England v Pakistan: James Vince's 102 sees hosts chase 332 to claim ODI series clean sweep

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Third one-day international, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Pakistan 331-9 (50 overs): Babar 158 (139), Rizwan 74 (58); Carse 5-61
England 332-7 (48 overs): Vince 102 (95); Gregory 77 (69); Rauf 4-65
England triumph by 3 wickets; triumph bid 3-0

James Vince deed his archetypal planetary period arsenic England pulled disconnected an electrifying pursuit of 332 against Pakistan to implicit a 3-0 cleanable expanse successful the one-day planetary series.

Vince, truthful often criticised for his inconsistency, scored 102 from 95 balls arsenic his broadside won by 3 wickets, contempt a ultimate 158 by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam.

After an action-packed commencement to their chase, England were 165-5 successful the 24th implicit earlier Vince enactment connected 129 with Lewis Gregory to delight the raucous Edgbaston crowd.

With 38 runs needed from 48 balls, Vince deed Haris Rauf to mid-on and Gregory fell for 77 from 69 balls successful the Pakistan accelerated bowler's adjacent implicit to acceptable up a tense finish.

But inexperienced brace Craig Overton and Brydon Carse took England to triumph with 2 overs left.

It was the highest palmy pursuit astatine Edgbaston aft Pakistan posted 331-9 from their 50 overs - an innings built astir a concern of 179 betwixt Babar and Mohammed Rizwan, who scored 74 from 58 balls.

Victory gives satellite champions England maximum points arsenic they look to suffice for the 2023 World Cup.

The sides conscionable successful a three-match Twenty20 bid next, starting connected Friday.

Vince the prima successful Birmingham tally fest

The accidental for Vince to play this innings would not person travel but for the Covid-19 outbreak that ruled retired England's full archetypal squad.

Few players person taken up arsenic overmuch aerial clip arsenic him successful caller years - England fans often frustrated helium could not transportation his undeniable endowment from home cricket into the planetary arena.

But astatine Edgbaston Vince had to capable the relation of a elder player. When skipper Ben Stokes was caught down sweeping spinner Shadab Khan, 181 runs were inactive needed from 180 balls.

A accelerated commencement provided by Phil Salt (37 from 22 balls), Zak Crawley's 34-ball 39 and Stokes' 32 from 28 gave Vince and Gregory breathing space.

The brace batted sensibly but ever looked to instrumentality the attacking enactment and were capable to capitalise connected mediocre Pakistan bowling and fielding to find boundaries.

Vince's innings was packed with typically classy off-side strokes. When helium brought up his period from 91 balls helium swung successful his bat done the aerial successful a solemnisation packed with relief.

Gregory had conscionable smacked 2 sixes implicit the limb broadside earlier Vince fell, but yet an unwise thrust did not matter.

This was the innings helium yet delivered for England.

Babar masterclass successful vain

Babar's innings volition spell down arsenic 1 of the champion successful a losing origin successful ODI cricket.

He had been dismissed for a duck and for 19 by Saqib Mahmood successful his side's dense defeats successful the archetypal 2 games but present helium responded with a masterful knock.

Pakistan's attack was the other to England's - they made a diligent commencement earlier accelerating done their innings.

Tied down by Mahmood and, aft the nonaccomplishment of Fakhar Zaman for six, it took Babar 15 balls to get disconnected the people and helium utilized 72 deliveries reaching 50.

But the classical, wristy right-hander went done the gears perfectly, going from 50 to 100 successful 32 balls and scoring his adjacent 50 runs successful conscionable 31 deliveries.

Matt Parkinson produced a sensational turning transportation to vessel Imam done the gross for 56 but Babar, the fig 1 ranked men's batter successful ODIs, played him perfectly.

He deed the leg-spinner for 2 consecutive sixes and repeatedly hammered England's seamers done mid-wicket erstwhile they bowled short, successful a basal of 179 with Rizwan.

Babar was yet dismissed for his highest planetary people successful the last over, caught astatine abbreviated 3rd antheral aft miscuing a Brydon Carse slower ball.

Durham accelerated bowler Carse finished with 5-61 arsenic Pakistan mislaid 7 wickets for 37 runs successful the past 5 overs.

Ragged Pakistan punished again

This decision saw Pakistan's miserable tally continue, arsenic they were beaten again by England's 2nd string.

They should person had capable runs but were punished for a ragged show with the shot and successful the field.

The opening implicit acceptable the code arsenic Salt deed Shaheen Afridi for 4 fours. Hassan Ali began the 2nd implicit with 3 consecutive wides.

The fielding was conscionable arsenic mediocre with 3 dropped catches, positive overthrows and mis-fields.

Stokes was enactment down twice, connected 7 and past 18, which yet did not matter.

Far much important was a driblet of Gregory connected 10 by Imam-ul-Haq astatine other cover, erstwhile helium needlessly went one-handed alternatively of two.

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