Jason Roy's sensational century seals England series victory over Pakistan

Scyld Berry
The Telegraph
Jason Roy makes a century in England's reply to Pakistan's total of 340 at Trent Bridge - Popperfoto
Jason Roy makes a century in England's reply to Pakistan's total of 340 at Trent Bridge - Popperfoto

It was another test of fire from which England emerged, in the final over, unscathed. It was their 17th successful run-chase in succession at home when they defeated Pakistan by three wickets, with three balls to spare, to go 3-0 up and the last game to come at Headingley.

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England made it interesting by staging a collapse in the middle of their innings, losing four wickets for only 15 runs, but that gave them an opportunity to test their lower order and bring Ben Stokes back to form. Stokes has been muted since the infamous nightclub incident in Bristol, trying to be a dutiful team-man, but the old match-winner returned during his unbeaten 71 off 64 balls, just in time for the World Cup. 

Splendidly as Stokes batted though in the run-chase, and Babar Azam in setting England a target of 341, the innings of the match was played by Jason Roy. He is taking his game to a new level before the grand tournament, and his 114 off only 89 balls not only overshadowed Azam’s more measured 112 off 115 balls but the shoot-out between Jofra Archer and Mark Wood to be acclaimed as England’s fastest bowler.

Even in this white-ball day and age, some of Roy’s batting is becoming sensational - and not least how he tends to strike a bowler’s first ball for six, notably Pakistan’s slow left-armer Imad Wasim. Roy played a scoop for six, but Jos Buttler can do that, so the breathtaking shot was the one that brought up his eighth ODI century, when he stepped back to an offbreak and yet, while falling away in his shot, still carved it over extra-cover for six.  

Buttler did not have the best of days as Eoin Morgan’s replacement as captain, or as wicketkeeper when missing his second stumping of this series, and was then dismissed second ball when he went for the bold option of a sweep. That made two wickets in three balls, as Joe Root had been over-ambitious when England were ahead of the required run-rate and he should have been content to squirrel singles off Pakistan’s spinners.

<span>Stokes saw England home with his unbeaten 71</span> <span>Credit: AFP </span>
Stokes saw England home with his unbeaten 71 Credit: AFP

As Roy had just been dismissed blamelessly, caught gloving down the legside, and Moeen Ali had a mow, England lurched to 216 for five, with plenty of scope for a demoralising defeat. But Stokes did what he longs to do - win games for England - and even though Pakistan finally bowled some yorkers, there was no stopping Stokes.

Archer and Wood, with their extra speed, were largely responsible for the 120 dot-balls in Pakistan’s innings: in effect the tourists did not score a run off 20 of their 50 overs. They are not going to open the bowling in the World Cup, because Chris Woakes maximises one of the new balls, but Morgan on returning from his one-match ban will have the option of injecting 90 mph pace at almost any stage of an opposition innings.

 Archer bowled 31 dot-balls, either by zipping past the bat from short of a length or driving the batsman back in his first spell, or by varying his pace later on. Archer went past Asif Ali, when Pakistan’s biggest hitter was all ready to charge, with three balls in a row, two slower balls and a 92 mph yorker.

Wood bowled 28 dot-balls, one of which hit Imam ul-Haq on his left elbow and another hit Imad Wasim on his helmet. Imam’s uncle Inzamam would never have walked off after such a painful blow - he would have demanded a dozen bearers to bring him an old Moghul palanquin to carry him from the field in state - but Imam, after going to hospital, actually returned. Not many opening batsmen finish unbeaten on six but Imam did miss 44 overs.

<span>Jofra's extra pace kept the Pakistan batsmen at bay</span> <span>Credit: POPPERFOTO </span>
Jofra's extra pace kept the Pakistan batsmen at bay Credit: POPPERFOTO

After Imam’s injury, Archer and Wood rather overdid the short ball for the rest of their opening spells and, in straining for pace, omitted the slower ball which is an even more potent variation when the batsmen are pumping adrenalin. Wood produced a nice one later when Sarfaraz Ahmed, trying to cut, demolished his own stumps.

Babar Azam played the most cultivated innings of the day: tall and excellent off the back foot, he in particular enjoyed Archer and Wood when they pitched too short. But few Pakistan batsmen have specialised in quick singles - not since Javed Miandad and Asif Iqbal - and collectively they gave the impression that their chief concern was not squaring this series so much as cementing their World Cup places.

Both Archer and Wood emphasised their utility by taking fine outfield catches. Archer’s at deep cover removed Azam off the bowling of Tom Curran, who picked up four wickets before his decisive stand with Stokes, while Wood returned the favour for Archer. Pakistan’s fielding was comic at times but inspired enough to give them a chance when England faltered, in their characteristic blend of hot and cold.

Joe Denly kept his World Cup hopes alive with a steady little spell and a steady little innings, but all of England’s pace bowlers are raising their game, as fielders and batsmen as well as bowlers.

9:09PM

OVER 49.3: ENG 341/7 (Stokes 71* Rashid 12*)    

Stokes collars a pull and takes the winning run to midwicket. England win by three wickets with three balls to spare. 

9:08PM

OVER 49.2: ENG 340/7 (Stokes 70* Rashid 12*)   

Rashid works one round the corner to tie the scores.

9:07PM

OVER 49.1: ENG 339/7 (Stokes 70* Rashid 11*)   

Single for Stokes off Hasan.

9:05PM

OVER 49: ENG 338/7 (Stokes 69* Rashid 11*)   

Rashid thick edges his drive through the understandably vacant first slip area for five. England need three from six. 

9:04PM

OVER 48.5: ENG 334/7 (Stokes 69* Rashid 7*)  

Drop at his feet and run a single, turned into two when the throw goes awry. 

9:04PM

OVER 48.4: ENG 332/7 (Stokes 69* Rashid 5*)  

Rashid helicopters after a slow ball bouncer and misses. Dot ball

9:03PM

OVER 48.3: ENG 332/7 (Stokes 69* Rashid 5*)  

Stokes taps a single. 

9:02PM

OVER 48.2: ENG 331/7 (Stokes 68* Rashid 5*) 

Awful delivery, smashed over point for six! The fielder, Asif, tried to grab it but couldn't haul it back from the rope. 

9:01PM

OVER 48.1: ENG 325/7 (Stokes 62* Rashid 5*)

Junaid Kahn takes an age to set his field. Over the wicket to Rashid who chips a drove over point. Pakistan's fielders Keystone Kop it on the rope with a dive and a parry but stop the four. England run three

9:00PM

OVER 48: ENG 322/7 (Stokes 62* Rashid 2*)        

Rashid cuts and the ball comes off his bottom edge and towards leg slip. They sprint a single. Hasan finds another yorker and Stokes digs it out and runs one. Rashid taps the last ball from outside off to mid-on and they let him have the single. Let's go ball-by-ball. England need 19 off 12. 

8:55PM

Wicket!!

Curran b Hasan 31  Finally, an inwsinging yorker arrowed into his feet. Curran jabs down and deflects it off the edge into middle stump. FOW 319/7 

8:55PM

OVER 47: ENG 318/6 (Stokes 60* Curran 31*)       

Fifty partnership with two leg byes for England when Stokes tries to tickle a legside delivery fine but can;t get bat on it. He gets bat on the next one all right, murdering a length ball over midwicket for six. It's the longest boundary and it sails over it and deep into the stand. At last Hasnain finds his yorker and Stokes chisels it out to cover for a single. A swing and miss for Curran off the slow-ball bouncer but he chips the next out of the blockhole for two over point. Dot ball to finish an impressive spell from Hasnain. Yes he's gone for 80 but he did fire Root and Vince out. England need 23 off 18.  

 

8:49PM

OVER 46: ENG 307/6 (Stokes 53* Curran 29*)      

Curran swipes four down to fine leg off the inside edge then flays four more over point. Hasan hauls it back with slower balls but England make a 10-run dent in their target. England require 34 off 24. 

8:47PM

OVER 45: ENG 297/6 (Stokes 52* Curran 20*)     

After a couple of singles to start Hasnain's ninth over, Stokes climbs into a wide one after stepping away to leg and larrups it through cover for four. Fifty for him. The yorker won't land for the young quick but Stokes loses his low full toss and gropes after it long after it's clunked him on the thigh pad. They take two legbyes behind square when the captain in his pads slips chasing after it on an adjacent pitch. England need 44 from 30. 

 

8:42PM

OVER 44: ENG 287/6 (Stokes 46* Curran 19*)     

Junaid starts with a wide slower ball that he spoons wide of point. Could easily have gone straight to him but he gets away with it, The bowler then keeps bouncing Curran who control-pulls a single, Stokes slaps one through the covers and then Curran can be constrained no more and flays a pull trough midwicket for four. Junaid strays on to middle and leg next ball and Curran whips him through square leg. Hasan Ali should have kept it to one but he gets his legs in the wring place and it scoots between his open legs. Nuts! Lovely pea ... nuts! 

8:38PM

OVER 43: ENG 276/6 (Stokes 45* Curran 10*)    

Hasnain strains for the yorker, doesn't land it and Curran slices it through backward point for four. Big shout for run out that the third umpire does not check because there's no appeal but in fact it looked out, the remaining bail lit up and was at least partially dislodged before Curran's bat crossed the line. Instead Curran adds two to his score. Pakistan, you have to ask the question. 

<span>Credit: Sky Sports </span>
Credit: Sky Sports

After going for the boundary off the first ball, Hasnain clawed it back with a dot and three singles and could/should have had a run-out.

Oh no. It's Sweet Caroline time. Why? Spare us the communal trite singalong to muzak. Ta.  

England need 65 off 42. 

8:29PM

OVER 42: ENG 267/6 (Stokes 44* Curran 2*)   

Three dot balls from Hafeez to Curran to start the over and England's nerves are quaking a little. Finally Curran drills a drive to cover and gets off strike. Stokes winds up for the mow over cover but slaps it to the fielder but he will not be smothered and carts the last ball over deep midwicket and into the 20th row of seats. 

8:27PM

OVER 41: ENG 260/6 (Stokes 38* Curran 1*)   

Excellent from Imad, too, turning the screw on Curran after Stokes takes a single off the first ball to midwicket. Curran can't pierce the infield and allows Imad to put four successive dot balls in the book until he gets off the mark at the fifth attempt with a single to square leg's right. Hafeez will come on to take the pace off the ball, too. 

8:24PM

OVER 40: ENG 258/6 (Stokes 37* Curran 0*)   

Junaid Khan has been jeered for two fielding errors that turned singles into fours at third man/fine leg and dropping Root at mid-on. But he makes partial amends with a superb over of cutters that diddled the timing of Stokes and Denly until one of them felt e had to hit out, chose the wrong ball and knocked it back to the bowler. 

8:20PM

Wicket!!

Denly c&b Junaid 17  Redemption song indeed! Another slow bouncer that sticks in the pitch. Denly rocks back to pull and spoons it off the toe. Junaid, who has had an awful day so far, dives to his right and clings on with one hand. FOW 258/6

8:18PM

OVER 39: ENG 255/5 (Stokes 35* Denly 16*)         

Sarfraz does turn to spin or rather a slow bowler in Imad of the glorious Gower. Stokes drills a single to mid off, Denly skelps a cut to cover for one and Stokes taps one to mid-on. England are milking enough runs to set themselves up for an onslaught. Sarfraz's fields are not tight enough. Denly ends the over on the back foot again, swatting a cut to the point sweeper for two. England meed 86 from 66

<span>Hafeez sparks England's fightback by clinging on to a difficult chance to dismiss Joe Root</span> <span>Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers </span>
Hafeez sparks England's fightback by clinging on to a difficult chance to dismiss Joe Root Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

 

8:12PM

OVER 38: ENG 250/5 (Stokes 33* Denly 13*)        

Denly has a touch of the Hilditches about him. He is a very happy hooker but the ball from Junaid doesn't get up enough and he rolls the wrists on top of it and cuffs it for two through square leg. The next ball is better from Junaid, angling across the right-hander from over the wicket and he jabs at it, trying to dab it down to third man. Play and a miss. Denly ticks one off his pads and Stokes brings up the 250 with a steer down to third man.  

8:09PM

OVER 37: ENG 245/5 (Stokes 31* Denly 10*)       

Stokes clips a cut off Hasan Ali for a single, takes back the strike when Denly works one behind square  and pulls hard for four. Playing sensibly so far, in tune with England's position. Waqar thinks Pakistan should revert to spin and encourage England to take Shoaib or Hafeez on. 

8:05PM

OVER 36: ENG 238/5 (Stokes 25* Denly 9*)      

Junaid Khan, who could do with a redemption spell, is brought back on by Sarfraz. Stokes hangs on the back foot and slaps the second ball behind point for two. The bowler isn't managing to swing the ball yet but is diligently plugging away on a tightish fourth-stump line. When he strays on to middle, Stokes on drives for a single. Denly pulls a short ball that bounces no higher than his waist for a single and Stokes pokes one through cover.  

 

7:59PM

OVER 35: ENG 233/5 (Stokes 21* Denly 8*)     

Hasan Ali comes back into the attack and Stokes taps him through midwicket for two and dabs a single down to third man. Only three off the over as England rebuild firm foundations for the late spurt. England need 108 from 90 balls. 

7:56PM

OVER 34: ENG 230/5 (Stokes 18* Denly 8*)    

Hafeez continues, rattling through the overs to try to hustle England. Denly works a single through square leg, Stokes drills one through mid off. Denly sweeps fine for two and then works another through midwicket. Pakistan are overfeeding his leg-side strengths.  That'll be drinks. 

7:54PM

OVER 33: ENG 224/5 (Stokes 16* Denly 4*)    

Shoaib, in danger of being struck by a bump ball has to throw his hands up in front of his face to stop a drive from Stokes sconning him. The ball deflects off his wrist for a single. Denly also works a single through midwicket and one to mid-on. 

7:50PM

OVER 32: ENG 221/5 (Stokes 15* Denly 2*)   

Pakistan applying the squeeze here, bringing Hafeez back on and England knock him around for four singles as they try to regroup. Denly gets off the mark by working the ball into the legside and double his score with another flick. 

7:48PM

OVER 31: ENG 217/5 (Stokes 13* Denly 0*)      

England have lost four wickets for 15 runs and each one has been the result of a misjudgment from the batsman. Shoaib keeps a nervy England down to one run. 

7:39PM

Wicket!!

Moeen c Fakhar b Shoaib 0 The wobble continues. Poor shot from Moeen who used his feet to try to knock an off-break over midwicket and chipped it up over mid-on instead. Fakhar hares back and clutches on to it, having early dropped Roy.  FOW  216/5

7:39PM

OVER 30: ENG 216/4 (Stokes 12* Moeen 0*)     

Good shot from Stokes, off the back foot and encouraged through point for four. It came after three dot balls and a nervy play and miss. He uppercuts the last ball down to third man and Junaid Khan, who has dropped a sitter and fumbled a ball over the rope, misses an easy interception and parries another over the boundary. The crowd jeers him and openly mocks him. Sarfraz goes down and wraps his arm around his shoulder and pats him on the tuchas. 

 

7:33PM

OVER 29: ENG 208/4 (Stokes 4* Moeen 0*)    

Buttler rolled the wrists on it too early and it caught the back of the bat and popped up.  Good test for England to get home from here without their bankers - Roy or Bairstow or Buttler or Morgan or Root - to steer them home. 

7:30PM

Wicket!!

Buttler c Hasnain b Imad 0 Terrible shot from England's stand-in captain. A loopy full toss and Buttler folds forward to try to whack it over midwicket but it comes off the back of the bat and loops to short fine leg.  FOW 208/4

7:27PM

Wicket!!

Root c Hafeez b Imad 36 My sweet Lord. A Pakistan outfielder hangs on to a chance - and it was a tricky one at piint as Root sliced a drive. He backpedalled, turned and then caught it with his right-hand after a hair-raising juggle. FOW 208/3 

7:27PM

OVER 28: ENG 208/2 (Root 36* Stokes 4*)   

The kid dies what the men couldn't. Hasnain works up a great head of steam and is charging in, sending down 90 mph missiles. Roy leans back to dab four but get out from one angled across him, arguably one of the worst balls he's bowled in his six overs. Enter Stokes, or the doppelganger who's been impersonating Ben Stokes for the past 12 months, and defends a blistering 92 mph delivery but tucks in to the short one that finishes the over, walloping it off the back foot through mid on for four. 

7:22PM

Wicket!!

Roy c Sarfraz b Hasnain 114  Strangled him. Going for the fine pull he gloves it down the legside to the keeper.  FOW 201/2

7:21PM

OVER 27: ENG 197/1 (Roy 110* Root 34*)  

Junaid Khan is now having trials to go with his tribulations. He drops Root at mid-off. A total dolly. And injures his hand in the process. He couldn't possibly be affecting to do so to ask his embarrassment. Earlier Root had tickled an Imad delivery round the corner for four. 

7:17PM

OVER 26: ENG 190/1 (Roy 108* Root 29*)  

Rooot and Roy both find the midwicket sweeper with pulls, Roy's aggressive running reaping two whereas Root's was worth only one as it went straight to the fielder. Hasnain keeps banging it in to Roy and the batsman leans back and pans it over mid on for four with a hybrid baseball shot. 

7:10PM

OVER 25: ENG 182/1 (Roy 101* Root 28*) 

Sarfraz is ticking. Root cuts Hasan Ali for four, gently chastising it with exquisite timing through point. But what really gets the captain's goat is a bouncer that leaps off a fairly decent length and rockets over Root and the keeper's jump for five wides. 

 

7:05PM

OVER 24: ENG 169/1 (Roy 101* Root 21*)

Roy spoons a drive over cover for two, rocks back to cut four and then pans Hafeez over extra for six off the back foot to post his century after holing out when well set at Southampton and Bristol. 

7:02PM

OVER 23: ENG 157/1 (Roy 89* Root 21*)

Sarfraz turns to his best experienced bowler, Hasan. England play tip and run against him, Root almost sawing himself off with a hasty call from the striker's end before a headlong belly flop into the crease. A direct hit would have caught him short I think. Is that a tinge of reverse for Hasan? By Jove! I think it is. 

6:59PM

OVER 22: ENG 149/1 (Roy 87* Root 19*)                 

Hafeez reins them back in to four singles but it's all too easy for England. 

6:55PM

OVER 21: ENG 149/1 (Roy 85* Root 17*)                

That thing about Roy adopting conservatism ... he scoops Junaid for six with insouciant audacity and skill, then pulls another, hard, flat and missile quick over square leg, crashing into the hoardings with a big thud. I fear Junaid is bowling himself out of the World Cup squad. 

 

6:52PM

OVER 20: ENG 134/1 (Roy 71* Root 16*)                

Hafeez stops in his delivery stride and it looks as though he raises a quizzical eyebrow at Root as if to warn him that he's backing up too far and is liable to a Mankading. He doesn't do it but makes his point. Four singles off the over. Root, who drives one of our regular correspondents to despair when he comes in and the rate falls after the pyrotechnics of the openers, is not the sole culprit here. Roy has quietened down, too. 

6:48PM

OVER 19: ENG 130/1 (Roy 69* Root 14*)                

Junaid replaces Imad Wasim. He needs a good performance in this spell because he was rank at Bristol and hasn't started particularly well here. It's respectable but nothing more and they milk him for five singles to the boundary riders. Here's Wasim Akram on Hasnain's promise:

 

6:43PM

OVER 18: ENG 125/1 (Roy 67* Root 11*)               

Roy digs a grubber out and still biffs it through the covers for four then turns Hafeez's slider down to fine leg for one. Before root takes strike he has a word with the square leg umpire. About what we don't know. Is it about Hafeez's action? Because it doesn't look illegal but there is a hitch in it, delaying the delivery.

 

6:38PM

OVER 17: ENG 117/1 (Roy 61* Root 9*)              

Imad follows Hafeez's lead and maintains a tight line throughout. Shoaib's fumble at mid-on allows Roy to turn one into two. Sheeeeeesh. 

6:36PM

OVER 16: ENG 113/1 (Roy 58* Root 8*)             

Hafeez is back and bowling after three suspensions for an illegal action. He starts well and leaks only three singles , all to long on, one helped by a misfield. The fielding continues to be sub-standard. I miss Misbah's look of disapproval when his players' cack-handedness tested his forbearance.  

6:30PM

OVER 15: ENG 110/1 (Roy 57* Root 6*)            

Rubbish from Imad, too wide twice. Root smears the first half-volley through  cover point for four and Roy scythes the second a little finer but basically square. They'll take drinks and receive a rollicking from their captain about shoddy fielding and too many pies.

<span>Fakhar drops Roy and gives England's destructive opener a life&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: Lindsey PARNABY/AFP </span>
Fakhar drops Roy and gives England's destructive opener a life   Credit: Lindsey PARNABY/AFP

 

6:26PM

OVER 14: ENG 100/1 (Roy 52* Root 1*)           

More good length than full, the ball that did for Vince. He greets Root with an isnwinger that he clips off his toenails through square leg for a single. Hasnain, persuaded by the obvious solution that appeal to youths, fancies Roy is vulnerable to the short ball. He bounces him at 89 mph and Roy pulls, top-edging it over the keeper for four. He wasn't in control but it's still effective and helps him to fifty.   

6:19PM

Wicket!!

Vince b Hasnain 43 It was as if he was anticipating a bouncer and hung back on his crease but it was fast and full and although he managed to jab his bat down to defend it, the ball spun back and knocked the bails off. FOW 94/1

6:19PM

OVER 13: ENG 92/0 (Roy 46* Vince 42*)          

Roy's got anew toy and he's going to use it, sweeping hard again for four. He aims to lift the next ball off Imad over cover but slices it and sends it over point who backtracks 12 yards but cannot reach it before it hits the ground. They run three. 

6:17PM

OVER 12: ENG 82/0 (Roy 38* Vince 40*)         

Vince, attempting to hook the lively Hasnain, top-edges it on to his helmet. Mandatory concussion check ensues. He's OK and he proves it by punching the next ball off the back foot in front of point for four. Hasnain grunts with an effort ball bouncer that grows on Vince and he carts it and flaps it over midwicket for two. He didn't look comfortable, so Hasnain tries it again and he top-edges it over his shoulder with another mistimed pull. It flies fine and drops about 15 yards short of the fielder who then reveals himself to be a carthorse by letting it carrom through him for four. 

6:11PM

OVER 11: ENG 71/0 (Roy 37* Vince 30*)         

Iamd weaves his web and ties them down to three singles, two to Roy down the ground, one to Vince off the back foot past the bowler, too. 

6:06PM

OVER 10: ENG 68/0 (Roy 35* Vince 29*)        

Waqar Younis is talking cobblers about Hasnain. Doesn't like his bowling boots, thinks he needs a bespoke pair from Northampton. I like his bowling, though. Real spirit and pace. He hurried Roy through a pull and the ball leaps up over the top of his helmet s he gets through the stroke without collaring it. Too close to his nose to free his arms. Five singles. 

6:02PM

OVER 9: ENG 63/0 (Roy 32* Vince 27*)       

Imad Wasim ties Roy up, has him cutting and missing, scrambling into defence then he comes down the track and slices a slog over cover. Fakhar has 10 yards to make, turns and chases it. He gets his hands to it but cannot hang on. Having dropped three chances at Bristol, the last thing they needed here was more butter-fingered clangers.  They run two. Roy, who rarely sweeps, shows us his chops off the next ball, dropping to one knee and swiping it round the corner through fine leg. As much of a ramp s an old-fashioned sweep. 

5:58PM

OVER 8: ENG 54/0 (Roy 25* Vince 26*)      

Mohammad Hasnain is the third Pakistan quick into the attack and the third to swing it. He arcs one into Roy's pads at 89mph and goes up in a concerted and convincing appeal. The ball was going down, though, and Sarfraz doesn't let him review the umpire's not out decision.

<span>Credit: Sky Sports </span>
Credit: Sky Sports

The next ball is an outswinger and starts too wide, Roy drills it through the covers for four. That apart a promising start from Hasnain. 

5:52PM

OVER 7: ENG 48/0 (Roy 20* Vince 25*)     

Imad, who took a lot of tap in Bristol, comes on. He is usually key, rattling through his overs, darting the ball in to cramp the batsmen's ability to free their arms. Roy strides down and flogs the second ball miles back over the bowler's head for the first six of the innings. Swansea's finest fares better against Vince, arrowing one into his pads and tucks Roy up on leg stump at the end of the over. 

5:48PM

OVER 6: ENG 38/0 (Roy 12* Vince 23*)     

Pakistan, having stuck too rigidly to a wicket-to-wicket line at the postage stamp in Bristol that cost then 200 runs mowed through midwicket, have altered their line for this match, going for fifth- and sixth-stump raids down the corridor. Vince edges across and biffs a cover drive for four. A fielder did warm his hands on it but couldn't cling on in the circle and despite taking the sting out of it, it makes it to the fence.  Flirting with the very extent of the tramlines has its benefits but a slight miscalculation costs wides. Hasan is penalised once with one angled across and once with his slow loopy bouncer. 

5:43PM

OVER 5: ENG 29/0 (Roy 11* Vince 17*)    

Vince strikes successive fours, the first one he carts from outside off through mid-on. He loses his grip and it ends up shovelled rather than carresed. The next is a million-dollar off-drive, though. Beauty following the beast. Junaid comes round the wicket. Vince rides the bounce and steers it to point. Roy calls for a stupid single and would have been out by five yards had point's throw hit. Roy ends the over with a third four from it, filleted through wide mid-off.  

<span>Roy gives it the kitchen sink</span> <span>Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire </span>
Roy gives it the kitchen sink Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

 

5:38PM

OVER 4: ENG 16/0 (Roy 7* Vince 8*)   

Swing and nibble for Hasan who induces the play and miss from Roy who tries to drive it. Good line and length here from Hasan, Roy eventually rotates the strike off the fifth delivery which he dabs down to third man and Vince, cramped, pulls the last ball with a quick swivel over square leg for one. 

5:34PM

OVER 3: ENG 14/0 (Roy 6* Vince 7*)  

Fortune favours Roy who gets on to a pull too early and bottom edges it for four past the keeper's dive to his left. Swing for Junaid, too. Both openers take singles with punches down the ground. 

5:29PM

OVER 2: ENG 7/0 (Roy 1* Vince 6*) 

Swing for Hasan Ali, big hooping outswing. It starts on a fifth-stump line and keeps going so much the umpire has to signal wide. Full and fourth-stump and Vince is tempted, moth drawn to flame, playing and missing. Hasan skids one into Vince's pads at 87mph as the opener tried to whip it round the corner, squaring him up. He gets away off the fifth ball with a tickle to square leg. 

5:22PM

OVER 1: ENG 6/0 (Roy 1* Vince 5*)

England begin their pursuit of 341 facing Junaid Khan. The left-armer begins with a half-volley on leg-stump at 84mph, and Roy clips it foirmly through midwicket for a single. Vince's legions of cheerleaders in the UK press will nod their heads in satisfied approval as he takes one outside off and smears it through the covers for four. Those of us yet to be convinced see his concrete-booted swish outside off-stump against the fourth ball as just as indicative of what he brings to the team. 

4:50PM

England need 341 to win at 6.82 runs per over

That's coming up, back with Rob Bagchi.

4:48PM

OVER 50: PAK 340/7 (Imam-ul-Haq 6* Sarfaraz 21*)              

Curran after that five-fer. Sarfaraz has other ideas, stepping to the left and then guiding a four over the top to third man. 

Lovely strike! Creams a drive that sat up perfectly away for four more. Yorker from Curran well played, just a single though.

Two balls to go. Hard to say how healthy Imam-ul-Haq actually is. Single to deep backward point, Sarfaraz to face the last ball. 

And they end with a four, but only after a mis-field from Jason Roy after Sarfaraz gets enough on it to find the gap at mid-off. Pakistan register 340 for England to chase. Babar Azam top scorer with a fine 115.

England need 341 to win at 6.82 runs per over. That's coming up.

<span>Shoaib Malik of Pakistan hits the stumps with his bat</span> <span>Credit: GETTY IMAGES </span>
Shoaib Malik of Pakistan hits the stumps with his bat Credit: GETTY IMAGES

4:43PM

OVER 49: PAK 326/7 (Imam-ul-Haq 5* Sarfaraz 8*)             

Who's going to speed this up then. Just a single for Sarfaraz. 10 balls to go...

Full from Archer, clipped away by Imam-ul-Haq for one. Bit slower from Archer and Sarfaraz hits that hard back down the ground, just a single after Stokes diving stop.

Wide from Archer, followed up by a big bouncer. Big smile. Archer finishes with10-0-62-1. Sarfaraz not especially happy.

4:38PM

OVER 48: PAK 322/7 (Imam-ul-Haq 4* Sarfaraz 6*)            

Imam-ul-Haq has come back out, starting on three. 

One leg bye for Sarfaraz before a few more singles. Two overs to go. Here's that hit wicket.

4:33PM

WICKET! Hassan c Denly b T Curran 1

High, high in the air towards cow corner. Needs a big hit to get over that side of the field and Denly waits, waits and gets it. Four wickets now for Curran. FOW 319/7

4:31PM

OVER 47: PAK 318/6 (Hassan 1* Sarfaraz 4*)           

Those pesky stumps getting in the way, eh? Hassan off the mark and Sarfaraz adds a single.

4:29PM

WICKET! Shoaib hit wicket b Wood 41

Hard-hitting from Shoaib, finding the gap between two fielders on the leg side towards deep midwicket. Then he adds two, Pakistan picking up towards that 350.

Shoaib Malik looking really good and then gone! Might have hit his own stumps? He has! So deep in his crease that he's cleaned out his stumps. Don't see that often. FOW 316/6

4:25PM

OVER 46: PAK 308/5 (Shoaib 33* Sarfaraz 3*)          

Single for Shoaib and then Sarfaraz takes them over the 300 mark with a nice tickle of a shot to fine leg for two.

One more for Sarfaraz and then that's a lovely cut by Shoaib Malik to deep point for a boundary. 

Wide from Archer - too high, over 90mph - but there's one more single by Shoaib to make it 10 off the over.

4:18PM

WICKET! Imad b Curran 12

350 a score to aim for now? Feels that way. Tom Curran now bowling and starts with a slow one.

Imad's had enough of this short stuff - wallops a slow bouncer back over Curran's head for six. Follows it up with a good yorker. 

Oh that's nice - Curran a bit wider and Imad cuts that over midwicket for four after a bounce. Wide from Curran, England's eighth extra so far. And gone! Full, straight, stumps gone. Imad departs and that's end of the over. FOW 298/5

4:13PM

OVER 44: PAK 287/4 (Shoaib 27* Imad 2*)         

Imad off the mark with a single through backward point. Very full from Wood next, on the stumps, Shoaib gets enough on it for a single with a nudge.

Another single, cut into the ground. Wood in the 90s. Shoaib stepping well to his left and Wood follows him with a bounce: one more single off the toe end towards third man.

Leg bye follows, an 88mph bouncer coming off the helmet of Iman, who will now be checked. Brief pause in play, was going for the pull shot. He's good to continue. Two more from Shoaib, seven from the over.

4:04PM

WICKET! Asif Ali c Wood b Archer 17

Hi everybody, eight overs left then. Shoaib with a single and then a wonderful swing and a miss by Asif. Nowhere near it.

And a double swing and a miss. That slower ball from Archer working well, around 72mph. Yorker follows, 92.6mph. Wow. Asif clinging on.

Lively over this, Asif clattering a four away through extra cover. Next ball though is short, high in the air towards fine leg, Wood under it near the boundary and a fine catch! England get another. FOW 280/4

3:59PM

OVER 42: PAK 275/3 (Shoaib 22* Asif 13*)        

Buttler calls back Adil Rashid. Asif skelps a single, Shoaib works two through midwicket and a single through square leg. Asif pushes two down to long on and they end the over with a single apiece. Brakes of a kind. Ben Coles will take you through to the end of the innings. 

3:57PM

OVER 41: PAK 267/3 (Shoaib 18* Asif 10*)        

Some shot from Asif Ali, reminiscent of Botham off Craig McDermott at Edgbaston in 1985. It's in the slot from Archer but absolutely larruped it over long on for six! Asif tucks a single off his pads, Shoaib steals a quick one - Archer tried to run hi out with a side-foot into the stumps but was home, and ends the over with an uppercut for four. Fifteen off the over. 

3:52PM

OVER 40: PAK 252/3 (Shoaib 6* Asif 0*)       

Shoaib turns two into three down to fine leg by virtue of an overthrow and Babar accepts Curran's slower short ball by panning it past cover point for four. Curran holds his nerve with the slower ball and diddles the centurion out. Curran has the guts and invention to prosper in the World Cup. 

3:49PM

Wicket!!

Babar c Archer b Curran 115 Gulled him with a slower ball and he sliced his off-deive over cover. Archer hares in from the boundary edge and takes a smart diving catch. FOW 249/3

3:47PM

OVER 39: PAK 242/2 (Babar 111* Shoaib 6*)      

Wood strays on to Babar's pads and he RSVPs by bending over to the off-side and thumping a drive through midwicket for four. Next ball is shorter, quicker and straighter but even at 91mph sits up invitingly. Babar throws the kitchen sink at the cut and top edges it for four fine of point. 

3:41PM

OVER 38: PAK 233/2 (Babar 102* Shoaib 5*)     

Terrific shot from Shoaib Malik, now 37, to get off the mark. Curran tried him out with a short ball outside off that didn't get up enough and Shoaib chided it to the boundary with a flashing square cut, He tickles a single down to fine leg and Babar, who hasn't hit a boundary for eight overs, brings up his century with a long overdue four flicked off his toes down to fine leg. Look who greets hsi ninth ODI century ... Imam is back from hospital and there's no fracture or he would be in plaster rather than an improvised ice-pack wrap. 

<span>Credit: Sky Sports </span>
Credit: Sky Sports

 

3:36PM

OVER 37: PAK 220/2 (Babar 96* Shoaib 0*)    

Wood greets his wicket in the usual fashion, hip-to hip jumping into the leaping Root. I know Shoaib needs time in the middle but wouldn't Sarfraz or Asif be better for the match situation?  

 

3:32PM

Wicket!!

Hafeez c sub (Jordan) b Wood 59 Took on the 89.2 mph bouncer that was angling into his chest and couldn't middle it, cuffing it tamely to mid-on. Chris Jordan moved to his right and took the catch on his knees. FOW 220/2 

3:31PM

OVER 36: PAK 217/1 (Babar 94* Hafeez 58*)    

No turn at all for Moeen Ali's off-breaks. Babar hasn't had a dab of mustard placed in his box to encourage a hurry-up, tickling a single off his pads. Hafeez seizes the initiative with a slog sweep for six off Moeen that sails close but beyond Vince, the sweeper on the fence. Having hit the big payday, they milk four more singles. Babar needs to put side before self here and up the tempo. 

3:27PM

OVER 35: PAK 206/1 (Babar 91* Hafeez 50*)   

Fifty for Hafeez. Wood replaces Archer and starts at 88mph. The ball comes through quickly but with attractive bounce. Hafeez brings up the half-century with a square cut cleaved through point. Fifty off 50 balls. They'll take drinks and presumably a message will be sent out to tell them to pick it up now. It's too late, I fear, but they need 12 an over from here.  

<span>Mohammad Hafeez makes 50 on his comeback from injury</span> <span>Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images </span>
Mohammad Hafeez makes 50 on his comeback from injury Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

 

3:22PM

OVER 34: PAK 199/1 (Babar 89* Hafeez 45*)  

Hafeez breaks the shackles with a dance down the pitch and a lofted off-drive that drops flush on to the boundary-rope pyramid before it ran out of gas. Six. Hafeez goes again and Moeen delivers it with more pace, darting it into leg-stump. The batsman would be stranded by a yard and a half but Buttler couldn't take it. The ball hit the top of the strap joining thumb to index finger of his right hand and popped out. Second missed stumping of the series by him. The first, at the Oval, was worse.   

3:17PM

OVER 33: PAK 191/1 (Babar 88* Hafeez 38*) 

Shot! Hafeez creams a cover drive for four off Archer and works a single into square leg. But they let Archer deliver four dot balls, hidebound perhaps by century/summit fever for Babar and Hafeez to earn his place in the final 15. 

3:15PM

OVER 32: PAK 186/1 (Babar 88* Hafeez 33*) 

Five singles off Moeen. Pakistan see very reluctant to attack the off-spinner just yet. Obviously he bowls a much tighter line than the leggies but they need to crack on.  Even 400 is probably not defensible unless they bowl with more guile and pace than hitherto. 

3:10PM

OVER 31: PAK 181/1 (Babar 86* Hafeez 30*)

Buttler brings Archer back and Hafeez weighs him up, working a fullish ball to midwicket and driving another through teh covers. His pace makes Babar hang back in his crease to play him mainly off the back foot. It earns him a single but they can't get away as he keeps cranking up and ratcheting back his pace, going through his full T20 repertoire. 

3:08PM

OVER 30: PAK 178/1 (Babar 85* Hafeez 28*)                 

Moeen Ali replaces Adil Rashid. Hafeez wants to go on the offensive and strides towards Moeen to drive, gets his lines wrong and slices his off-drive over cover. Stokes chases back to try to get to it before it falls to Earth, 6ft inside the rope but he can't get there. It doesn't stop him bulleting in a throw from about 90 yards, hard and flat and with real venom. They run two. 

3:05PM

OVER 29: PAK 172/1 (Babar 83* Hafeez 24*)                

Extraordinary piece of fielding on the rope from Roy. Hafeez came down the pitch and turned a Rashid delivery into a full toss. He went through 270 degrees in his swing from behind his back but didn't middle it. Roy at long on dived backwards to claw it back before it could go for six and tried to offload to Root, 40 yards away to complete the catch because he knew if he held on he would fall on the wrong side of the rope.  He saved five runs and yet berates himself for not finding Root!

<span>Credit: Sky Sports </span>
Credit: Sky Sports

 

3:01PM

Not out

England lose their review. It struck the bottom of the thigh pad as it snuck down the legside. 

3:00PM

England review

Hafeez c Buttler b Rashid Not sure he hit it - looked like it came off the thigh pad. 

2:59PM

OVER 28: PAK 169/1 (Babar 81* Hafeez 23*)               

Another wonderful cover drive from Babar. It was a slower ball from Stokes that tempted him but he read the lack of pace, waited for it and pumped it through extra for four. Earlier Hafeez had taken an additional run off an overthrow after completing a tight single. 

2:56PM

OVER 27: PAK 161/1 (Babar 75* Hafeez 19*)              

Just when they thought they were out, Rashid pulls them back in. Sharp fielding, flight, dip and a quicker pace. Just the three singles. 

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2:54PM

OVER 26: PAK 158/1 (Babar 75* Hafeez 19*)              

Babar hoicks across the line to a Stokes drag-down and it comes off the toe, missing Denly's dive at midwicket, by a matter of inches as it trickles away for four. Run-a-ball the rest of the over as Pakistan pick it up. 

2:47PM

OVER 25: PAK 148/1 (Babar 69* Hafeez 16*)              

Rashid ups his pace after the mauling in the previous over and he gives it a fair old rip which, even on this belter of a pitch, elicits some turn. Pakistan rein in their attacking appetite and play him with more circumspection for singles and Hafeez's two, worked through midwicket. They're running well these two. 

2:44PM

OVER 24: PAK 141/1 (Babar 67* Hafeez 11*)              

Stokes' changes of pace, lots of slower balls this over, keep Pakistan down to three singles. He began with a rapid bouncer that Hafeez takes on but doesn't collar, cuffing it only for one, and then weaves his web by taking the pace off. 

2:41PM

OVER 23: PAK 138/1 (Babar 66* Hafeez 9*)             

That's more like it - Rashid floats a leg-spinner above Babar's eyeline and the right-hander climbs into it and rinses it through extra cover. After a single to midwicket Hafeez joins in, opening his stance to launch a leg-break that didn't turn from outside off-stump  over midwicket for six. He rotates the strike by digging out a single to point and Babar completes a fine over for Pakistan by dropping to one knee and smearing another cover drive for four. 

 

2:37PM

OVER 22: PAK 122/1 (Babar 57* Hafeez 2*)            

Stokes employs his splice-jarring pace and bounce to restrict Pakistan to a couple of singles and a leg-bye. Pakistan need to get a shimmy on and England are tying them expertly like the Liliputians and Gulliver.  

2:35PM

OVER 21: PAK 119/1 (Babar 56* Hafeez 1*)           

A single to Babar off Rashid from a cover drive, Hafeez moves off the mark quietly with a check drive for one and Babar pats the ball down to long on and strolls another. Pakistan need an injection of adrenaline. Bowling change ahoy. Stokes is coming on. He hasn't pulled up any trees with the ball in ODIs since that three for 37 in Barbados 10 games ago.  

2:31PM

OVER 20: PAK 116/1 (Babar 54* Hafeez 0*)           

Not needed today, but here's the famously adjusted World Cup scorecard with its extra space for a possible score of 500.

Very good over from Curran, building the pressure with variation and four dot balls that encouraged Fakhar to take a risk, clear his front leg and try to swipe a cutter over the offside for six to break the restraints. 

2:26PM

Wicket!!

Fakhar c Wood b Curran 57  Excellent diving catch at third man. Fakhar was aiming over mid-off with his expansive drive but it flew off the top edge and sailed behind square. Wood did well not to be surprised and took a tumbling catch. FOW 116/1

2:24PM

OVER 19: PAK 115/0 (Fakhar 57* Babar 53*)          

Fakhar takes his front leg out of the road to mow a drive off Rashid over mid-off for four. He crouches low, signalling his intention to sweep the next ball and is hit on the pad but outside the line. He tries again next ball and connects, lapping it fine and they run three. 

2:21PM

OVER 18: PAK 106/0 (Fakhar 50* Babar 51*)          

Fifty for Babar with two through midwicket and a single whacked very hard to the sweeper on that boundary. Up goes the bat. Fifty for Fakhar, too, with another single into the onside. Adil Rashid will come on for Denly as Pakistan get ready to push on, surely. Fakhar's came off 44 balls, Babar's  off 49. 

2:18PM

OVER 17: PAK 101/0 (Fakhar 49* Babar 47*)          

Buttler keeps Denly going, sneaking his overs in before Pakistan dare to slog him, I suppose. Four singles are all he costs England. 

2:17PM

OVER 16: PAK 97/0 (Fakhar 47* Babar 45*)         

Curran wraps his fingers across the seam for a cutter, dragging it down. It sits up nicely for Fakhar who waits for it and slaps it behind square leg for four. He tries a quicker bouncer that sails over the batsman's head and is called wide. Singles to third man and cover. Taking the pace off the ball has curtailed Pakistan's aggression. That's drinks. 

2:06PM

OVER 15: PAK 89/0 (Fakhar 41* Babar 44*)         

That's better from Babar, who uses his feet to crunch a drive over mid-off for four to add to the five easy singles. They are batting well but they have to make more in the Powerplays given England's siege-gun hitting power and love of the chase. 

2:04PM

OVER 14: PAK 80/0 (Fakhar 38* Babar 38*)         

Babar check drives Curran down to long off. Stokes chases it down, slides and hauls it back at the second attempt. They run three but Stokes seems to jar his shoulder with the return. He grimaces and gives his arm a shake. Fakhar takes singles to square leg and  point, Babar with a scratch across the line to midwicket.  

2:00PM

OVER 13: PAK 74/0 (Fakhar 36* Babar 34*)        

Fakhar and Babar are happy to milk Denly with no real sense of urgency. This is the place where England score 444 in 2016 batting first and 481 in 2018. 

1:56PM

OVER 12: PAK 69/0 (Fakhar 33* Babar 32*)        

The Pakistan staff have confirmed that Imam has been taken to hospital for an X-ray. Curran adopts a strategy of bowling fuller to Babar because he gorges on anything short and he doesn't get his front foot anywhere near to the pitch. In fact he instinctively clears it away and trusts his hands to take the bat to it however far he has to reach. His bat speed means he usually does and allows him to hoick straight balls through midwicket. Four singles poked to cover and tucked through square and a harsh wide are the only damage here at Trent Bridge, a charnel house for white-ball bowlers. 

1:50PM

OVER 11: PAK 64/0 (Fakhar 31* Babar 30*)       

Good bowling from Denly - Babar comes down the pitch and he misses a top-spinner that shoots on as he tried to jam the ball with his bat before it hit his pad. I think it did hit the pad first but he was 5ft down the track and outside the line. Much tighter throughout. Tom Curran will relieve Wood.  

1:46PM

OVER 10: PAK 63/0 (Fakhar 30* Babar 30*)      

Buttler perseveres with mark Wood who is bowling quickly but is leaking more than seven an over. Babar creams the first, a length ball, through extra-cover for four, dabs two down to third man. And so ends the first Powerplay. 

<span>Fakhar Zaman mows a six off Mark Wood</span> <span>Credit: Stu Forster/Getty Images </span>
Fakhar Zaman mows a six off Mark Wood Credit: Stu Forster/Getty Images

 

1:44PM

OVER 9: PAK 57/0 (Fakhar 30* Babar 24*)     

Joe Denly comes on, given a much earlier opportunity by Buttler than Morgan. As Mark Butcher says - he's an occasional bowler who has done well in T20 cricket but for top-order batsmen as good as this all you need to do is milk him and wait until the bad ball comes along, which it inevitably will. After three singles it does, a long hp outside off-stump that Babar carves for four. 

1:40PM

OVER 8: PAK 49/0 (Fakhar 28* Babar 18*)    

England may have the wheels but Pakistan have 3lb lumps of willow. Wood bowls a 92mph length ball and Fakhar clears his front leg and throws his hands through the line, battering it over midwicket for six. He pulls the next one for four, off the top edge that takes it beyond the keeper's grasp, and replicates the shot, middling it this time, and mowing it for four past the square leg umpire. Wood responds with a ripper to Babar that pitches and jags away from his swishy drive. This is engrossing. 

 

1:35PM

OVER 7: PAK 34/0 (Fakhar 13* Babar 18*)   

Classy counterpunching from these batsmen. Archer, back of a length, strays on to middle and leg. Fakhar swivels quickly and pulls it off his knees for four, truly collaring it so it torpedoes to the boundary. Fakhar nurdles a single of his pads, Babar pushes one through cover and Fakhar tucks another into the legside. It seems we had a nakedly racist comment beneath the line and beyond the pale that was deleted before I saw it. Thank you John and Tim for answering its illogicality with the universal antidote of truth. 

1:28PM

OVER 6: PAK 27/0 (Fakhar 7* Babar 17*)  

Fakhar drops a single into the covers and hares down to complete the run. Babar gives us a gorgeous flashback to vintage Desmond Haynes, transferring his weight on to the back foot and punching it on the up through the covers for four. 

1:26PM

OVER 5: PAK 22/0 (Fakhar 6* Babar 13*)  

Absolutely sensational from Babar against Archer. Given width by the quick, he climbs into a square drive and lamps it to the boundary for four. Archer responds with a rapid bouncer designd to trim his nasal hair and Babar takes a step to leg and uppercuts it for six. he hit it so hard that it was still rising as it hit the crowd. Pakistan's top three are all class acts. 

1:22PM

OVER 4: PAK 12/0 (Fakhar 6* Babar 3*) 

Wood is reaching Typhoon Tyson pace here, mid-Nineties, and is endangering bones, wickets and testicular fortitude. After sending Imam off for an X-ray, Babar comes in and cloths a pull over wide mid on for two, never in control. Babar drops deep in his crease to steer a single down to third man with an open face. Here's poor Imam just after being struck:

<span>Imam retires hurt after being struck by Mark Wood's bouncer on the elbow</span> <span>Credit: &nbsp;Stu Forster/Getty Images </span>
Imam retires hurt after being struck by Mark Wood's bouncer on the elbow Credit:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

 

1:17PM

Imam retires hurt

After the sickening blow from Wood. He does walk off under his own steam however and some of the pallor has gone from his face. Magnificent player, let's hope he's OK.

1:15PM

Delay for treatment

Imam has been hit on the point of the left elbow, his bottom hand so he didn't have an arm guard on it, as he tried to pull a Wood bouncer. We all winced here when we saw it. He looks in serious trouble. It's one of those that could easily have fractured the top of his ulna. Even if he has escaped serious injury, it's one of the most painful places of all to be hit. I remember being hit twice there 30-odd years ago and my little finger going numb for about 15 minutes. 

1:13PM

OVER 3: PAK 9/0 (Imam 3* Fakhar 6*) 

Archer  continues his excellent start, very tight to off-stump, varying his length a little. Imam sways away from the short one, blocking a couple on the back foot before being rapped on the pad by a ball that was shaping down the legside. He short-arm pulls a single off his midriff and Archer has a first dart at Fakhar and it's a beauty, leaping and nipping away from his bacwkard defensive. 

1:08PM

OVER 2: PAK 8/0 (Imam 2* Fakhar 6*)

Mark Wood is even quicker than Archer and starts at 88mph given it's his first match of the season. He gives Fakhar the hurry up but he gets in line. Wood slips himself with a 92.6 mph bouncer that Fakhar hooks off his chest from outside off, weight on the front foot, and it flies off the top edge for six over the keeper. It's been a very sharp opening so far from both. 

 

1:05PM

OVER 1: PAK 2/0 (Imam 2* Fakhar 0*)

England open with their two quickest bowlers, beginning with Jofra Archer who starts with a ripper that tears away from Imam's edge. Nice and lively from ball one. Imam is a top Test opener and his technique is up to the test. Archer completes a tight over with the only damage a two tucked off the toes when Archer pitched up and bowled too straight. 

1:02PM

Pakistan XI

Shoaib, Hafeez and Hasnain come in.

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

12:49PM

England bowl first

Jos Buttler, who is stand-in skipper today after Eoin Morgan was banned for slow over rates, has decided to field first in this fourth ODI.

England confirm four changes to the XI: Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Jason Roy go out; Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid and James Vince come in.

12:15PM

Fourth ODI preview

Mark Wood hopes he and fellow paceman Jofra Archer can "ruffle a few feathers" together as England prepare to field one of the quickest new ball pairings in their one-day history.

Wood will make his first competitive appearance in more than two months in Friday's fourth one-day international against Pakistan, finally deemed ready for action after familiar concerns over his left ankle.

The 29-year-old has been kept on the shelf ever since a transformational tour of the West Indies, during which he hit fierce speeds touching 95mph.

Archer has arrived on the scene in the intervening weeks and has worked up his own head of steam, nudging 94mph during his first three caps, and the sight of the pair working in tandem is a tantalising one.

It will become a reality at Trent Bridge, with both men in an XI missing banned captain Eoin Morgan and rested trio Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes.

"It'll be good to have two pace lads in at the same time and to see if we can really ruffle a few feathers," said Wood.

"For any team, two fast bowlers tends to be rare, so it will be good to play in the same team. It will be nice to bounce off him, see what plans he has. It will be nice to see how he works and hopefully watch him from fine-leg bowling rockets.

"He has natural raw pace whereas I feel I have to bust a gut to get it up there. It's just so natural and that's exciting for English cricket.

"He's definitely he's right up there among the best in the world for pace so it will be interesting to bowl alongside him. It will be interesting to see how far back the wicketkeeper stands for him and me!"

PA

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