England complete ODI series whitewash against Pakistan
BIRMINGHAM – England defeated Pakistan by three wickets in the third and final match, taking the series 3-0 on Tuesday.
After being outplayed in the first two ODIs, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan side performed well with the bat. A record-breaking performance by the skipper helped Pakistan post a target of 332 runs for England in the third and final ODI of the series at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
In reply, James Vince and Lewis Gregory helped England win (332/7).
With a thrilling inning of 158 runs, Babar Azam has become the first Pakistan captain to reach the milestone. He has also become the fastest player to score the 14th ODI century of his career. The 26-year-old batsman achieved the title in 81 innings while Hasham Amla and Davis Warner reached the milestoned in 84 and 98 innings, respectively.
Imamul Haq scored 56 runs while Mohammad Rizwan made 74 to help the team set a handsome target for hosts.
England on Tuesday won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan.
The hosts who have revealed their bench strength by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with a second-string team will look to seal the three-match ODI series against Pakistan today.
England clinching the first one-dayer at Cardiff by nine wickets and the second match at Lord's by 52 runs, now looking to secure a whitewash with another win.
England: Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes (capt), John Simpson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
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