Ton-up Babar Azam drives Pakistan to 340-7


Right-handed batsman Babar Azam smashed 115 runs off 112 balls to help Pakistan post-340-7 against England in fourth ODI at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Babar stood firm, after Imam-ul-Haq left the field due to a ball hit his elbow, and partnered with Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez to take Pakistan on high.

Fakhar kept his nerves calm and struck his tenth half-century. The left-handed batsman scored 57 off 50 balls. He along with Babar put 116 runs for the first wicket.

Later, Hafeez joined Babar to further put shadows of their skills in front of the home side. Hafeez made 59 runs with the help of two boundaries and three sixes. They both put 104 runs on the scoreboard to put Pakistan into the driving seat.

Shoaib Malik also played a sensible knock of 41 runs off 26 balls before getting hit wicket. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed remained not out with 21 runs.

Tom Curran shined with the bowl as he took four wickets conceding 75 runs. Mark Wood bagged two wickets while Jofra Archer removed a batsman.