2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan v England, 2015-16

At Abu Dhabi, November 13, 2015 (day/night). England won by 95 runs. Toss: England. One-dayinternational debut: Iftikhar Ahmed.
Hales made his first one-day international hundred to help England square the series. They had clearly heeded the lessons from the first game, as the batsmen permitted themselves more time to calibrate their strokeplay to the demands of another slow pitch. Hales began as the junior partner in a measured opening stand of 102 inside 18 overs with Roy, then put on 114 with Root.

By the timehe brought up his century, from 111 balls - ending a drought in which he had not passed 27 in nine international innings - England looked primed for a big score. It did not quite happen. Hales was stumped as he swept at the debutant Iftikhar Ahmed's off-spin, then Root and Morgan grew frustratedin their attempts to accelerate - partly because of the pitch, partly because of some excellent deathbowling from Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan. Only 56 runs came from the last ten overs, raisinghopes among Pakistanis in a Friday crowd of about 10,000. They were soon disappointed: Willey swung one back into Babar Azam, and pushed another across Mohammad Hafeez. Pakistan's middleorder then subsided, a slump typified by Shoaib Malik's careless pull to short midwicket. That wasone of four scalps for Woakes, who had gone wicketless in his previous six ODIs, stretching back to the World Cup.
Man of the Match:A. D. Hales

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