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Root, Roy drive England to victory

Batting duo’s half-centuries power home side to 44-run win via D/L method in rain-affected first ODI

Root, Roy drive England to victory - Cricket News
Roy scored with typical freedom, despite losing his opening partner Alex Hales early and then suffering a bout of dizziness.
​Jason Roy and Joe Root struck half-centuries to power England to a 44-run victory via the Duckworth/Lewis method against Pakistan in the rain-hit first One-Day International in Southampton on Wednesday (August 24).
 
The in-form Roy hammered 65 from 56 balls, while Root scored 61 off 72 balls to ensure that when rain interrupted play for the third and final time, England was 193 for 3 off 34.3 overs - 44 runs ahead on D/L after having been set a revised target of 252 from 48 overs in reply to Pakistan’s 260 for 6.
 
Eoin Morgan, the England captain, was 33 not out with Ben Stokes unbeaten on 15 when the umpires decided to call off play at 9:37 pmlocal time.
 
Roy scored with typical freedom, despite losing his opening partner Alex Hales early and then suffering a bout of dizziness. He struck six fours and a six as England got itself well ahead of the required rate. He completed a 43-ball fifty, but ultimately fell trying to hit Mohammad Nawaz’s left-arm spin over the long-off boundary. 
 
But Root’s assured half-century gave the rest of England's lineup a straightforward equation to win. After a brief spell of showers England required 59 runs off 14 overs with seven wickets remaining. But just three more balls were possible before rain returned and England was handed a win via the D/L method.


 
Earlier in the day, Azhar Ali won the toss and opted to bat first. Following the early losses of Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar united with Babar Azam (40) and the dynamic Sarfraz Ahmed (55) to put Pakistan in a strong position.
 
Azhar was twice dropped on 9, when Hales couldn’t hold on to a catch in the gully region before Jos Buttler dropped a difficult left-handed catch down the legside.
 
Pakistan was going well at 173 for 3 after 35 overs, but a mid-innings rain interruption and Azhar’s wicket shifted the momentum in England’s favour. Azhar pressed on to a relatively sedate 84-ball fifty to up the tempo, but fell for 82 off 110 balls, top-edging a slog-sweep off Rashid (2 for 51) to Moeen Ali at short third man.
 
Pakistan lost Sarfraz in the 45th over, which allowed England to rein in the scoring in at the death.
 
The result meant England went 10-8 up on points in the Super Series with four ODIs and one Twenty20 International to play.

For full scorecard of the match, click here.

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