Vince, Gregory drive England to whitewash Pakistan in ODI series

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Birmingham: James Vince and Lewis Gregory absorbed pressure and scored a match-winning partnership to help England beat Pakistan in the third ODI and whitewash the hosts 3-0. 

Vince scored his maiden ODI century followed by Gregory, scoring his maiden ODI half-century. England wrapped up an easy three-wickets victory at the end with Craig Overton (18) and Brydon Carse (12) scoring winning runs.

Earlier, Babar Azam played brilliantly for a career-best 158 as Pakistan posted a mammoth 331-9 in the final ODI.

Babar scored the 14th century of his ODI career and became the only Pakistani captain to score 150 in ODIs.

Sent into bat first, Pakistan lost the opener, Fakhar Zaman, earlier but Babar and Imam-ul-Haq carried the inning quite well and took time to settle down. They scored 92 runs together before Imam fell to Matt Parkinson in 26th over.

It was not over for skipper Babar as he then went onto score his 18th fifty. He partnered with Mohammad Rizwan and recorded the highest 179 runs partnership for any wicket against England by Pakistan in ODIs.

Rizwan scored 74 off 58 balls laced with eight boundaries whereas Babar played 139 balls to scored 158 spread over 14 boundaries and four sixes.

Brydon Carse took the first fifer of his ODI career in just his third contest. Saqib Mahmood bagged three wickets while Parkinson took a scalp.

In reply, England were off to a shaky start while losing Dawid Malan at 19 off Hasan Ali. Phil Salt (37) and Zak Crawley (39) carried the inning from there and scored 34 runs together before Haris Rauf picked Salt.

Vince and Gregory were the two main men after skipper Ben Stokes departed at an individual score of 32. They both scored 129 off 116 balls together to take the game away from the tourists.

Vince scored 102 off 95 balls laced with 11 boundaries whereas Gregory struck three sixes and six boundaries to score 77.

Haris bagged four and Shadab took two wickets for Pakistan. Hasan Ali managed a scalp only. Shaheen Shah Afridi remained wicketless.

TOSS

Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to bowl first

The hosts have taken an unbeatable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series. Both sides are unchanged for the final matches.

“It’s a great day, remembering one of cricket’s greats and raising awareness for prostate cancer. I’ve been very impressed by everyone, been a bizarre week but everyone’s stood up,” Stokes said.

“We have lost the series but trying to win momentum back for the T20 series,” Babar Azam added.

England: Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes (capt), John Simpson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf

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