James Vince hit an international century in a day and Lewis Gregory scored 77 as England looked new to Pakistan as they won three wickets against Pakistan on Tuesday at Edgbaston to complete a remarkable 3-0 clean sweep series. Set 332 challenges to win the 50 world champions of England, now without a first-choice player due to a previous Covid Outbreak series, they were 165-5. But the 129th place was taken by Vince (102) and overturned by Gregory. Pakistani pair Haris Rauf eliminated two batters in a row on the way to 4-65. But England, to the delight of the majority of the 19,500 sun-drenched crowd, won by two surpluses for Brydon Carse, who had previously taken five wickets when he drove Shaheen Shah Afridi for four.
“It’s gratifying to make a contribution, this time last week I didn’t expect to get that opportunity,” said Vince, the player in the match. “I’m happy”.
Earlier, Pakistani captain Babar Azam returned to form the best ODI with an excellent 158 while the tourists 331-9.
He shared a partnership with Mohammad Rizwan (74) for 179 – the highest wicket of any Pakistan against England in an ODI – after the 56th opener by Imam-ul-Haq.
Between 292-2, Pakistan significantly lost seven wickets for 37 races.
The fast bowling Carse checked Pakistan’s lead with 5-61, his first five wicket haul at this level.
“Really the effort of the boys, not only today, but also the boys who have been throughout the series have been wonderful,” said captain Ben Stokes in England.
“It’s been a tough week, but we’ve managed to get ahead.”
Meanwhile, Azam, who was disappointed, said: “We started well but we were lazy on the pitch.
“We will learn from our mistakes and hope not to repeat them,” they added ahead of a three-match T20 series against England.
Azam, the world’s best ODI batel, was knocked out of nowhere and on the 19th by fast pelota player Saqib Mahmood, a player of the series, as England enjoyed nine wickets and won 52 runs in Cardiff and Lord respectively.
But he responded in style.
A bold start
Despite being without the usual high-ranking command, England bravely started after him.
Phil Salt pulled out 16 thanks to his response to the first with four from Afridi. 10 overs of that cost 78 runs, including a fine straight drive from his left arm.
But Hasan Ali knocked out Dawid Malan for a duck in the second match, both teams without a change from the Lord.
Salt’s 37 points ended the first ball that Rauf Struck caught in midwicket.
Pakistan had to dismiss Stokes when he was just seven, when Shadab Khan climbed straight to the fine leg, when Ali threw a regular catch and threw four.
Stokes was recovered from leg-spinner Khan when he was 18 when Sohaib Maqsood threw a long drive and deflected four more over the rope.
But a pleased Khan scored Stokes for 32, with Rizwan’s sharp goalkeeper with a right-footed sweep.
The Hampshire captain Vince, so often a man almost from England, baptized him with elegant fashion and brought in a hundred 91 balls when Ali shot four.
Gregory Struck in four quarters and six in fifty years.
Earlier, Azam spent 14 balls in a vacuum and went fifty in 72 relatively quiet balls.
But while he’s there he’ll have every chance to increase his scoring rate, bringing Mahmood’s cut-off limits to 104 percent of the ball.
He dropped in 126 when Kars didn’t have a hard chance at midwicket.
The 26-year-old Azam drove Carse through the four-seat covers and Matt Parkinson’s rotating leg was lofted six to the delight of Pakistani fans at Edgbaston.
Rizwan’s fifty and 42 balls alone gave Pakistan a valuable boost.
His outing caused a lot of wicket ups and downs, with Azam entering the final 139 playoffs, including 14 fours and four sixes.
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