About the Match
A tremendous effort by the English team resulted in a win for them in the 3rd ODI against Pakistan by 6 wickets; England now leads 2-1 and will be eager to seal the series with another win when they meet Pakistan for the 4th ODI on 20th November at Dubai. Pakistan was bundled all-out for 208 after choosing to bat first; the spinners tried to defend the total but their efforts weren’t enough to stop the English from scoring the winning runs in a superb fight. Pakistan is in a must-win situation here while England is desperate for an ODI series win after losing the Test series on this tour.
The Pakistani batting line-up was thoroughly under pressure against the English bowlers as they gave away their wickets easily; three run-outs in the middle made matters worse for them and they could get to a lowly 208 runs. The positives were Mohammad Hafeez, who posted a well-made 45 and the captain himself, who scored 36 runs before getting run-out. Sarfraz Ahmed who has been scoring match-winning runs, couldn’t build a good partnership this time and Shoaib Malik failed to fire.
Defending the target, Mohammad Irfan came back strong with his pace bowling, providing the opening breakthrough with Roy’s wicket in the 3rd over itself. Zafar Gohar took 2-54 and Malik contributed with a wicket but the others failed to break partnerships like that of Taylor and Buttler.
Wahab Riaz was phenomenal with an economic bowling effort but didn’t succeed in any scalps; Anwar Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed put up a good show but they need to be more confident in the next match. The batsmen must overcome their weaknesses and come out all guns blazing if they want to resist the English attack and take their team closer to a draw.
James Taylor won the player of the match award for his outstanding batting effort in the 3rd ODI that took his team to victory; he posted an unbeaten 67 off 69 balls and with good support from Buttler, who scored an unbeaten 49 displaying return to form, the visitors have taken a significant lead here. The duo handled the pressure situations well against the Pakistani spin attack and they look good to carry forward the winning performance.
Morgan and Hales also did well with the latter having scored a century previously, and they must focus on building a good foundation whether batting first or during chase in the upcoming match. The middle order holds the key and with these batsmen being in good form, the English look well set to put up a challenge.
Chris Woakes yet again proved his skills with the ball as he claimed 4-40 being the leading wicket-taker; Willey, Moeen Ali and Topley took wicket each at regular intervals to restrict Pakistan to a meagre 208. They have a well-balanced squad of spinners and fast bowlers, who will be raring to go and win the match on Friday.
England has done very well to take a 2-1 lead and they will be confident about their chances of a series win here. Pakistan will definitely fight back but we feel that England is better placed to win the match on Friday and take the series