Third ODI: Big-hitting Hales brings up century as Pakistan bowlers toil
England opener Alex Hales registered his career’s fourth One-Day International (ODI) century as the hosts piled up 166 runs for the loss of one wicket after 25 overs during the third of the five-match series against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
The right-hander sneaked a single with a gentle push on the leg-side off Yasir Shah to reach three figures.
Reaching half-century mark in the 17th over, the local boy upped his scoring rate in the 23rd over when he piled up 20 runs off Pakistan captain Azhar Ali’s over.
Searching for a breakthrough, Azhar introduced himself into the attack only to be hammered for three fours and six â€” all coming off Hales’ bat.
Roy, after scoring 15 off 19 balls, gloved the 38th ball of the innings in the air for Sarfraz Ahmed to safely collect it.
England were 38 for one, when the star of the first ODI fell.
Replacing Roy, Root settled himself by snatching a boundary off Ali early on in his innings.
Earlier, Roy and Hales started the proceedings on a high note for the hosts, scoring boundaries at regular intervals.
The first two fours, however, came due to the misfields by Mohammad Nawaz and Babar Azam in the first and the second over respectively.
Eoin Morgan elected to bat first after winning the toss. Talking to Michael Holding after the English captain’s decision, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali admitted that he would have loved to bat first.
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz replaced Imad Wasim, who was forced to sit out due to knee injury.
The visitors have had a disastrous start to the series as they lost the first and second ODIs by 44 runs (D/L method) and four wickets respectively, hence putting themselves under immense pressure to win the Nottingham game and keep their series-winning chances alive.
England, on the other hand, will be looking to seal the series by beating Pakistan in the third consecutive clash between the two sides.
Pitch and weather report: The wicket is deemed to be a flat and hard, making it a good batting surface. The sun is basking on the picturesque Trent Bridge ground.
Azhar Ali (capt.), Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk.), Shoaib Malik, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz
Eoin Morgan (capt.), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk.), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
Source :Â DAWN SPORT