Pakistan suffered a humiliating defeat in the first ODI played at Sophia Gardens. It is also England’s biggest win over Pakistan in terms of wickets at home. The series has brought in a very inexperienced team led by Ben Stokes as the main team with Eoin Morgan was forced to go into isolation after coronavirus cases.
England hit the ground by nine wickets
Electing to bat after losing the toss, the Pakistani team was all out in 35.2 overs after scoring just 141 runs. In reply, the British easily achieved the target in 21.5 overs for the loss of nine wickets. Opener David Malan returned unbeaten on 68. Jack Crowley also scored a half-century of 58 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi dealt the only blow to England when debutant Phil Salt went on to score seven runs in the fifth over.
Such a scattered Pakistani team
For Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman scored 47 runs off 67 balls with the help of six fours. Apart from Mahmood, Craig Overton and Matthew Parkinson took two wickets each while Louis Gregory got one wicket for England. Earlier, Pakistan had a poor start as they lost four wickets for just 26 runs. After this, Fakhar tried to handle the innings for some time, but no one could support him. After some time he too was out.
Mohammad Hafeez could not watch the match
Pakistan’s legendary cricketer Mohammad Hafeez could not enjoy this match, he himself informed about it on social media. 40-year-old Hafeez tweeted, ‘Please can someone share the correct live streaming link to watch the #ENGvPAK ODI. Regards,’
Then what was Hafeez’s tweet, the fans started commenting funny. The Pakistan Cricket Board recently dropped Hafeez from its central contract. Hafeez, his country’s highest run scorer in T20 cricket, is also a good spinner.