England and Pakistan are currently playing an ODI series that is serving as a warm up before the World Cup beginning 30th May. England have won the third ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the series. So here are the top three things that we learned from England’s win over Pakistan in the third ODI:
1) Brilliant Bairstow
Once Pakistan had put a large total on the board, it looked like a tough task for England to chase it down. However, the opening partnership of Roy and Bairstow once again gave them a good start. Bairstow in particular has been fantastic with the bat in recent months, and he showed his class once again.
2) Inspiring Imam
There have been a lot of allegations against Imam Ul Haq. It has been said that he is only in the team due to his uncle Inzamam Ul Haq. However, Imam has continued to perform well with the bat and has managed to silence his critics. In the third ODI, he played a great knock and crossed 150 for the first time in an ODI.
3) Sarfaraz Pressure
The Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is now under pressure. Former players have continually criticised his captaincy in recent series. It was the same old story in the third ODI. Pakistan had posted 358 on the board and should have been able to defend such a high total. However, confusing bowling changes and poor field placement helped England in winning the game.
To sum up, England have once again shown that they are one of the favourites for the World Cup. Their batting line up is too powerful and they have the ability to beat any team on any given day. On the other hand, Pakistan really need to pull up their socks if they want to compete!