Pak v Eng: England win second ODI to take 2-0 lead over Pakistan

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England on Saturday served another blow to Babar Azam-led Pakistan by bagging a 52-run victory in the second ODI at Lord’s stadium, winning the three-match series with one game spare.

The hosts lead the series 2-0 by going into the final match to be played in Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s batting line up except for Saud Shakeel (56) and Hasan Ali (31) failed to achieve the target of 248 runs.

Pacer Hasan Ali’s five-wicket haul restricted England to 247 runs in the second ODI against Pakistan but the performance could not help the team to clinch the victory.

Pakistan earlier in the day decided to field first after winning the toss against the hosts while the match has been reduced to 47 overs after rain caused a delay in the match.

Pakistani bowlers, particularly Hasan Ali, displayed magnificent game as they removed players of the host team before they post a tough total.

Philip Salt remained the top scorer from the England side with 60 runs while Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley, who came second and third down, were sent to pavilion for a duck.

Vince made well-played 56 runs in an attempt to set aside the pressure developed by visiting bowlers.

A large number of fans of the Pakistani team have reached the stadium, hoping that the visiting team will take revenge for defeat in the first match in Cardiff.

On June 8, England beat Pakistan by nine wickets in the first ODI at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Set at 142-run target, England romped home in the 22nd over courtesy unbeaten half-centuries by Dawid Malan and debutant Zak Crawley.

The two added 120 runs for the second-wicket after Shaheen Shah Afridi had dismissed Malan’s opening partner Phil Salt for seven runs. Malan struck eight fours in his 68 off 69 balls. The right-handed Crawley hit seven fours in his 58-run effort off 50 balls.

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 141 runs in 35.2 overs after England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed lbw by pacer Saqib Mahmood on the first ball of the match. Skipper Babar Azam was also dismissed for a duck two balls later as Pakistan slipped to zero for two after the first three balls of the match.

The tourists lost wickets at regular intervals with Fakhar Zaman the only one to offer some sustained resistance. The left-hander scored 47 off 67 balls (six fours). Shadab Khan contributed 30 off 43 balls. Sohaib Maqsood who was making a comeback to the national side after five years, scored 19 off 32 before an unfortunate run out dismissal.

For England Saqib took four wickets for 42 runs in 10 overs. Craig Overton and Matt Parkinson took two wickets each.

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