England vs Pakistan 1st ODI: ENG vs PAK Babar Azam Pakistan batting order collapse in first ODI against England at Cardiff
England vs Pakistan 1st ODI  |  Photo Credits: AP
- Pakistan tour of England 2021 – 1st ODI
- Pakistan’s star batsman flopped in front of the new England team
- Pakistan team was bundled out for 141 runs in the first ODI
Just before the ODI series between Pakistan and England, many players of host England were found infected with the corona virus, after which these players had to be immediately dropped and selected a new team. England formed a new team by appointing Ben Stokes as the new captain, in which nine players were included in the national team for the first time. In such a situation, it seemed that Pakistan would take advantage of this in the first ODI but it became divided. One big Pakistani superstar flopped and Pakistan’s batting order was bundled out for just 141 runs in the first ODI. They lost this match by 9 wickets.
In the first ODI being played at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, England won the toss and decided to bowl first. In this match, 5 players from England got a chance to debut. These players are – Brydon Cars, John Simpson, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt and Jack Crowley. While Saud Shakeel made his debut for Pakistan.
2 wickets for 0 runs
The series started with the first ball of the match. England’s Shakib Mahmood dismissed star Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq LBW on the very first ball of the match. After this, on the third ball, captain and Pakistan’s biggest batsman Babar Azam was also dismissed without opening an account. Pakistan team had lost 2 wickets on the score of 0.
Fakhar Zaman stayed, the rest kept going
After this, Fakhar Zaman continued to play with his wicket at one end, but at the other end, the movement of batsmen continued and the whole team was bundled out for 141 runs in 35.2 overs. Something like this collapsed Pakistan’s batting order..
1st wicket – Imam-ul-Haq (0 Runs) – Score 0/1
2nd Wicket – Babar Azam (0 Runs) – Score 0/2
3rd Wicket – Mohammad Rizwan (13 runs) – Score 17/3
4th wicket – Saud Shakeel (5 runs) – Score 26/4
Fifth wicket – Sohaib Maqsood (19 runs) – Score 79/5
6th wicket – Fakhar Zaman (47 runs) – Score 90/6
7th wicket – Faheem Ashraf (5 runs) – Score 101/7
Eighth wicket – Hasan Ali (6 runs) – Score 123/8
9th wicket – Shadab Khan (30 runs) – Score 134/9
10th wicket – Shaheen Shah Afridi (12 runs) – Score 141/10
Who shone among England bowlers
24-year-old fast bowler Shakib Mahmood, who was playing his fifth ODI among bowlers for the host English team, took 4 wickets for 42 runs. While Craig Overton and Matt Parkinson took 2-2 wickets and playing their first ODI, Lewis Gregory took 1 for 11.
After this, England’s team came out to chase the target of 142 runs and they easily registered the victory with 169 balls remaining, losing just one wicket (Phil Salt-7 runs). David Malan (68 not out) and Jack Crawley (58 not out) playing the first ODI of their career played the winning innings.
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