Pakistan elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the game with back spasm. England openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow added 34 runs in 5.5 overs. Rumman Raees got his maiden wicket on debut.
Bairstow put on 46-run stand with Joe Root. Bairstow scored 43 runs off 57 balls with 4 fours on his return to ODI side. Root shared a 48-run partnership with Eoin Morgan. Root was dismissed for 56-ball 46 hitting only 2 fours.
The English skipper made a slow start to his innings. He was struggling for runs at the beginning. He scored 33 runs in 53 balls. Pakistani bowlers brought down collapse in England batting line-up with pace. Fron 128/2, England were dropped down to 181/7 in 43.3 overs.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes was also finding hard to get runs on difficult Cardiff wicket. He was failing to middle the ball and was also losing his partners. He had an unusual day with the bat. He scored 34 runs from 64 balls without any boundary. It was his first innings without any boundary in ODIs scoring over 30 runs.
England didn’t get much from the lower-order as they were bowled out for 211 runs with a ball to spare. Hasan Ali picked up a three-wicket haul again, while Junaid Khan and Rumman took two wickets each.
England 211 allout in 49.5 overs (Root 46, Bairstow 43; Hasan 3/35, Junaid 2/42)
Pakistan need 212 runs to win
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com