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20-May-2019 03:38:00 GMT
Eng vs Pak - 5th ODI, Leeds

Woakes bags five wickets as England rout of Pakistan

Leeds: England pacer Chris Woakes claimed five wickets while batsmen Joe Root and Eoin Morgan hit half-centuries to help the hosts defeat Pakistan by 54 runs in the fifth and final one-day international (ODI) at Headingley on Sunday.

Root made 84 and Morgan scored 76 as England made 351-9 in 50 overs before Woakes ensured a 4-0 whitewash in the rain-hit series, taking three wickets in the opening three overs to severely dent Pakistan's chances.

The tourists fought bravely after the setback but were eventually dismissed for 297 in 46.5 overs for their 10th consecutive ODI defeat in matches where a result was achieved.

Pakistan found themselves in trouble at 6-3 after Woakes' blistering opening spell, but Babar Azam (80) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (97) stitched together a superb 146-run stand for the fourth wicket to give them a fighting chance in the contest.

However, another late collapse after both batsmen were run out meant that Pakistan ended the series empty handed in their final preparation ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales beginning on May 30.

Man-of-the-match Woakes was the pick of the England bowlers, finishing with figures of 5-54 in his 10 overs.

England, who are one of the favourites to lift their first 50-over World Cup title, begin their campaign on the opening day when they take on South Africa at The Oval in London.

Brief scores:
England 351 for 9 (Root 84, Morgan 76, Afridi 4-82, Imad 3-53) beat Pakistan 297 (Sarfaraz 97, Babar 80, Woakes 5-54) by 54 runs

Earlier. Pakistan bowlers were taken to the cleaners by England’s top order. The hosts lost wickets at regular intervals but maintained pressure almost throughout the innings.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan piled on runs in middle overs and completed their respective half-centuries. At one point, England looked like they would score 400 but Imad Wasim’s double blow helped his team restrict them to 351.

Pakistan have a lot to ponder upon before the World Cup 2019. There might be a few changes in their World Cup squad after their dismal show against tournament favourites.

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