England’s ‘C’ team thrashes Pakistan by 9 wickets in 1st ODI

Match Summary: A second-string England side, led by Ben Stokes, hammered down a 142-run target in just 21.5 overs. The damage by Saqib Mahmood’s 4-wicket haul resulted in Pakistan’s 9-wicket defeat in Cardiff on Thursday.

 

Pakistan was the favorite before the start of the three-match series as England was playing their ‘C’ team due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Pakistan lost the toss and were asked to bat first. They were off to a demolishing start and collapsed to 26 for 4 in just the seventh over. Barring opener Fakhar Zaman (47 off 67) and all-rounder Shadab Khan (30 off 43), none of the other batsmen managed to put pressure on the England bowlers. They were bundled out for 141.

 

The English side dominated the proceedings throughout their innings.  In reply, riding on the half-centuries from Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley, England reached the target in 21.5 overs with nine wickets in the shed.

 

Following Pakistan’s disastrous performance, former England captain Michael Vaughan took some pot shots at team Pakistan.

 

 

For the unversed, here’s the schedule of the series

 

ODI Series
1st ODI – July 8, Thursday at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff: 12:00 noon GMT

2nd ODI – July 10, Saturday at Lord’s, London: 10:30 AM GMT

3rd ODI – July 13, Tuesday at Edgbaston, Birmingham: 12:00 noon GMT

 

T20I Series

1st T20I – July 16, Friday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham: 5:30 PM GMT

2nd T20I – July 18, Sunday at Headingley, Leeds: 1:30 PM GMT

3rd T20I – July 20, Tuesday at Old Trafford, Manchester: 5:30 PM GMT

 

Squads

 

Pakistan ODI Squad: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Usman Qadir, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi

 

England ODI Squad: Zak Crawley, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes(c), Daniel Lawrence, Ben Duckett(w), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, John Simpson, Philip Salt, Brydon Carse, Will Jacks, Tom Helm, David Payne

 

Pakistan T20I Squad: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Sohaib Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Usman Qadir, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Azam Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi

 

England T20I Squad: To be announced

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