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KARACHI: All-rounder Lewis Gregory did a remarkable job with the bat and ball as England defeated Pakistan by 52 runs to take an unassailable lead in the three-match One-day Series.
At Lord’s England’s second string did a remarkable job and ably exploited Pakistan’s weak areas on a day which also saw the game curtailing to 47 overs a side due to delayed start because of early rain.
England, after overcoming hiccups here and there did well with the bat to post 247 all out in the 46th over with Phil Salt and James Vince scoring 60 and 56 respectively. After losing Dawid Milan (0) and Zak Crawley (0) early both Salt and Vince did a remarkable recovery by sharing 97 runs for the third wicket stand. After this stand was broken England kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 160-7 in the 28th over.
However at this stage Gregory (40) and Brydon Carse (31) added 69 runs for the eighth wicket association to enable their side to post a fighting total.
Gregory hit seven fours in his 47-ball knock while Carse smashed two fours in his 41-ball innings. Hasan Ali was the star performer, claiming 5-51 in 9.2 overs.
In response Pakistan’s batting once again flopped and the whole team were folded for 195 in 41 overs with young left-handed batsman Saud Shakeel scoring 56 off 77 balls, his first ODI fifty in his second game of his career. He hit four fours in his patient knock. Hasan Ali blasted a 17-ball 31, hammering three sixes and two fours while Shadab Khan made 21.
Babar Azam and Sohaib Maqsood scored 19 runs each, Fakhar Zaman made a 45-ball ten while Rizwan made five. Shaheen Afridi remained not out on 18.
Gregory picked 3-44 in eight overs while Saqib Mahmood (2-21) and Craig Overton (2-39) also ably backed Gregory who was named as man of the match.