A DIZZY SPELL CAN’T STOP ROY
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