Root’s classy 89 leads Eng­land to easy vic­tory

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Lon­don: Joe Root’s com­posed 89 led Eng­land to an easy four- wicket vic­tory over Pak­istan in the sec­ond one- day in­ter­na­tional at Lord’s on Satur­day.

Pak­istan re­cov­ered from a dread­ful start, thanks to a cen­tury by Sar­fraz Ahmed, to post a re­spectable to­tal of 251 be­fore Root and cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan shared a third- wicket stand of 112 to lay the plat­form for the hosts to go 2- 0 up in the se­ries.

Eng­land opener Ja­son Roy fell to the sec­ond ball of the in­nings, bowled by Mo­ham­mad Amir, but Root looked in com­plete con­trol from the start while Mor­gan made a busy 68 in­clud­ing nine fours.

Ben Stokes chipped in with 42 and al­though Eng­land lost wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, they reached their tar­get with more than two overs to spare.

Pak­istan slumped to two for three af­ter win­ning the toss, Chris Woakes tak­ing two wick­ets and Mark Wood one in a fiery open­ing burst by the Eng­land pace at­tack. Babar Azam and Sar­fraz stead­ied the in­nings with a fourth- wicket al­liance of 64 be­fore Azam was bowled by Liam Plun­kett for 30. Brief scores:

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