World Cup is just a few days away. All the teams are preparing themselves to give their best. England which is one of the strongest contenders for the World Cup. England is showing their preparation by winning the series against Pakistan by 4-0. It’s been a complete all-round performance from the English team. They have clinched off the series by a commanding 54-run win in Leeds.
England Clinched Off The Series By 4-0 Against Pakistan
England’s mission accomplished. Hugs and smiles everywhere. Chris Woakes collects the ball and leads his team off the field. He’s the star for England with the ball, claiming a fifer. It was a terrific spell with the new ball by Woakes, nabbing three wickets and dented Pakistan’s prospects.
But Babar Azam continued his fine form and skipper Sarfaraz also joined in by putting up a counter-attacking partnership of 146 runs for the fourth wicket. They were on track in the chase but once the runs started to dry in the middle overs – courtesy some tight bowling from the English spinners – and also with the required rate creeping up, Pakistan crumbled under pressure.
A mix-up between Sarfaraz and Babar saw the latter getting run-out for 80. Once that partnership stagnated, the visitors lost the plot completely. Pakistan’s captain played a fantastic knock of 97 but unfortunately lost his wicket in a freakish manner and missed his century, thanks to Jos Buttler’s canny work behind the stumps.
From thereon, they lost wickets in a heap and the last wicket pair of Afridi and Hasnain saved them the blushes by reducing the defeat margin in the end. Chris Woakes became the Man of the Match while Jason Roy became the Man of the series.
With the series done and dusted, the focus will now shift on the World Cup as both sides need to finalize their squads. While Pakistan more or less have got their answers with Mohammad Amir’s unavailability.
England selectors have a few tough choices to make. Pakistan, though, needs some serious venom in their bowling line-up as England managed to post four consecutive 340-plus totals in the series.
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