Twitter Reactions: Lewis Gregory guides England to series win in Pakistan ODIs
Hasan Ali's five-wicket haul and 31-run cameo went in vain.
Updated - Jul 11, 2021 8:07 am
Pakistan were deemed favourites in their ODI series against England since the latter had plenty of newcomers in their ranks. However, the Brits defied every other odd and won the series 2-0. At the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, on Saturday, May 10, they won the second ODI by 52 runs. As far as the Men in Green are concerned, they bowled well, but couldn’t step up with the bat in hand.
Salt and Vince top-score
England’s start wasn’t a great one as Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley, who both notched fifties in the first game, couldn’t open their account. But Phil Salt (60) and James Vince’s (56) 97-run stand for the third wicket brought the Brits back into the game. Ben Stokes and John Simpson got starts before both got out to Hasan Ali, who went on to pick up a five-wicket haul in his quota of 9.2 overs.
The Brits lost the plot a wee bit on being reduced to 160 for seven in 27.4 overs. However, Lewis Gregory (40) and Brydon Carse (31) were far from throwing in the towel. The duo stitched together a partnership of 69 runs and guided the Three Lions to a respectable score of 247. For Pakistan, apart from Faheem Ashraf, all the bowlers were among the wickets with Hasan Ali stealing the show.
Pakistan made a rusty start to their run-chase, as their top four- Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan- perished with the score at 53. Fakhar played an uncharacteristic knock of 10 runs at a strike rate of 22.22. Sohaib Maqsood smashed a couple of sixes before falling prey to a short ball from Craig Overton. Shadab Khan scored 21 and looked good for a short while.
Faheem Ashraf got out to Matt Parkinson after Simpson showed a great presence of mind behind the wickets. At the other end, Saud Shakeel notched his maiden ODI fifty off 70 balls. But once he got out for 56, Pakistan slumped. Hasan Ali’s 31-run cameo also went in vain. Gregory was impressive with the ball as he picked up three wickets. Every other England bowler picked wickets.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to England’s win:
#pakvseng So on a Richter scale this defeat would be 15….
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 10, 2021
15 of the current squad in isolation. Buttler and Archer injured. What @benstokes38 and the team have achieved is incredible 🙌🏻 Looking forward to watching the next game!
— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) July 10, 2021
Truly amazing from England. That is a special depth of talent in Whiteball cricket. India, New Zealand and perhaps to a lesser extent Australia have built up a Cadre of talent across different formats that is enviable.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) July 10, 2021
Modern day ODI cricket is all about attack! England didn't relent even after losing 2 early wkts. 🇵🇰 team management needs to understand & implement a purposeful, full of intent plan. At present, this Pakistan side with the present approach will struggle to beat quality sides
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 10, 2021
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) July 10, 2021
In the last 5 years, only two Fast Bowlers have taken 4 five-wicket hauls in ODIs. Trent Boult and Hasan Ali. #EngvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 10, 2021
A win for England yes (& ofc the players), but this is also a series win for the county system, the ECB’s approach to T20 leagues & for the network of scouts headed by James Taylor, Mo Bobat & David Court. In a way wins like this are more impressive than the World Cup. #ENGvPAK
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) July 10, 2021
DK, one ball before Simpson wicket:
"Against fast bowlers, he seems to be hurried on by the pace ".
Next ball: Ball hits Middle stump beating Simpson on the inside.
Some analysis @DineshKarthik 🙌#ENGvPAK
— ARPAN (@ThatCricketHead) July 10, 2021
Pakistan needs a few more players with the heart, self-belief and courage of Hassan Ali #ENGvPAK
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 10, 2021
A promise that was made on the video call has been fulfilled.
— Team Babar Azam (@Team_BabarAzam) July 10, 2021
— Momin Butt (@MominWrites) July 10, 2021
— JahanZaib (@JahanZaibb_) July 10, 2021