Twitter Reactions: England win the fifth ODI comprehensively by 54 runs to seal the series 4-0

Twitter Reactions: England win the fifth ODI comprehensively by 54 runs to seal the series 4-0

Jason Roy was awarded the player of the series for his three outstanding knocks in the series.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

This is exactly the kind of result any side would want to have under their belt before heading into an ICC event. England have swept Pakistan away in the ODI series courtesy another stupendous batting exhibition from their side. This time, a couple of English bowlers too showed their class and helped their team get over the line.

England, batting first, once again got off to a blazing start. It has become a daily routine for their openers, no matter who turns up, they end up scoring a lot. James Vince opened alongside Jonny Bairstow with Jason Roy getting rest and the duo didn’t disappoint. They added 63 runs for the first wicket in no time before both got dismissed in quick succession.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan came together to torment the Pakistani bowlers, just the way they did right throughout the series. The duo added 117 runs for the third wicket, with Joe Root scoring a 73-ball 84 and Morgan chipping in with 76 off 64 balls. Their partnership promised another 400+ total in the series, but things changed dramatically in the final 15 overs.

Pakistan pulled back things very well with Imad Wasim bowling a brilliant spell. The duo of Imad and Shaheen Afridi managed to rip out the soul in England’s innings and restricted them to 351/9, which was a relatively lesser total than what they should’ve scored. Afridi returned with figures of 4/82 whilst Imad Wasim managed to come up with 3/53.

Babar and Sarfaraz almost take Pakistan over the line

This second innings of Pakistan was pretty much their story in the series in a nutshell. Very nearly there but remained far away from the target. They were restricted initially to 6/3 with Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez getting dismissed early.

But Babar Azam and the underperforming Sarfaraz Ahmed stitched a fantastic partnership for the fourth wicket to get their side back on track. The duo kept hammering the English bowlers and got themselves into a commanding position at one point. But a silly run out sabotaged Babar Azam’s mission and that started their downfall.

Sarfaraz upped the ante after Azam’s dismissal but he too ran himself out on 97. The lower order chipped in with small contributions, but it was evident they were going to fall short after a point. They got bowled out for 297 in 46.5 overs with Chris Woakes registering a five-fer. Jason Roy was awarded the player of the series for his three outstanding knocks in the series.

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