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Pakistan vs England 2nd ODI 2015 Article

Cricket Articles - Pakistan vs England 2nd ODI 2015


Read the articles of Pakistan vs England 2nd ODI 2015 - England & Pakistan tour of United Arab Emirates (UAE) 4-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between England and Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in 11th November 2015.

Chris Woakes and David Willey combined 7-wickets after Alex Hales maiden ODI century anchors England crushing 95-runs victory over England and level the series with 1-1 in the four-match series.

This match reported by David Hopps (Third Party Reference from Espncricinfo)

England scored 283 for 5 (Alex Hales 109, Joe Root 63, Jason Roy 54, Wahab Riaz 3-43) Pakistan scored 188 for all-out (Sarfraz Ahmed 64, Chris Woakes 4-33, David Willey 3-25)

A maiden ODI hundred by Alex Hales  followed by a display in the field of utter control as Pakistan's batsmen foundered on a slowing pitch: things could hardly have gone better in the second ODI in Abu Dhabi for an England side which sorely needed to summon a response after a heavy defeat in the opening encounter.

A target of 284 was never within Pakistan's compass as half the side departed for 50 by the 19th over, a pedestrian start during which England's pace trio imposed total control. From there, it was about damage limitation and Sarfraz Ahmed's 64 at least cut the deficit to 95 runs. By then much of the crowd was streaming away, so quick to abandon hope that Jurgen Klopp would regard Liverpool fans as steadfast by comparison.

The pitch's dormant nature had earlier caused England fleeting disquiet as they failed to achieve the 300 Hales surely envisaged when he fell for 109 from 117 balls. One minute he had a hundred to his name, feeling empowered, indeed obliged, to accelerate with England 216 for 1 with more than 11 overs remaining, the next moment he was out, and batting looked a more onerous proposition for both sides from then on.

Hales' hundred might have lacked the immediate cachet of his only other international hundred - he chose the febrile atmosphere of World Twenty20 in Bangladesh nearly two years ago to become the first England batsman to hit a century in this format. Pushing that aside, however, it was a well-judged affair, comfortably in excess of his previous best in 21 ODIs of 67, and its selective power gave the impression of a player of developing maturity. It will encourage calls for him to win a Test debut as Alastair Cook's opening partner in South Africa next month.

As Pakistan collapsed in reply, its worth was amplified. The inswing that Reece Topley found in the first ODI to slice into Pakistan's top order this time fell to his left-arm accomplice David Willey, a bowler of busier, bulkier design. Babar Azam fell lbw and there was then a hint of movement away as Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's lynchpin throughout the tour, pushed tentatively and fell without scoring.

Pakistan do not help themselves with their constant chopping and changing at the top of the order. The experiment of playing Bilal Asif as a pinch hitter was understandably abandoned after the task looked beyond him in the first game, but the result was that Babar Azam, a source of middle-order stability in that same match, was pushed up to open when the promotion of Hafeez would have been a better option.

Three wickets then fell to Chris Woakes, an unglamorous component of England's attack, and without a wicket in six matches, but a sprinkling of cutters to leaven his back-of-the-length attack served him well. The debutant Iftikhar Ahmed and Shoaib Malik both made a botch of pulls to midwicket. The captain, Azhar Ali, who had dutifully hung around for 45 balls without ever finding a solution, then dragged on a Woakes offcutter.

All that was needed to complete England's day was some joy for Adil Rashid's legspin, a mood lifter in a match as good as won. Fate conspired against him. When his quicker ball beat Malik's pull and won an lbw verdict, Malik successfully reviewed. When Rashid reviewed for an lbw against Mohammad Rizwan, Rizwan was saved by a tiny margin. In the England viewing area, team management held hands to mouths and faces. But, in Rizwan, Rashid had finally found a Pakistan batsman struggling to read him and, looking to cut, he bottom-edged onto his stumps.