England vs Pakistan 5th ODI highlights: Once again England outclassed Pakistan beating them by 54 runs in the fifth ODI. Chasing a target of 351, Pakistan lost three quick wickets. Chris Woakes bowled two maiden overs back-to-back to push Pakistan on back foot straight away. But in-form Babar Azam and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed steadied the ship sharing a partnership of 146 runs for the fourth wicket. Both Babar and Sarfaraz lost their wicket to excellent fielding. Pakistan’s lower middle order tried to put up a fight but the required run rate kept climbing. Woakes returned to the attack and got his third ODI fifer as Pakistan bundled out for 297 with 19 balls to go.
Earlier Pakistan bowlers were taken to the cleaners by England’s top order. The hosts lost wickets at regular intervals but maintained pressure almost throughout the innings. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan piled on runs in middle overs and completed their respective half-centuries. At one point, England looked like they would score 400 but Imad Wasim’s double blow helped his team restrict them to 351.
Pakistan have a lot to ponder upon before the World Cup 2019. There might be a few changes in their World Cup squad after their dismal show against tournament favourites.