LEEDS: Chris Woakes took five wickets as England beat Pakistan by 54 runs to win the fifth one-day international at Headingley on Sunday.
Victory, in their final match before the World Cup hosts and favourites name their tournament squad on Tuesday, saw England cruise to a 4-0 series win after the first match was washed out.
Woakes took three wickets for no runs in nine balls as Pakistan slumped to six for three in pursuit of a target of 352. Babar Azam (80) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (97) then kept England at bay but both batsmen were run out and any lingering hope Pakistan had went with them.
Woakes needed just three balls to have Fakhar Zaman out, caught by Joe Root at second slip, out for a duck.
Abid Ali (five) was then lbw to Woakes, with Paul Reiffel’s decision upheld on umpire’s call.
Seam bowler Woakes then nipped one back to have Mohammad Hafeez lbw for nought, although replays suggested Reiffel’s verdict may have been overturned if Pakistan had reviewed the decision.
Babar, however, carried on from his 115 in a three-wicket defeat at Trent Bridge on Friday with a 59-ball fifty before advancing down the pitch to drive off-spinner Moeen Ali for six.
But a fourth-wicket partnership of 146 ended in frustrating fashion for Pakistan. Sarfaraz prodded at an Adil Rashid delivery and set off for a single. But wicket-keeper Jos Buttler moved quickly from behind the stumps to throw the ball to the bowler’s end where Rashid, with Babar trying to regain his ground, flicked the ball onto the stumps from behind his back without looking to complete a run-out.
A seemingly angry Sarfaraz hit Rashid for a four, six and a four off successive deliveries. But Rashid, in front of his Yorkshire home crowd, dismissed Shoaib Malik with a diving left-handed catch off his own bowling.
Sarfaraz was denied what would have been his third ODI hundred in bizarre fashion. Buttler, having stopped the ball with his boot, saw the rebound fall kindly to run out Sarfaraz, who narrowly failed to ground his bat in time.
Despite some late damage to David Willey’s figures by Mohammad Hasnain, Pakistan were eventually all out for 297 in the 47th over.
James Vince c Fakhar Zaman b S. Afridi33
Jonny Bairstow c S. Afridi b Imad Wasim32
Joe Root c Asif Ali b M. Hasnain84
Eoin Morgan c Abid Ali b S. Afridi76
Jos Buttler c Abid Ali b Imad Wasim34
Ben Stokes c Fakhar Zaman b Hasan Ali21
Moeen Ali lbw Imad Wasim0
Chris Woakes c Babar Azam b S. Afridi13
David Willey b S. Afridi14
Tom Curran Not Out29
Adil Rashid Not Out2
Extras 0b 2lb 1nb 0pen 10w13
Total (50.0 overs)351-9
Bowling: Hasan Ali 10 0 70 1 7.00 1w Shaheen Afridi 10 0 82 4 8.20 1w 1nb M. Hasnain 8 0 67 1 8.38 3w Imad Wasim 10 0 53 3 5.30 Fakhar Zaman 4 0 23 0 5.75 Shoaib Malik 4 0 29 0 7.25 Mohammad Hafeez 4 0 25 0 6.25
Fakhar Zaman c Joe Root b Chris Woakes0
Abid Ali lbw Chris Woakes5
Babar Azam Run Out A. Rashid80
Mohammad Hafeez lbw Chris Woakes0
Sarfaraz Ahmed Run Out Jos Buttler97
Shoaib Malik c&b A. Rashid4
Asif Ali c B. Stokes b D. Willey22
Imad Wasim c J. Buttler b C. Woakes25
Hasan Ali c D. Willey b C. Woakes11
Shaheen Afridi Not Out19
M. Hasnain st J. Buttler b A. Rashid28
Extras 0b 3lb 0nb 0pen 3w6
Total (46.5 overs)297
Bowling: Chris Woakes 10 2 54 5 5.40 David Willey 9 1 55 1 6.11 2w Tom Curran 6 0 40 0 6.67 Ben Stokes 4 0 28 0 7.00 1w Moeen Ali 10 0 63 0 6.30 Adil Rashid 7.5 0 54 2 6.89
Umpires: Paul Reiffel, Michael Gough, Christopher Gaffaney
Match Referee: Richard Richardson
Published in Dawn, May 20th, 2019