Hafeez leads Pak­istan to easy win over Eng­land

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ABU DHABI: Mo­ham­mad Hafeez made a flu­ent un­beaten 102 to lead Pak­istan to a com­fort­able six-wicket vic­tory over Eng­land in the first one-day in­ter­na­tional in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day. Eng­land splut­tered to 216 all out af­ter win­ning the toss and the hosts, who won the re­cent test se­ries 2-0, over­came the loss of two early wick­ets to coast to their tar­get with more than six overs to spare.

Hafeez struck a six and 10 fours in his 11th one-day in­ter­na­tional cen­tury, shar­ing an un­beaten fifth-wicket part­ner­ship of 106 with Babar Azam to guide his side to vic­tory.

Azam fin­ished on 62 not out off 62 balls, reach­ing his fifty with a huge six off Chris Woakes shortly be­fore the end of the match. Eng­land lost Ja­son Roy, Joe Root and Alex Hales with just 14 runs on the board be­fore a fine part­ner­ship of 133 be­tween cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan and James Tay­lor dragged them back into the game.

Mor­gan hit 11 fours in his 76 and Tay­lor made 60 but the dis­missal of the skip­per prompted an­other col­lapse as Jos But­tler, Tay­lor, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid fol­lowed him back to the pav­il­ion for the ad­di­tion of 33 runs. Woakes hit 33 be­fore be­ing run out to end Eng­land’s in­nings with two balls of their 50 overs re­main­ing. The sec­ond game in the four-match se­ries is in Abu Dhabi tomorrow. — Reuters

ABU DHABI: Pak­istan’s Muham­mad Hafeez cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a cen­tury (100 runs) dur­ing the first One Day In­ter­na­tional (ODI) cricket match be­tween Pak­istan and Eng­land at the Zayed Cricket Sta­dium in the Gulf Emi­rate of Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day. — AFP

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