England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 1978 Article

Read the article of England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 1978 - Pakistan tour of England (Prudential Trophy) 2-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between Pakistan and England at The Oval, London in 26th May 1978.

David Gower's unbeaten maiden century before Bowlers delivered to England easy 94-run victory over Pakistan and clinch the two-match series 2-0 whitewash in a another one-sided of the second ODI.

Match Stats :
  • England's 94-run win was their fifth largest victory by terms of runs in One-day international and It is their second biggest win against Pakistan in ODIs.
  • David Gower became the fourth England batsman to score a hundred in One-day internationals after Dennis Amiss, Keith Fletcher and David Lloyd.
  • David Gower became the second England batsman to score a century against Pakistan in One-day internationals after David Lloyd.
  • England's 248 was their fifth highest score in One-day international and It is their highest total against Pakistan in ODIs, previous highest was 244 at Nottingham in 1974.
  • Pakistan's 154 was their third lowest score in the completed innings in One-day international and It is their third worst-total against England in ODIs.
  • 105 : David Gower and Graham Roope set up the record fourth-wicket partnership for England in One-day international, previously held by the 83-run stand between John Edrich and Keith Fletcher against India at Leeds in the inaugural match of 1975 World Cup and the third highest fourth-wicket stand in ODIs.

ENGLAND scored 248/6 (55 overs) with top scorer by David Gower* 114 off 122-balls - which was his 1st ODI hundred and Graham Roope 35 (71)

Pakistan best bowler by Mudassar Nazar 2/31 (6) and Wasim Raja 1/14 (6)

PAKISTAN scored 154/8 (55 overs) with top scorer by Mudassar Nazar 56 (136) and Wasim Raja 44 (60)

England best bowler by Geoff Miller 2/24 (11) and Chris Old 2/26 (11)

England all too depressingly easy win by 94-runs over Pakistan in the second ODI match at The Oval and won the 2-match ODI serie by 2-0, The batting of David Gower the young Leicestershire left-handed and hostile out cricket established English superiority beyond question.

Several explanations may be offered for the apparently vast difference between the two sides in this type of cricket, Certainly the English players are more experienced than Pakistan.

England brought in David Lloyd of Lancashire for the injured Geoff Boycott and John Lever for Phil Edmonds, Bob Willis took over the captaincy.

Wasim Bari won the toss and decided to put England into batting on a wicket which had pace and movement only by the established dead standard of The Oval.

The England innings flowed steadily and professionally from unbarassed start to brisk end by the seventh over Barry Wood (8) deemed it reasonable to drive Sarfraz Nawaz but his stroke was less than straight and he was bowled out.

Then the competent and phlegmatic David Lloyd and Clive Radley settled to the 33-run stand for second wicket partnership in nine overs, before Clive Radley bowled out by Liaqat Ali.

After 60-2, 21 years old David Gower already has a mature air, Above all he played his strokes with the classical time to spare, The call of no-ball is that days invariably too late for an attacking stroke but he took it quickly enough to drive Sarfraz Nawaz.

English opener David Lloyd added brilliant 34 off consuming 61-balls included five boundaries, before David Lloyd bowled out by Sarfaraz Nawaz.

After Lloyd exit, David Gower and Graham Roope established innings with 105-runs stand for fourth wicket partnership.

Graham Roope (35) caught Naeem Ahmed off Mudassar Nazar, then Ian Botham (1) shifted too soon into high gear and was bowled by Mudassar Nazar, Geoff Miller (0) was lbw to Sikander Bakht a better bowler than some seemed to think.

Then David Gower and Chris Old embarked on the partnership which lifted England into a position of command, They made 55 runs from 44 deliveries, Dropped from one hard and one almost impossible chance.

David Gower made a century in only his second innings in one-day international cricket, it would now be wise to let him grow into the game without undue drum-beating, England set up the 248-6 in their allotted 55-overs.

While Pakistan chasing 249 to win from 55 overs, Pakistan were never in the game in any sense of contention, Sadiq Mohammad (9) was caught and bowl by Chris Old.

At 27 for one in the 12th over, after Arshad Pervez (3) leg before wicket by Geoff Miller at 38 for two in the 18th over, Javed Miandad (0) bowled out by Chris Old, at this stage Pakistan were 39 for three wickets.

Next Haroon Rasheed (20) their main hope of a major assault on the objective went to a leg-side stumping by Bob Taylor off Geoff Miller, Bob Taylor, who was the best wicketkeeper in the world, at 80 for four in the 33rd over.

The persevering and tenacious Mudassar Nazar held on to reach his 50 before he was caught out for 56-runs by Bob Willis off Ian Botham, He batted and bowled combatively in both matches in the series.

Wasim Raja contributed brilliant 44 off facing 60-balls including two 4s and one six, then Sarfraz Nawaz scored 12 off 23-balls with one boundary.

All the England bowlers were economical the overs and significance ebbed away with Pakistan stranded far from port, When they ran out of overs they were 94-runs short with two wickets unused (Pakistan scored 154-8 in 55 overs).

England batsmen David Gower named player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a career-best unbeaten 114-runs knocked off facing 122-balls including six boundaries.

Mudassar Nazar earned player of the series for Pakistan, his 64-runs and four wickets and David Gower for England, He contributed 147-runs.



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