Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s scintillating 158 went in vain as England beat Pakistan by three wickets at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
After being sent into bat by England skipper, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman early as he edged a Saqib Mahmood delivery to Zak Crawley at third slip.
The pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar added 92 runs for the second wicket before the former was bowled by Matt Parkinson for 56.
The 26 year star batsman shared a record breaking stand of 158 runs along with Mohammad Rizwan before the latter fell for a breezy 74.
Pakistan lost their momentum after Rizwan’s exit as they lost the last seven wickets for 37 runs. Azam departed in the last over for a sparkling 158. His knock came off 139 balls with 14 fours and 4 sixes. The visitors ended up with 331/9 after 50 overs.
Brydon Carse picked up his maiden five-wicket haul.
Chasing 332, the hosts lost Dawid Malan early for a duck. Phil Salt’s breezy knock of 37 ended when Haris Rauf struck with his first delivery having the opener caught at midwicket by Zaman.
Ben Stokes was let off twice- once when he was dropped by Hasan Ali in the fine leg boundary and second by Sohaib Maqsood on 18. Shadab Khan finally dismissed Stokes, caught behind by wicket keeper Rizwan for 32.
Shadab then also dismissed John Simpson leg before wicket leaving the home side in big trouble at 165/5.
James Vince and Lewis Gregory brought the innings back on track with a magnificent 129 run stand for the sixth wicket.
Rauf removed both the well set batsmen in quick succession to give their side a glimmer of hope. Craig Overton and Brydon Carse however added an unbeaten 29 run stand for the eight wicket to take England to a remarkable victory. The hosts reached the target with 12 balls to spare.
Vince was declared the Man of the Match for his first hundred.