Imam-ul-Haq’s 151 steers Pakistan to commanding 358-9


England have won the toss and decided to put Pakistan in to bat in the third ODI in Bristol. On a small ground where the surface looks good for batting, Eoin Morgan predicted the pitch would be difficult to defend a total on, and preferred to have a target in mind for the second innings.

There are two changes for the hosts, with Adil Rashid and Jos Buttler sitting out. Joe Denly and Tom Curran take their places in the XI. This ODI is an individual milestone for the England captain, who becomes the most capped player in England’s ODI history.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed agreed bowling first was more attractive here in Bristol. He believed there were plenty of positives to be taken from their valiant run chase at the Ageas Bowl that fell just 12 runs short, and was keen to bring that momentum to the third ODI, which Pakistan must not lose to keep their chances of winning the series alive. Yasir Shah drops out for the visitors, with Junaid Khan taking his place.

Significantly, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are both fit to play, but Pakistan have decided to keep the batting order unchanged.

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Moeen Ali, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Joe Denly, 8 Tom Curran, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 David Willey, 11 Liam Plunkett.

Pakistan 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Asif Ali, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt/wk), 6 Haris Sohail, 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Shaheen Afridi, 11 Junaid Khan.

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