Pakistan v England 1st ODI Highlights 11 Nov 2015
England tour of United Arab Emirates 2015, Watch England v Pakistan 1st ODI Complete HD Official Cricket Highlights (Abu Dhabi), Wednesday November 11th, 2015. Match scheduled to begin at 15:00 local time (11:00 GMT) England won the toss and elected to bat
England 216 (49.4 overs)
Pakistan 216/4 (43.3 overs)
Pakistan Won By 6 wickets and 39 balls remaining
JJ Roy, AD Hales, JE Root, EJG Morgan*, JWA Taylor, JC Buttler†, MM Ali, CR Woakes, AU Rashid, DJ Willey, RJW Topley.
Azhar Ali*, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Bilal Asif, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan.
ODI no. 3707 | 2015/16 season
Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
11 November 2015 – day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires – Ahsan Raza and JD Cloete
TV umpire – CB Gaffaney
Match referee – RS Madugalle
Reserve umpire – Shozab Raza
More highlights available soon . . .
Pakistan dispensed with England 2-0 in the Test series and after restricting England to 216 in Abu Dhabi they would have been confident midway through the first ODI of carrying their success forward into a different format, so giving Younis Khan the retirement send-off they craved on the day he abruptly announced his international retirement.
England were purring along at 147 for 3, with Eoin Morgan and James Taylor having recovered an early collapse with a stand of 133 in 27 overs, but wickets then clattered for a second time against disciplined bowling and alert fielding. Morgan and Taylor made 136 runs between them; the rest of England’s top 7 made 18.
Morgan could at least draw personal encouragement from his first appearance – the practice match against Hong Kong apart – since he was concussed when he was struck on the head by the Australia quick Mitchell Starc at Old Trafford at the tail-end of the English season. Wearing additional protective flaps on his helmet, he looked in excellent order in making 76 from 96 before he drove at an offspinner from Shoaib Malik that turned slightly and edged to the wicketkeeper.
Taylor, too, could take satisfaction from the stand, but that sensation changed after Morgan’s dismissal. Jos Buttler, desperately hoping for a change of fortune, was run out second ball, for 1, when Taylor forced him into a push-and-run single to midwicket, leaving the wicketkeeper with time to sweep up Azhar Ali’s slick pick up and throw.
With a pressing need to remedy his miscalculation, Taylor then fell for 60 when he chipped Malik to short midwicket. Taylor would have faltered even earlier than that had Pakistan not deliberated beyond the stipulated 15 seconds before unsuccessfully requesting a review for an lbw appeal by Malik which replays showed was hitting leg stump.
England’s start was a rocky one: three wickets down for 14 with the innings only 3.1 overs old. Growing attention is being given to Jason Roy’s crooked defensive technique, but it was also an excellent delivery from Mohammad Irfan that seemed to beat him for pace and rattled his off stump. Joe Root logged England’s second duck when he fell lbw to Anwar Ali – he spent England’s review as well, in the mistaken belief that the ball was missing leg – and Alex Hales became Anwar’s second wicket when Younis held a juggling catch at slip.
It was not long before Morgan indicated that there were no after-effects from Starc’s blow, but he did get off the mark in fortunate fashion when he pulled languidly at a ball from Irfan and happily accepted the award of four runs off his forearm. Surprisingly, even on such a slow surface, Pakistan’s captain, Azhar, did not bring on Wahab Riaz earlier than planned with instructions to fire in a few short ones.
Indeed, more attention focused not on Morgan, but on the confrontation between Irfan, at 7ft tall, and James Taylor, around 18 inches shorter. Add the additional height of his arm and he was receiving a delivery from more than three feet above his head. In Game of Thrones terms, it might not quite have been Tyrion Lannister vs Mag the Mighty, but it was not far short, and a near beamer from Irfan just added to the challenge.
Height differences aside, Taylor joined Morgan in confidently realigning the England innings, both of them using their feet confidently against the spinners. Morgan prospered predominantly on the off side, but his full range was evident and his decision to sit out the end of the England county season looked a wise one.
When Taylor quickened towards his fifty with straight sixes against Bilal Asif and Malik in turn, England must have had hopes for 280, but those sixes were also an indication of England struggling to tick along quite as effectively as the ball aged and from that point – an expanse of 21.4 overs – they managed only one more boundary. Even that was a full toss from Yasir Shah which Chris Woakes gratefully despatched.
England bat deep and, when Buttler and Taylor followed, they needed to. There was no response from Moeen Ali, who fell to a scintillating diving catch at straight midwicket by Babar Azam to bring Yasir his only wicket, nor from Adil Rashid, who tried to whip Irfan through the leg side and only reached mid on.
David Willey, who has opened the batting in limited-overs cricket at county level, could reflect that he at least had nearly 10 overs at his disposal as he came out at No 10. His partnership with Woakes of 33 in eight overs was England’s second highest of the innings, but it was a painful affair, boundaries seemingly belonging to a different world and Willey’s end, slogging desperately at Irfan, told its own story.
In some senses, though, this young England team have already gone to places their predecessors never did. England’s first total of more than 400 was achieved during the summer, against New Zealand at Edgbaston, and their highest successful chase a few games later. Although a 3-2 defeat against Australia followed, Morgan will be intent upon consolidating the gains made, even if performances in this series are unlikely to have much of a bearing on the next two global 50-over tournaments (for reference, see England’s 4-0 win in the UAE in 2012).
There are, of course, the rankings to bind all this together and, despite their improvements, sixth-placed England are actually being steadily reeled in by Bangladesh, in No. 7. Pakistan, a place below at No. 8, can’t catch either yet but a win would help ease them away from West Indies in the race for an automatic spot at the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan: WLWLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
He has only scored one ODI hundred since 2008 and admits he is looking for the right moment to retire but that is all the more reason to marvel at Younis Khan’s latest comeback. Younis criticised the decision to leave him out after the World Cup, though he clearly does not have the ambition of making it to England in 2019, and has said since his recall that he wants to “leave on my own terms and conditions”. The evidence of the Test series, when he became Pakistan’s record run-scorer, suggests that he is in good shape to take control of his destiny.
Morgan’s health has been a source of concern since he suffered concussion in his previous appearance but, when it comes to the more prosaic business of playing form, Jos Buttler is the focus of attention. Rested midway through the ODI series against Australia, then dropped for the final Test against Pakistan, Buttler has endured the most difficult spell of his international career to date. It is less than six months since he scored a 66-ball ODI hundred against New Zealand (marginally slower than his England record) and the hope is a return to limited-overs colours will free him up.
The recall for Younis might force Rizwan out of the XI, despite a solid start to his international career, with Pakistan’s main issue being how best to balance the side. Asif looks the prime candidate to support Yasir Shah in the spin department but Malik, fresh from Test retirement and career-best figures with the ball, filled that role in the warm-up against Nepal, allowing an for an extra batsman in Babar Azam. Azhar missed the final ODI of the tour of Zimbabwe with the toe injury that kept him out of the first two Tests against England but will resume at the top of the order.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Azhar Ali (capt), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Bilal Asif/Mohammad Rizwan/Babar Azam, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Anwar Ali, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Yasir Shah, 11 Mohammad Irfan
Morgan is set to play his first competitive match since being hit on the head by Mitchell Starc back in September. Buttler has been passed fit after suffering a finger injury in England’s warm-up win over Hong Kong and will retake the gloves from Jonny Bairstow, while the absence of Ben Stokes – who hurt his collarbone during the third Test but would have sat out this series anyway – means James Taylor should stay in the XI despite Joe Root’s return after he was rested against Australia. Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan are the other pace-bowling options in the squad.
England (probable): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 James Taylor, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David Willey, 11 Reece Topley
Both sides will be hoping for a livelier surface than that on which the Test took place, and last year New Zealand made scores of 299 for 5 and 275 for 4 batting first in Abu Dhabi – though fielding restrictions have been changed again since then. An afternoon start should mean cooler temperatures and the challenge of chasing under lights.
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