1st ODI (D/N), Southampton, Aug 24 2016, Pakistan tour of England and Ireland
(34.3/34.3 ov, target 151)194/3
England won by 44 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
65 (56)
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• The Report by Alan Gardner

Roy and Root shine in England canter

England had been stretched by Pakistan during a closely contested 2-2 Test series draw, they rebounded to be well ahead of the DLS requirement when rain returned

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Scores: Sanjay Murari
Comms: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Pakistan260/6(50 overs)
Azhar Ali82 (110)
England194/3(34.3 overs)
Jason Roy65 (56)
Joe Root61 (72)
Umar Gul1/46(6)

10.02pm Time for some presentations. Jason Roy is Man of the Match. He didn't have enough sugar in him, apparently, during his dizzy spell. But he had enough petrol to put England in command. Form-wise, he is flying: "I'm feeling good, trusting my training, a lot of hard work has gone into it."

Right, that'll do for tonight. Cheers for all your comments, from Gnasher and myself, goodnight and see you on Saturday for the second ODI at Lord's.

Match abandoned. England win by 44 runs on DLS. The umpires have bowed to the inevitable, I'm afraid. So, despite the soggy ending, a fine start to the series from England. Impressive with bat and ball, in particular Jason Roy and the returning Mark Wood. And lots of Pakistan to ponder.

Peter in London: "Errr Andrew - why do you have to refer to the 1992 semi final? South Africa and Kepler Wessels got exactly what they deserved for their OWN tawdry over rate. Please try to persuade me otherwise???" Keep your wig on. I refer to it because It Is Raining and there are rain rules at play tonight!

9.49pm Anyone still out there? Sky have resorted to re-runs of the 1992 World Cup (the rain-rules semi against South Africa is coming right up as the punchline...) I don't see a repeat of that scenario tonight...

Edmund: "What an absolute disgrace that international umpires cannot remember which batsman was due to face after a rain delay of less than half an hour. Will they be made to pay a fine for disrespect to the game or allowed to continue in this disrespectful fashion?" Edmund ... Edmund, calm down old boy, you'll do yourself an injury.

Irfan: "So are you saying I should stop working on the prototype for the quantum field roof that negates Pauli's exclusion principle for the ball but not water. Darn - all those years of research down the drain." Fraid so, Irfan. Unless of course, you are Mohammad Irfan. In which case, if you'd be so kind as to stand in the middle of the pitch with an umbrella...

9.47pm Adnan: "Just heard on commentary that batsmen started on wrong end after the rain delay at the start of 34th over and Pakistan can claim the game as void and null. Was that a joke on a rule of cricket?" It's true. Pakistan win by forfeit. (And if you believe that, you are welcome to April Fool's gags...)

9.41pm Peter Robinson: "Did you fall for that retractable roof "gag", Andrew?" No, I am pure-bred humbug when it comes to April Fool's. An utter waste of my inbox once every 12 months ...

The umpires are having another chat. I sense a watery grave ... and phooey, off we go... rain stopped play again.

Safi: "Those who say this match is done and dusted must have forgotten Gul's magic against England in 2010." Those who say it's not still believe in the tooth fairy and rainbow-farting unicorns ...

Nawaz to Morgan, no run

punched back down the pitch

Nawaz to Stokes, 1 run

down on one knee for a controlled sweep

Nick: "People have noticed the date on the retractable roof story right?" Clearly not. But there's one born every day...

Nawaz to Stokes, no run

pushed onto the back foot, can't work it square

end of over 348 runs
ENG: 193/3CRR: 5.67 RRR: 4.21
Eoin Morgan33 (48)
Ben Stokes14 (18)
Shoaib Malik 5-0-25-0
Wahab Riaz 6-0-30-0

9.35pm So, here we go. 59 from 84 balls ...

9.31pm Bernard Carney: "Headingley had plans for a retracting roof for in 2015." Nice notion, shame about the cost. But it wouldn't work everywhere. Lord's have a hard enough time convincing their billionaire local nimbies that floodlights are a necessity in the modern era!

We are minutes away from a resumption, by the way. A hint of rain in the air, but they are taking the plunge

9.26pm Ben : "Why so long? We're giving the rain a big window to come back! Surely 5 minutes, covers off, keeper and batsmen re-padded!" It's a fair point, but rulez is rulez. Can't hustle them back out there just because this match is already done to a turn. Next time it could be a nailbiter.

9.22pm AP: "Docklands Stadium in Melbourne does have a roof and has hosted international matches. So it has been done!" Indeed, and I'm fairly sure that balls have hit said roof and been called dead-ball.

Play to restart at 9.35pm ... so there we go. No overs lost, allegedly, which seems remarkable in fact, two overs lost and a new target of 252 - or 59 to win from 14 overs. But the D/L par is 147, so England already cantering to victory.

9.13pm Hmm ... there has been a break in the rain and the covers are coming off. They'll need to get a wriggle on, but there's a prospect of a restart. The cut-off time is 10.15pm, so there's an hour to get the ground dry and the overs bowled.

Josh: "The engineering required to build a retractable roof over something the size of a cricket ground would really be something!" Sounds like a job for the thumb-twiddling master-builders of the UAE ... surely they need a new project to replace the Burj Khalifa?

9.07pm A lot of people have seen enough already and are heading for the exits. They've been well entertained, to be fair. Lots for Pakistan to ponder after being out-muscled in all departments today

Mike Silva: "Can't grounds build roofs? Anytime there's a drizzle on centre court at Wimbledon, the roof closes and play resumes..." Slightly worrying that this difference needs pointing out, but the point in tennis is not to blast the ball out of the stadium ... nice idea in theory, assuming the bucolic villagers of South Hampshire don't object to a Thunderdome dominating the skyline....

9.03pm Oh dear, the umpires have tried their best, but the pitch is now suffering from the rain, and so on come the covers and rain stopped play. England are comfortably on top, and that position will only improve if overs are lost. It's a win-win for them, you suspect.

tariq mahmood: "Wahab need some rest now. After the spell to watson your performance is zero. Go home or play good cricket" Steady on. It is barely a week since he blitzed Pakistan to victory in the fourth Test!

Malik to Morgan, 1 run

worked square for another measured single

Tehmoor: "Umar Gul has a tendency to go off on a boil once in a while. He conceded 22 runs in one over against India in the 2011 WC match when Sehwag was batting. That over proved to be costly for Pakistan. " Yeah, that was damaging. He'd been sensational up to that point

Malik to Stokes, 1 run

onto the front foot, crunched into the covers

Malik to Morgan, 1 run

swept through backward square, picked up on the boundary's edge

Malik to Stokes, 1 run

clipped to the leg side

Malik to Stokes, FOUR runs

that's a tasty shot. Full face of the bat, just a push through mid-on. Timed with alacrity

Malik to Stokes, no run

attempted reverse sweep, misses out, to loud squeaks of concern

Greetings once more. For all of you asking, the D/L par is about 142, so safe to say it's not a factor unless England lose a bundle of wickets. Here's Malik

end of over 3311 runs
ENG: 185/3CRR: 5.60 RRR: 4.47
Eoin Morgan31 (46)
Ben Stokes8 (14)
Wahab Riaz 6-0-30-0
Shoaib Malik 4-0-17-0

Right, to take you to the end of this contest (as Amir returns to the field) it's back to Miller

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run

short outside off, he lets it go through

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, 2 runs

short outside off, Morgan plays a poweful cut which goes behind point...was in the air for quite a long way

Wahab Riaz to Stokes, 1 run

gets hold of some width and slashes to deep cover

Umpires have a chat and decide to try and carry on for now. End of this over England would need to be 144 for 3

Wahab Riaz to Stokes, 5 wide

a few more bonus runs as Wahab flings down a very short bouncer and it balloons over a leaping Sarfraz

Rain getting heavier

Wahab Riaz to Stokes, 2 runs

he slams a shortish delivery straight to cover but then gets two runs for his efforts as the throw is wild and not backed up. Might have been the throw, to be fair, with Morgan struggling to get back

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, 1 run

chops this down to third man

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run

defends a length ball and gets a thick inside edge into his pads

end of over 327 runs
ENG: 174/3CRR: 5.43 RRR: 4.83
Ben Stokes5 (12)
Eoin Morgan28 (42)
Shoaib Malik 4-0-17-0
Wahab Riaz 5-0-19-0
Malik to Stokes, no run

so close! Stokes almost drags this on as he goes back to force through the off side and it takes a bottom edge into his boot

Malik to Morgan, 1 run

short outside off, cut to the cover sweeper

Malik to Morgan, FOUR runs

full outside leg stump, Morgan gets his sweep away fine enough to beat deep square leg this time

Malik to Morgan, no run

whipped to midwicket

Best performances - batters
Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali PAK
82 runs (110)
9 fours
0 six
Productive shot
19 runs
2 fours
0 six
Jason Roy portrait
65 runs (56)
6 fours
1 six
Productive shot
27 runs
3 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
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AU Rashid ENG
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CR Woakes ENG
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Match details
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of England and Ireland
Player Of The Match
Jason Roy
Jason Roy
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3770
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days24 August 2016 - daynight (50-over match)
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Rob Bailey
Australia Image
Simon Fry
TV Umpire
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
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Tim Robinson
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe
PointsEngland 2, Pakistan 0