Player of the Match
Player of the Match
1195dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan at Headingley

Buttler late omission as teams make changes galore

With the series decided both England and Pakistan have taken the opportunity to rotate their sides, but from vastly different positions of strength, while Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat f

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali
80(104) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
3 7 15 4 12 4 11 24
BA Stokes
BA Stokes
69(70) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
3 0 2 7 23 8 10 16

Best performances - Bowlers

AU Rashid
AU Rashid
O10
M0
R47
W3
Eco4.70
RHB
OFFLEG
1W2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan
O5
M1
R26
W2
Eco5.20
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Andrew Miller

END OF OVER:
48 | 16 Runs | ENG: 252/6 | RR: 5.25

  • Moeen Ali45 (48b)
  • David Willey4 (8b)
  • Azhar Ali3-0-27-0
  • Hasan Ali10-0-53-1

10.06pm So, that is that for another day. Thanks for all your comments, have a read of Gnasher's reports from Headingley, and join us for the series finale in Cardiff on Sunday.

Jonny Bairstow is Man of the Match on his home ground. "Unfortunately Jos pulled out just before the toss so I had about 32 minutes to get ready. It's part and parcel of sport, it's why you do your preparation, and wait for an opportunity. I'd like to cement a place at some point in time, but with the strength in depth we've got, and the strength of the squad, we are getting better and better."

Eoin Morgan: "We did a fantastic job with the ball, a special mention for the spinners and the guys who came in, David Willey and Chris Jordan. The guys who scored the majority of the runs haven't batted in the series, Pakistan made early inroads but Stokes, Moeen and Jonny made matchwinning contributions. Jonny was outstanding but he's finding it hard to get into a winning side, which is a good problem for us."

Here is Azhar: "It was a bit more of a competitive game but again we were a few runs short. The wicket was turning but it was still a good pitch and we lost too many wickets. Irfan bowled well on his comeback but unfortunately his calf was cramping up. The bowlers fought hard but we couldn't break partnerships in that middle period. It is the same problem again, we are trying but it is not paying off. We need to keep focussing. I've made a couple of 80s but I need to go on big and make a big total for the team."

9.57pm Kanu: "Tough to choose the man of the match tonight ... Stokey ... or is it Ali ... or Alastair Cook (ha) ?" Moeen's all-round influence was crucial, but all shall be revealed short. And by AN Cook, I presume you mean Azhar Ali? The similarities aren't ... err ... dissimilar ...

9.50pm So, that is the end of that. England win by four wickets to seal a 4-0 series lead. The result wasn't in a great deal of doubt after Pakistan's sub-par total of 247 for 8, even though Mohammad Irfan's opening spell set the cat among the pigeons for a while. But Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali brought the game home in some style. Presentations to follow shortly.

47.6
6
Azhar Ali to Ali, SIX runs, over the ropes, and that is that! Moeen brings out the long handle once more, needs a bit more bottom hand to clear the boundary, but he has plenty to spare. Pakistan fought valiantly to take it this deep but England's depth is formidable
47.5
1
Azhar Ali to Willey, 1 run, googly, well picked and worked into the gap in the covers.

Jack: "Fair enough with regards to the next world cup as well as the champions trophy next year, but that won't make them no.1. I'd like to see them dominating (or at least winning) bilateral away series in varying conditions to really prove their mettle and be classified as a great one day side." Agreed. Bangladesh and India next!

47.4
1
Azhar Ali to Ali, 1 run, heaved in the air again, one bounce to long-on. England nearly home
47.3
0
Azhar Ali to Ali, no run, onto the front foot and pushed into the covers
47.2
6
Azhar Ali to Ali, SIX runs, in the slot, and that is sumptuous. Picked the length early, marched to the length of the ball like an occupying force, and pounded it over the ropes
47.1
2
Azhar Ali to Ali, 2 runs, on the pads, clipped out to deep midwicket

Azhar keeps himself going, he's in the zone

Lower-order impact

153

Runs scored by the 5th and 6th wicket for England in this ODI - most for a team in a match at Headingley; 103 runs for the 5th wkt and 50 for the 6th wicket.

Troubles at Headingley

4

No. of consecutive ODIs for England at Headingley with none of their top-three batsmen making 50+ scores.

Not out

137*

Runs scored by Imad Wasim in 3 inns of this series and he hasn't been dismissed yet. He made 17* in Southampton, 63* at Lord's and 57* today.

Another eighty

2

No. of captains to make two scores in 80s in a bilateral ODI series, including Azhar Ali. First was Ian Chappell vs NZ in 1973-74.

Nothing much at top

1

No. of 50+ partnerships for Pakistan for top-three wickets in this series. However for wickets 4th to 6th they have had 4 50+ stands.

England's leeds

7-3

Win-loss record for England in their last 10 ODIs at Headingley, before this. Against Pakistan they have a 2-1 record in 3 matches.