Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Sharjah, Nov 17 2015, England tour of United Arab Emirates
208
(41/50 ov, target 209)
210/4
England won by 6 wickets (with 54 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by George Dobell

Taylor marshals victory after Pakistan collapse

James Taylor produced an innings of class and style to help England to victory in a low-scoring ODI in Sharjah

Match centre 
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Pakistan208(49.5 overs)
Azhar Ali36 (54)
Chris Woakes4/40(9.5)
Moeen Ali1/30(10)
England210/4(41 overs)
end of over 419 runs
ENG: 210/4CRR: 5.12 
Jos Buttler49 (50)
James Taylor67 (69)
Iftikhar Ahmed4-0-18-0
Anwar Ali3-0-17-0

10.35pm: Right, that's yer lot for tonight, George's report will tell the full story and we'll be back for more on Friday, when Pakistan will attempt to tie the series at 2-2. Until then, thanks for your comments, it's cheerio from Alan and Gnasher. Bye!

10.25pm: Presentations time... Jos Buttler is the Smart Player, Wahab Riaz gets the Most Colourful Innings, Chris Woakes is Outstanding Performance. And James Taylor wins Man of the Match: "Jos at the other end played an exceptional role, Morgy and Hales got us off to a good start. It was a little bit damper, a lot more tacky, which allowed it to spin more. But the boys gave us a platform and we took it home. Jose was great, played with a straight bat. We tried to be as busy as possible and not let them settle."

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali: "We had a very good start but in the middle we lost it. We were going on for 270 but the run-outs and a few mistakes in the batting cost us the game. We were one good partnership away and they had one good partnership. We were 30-40 runs short. [Run-outs?] It's happened six-seven times now but we have to sort things out because it's cost us. We'll be trying our best to win the next one."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "The performance was hugely satisfying, the most pivotal performance was the chase, the ball turned more than we expected and I thought the partnership between Jos and James was great. It's an area we've been trying to improve and I thought that was huge for us. Under tricky circumstances, they didn't allow the Pakistan bowlers to bowl at them. It was an outstanding win. Alex and I managed to get through a tough period but the key partnership was between those two."

10.15pm: Well, England cruised home with the wind behind them in the end. An unbroken 117-run stand at just over a run a ball between Taylor and Buttler saw off the threat of a collapse, and set up a result which means only England can now win the series. Pakistan's slide from 132 for 2 to 161 for 8 was ultimately decisive, that target not hefty enough to allow them to apply pressure during the chase. Three calamity run-outs presaged their luck running out altogether.

40.6
6
Iftikhar Ahmed to Buttler, SIX runs
there it is, crashed over deep midwicket for the winning hit! Buttler saunters out and clubs the ball well beyond the rope to finish unbeaten on 49, as England win by six wickets to go 2-1 up in the series
40.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Taylor, 1 run
shuffles forward, clips back to the bowler's right... a misfield gives Taylor one more

"Come on finish it with a six!" bawls Farhan

40.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Taylor, no run
flat on the stumps, defended again
40.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Taylor, no run
over the wicket, pushed through and blocked

Within range of one blow now...

40.2
2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Taylor, 2 runs
goes down on one knee very early, waits for the ball to come on and flicks a paddle shot over his shoulder for a couple
40.1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Taylor, no run
length outside leg stump, tapped away
end of over 405 runs
ENG: 201/4CRR: 5.02 • RRR: 0.80 • Need 8 from 60b
Jos Buttler43 (49)
James Taylor64 (64)
Anwar Ali3-0-17-0
Iftikhar Ahmed3-0-9-0

"Why do people always criticize the captain when a team loses the match?" wonders sixty. "All Azhar did was continue his spinners who was doing well on a track that was turning square. You just have to give credit for both the batsmen for playing well. They had a few play and misses early on and rotated the strike well not to forget the well executed reverse sweeps from Buttler. "

39.6
Anwar Ali to Buttler, no run
gets across and pushes gently into the off side
39.5
1
Anwar Ali to Taylor, 1 run
shortish, 78mph outside off, Taylor glides another single to third man
39.4
1
Anwar Ali to Buttler, 1 run
back of a length outside off, Buttler dabs it down to third man - 200 up for England, they're getting there without breaking sweat now
39.3
1
Anwar Ali to Taylor, 1 run
shortish, over the top of off, Taylor closes the face and nudges square to the leg side
39.2
1
Anwar Ali to Buttler, 1 run
drops short, sits up nicely to be pulled through midwicket for one
39.1
1
Anwar Ali to Taylor, 1 run
length on the stumps and flicked behind square

Anwar Ali back into the attack, 13 required. Unlucky for someone...

end of over 392 runs
ENG: 196/4CRR: 5.02 • RRR: 1.18 • Need 13 from 66b
Jos Buttler41 (46)
James Taylor61 (61)
Iftikhar Ahmed3-0-9-0
Shoaib Malik9-0-56-1

"Earlier it was said by one of your fellow commentators that Buttler may sneakily be hoping not to bat....bet he's happy he did now!" That was me, JC. Always face your fears, I say

38.6
Iftikhar Ahmed to Buttler, no run
flighted, Buttler waits on it and taps back down the track, no longer in any hurry
38.5
Iftikhar Ahmed to Buttler, no run
leg-stump line, hits the pads and rolls away
38.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Buttler, no run
turned to leg from the crease
38.3
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Taylor, 1 run
flat offbreak down leg, flicked away to deep backward square
38.2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Taylor, no run
tossed up and blocked back on the leg side
38.1
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Buttler, 1 run
round the wicket, nudged through square leg

Iftikhar Ahmed returns to the attack

Here's Harold: "Good versatility from Buttler to score at a healthy strike rate having only hit 2 boundaries, he's not just a biffer"

Best performances - batsmen
JWA Taylor
67 runs (69)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
flick
15 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
5817077167
JC Buttler
49 runs (50)
2 fours
1 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
reverse_sweep
11 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
0451890211
Best performances - bowlers
CR Woakes
O
9.5
M
0
R
40
W
4
Eco
4.06
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Zafar Gohar
O
10
M
0
R
54
W
2
Eco
5.40
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of United Arab Emirates
Player Of The Match
James Taylor
Series resultEngland led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3710
Season2015/16
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45
Match days17 November 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Zafar Gohar
Umpires
Johan Cloete
Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle