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England beat Pakistan by 54 runs, sweep series 4-0

England beat Pakistan by 54 runs, sweep series 4-0

LEEDS – Pakistan lost the five-match series 0-4 to England ten days before the ICC World Cup 2019 when they were beaten by 54 runs in the fifth and final One-day International here at Headingley on Sunday.

Chasing a huge total of 352, Pakistan fought back with the help of two brilliant fifties from skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and prolific batsman Babar Azam but later they were all out for 297 in 46.5 overs.

Victory, in their final match, before the World Cup hosts and favourites name their tournament squad on Tuesday, saw England to a 4-0 series win after the first match was washed out.

Woakes took three wickets for no runs in nine balls as Pakistan slumped to six for three in pursuit of a target of 352.

Babar Azam (80) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (97) then kept England at bay but both batsmen were run out and any lingering hope Pakistan had gone with them.

Woakes needed just three balls to have Fakhar Zaman out, caught by Joe Root at second slip, out for a duck.

Abid Ali (five) was then lbw to Woakes, with Paul Reiffel´s decision upheld on umpire´s call.

Seam bowler, Woakes then nipped one back to have Mohammad Hafeez lbw for nought, although replays suggested Reiffel´s verdict may have been overturned if Pakistan had reviewed the decision.

Babar, however, carried on from his 115 in a three-wicket defeat at Trent Bridge on Friday with a 59-ball fifty before advancing down the pitch to drive off-spinner Moeen Ali for six.

But a fourth-wicket partnership of 146 ended in frustrating fashion for Pakistan.

Sarfraz prodded at an Adil Rashid delivery and set off for a single.

But wicket-keeper Jos Buttler moved quickly from behind the stumps to throw the ball to the bowler´s end where Rashid, with Babar trying to regain his ground, flicked the ball onto the stumps from behind his back without looking to complete a run-out.

A seemingly angry Sarfraz hit Rashid for four, six an four off successive deliveries.

But Rashid, in front of his Yorkshire home crowd, dismissed Shoaib Malik with a diving left-handed catch off his own bowling.

Sarfaraz was denied what would have been his third ODI hundred in bizarre fashion.

Buttler, having stopped the ball with his boot, saw the rebound fall kindly to run out Sarfraz, who narrowly failed to ground his bat in time.

Despite some late damage to David Willey´s figures by Mohammad Hasnain, Pakistan was eventually all out for 297 in the 47th over.

Earlier, England was set for a huge score at 191 for two off 25 overs.

But several batsmen got themselves out, including Test skipper Root, who top-scored with 84, and one-day captain Eoin Morgan, who made 76 on his return to the side.

Root and Morgan put on 117 in 18 overs but it still needed tailender Tom Curran´s unbeaten 29 to take England past 350.

Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim took three for 53, while fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi had four for 82 after striking at both ends of the innings.

But the last over saw Curran hit a six and then ramp an outrageous four off successive Hasan Ali deliveries.

Morgan, back after a one-game ban for slow over-rate offences, hit five sixes — including one onto the roof of the Old Pavilion Standoff Mohammad Hasnain — before a mistimed pull off Afridi was caught by Abid.

Root was even closer to a century when he holed out off Hasnain, having faced 73 balls including nine fours.

For Pakistan, Imam ul Haq has been replaced by Abid Ali in the final encounter.

Playing XI

England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid,

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi

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