With a third string side, England crushes a lot more experienced Pakistan in the first One Day International (ODI) of the ongoing three-match series on Thursday at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Pacer Saqib Mahmood sends shock waves to the Pakistan batting unit after delivering a magical performance with the white leather. The right-handed archer made the first breakthrough on the very first ball of the innings by rejecting the opener Imam-ul-Haq for a golden duck.
But Saqib did not just stop there as on the third ball of the same innings; the Warwickshire bowler caught the big fish when he sent back the Pakistani skipper Babar Azam without bothering the scorers.
The visitors regularly lost wickets and never really gained momentum to achieve a competitive total. Opener Fakhar Zaman he remained the only major highlight for his team, and he had three runs short of his half-century, when Matthew Parkinson fired him in the 22nd over.
Later, Shadab Khan made a valuable contribution of 30 runs as Pakistan were bundled for 141 in the 36th over. Saqib finished the innings with a four-wicket for 42 runs in his ten-over quota. Aside from Saqib, Craig Overton and Parkinson each bagged two scalps.
In response, England lost the opener Philip Salt early for seven runs but Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley stood for a long time and never allowed Pakistani bowlers to return in the match.
The pair Malan and Crawley added an unbeaten 120 runs around the first wicket, giving the visitors a nine-wicket defeat. Malan scored 68 off 69 deliveries, while Crawley remained unbeaten on 58 off 50 balls.
England 142/1 (Dawid Malan 68 *, Zak Crawley 58 *) klop Pakistan 141/10 (Fakhar Zaman 47, Saqib Mahmood 4/42) by nine wickets.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
– Saqib Mahmood (@ SaqMahmood25) 8 July 2021
Love watching Pakistan play cricket … A team that can beat any team in the world on any given day, but can also lose on any given day for any team … # ENGvPAK
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 8 July 2021
Thought this is our B team 😜# ENGvPAK
– England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) 8 July 2021
England’s third string XI has just brought full strength to Pakistan. The white ball depth in this country is nothing out of the ordinary. The 2019 World Cup was the showpiece, but such situations in such situations are the foundations that support victory. # ENGvPAK
– Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) 8 July 2021
– Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) 8 July 2021
This is Pakistan’s first bad performance in ODIs in the last two years. They have won each of their last three ODI series. Only two ODIs have lost in this period, and both are a close game. #EngvPak
– Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) 8 July 2021
Undefeated fifties of David Malan and Zak Crawley lead England to a nine-wicket victory in the first # ENGvPAK ODI.
The host chased down 142 comfortably in 21.5 overs
– ICC (@ICC) 8 July 2021
Fifty by Zak Crawley on the ODI debut, David Malan also scored a fifty. An easy win for England, a complete team performance to surpass Pakistan.
– Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) 8 July 2021
Just an observation! I really hope David Malan is in good headroom! He just looked at the highlights and although he batted excellently, he just did not look happy as if he really wanted to be there! Not a hint of a smile at 50! So hope everything goes well with David 🤞🏼
– Michael Parker (@ Parksy17) 8 July 2021
An unbeaten 120-run to win England.
– Wisden (@WisdenCricket) 8 July 2021
Outstanding win @englandcricket well played boys !! 🙌👌 🔥
– James Taylor (@ jamestaylor20) 8 July 2021
In three international innings against Pakistan, Zak Crawley averaged 378 runs at 189.
– Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) 8 July 2021
David Malan is in a beautiful touch. His timing in this innings is 164, the highest of any batsman in the match that Fakhar Zaman haunts. Dominant good. # ENGvPAK
– The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) 8 July 2021