3rd ODI: Pakistan run themselves out 2-1 against England

3rd ODI - Pakistan vs England

Sports Desk November 17, 2015

Pakistan were beaten comprehensively by England in the third ODI as the visitor's gained 2-1 lead in the four-match series in Sharjah.

The hosts won the toss for the first time in the ODIs and decided to bat first.

A mediocre display of running between the wickets cost them three important wickets of captain Azhar Ali, Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Rizwan as they floundered a total of 208 runs in 49.5 overs.

Chris Woakes bagged four wickets for 40 runs in 9.5 over for the English side.

In their chase, England completed the task at hand with 54 balls and six wickets in hand.

James Taylor scored unbeaten 67 off 69 balls while Jos Buttler assisted him with an unbeaten 49.

Debutante Zafar Gohar, who seemed promising with his left-arm spin, accounted for two batsmen.

Azhar Ali: We had a good start. We were going along well. The run-outs and mistakes in batting cost us. We fought hard with bowling but we were 40-50 run short. We (me and Hafeez) have to do something about running between the wickets.

Eoin Morgan: After today's performance we want to win the series. Hopefully, we can go and repeat our performance today.

ENG 210-4 (40.5 overs)

SIX! Over midwicket by Taylor and Pakistan have lost the match by six wickets. England should be praised for the comeback they have shown.

Shoaib Malik has been given the ball.

ENG 201-4 (40 overs)

Five off the over. England need only eight more runs to win.

Anwar Ali is back.

ENG 196-4 (39 overs)

Just two off his over.

Iftikhar Ahmed returns.

ENG 194-4 (38 overs)

FOUR! Malik welcomedwith a boundary. Ball flew towards Zafar at square leg, landed in his feet and spin away to the boundary. Zafar signals he lost the ball in the lights.

Shoaib Malik.

ENG 184-4 (37 overs)

Four runs off his over.

Zafar Gohar.

ENG 180-4 (36 overs)

SIX! Full-toss. Taylor advances and lofts it over mid-off hitting the boundary rope EXACT.

Shoaib Malik is on now. Can he spin Pakistan to some miraculous victory?

ENG 171-4 (35 overs)

FOUR! Driven towards midwicket by Taylor.

Zafar Gohar.

ENG 164-4 (34 overs)

FOUR! Short and Taylor swings. Wahab dives, ball jumps up and strikes his face and then runs to the boundary.

FOUR! Taylor clears mid-off.

Muhammad Irfan is on to give Pakistan some hope. Can he?

ENG 153-4 (33 overs)

Just a single of the left-armer's over.

Zafar Gohar.

ENG 152-4 (32 overs)

Gives away four runs and accounts for none.

Wahab Riaz in search of a wicket.

ENG 148-4 (31 overs)

Four runs off his over and England need 61 from 19 overs.

Muhammad Irfan is back in the attack.

ENG 144-4 (30 overs)

Just a single off his over.

Wahab is brought into the attack now.

ENG 143-4 (29 overs)

Azhar Ali goes for three in his second part-time over.

ENG 140-4 (28 overs)

Shoaib Malik goes for eleven in his over. SIX on the fourth ball by Taylor with a pick up shot.

ENG 129-4 (27 overs)

Five runs off the over by Azhar Ali.

ENG 123-4 (26 overs)

Four runs off the over.

Shoaib Malik bowls his sixth over.

ENG 120-4 (25 overs)

FOUR! Another one of those reverse sweeps. England earning important runs of this shot.

FOUR! Reverse sweep. Morgan has taught that art to many. Jos Buttler plays it this time.

Zafar Gohar continues.

ENG 109-4 (24 overs)

Malik bowls after that bad slip. He looks fine for now.

ENG 102-4 (23 overs)

FOUR! Malik slips at the fine-leg boundary. Hurts his left hand.

FOUR! The ball spin a mile and stays low. Beats the batsman, keeper, slip and the fielder who follows it to the boundary.

Zafar Gohar again with the pitch spinning wildly.

ENG 93-4 (22 overs)

BOWLED! Malik strikes. Off-spinner hits the off-stump then rolls on the grass to celebrate the wicket. Pakistan are surely back in this! Captain Morgan is back in the hud.

Shoaib Malik bowls.

Morgan is joined by James Taylor now. Pakistan will try to get a few more wickets here if  they want to savour a chance of winning this.

ENG 89-3 (21 overs)

OUT! Caught in the slip. Alex Hales will not get a century today. Pakistan strike back with the debutante.

Zafar Gohar.

ENG 85-2 (20 overs)

Four runs off his over.

Shoaib Malik again.

ENG 81-2 (19 overs)

FOUR! Reverse sweep again from the mighty Morgan.

Zafar Gohar is on now.

ENG 76-2 (18 overs)

CAUGHT BEHIND appeal on Hales. Umpire says no to Malik's appeal. Azhar reviews on Malik's conviction but the ball has touched Hales trouser while travelling down the leg side into Sarfraz's hands.

FOUR! Morgan with his classic reverse sweep on a shorter delivery.

Shoaib Malik bowls.

ENG 71-2 (17 overs)

Four runs off his over as well.

Wahab again.

ENG 67-2 (16 overs)

Four runs off his over.

Shoaib Malik brought on by Azhar in a desperate attempt to get wickets.

ENG 63-2 (15 overs)

Two off his over.

Wahab steams in again.

ENG 61-2 (14 overs)

FOUR! Swept powerfully by Hales.

Iftikhar Ahmed.

ENG 54-2 (13 overs)

FOUR! Morgan helps a shortish leggish delivery on its way.

Wahab for his second over.

ENG 47-2 (12 overs)

Gives away only a single.

Iftikhar Ahmed into the attack now.

ENG 46-2 (11 overs)

FOUR! Short and Morgan is all over it. Dispatched towards backward square.

Wahab Riaz is brought into the attack now.

ENG 41-2 (10 overs)

SIX! Slog sweep and Hales clears the boundary.

Zafar Gohar.

ENG 33-2 (9 overs)

Five runs off Irfan's over.

ENG 28-2 (8 overs)

Zafar Gohar gives two in his over.

ENG 26-2 (7 overs)

Two runs off Muhammad Irfan's over.

ENG 24-2 (6 overs)

OUT! Debutante bags his first international wicket in the first international over. Full-toss launched into the hands of the long-leg fielder. Joe Root, the second opener departs. Pakistan in the game now!
Zafar Gohar.

ENG 23-1 (5 overs)

After five over, Muhammad Irfan's strike has given Pakistan one scalp. Roy caught in covers off a thick leading edge. Malik caught it. Pakistan now need nine more to win. Meanwhile Zafar Gohar has been brought on early in the sixth over.

PAK 208 all out (49.5 overs)

BOWLED! Irfan goes for a wild swing and misses the ball.

Single on the fourth delivery. Irfan faces now

LBW again? Umpire says yes. Wahab reviews and the ball is missing leg stump now.

LBW appeal! It was in the block hole. Umpire says yes. Wahab reviews. The ball has taken an edge before hitting the pads.

SIX! First ball sails over long-off.

Wahab faces Woakes.

PAK 201-9 (49 overs)

Wahab steals a single off the last ball. He has six balls to swing at in the last over.

SIX! Short ball and Wahab launches it. It goes over midwicket.

David Willey bowls the penultimate over to Wahab.

PAK 194-9 (48 overs)

Irfan blocks and blocks.

DROPPED! Wahab goes again. This time its a waist high bouncer and the fielder at long leg puts it down.

SIX! Fetches from off and launched over midwicket. Its a biggie from Wahab. Morgan places a man there now.

Wahab faces Topley.

PAK 187-9 (47 overs)

Irfan blocks two bowled to him in the block hole. Wahab on for next over.

OUT! Short ball, Zafar tries to go hard at it and edges it to the keeper. Irfan walks in.

Chris Woakes.

PAK 185-8 (46 overs)

Four runs off the over.


PAK 181-8 (45 overs)

SIX! Zafar Gohar goes over long-on.


PAK 172-8 (44 overs)

Five runs off the over.


PAK 167-8 (43 overs)

Five runs off the over.

David Willey is back. Zafar Gohar and Wahab Riaz batting to get Pakistan to a decent total.

PAK 161-8 (42 overs)

RUN OUT! Another one! Another miscommunication. Wahab runs forward and then holds back. Shoaib had to return back to the bowler's end from half wicket. Direct hit sends him back to the pavillion.


PAK 160-7 (41 overs)

Three runs off the over.

Wahab Riaz and Shoaib Malik look to reconstruct Pakistan innings. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes bowls.

PAK 157-7 (40 overs)

OUT! Anwar Ali skies one to mid-on. Moeen Ali bags it safely. Pakistan down to the tail now.

Reece Topley.

PAK 156-6 (39 overs)

Three runs off the over and a missed stumping chance on Anwar Ali.

Rashid to continue

PAK 153-6 (38 overs)

Three singles of the over.

Chris Woakes

PAK 150-6 (37 overs)

150 up for Pakistan with this single.

A huge appeal, and ENGLAND REVIEW, and its not out.

Adil Rashid replaces Ali

PAK 146-6 (36 overs)

OUT! Another one bites the dust.

Chris Woakes to replace Willey

PAK 144-5 (35 overs)

Just two of the over

Moeen Ali

PAK 142-5 (34 overs)

Four runs of the over

David Willey

PAK 138-5 (33 overs)

RUN OUT! This time its Rizwan who went back to the pavilion.

Moeen Ali

PAK 137-4 (32 overs)

Just two of the over

David Willey

PAK 135-4(31 overs)

OUT! England get a priceless wicket of set Sarfaraz, who got out playing a reckless shot.

Moeen Ali to continue.

PAK 134-3 (30 overs)

Four runs and a wicket in the over.

OUT! It's Hafeez who perish under pressure

David Willey

PAK 130-2 (29 overs)

Just two of the over

Moeen Ali to continue.

PAK 128-2 (28 overs)

Six runs of the over

Willey to replace Adil Rasheed

PAK 122-2 (27 overs)

Just one of the over.

Moeen Ali

PAK 121-2 (26 overs)


Adil Rasheed

PAK 115-2 (25 overs)

Just two of the over

Moeen Ali

PAK 113-2 (24 overs)


Adil Rasheed

PAK 113-2 (23 overs)


Moeen Ali

PAK 104-2 (22 overs)

Three runs of the over

Adil Rashid

PAK 101-2 (21 overs)

FOUR! Sarfaraz sweeps Ali for a four

Moeen Ali

PAK 95-2 (20 overs)

It's Sarfaraz walking in to replace his captain.

RUN OUT! Azhar walks back to the pavillion
Hafeez involved in yet another mix up and Azhar will walk back to the pavillion.

Rashid to contiue

PAK 91-1 (19 overs)

Just three of the over again

Moeen Ali

PAK 88-1 (18 overs)

SIXX! Hafeez continues his charge against the leg-spinner, and he is on a roll already.

Adil Rashid to continue

PAK 79-1 (17 overs)

Just three of the over

Moeen Ali

PAK 76-1 (16 overs)

An expensive over comes to an end.

SIXXX! Hafeez went down the crease and hit Rashid for a massive six down the ground.

Four! Hafeez lob one over the mid-on for a boundary

Adil Rashid

PAK 63-1 (15 overs)

FOUR! Hafeez hit Woakes over the covers for a boundary.

Chris Woakes.

PAK 57-1 (14 overs)

Four runs off his over.

Adil Rashid into his second over.

PAK 53-1 (13 overs)

Just three runs off the over.

Chris Woakes continues.

PAK 50-1 (12 overs)

Five runs off his over.

Adil Rashid introduced into the attack.

PAK 45-1 (11 overs)

OUT! Babar Azam tries to clear the deep square leg boundary with a pull, instead finds Adil Rashid on the boundary.


PAK 43-0 (10 overs)

Two runs off the over.


PAK 41-0 (9 overs)

Four runs off the over.

Chris Woakes in for his second over.

PAK 37-0 (8 overs)

FOUR! Babar Azam stands and delivers. Hits it past mid-off.

Topley again.

PAK 30-0 (7 overs)

SIX! Azhar advances and hits the length ball over long-off. Pakistan are not going to hold back - shows the captain.

Chris Woakes.

PAK 22-0 (6 overs)

FOUR! Babar Azam pierces the off-side field.

Topley again.

PAK 15-0 (5 overs)

Inside edge and Azhar Ali survives. The ball hits his pad after taking the edge and the ball strolls past the wickets.

Willey again.

PAK 12-0 (4 overs)

Two runs off the over.


PAK 10-0 (3 overs)

FOUR! Azhar goes between cover and mid-off.

David Willey.

PAK -0 (2 overs)

Four runs of the over.

Reece Topley runs in for the second over.

PAK 1-0 (1 over)

David Willey to bowl to Azhar Ali and Babar Azam. Zafar Gohar makes his debut today.

Azhar Ali: We will bat (even before Ramiz Raja asks). How many runs do you want to score? Azhar says as much as possible. Zafar Gohar comes in for Yasir.


Eoin Morgan: We are not focusing on what Pakistan is doing. We are just focusing on our performances. We have a great learning culture in our hud. We are trying to adapt to these conditions. No changes.

Misbah practice, I mean blocking practice

Pitch report

Sharjah, with its short boudaries and a relatively dry pitch, will offer a lot of runs for the taking. The question is who will win the toss and bat first today?

Fielding practice before the match

Taking a shy at the stumps


Effy | 7 years ago | Reply Azhar Ali, any sane person having 5 percent knowledge of cricket will feel he is worst choice as captain for a ODI. Gone is the time when Sunil Gavasakar carried his bat and remained not out in a ODI and scored some 30 odd runs in 50 overs. The current cricket has changed, Jayasurya, Gilly, Sehwag, Gayle, Warner ( all openers) have set up an example, they didn't let pressure dictate them. But our Captain Azhar plays his game like the team is already 6 down with only 30 runs on board. I blame Misbah for this current of attitude by Pakistan batsmen. where is the flare which Pakistan was known for ? Where is the aggression Majid Khan, Maindad, Syed Anwar, Imran and Inzi used to have ? Why is the PCB so blind not to notice that Azhar is not fit for ODI's let alone being the captain of the team. We have 1 aggressive player in Sarfaraz. Why not make him the captain, he has a under19 WC victory under his belt. Why not get rid of Malik and Hafeez. They perform in 1 match and fail in 20. PCB ??
Pakistan | 7 years ago | Reply Mr Shehryar. Was this result according to the directions given by Mr Prime Minister too? Please do inform the public.
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