Imad and Afridi strike but England still post 351-9 against Pakistan

LEEDS, United Kingdom: Imad Wasim and Shaheen Shah Afridi led a Pakistan fightback however England nonetheless scored 351 for 9 at Headingley as Tom Curran once more pressed his case for a World Cup place.

England, of their final one-day worldwide earlier than the event hosts and favourites title their World Cup squad on Tuesday, had been set for an enormous rating at 191 for 2 off 25 overs.

However a number of batsmen obtained themselves out, together with Take a look at skipper Joe Root, who top-scored with 84, and one-day captain Eoin Morgan, who made 76 on his return to the aspect.

Left-arm spinner Imad completed with advantageous figures of three for 53 in his most 10 overs.

Quick bowler Afridi took wickets at each ends of the innings in a return of 4 for 82.

However the final over noticed Curran hit six after which ramp an outrageous 4 off successive Hasan Ali deliveries to take England to a aggressive complete.

Curran completed on 29 not out — the second match in a row the place the Surrey paceman had proved his price as a lower-order batsman following his 31 in a series-clinching win at Trent Bridge on Friday.

England rested Jason Roy following the opener’s century in Nottingham.

However they nonetheless scored quickly after Morgan gained the toss.

James Vince hit the primary two balls of the innings from Hasan for 4.

However Vince, but once more in his England profession, obtained out when nicely set, falling for 33 when he top-edged a hook off Afridi to deep sq. leg.

Jonny Bairstow (32) drove Imad straight to long-on to the frustration of his Yorkshire house crowd.

Morgan, again after lacking Friday’s match, following a one-game ban for sluggish over-rate offences, hit a number of sixes — together with an enormous one onto the roof of the Outdated Pavilion Stand off Mohammad Hasnain.

However he too perished to a cross-bat shot, a pull off Afridi caught by Abid Ali, working spherical from midwicket in the direction of sq. leg.

It was the top of a partnership with Root price 117 in 18 overs.

Root was additionally in sight of a century when he holed out off Hasnain, having confronted 73 balls together with 9 fours.

Imad then took two wickets in three balls to cut back England to 272 for six, dangerman Jos Buttler caught at backward level earlier than Moeen Ali was plumb lbw for a duck.

Ben Stokes, who made a match-winning 71 not out in Nottingham, fell for 21 to Hasan.—AFP


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