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England claim tense win over Pakistan


England claim tense win over Pakistan

Second one-day international, The Ageas Bowl

England 373-3 (50 overs): Buttler 110*, Roy 87, Morgan 71*
Pakistan 361-7 (50 overs): Fakhar 138, Willey 2-57, Plunkett 2-64
England won by 12 runs

England beat Pakistan by 12 runs in the second one-day international at Southampton on Saturday (May 11).

England clung on to win an action-packed second one-day international against Pakistan by 12 runs in Southampton. The home side were powered to 373-3 by Jos Buttler's spectacular 50-ball century, the second-fastest by an England batsman in ODIs.

That came after Jason Roy (87), Eoin Morgan (71 not out), Jonny Bairstow (51) and Joe Root (40) all made contributions. Pakistan remained in the game through a brutal hundred from opener Fakhar Zaman.

Even after he was out for 138 (106 balls) at the end of the 33rd over, Asif Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed kept the tourists in touch.

However, under extreme pressure, England pace bowlers David Willey and Liam Plunkett held their nerve and the wickets they took saw the required rate become unmanageable.

Nineteen were needed from the final over, delivered by Chris Woakes, who expertly sent down a series of wide yorkers to leave Pakistan 361-7.

England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The third game is in Bristol on Tuesday (May 14).

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