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Irfan helps Pakistan restrict England to modest total

Irfan helps Pakistan restrict England to modest total

ABU DHABI: Led by lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan’s three wickets, Pakistan restricted England to 216 all out in the first One-day International in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Irfan finished with 3-35 from his ten overs as England, who won the toss and opted to bat on a flat pitch at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, struggled to put up a big total.

Skipper Eoin Morgan top-scored with 76 while James Taylor made 60 as the pair added 133 for the fourth wicket as the only highlight of the innings.

England were off to a disastrous start when Irfan, the tallest-ever player in international cricket at 7ft 1in (2.16m), produced a sharp delivery to bowl opener Jason Roy with only the second ball of the game.




England’s dependable batsman Joe Root also failed as he fell leg-before to seamer Anwar Ali for nought and it became 14-3 when Anwar forced an edge off Alex Hales (ten) to slip where Younis Khan took the catch in second attempt.

Morgan and Taylor were left to steady the innings. The England skipper reached his 29th one-day half-century with a sweetly-timed four off spinner Bilal Asif – his eighth 50 in the last 11 matches.

From a well-set 147-3 in the 31st over, England lost four wickets in the space of 14 runs off 32 deliveries with two going to Shoaib Malik.

Morgan hit 11 fours in his 96-ball knock while Taylor smashed two sixes and three fours off 82 deliveries.

Morgan edged Malik to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to start the slide and three balls later Jos Buttler (one) failed to regain his ground while taking a sharp single.

Malik removed Taylor in his next over while leg-spinner Yasir Shah chipped in with the wicket of Moeen Ali for seven.

Chris Woakes (33 not out) and David Willey (13) added an invaluable 33 for the ninth wicket to get England past 200-mark before Irfan returned to take his third wicket in the penultimate over.

Anwar and Malik grabbed two wickets apiece.

Scoreboard

ENGLAND:

J.J. Roy b Irfan 0

A.D. Hales c Younis b Anwar 10

J.E. Root lbw b Anwar 0

E.J.G. Morgan c Sarfraz b Malik 76

J.W.A. Taylor c Azhar b Malik 60

J.C. Butler run out 1

Moeen Ali c Babar b Yasir 7

C.R. Woakes run out 33

Adil Rashid c sub b Irfan 7

D.J. Willey b Irfan 13

R.J.W. Topley not out 0

EXTRAS (LB-5, W-4) 9

TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 216

FALL OF WKTS: 1-0, 2-7, 3-14, 4-147, 5-148, 6-157, 7-161, 8-180, 9-213.

BOWLING: Mohammad Irfan 10-2-35-3 (3w); Anwar Ali 6-0-32-2; Shoaib Malik 10-0-45-2; Yasir Shah 10-0-38-1; Wahab Riaz 9.4-1-29-0 (1w); Bilal Asif 4-0-32-0.

PAKISTAN: Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Bilal Asif, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan.

UMPIRES: Ahsan Raza (Pakistan) and J.D. Cloete (South Africa).

TV UMPIRE: C.B. Gaffaney (New Zealand).

MATCH REFEREE: R.S. Madugalle (Sri Lanka).

Published in Dawn, November 12th, 2015

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