7/1 (Imam-ul-Haq 5* Babar 0*)
Chris Woakes continues his comeback from injury with first dibs on the new ball again. Decent pace from the off and he draws Imam forward and jabbing at the ball in a kind of punching shot that finds the edge and flies past second slip for four. Imam sprints a single with a drop ad run into the covers. Tight line from Woakes who is improving with each spell in this series. Fakhar pastes two through cover then goes feeling for the drive again and nicks off.
Fakhar Zaman c Root b Woakes 2 Root, who caught Fakhar at the third attempt at second slip at the Oval last Friday, hangs on at the second attempt, treating the thick edge like a bar of Camay, squirting it up before pouching it. FOW 7/1
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England have won the toss and put Pakistan in. They have made two changes and rejigged the batting line-up to give Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali the chance of a hit, while Joe Denly and Tom Curran replace Adil Rashid and Jos Buttler. Still no sign of Mark Wood. Pakistan make one change, Junaid Khan replacing Yasir Shah.
England Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (w/k), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Denly, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett.
Pakistan Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (c &w/k), Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan.
Third ODI preview - Jason Roy on Jos Buttler: 'He's as good as it gets'
Jason Roy has hailed England team-mate Jos Buttler as an "extreme talent" and said his brutal match-winning century in the second one-day international against Pakistan was no shock.
The England squad trained in Bristol on Monday ahead of the third ODI, with the dust only just setting on Buttler's spectacular 50-ball ton in Southampton two days ago that underpinned a 12-run victory.
It was the second-fastest hundred by an England batsmen in one-day internationals - Buttler also holds the record with a 46-ball ton - and Roy said on Sky Sports: "He is as good as it gets to be honest.
"It is not kind of a shock.
"It is getting a bit routine for him to go out and play those innings, demoralising those guys at the top of the order that are kind of going at a run a ball, and he comes in and just blitzes it.
"He is an extreme talent, works hard for it and deserves everything he gets."
Roy was also in the runs, hitting 87 on his return to action from a back spasm that followed on from hamstring trouble.
"I am 100 per cent fit," Roy said.
"I spent six or seven weeks with my hamstring injury and fixing that, and then the back was quite a big issue, but it was resolved by the great medical staff we have.
"I feel better than I felt before, which is a nice feeling."