TRENT BRIDGE: Ben Stokes’s unbeaten 71 rescued England from a top-order collapse because the World Cup hosts and favourites beat Pakistan by three wickets with three balls to spare at Trent Bridge.
Friday’s win in a floodlit match noticed England safe the collection at 3-Zero up with one to play however was removed from routine.
England had been cruising to a goal of 341 at 201 for one when Jason Roy’s dismissal for 114 sparked a collapse that noticed three wickets misplaced for seven runs in 10 balls.
And when Moeen Ali was out for a duck, England had slumped to 216 for 5.
However Stokes steadied the ship and Tom Curran acquired England again on observe in a seventh-wicket stand of 61.
Surrey paceman Curran, pushing for a spot in England’s ultimate 15-man World Cup squad, had already taken 4 for 75 in Pakistan’s 340 for seven.
This was a modest rating on a Trent Bridge floor the place England have twice set the report for the best one-day worldwide whole, with final 12 months’s 481 for six in opposition to Australia following their 444 for 3 in opposition to Pakistan in 2016.
Curran exhibits batting depth
And No eight Curran demonstrated the depth of England’s batting with a 31 that includes 5 fours.
However when he was yorked by Hasan Ali, England nonetheless wanted 22 off 16 balls.
Stokes acquired the goal right down to 10 runs off 10 balls when he carved a six off Junaid Khan that simply cleared Asif Ali at deep cowl.
Adil Rashid’s edged 4 previous despairing Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed left England requiring three off the final over to win.
Stokes completed the job with a single. The all-rounder confronted 64 balls, with 5 fours and three sixes.
Roy, missed on 25 by Fakhar Zaman, and James Vince — chosen instead of the rested Jonny Bairstow — placed on 94 earlier than the Hampshire captain was bowled by teenage fast Mohammad Hasnain for 43.
Roy reached his eighth ODI hundred in fashion, lofting off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez over extra-cover for a fourth six in 75 balls confronted.
However the 28-year-old couldn’t see England residence, gloving a hook off Hasnain to Sarfraz.
Check captain Joe Root (36) then edged left-arm spinner Imad Wasim to brief third man the place Hafeez held on on the second try.
England’s 208 for 3 quickly grew to become 208 for 4 when stand-in captain Jos Buttler, who made 110 not out at Southampton final weekend earlier than being rested for Tuesday’s six-wicket win in Bristol, fell for a duck when he miscued a sweep off Imad to Hafeez at brief fantastic leg.
Moeen Ali was additionally out for a duck, top-edging a sweep off Shoaib Malik with Fakhar Zaman, operating again from mid-on, holding a troublesome catch.
A lot of Pakistan’s fielding was sloppy however left-arm fast Junaid diminished England to 258 for six off 40 overs with an excellent right-handed caught and bowled off a slower supply to dismiss Joe Denly.
Earlier, Pakistan did not capitalise on Babar Azam’s hundred.
Their innings fell away following a century stand between Babar, who made 115, and Hafeez (59).
Pakistan suffered a setback when Imam-ul-Haq, contemporary from his career-best 151 at Bristol, needed to retire harm on three after lacking an supposed pull off an 89 mph ball from quick bowler Mark Wooden that hit him on the elbow however X-rays confirmed no fracture.
Babar’s 10th boundary, a leg-glance off Stokes, took him to his ninth hundred in 63 ODIs, and first in opposition to England, in 104 balls.
He then sliced Curran and Jofra Archer, operating in from the quilt boundary, held a well-judged catch.