And it’s beaten Pak­istan left see­ing stars


JA­SON ROY got off the deck af­ter a dizzy spell, but it was Pak­istan who were see­ing stars as Eng­land won the first one-dayer and got rid of their Southamp­ton hoodoo.

Roy made 65 as Eoin Mor­gan’s men fin­ished on 194-3 from 34.3 overs in re­ply to Pak­istan’s 260-6, but cruised it on the Duck­worth Lewis method by 44 runs af­ter rain.

Eng­land had lost their last five 50-over games at the Ageas Bowl, but never looked like los­ing this as they stayed in third gear to take the lead in the five-match se­ries.

Joe Root made 61 but was then run out by a mile af­ter a mix-up with Mor­gan when he had not looked in trou­ble all night, but the skip­per made up for his howler with 33 not out.

Roy was bent dou­ble in the fourth over of Eng­land’s re­ply af­ter a quick-run two and com­plained about prob­lems with his vi­sion.

Play was held up for about 10 min­utes as he was treated by medics and Eng­land blamed his funny turn on the swel­ter­ing heat ear­lier in the day.

Root and Roy put on 89 for the sec­ond wicket af­ter Alex Hales steered one to slip and Roy was on course for his third ODI cen­tury of the sum­mer when he was caught in the deep by Babar Azam.

He was run­ning at full tilt on the edge of the bound­ary when he took the ball and the third um­pire gave him the thumbs up for not step­ping over the rope.

Root (cel­e­brat­ing dis­miss­ing Mo­ham­mad Hafeez, bot­tom) was eye­ing an­other ton as he played the Pak­istani bowlers in his sleep be­fore his com­edy run-out.

He did not bother wait­ing for the video de­ci­sion be­fore march­ing off and leav­ing his cap­tain to fin­ish the job. The tourists might be No.1 in the Test rank­ings, but they are down at No.9 for the 50-over stuff and in dan­ger of miss­ing the next World Cup – and it showed. Their to­tal looked at least 50 runs short af­ter they were ky­boshed by a rain break just when they were look­ing to up the pace with eight overs left.

They had keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed and Shoaib Ma­lik set when they went off and when they came back on the pair were back in the pav­il­ion sharpish.

Sar­fraz slapped on off Chris Woakes to Mark Wood (left) at mid-off for 55 an over af­ter Shoaib had found Adil Rashid af­ter tak­ing in the same po­si­tion with Liam Plun­kett the bowler cash­ing in. Eng­land’s at­tack split the wick­ets with one each apart from Rashid, who took 2-51, and Moeen Ali who drew a blank.

Tour­ing cap­tain Azhar Ali (claimed by Rashid, top), who was dropped by Jos But­tler on nine, top-scored with 82 be­fore top-edg­ing Rashid to Moeen go­ing for the slog.

HEAD PUT IN A SPIN Ja­son Roy is treated for a dizzy spell on his way to 65 ROOTS OF GROWTH Joe Root hits a clean shot as Ahmed looks on help­lessly

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