Adil Rashid pulls off unbelievable no-look run out to trap Babar Azam
Meanwhile, Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler deceived Pak skipper Sarfaraz Khan with his tremendous keeping skills at 97.
Updated - May 20, 2019 7:06 pm
Fresh off his century at Trent Bridge in the fourth ODI, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam was looking set to complete another memorable ton in the fifth ODI against England on Sunday. The right-handed batsman was looking instrumental and was thoroughly dominating the hosts. England bowlers were once again finding it tough to get past Babar and needed a miracle to happen to trap him.
Well, Adil Rashid rose to the occasion and provided that special moment with a brilliant effort that ended another terrific knock by the Pakistan star. Rashid pulled off a sensational no-look run-out to deny Babar a well-deserved ton by 20 runs. On the second ball of the 27th over bowled by Rashid, Sarfraz Ahmed failed to flick the ball and it rolled to the on-side after hitting the pads.
And as soon as the ball hit the pads, Babar went for a perhaps non-existing single only to be sent back by his partner. In the meantime, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler had run towards the ball, gathered and fired in a throw which was little wayward. Rashid then did brilliantly to collect the throw and flick it back onto the stumps without looking. Replays showed Babar was well short of his crease.
Here is a clip of the run-out
Superb run out from Adil Rashid!
— FlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) May 19, 2019
England thrash Pakistan to register emphatic series win
Talking about the game hosts England thrashed the visitors by 54 runs to seal the five-match series 4-0 after the first game was washed out. Joe Root scored 84 while skipper Eoin Morgan scored 76 as England crossed the 350-run mark for the third time this series, finishing on 351-9.
Pakistan were then all over the place after Chris Woakes’ new-ball burst reduced them to 6-3. However, Babar Azam (80) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (97) shared a 146-run stand to bring the chase on track. But Babar’s run-out once again derailed the chase before Sarfaraz was run-out too as Pakistan were all out for 297. Both the teams will now have their eyes set on the forthcoming World Cup. England will start their campaign on May 30 while Pakistan will play their first game a day later.