England beat Pakistan in rain-hit first one-dayer

(Reuters) – England beat Pakistan by 44 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis scoring method in a rain-affected first one-day international in Southampton yesterday.

Pakistan made 260 for six in their 50 overs and England moved on to 194 for three in 34.3 overs, Jason Roy making 65 and Joe Root 61, before rain brought a premature end to the match.

 Jason Roy
Jason Roy
Joe Root
Joe Root

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, who won the toss, hit 82 to lead his team to a below-par total in bright sunshine and ideal batting conditions.

Azhar started slowly but increased the tempo to strike nine fours before top-edging leg-spinner Adil Rashid to Moeen Ali at short fine leg.

Babar Azam scored 40 and Sarfraz Ahmed 55 but the touring side never really broke the shackles imposed by a disciplined England attack in which Rashid was the most successful bowler with figures of 2-51.

England lost Alex Hales for seven but Roy flayed six fours and a six and shared a second-wicket partnership of 89 with Root.

Roy was caught on the long-off boundary off Mohammad Nawaz and Root was run out after being called through for an impossible single by captain Eoin Morgan but England were always ahead of the required run rate.

Morgan finished on 33 not out with Ben Stokes on 15. The second game in the five-match series is at Lord’s on Saturday.

Scoreboard

Pakistan Innings
Az. Ali c Ali b Rashid                                 82
Sh. Khan c Buttler b Wood                     16
M. Hafeez c Hales b Root                        11
B. Azam lbw b Rashid                               40
S. Ahmed c Wood b Woakes                 55
S. Malik c Rashid b Plunkett                 17
M. Nawaz not out                                       17
I. Wasim not out                                        18
Extras (w-4)                                                   4
Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs)          260
Fall of wickets: 1-25 Sh. Khan,2-52 M. Hafeez,3-113 B. Azam,4-178 Az. Ali,5-224 S. Malik,6-226 S. Ahmed
Did not bat: W. Riaz, M. Amir, U. Gul
Bowling C. Woakes 10 – 2 – 43 – 1 M. Wood 10 – 0 – 57 – 1(w-3) L. Plunkett 10 – 0 – 53 – 1 J. Root 4 – 0 – 26 – 1(w-1) M. Ali 7 – 0 – 30 – 0 A. Rashid 9 – 0 – 51 – 2
England Innings
J. Roy c B. Azam b Nawaz                       65
A. Hales c Hafeez b Gul                             7
J. Root run out (Az. Ali)                          61
E. Morgan not out                                     33
B. Stokes not out                                       15
Extras (lb-6 w-7)                                       13
Total (for 3 wickets, 34.3 overs)    194
Fall of wickets: 1-27 A. Hales,2-116 J. Roy,3-158 J. Root Did not bat: J. Buttler, M. Ali, C. Woakes, A. Rashid, L. Plunkett, M. Wood Bowling I. Wasim 5 – 0 – 23 – 0 M. Amir 6 – 0 – 33 – 0 U. Gul 6 – 0 – 46 – 1(w-2) W. Riaz 6 – 0 – 30 – 0(w-1) M. Nawaz 6.3 – 0 – 31 – 1 S. Malik 5 – 0 – 25 – 0 Referees Umpire: Rob Bailey Umpire: Simon Fry TV umpire: Marais Erasmus Match referee: Jeff Crowe Result: England won by 44 runs (D/L Method)

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