Root, Mor­gan help Eng­land beat Pak­istan

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Lon­don: Eng­land pro­duced an­other pol­ished dis­play to beat Pak­istan at Lord’s and take a 2-0 lead in the one-day se­ries. Hav­ing won eas­ily at the Ageas Bowl on Wed­nes­day, Eng­land re­duced the tourists to 2-3 cour­tesy of im­pres­sive new-ball spells from Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. Sar­fraz Ahmed scored a su­perb 105 and Imad Wasim struck 63 not out to sal­vage a com­pet­i­tive to­tal of 251. But Joe Root’s 89 and 68 from cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan helped Eng­land to a four-wicket win with 15 balls to spare.

Eng­land’s vic­tory is their first in an ODI at Lord’s since 2012, hav­ing lost their pre­vi­ous three at the ground. They have now won 10 of the past 11 ODIs against Pak­istan, and take a 12-8 ad­van­tage in the ‘su­per se­ries’ to Trent Bridge for the third game of the five-match se­ries.

De­spite the green wicket at Lord’s, Pak­istan cap­tain Azhar Ali opted to bat first af­ter win­ning the toss. It would quickly prove to be a ter­ri­ble de­ci­sion as Woakes and Wood tore into the tourists’ top or­der.

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