England vs Pakistan First ODI Cardiff Match Report 2021

Saqib Mahmood claimed 4/42 as England thumped Pakistan by 9 wickets in the first one day international at Cardiff on Thursday.

After being sent in by England stand in skipper Ben Stokes, Pakistan lost left hander Imam-ul-Haq and star batsman Babar Azam in the very first over to Mahmood.

Lewis Gregory then got into the act by dismissing Mohammad Rizwan for 13. Pakistan debutant Saud Shakeel was trapped leg before wicket for 5, leaving the the tourists in a spot of bother at 26/4.

The pair of Fakhar Zaman along with Sohaib Maqsood put on 53 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter was run out by James Vince.

With the exception of opener Zaman who made (47) and all rounder Shadab Khan (30) none of the other Pakistani batsman really got going and the visitors were bundled out for a paltry total of 141 in 35.2 overs.

Saqib Mahmood was the pick of the bowlers for England with figures of 4/42, while Craig Overton and Matt Parkinson claimed 2 wickets each.

Chasing 142, England opening pair of Phil Salt and Dawid Malan added 22 runs for the opening wicket before the former edged an Shaheen Shah Afridi delivery to Sohaib Maqsood at first slip.

Malan (68)* and Zak Crawley (58)* shared an unbeaten 120 run stand for the third wicket to take the home side to a comprehensive nine wicket victory.

The 24 year old Saqib Mahmood was declared the Man of the Match.

The second ODI will be played at Lord’s on July 10.

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