2nd ODI, Lord's, Jul 10 2021, Pakistan tour of England
(41/47 ov, target 248)195
England won by 52 runs
Player Of The Match
40 (47) & 3/44
end of over 413 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 195/10CRR: 4.75 RRR: 9.00
Shaheen Shah Afridi18 (31)
Lewis Gregory 8-0-44-3
Matt Parkinson 8-0-42-2

7:40pm And that is that from us. England pick up a series win that has shown their scary limited-overs depth, and Pakistan have a lot to ponder ahead of the third and final ODI. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage. Lots of cricket coming up in the next few weeks. Make sure to tune in, and keep sending in your comments. Bye!

Lewis Gregory, the Player of the Match: It was just a case of trying to take it as deep as possible, trying to build a partnership with Carsey, even if I got out at the wrong time. We could have gone harder at the end if I'd been there. It kind of nibbled around with the new ball. Saqib's been brilliant, and I thought all four guys were outstanding all around."

Ben Stokes: "The way we came out and showed intent with the bat early on really set us up. Tricky period in the middle, but the pleasing thing was the inexperienced players coming in and showing the mindset to keep attacking. We were still above the run rate that we should have been at that stage. And with the ball, we were just clinical. Lewis and Brad are very capable batsmen, and their partnership gave us a good total, with the wicket offering a bit of seam. I think two guys who got runs in the first game not getting them in this game puts pressure on new guys coming in. There's no better way in international cricket than to put your hand up and deliver under that sort of pressure. We've won the series already, but there's nothing better than continuing the winning streak. We'll take the same mindset into the next game, and if anything we'll come harder."

Babar Azam: "We used the first 10 overs well, but we didn't bowl well for the next 10, but credit to Hasan Ali for bringing us back with five wickets. We didn't start well with the bat, lost back to back wickets, and couldn't put up partnerships. We hope we can fix this in the next match. Hasan bowled outstandingly, and Saud Shakeel showed his performance, we see the next match as a good opportunity, and points are still at stake."

Sarim: "Honestly I'd prefer us getting beaten by 200 runs to a fully healthy England side than whatever has happened these past two games. Losses like these make you want to stop wanting to follow this game any longer."

Arthur: "5 catches for Simpson. That doesn't happen every day."

Ammar Zia: "Plenty of mental toughness shown by Saud, hanging in there while all the veterans fell"

Shantanu Chatur: "As a huge Pakistan fan across the border, this is just hurtful to watch. Spent the entire day hoping and waiting for a miracle but some things never change. I could see Maqsood getting out from a KM away. A lot of us Indians treat Pakistan as the 2nd favourite side. Alas, same old story"

Mark: "Gregory, Overton, Parkinson, Carse, Salt and Saqib all have been impressive. The bench strength looks immense"

7.23pm England win by 52 runs, and they take an unassailable lead in the series. The third ODI won't be a dead rubber entirely, because Super League points are still up for grabs, but the series is won, and England will be delighted with the performance of their second-string seam attack in particular. There was a bit of juice in this pitch, and all four of their seamers made life extremely difficult for Pakistan's batters in this chase of 248. Gregory finishes with three wickets to go with his 40 with the bat, and Saqib Mahmood was often unplayable with the new ball, bowling with four slips at times. Those two are probably the two biggest contenders for Player of the Match. Pakistan, meanwhile, might take some solace from the performances of Hasan Ali and Saud Shakeel - who took the important wicket of Phil Salt before contributing a cool-headed maiden half-century.

Gregory to Haris Rauf, OUT

and that is that. Short, angling down leg. Looks to pull, but only manages to glove it and Simpson takes a super catch diving to his left. The ball was dying as it got to him

Haris Rauf c †Simpson b Gregory 1 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
Gregory to Haris Rauf, no run

ha. Fullish in the fifth-stump channel, and Rauf has a big swing and miss, clearing his front leg and looking to hoick over mid-on. Stokes has a big chuckle at slip

Gregory to Haris Rauf, no run

back of a length close to off stump, dabs with an open face to backward point

Gregory to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run

short, gets up to hip height around off stump, pulled to deep square leg

Gregory to Haris Rauf, 1 run

length ball on middle stump, stays back and pushes with a straight bat to the right of midwicket

Gregory to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run

length ball on off stump, driven to deep cover point

Here is Pakistan's No. 11, Haris Rauf. Gregory comes back into the attack, from over the wicket.

James: "Lewis Gregory MoM for me, bowled well and without his batting they'd have struggled."

end of over 405 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 192/9CRR: 4.80 RRR: 8.14
Shaheen Shah Afridi16 (29)
Matt Parkinson 8-0-42-2
Craig Overton 9-2-39-2
Parkinson to Saud Shakeel, OUT

gone. Looks for another sweep from wide of off stump, and this time he nails the slog-sweep, but there's a man back at deep midwicket and he picks out the fielder perfectly. Excellent innings in the circumstances, but he never really had the middle-order support he needed

Saud Shakeel c Overton b Parkinson 56 (133m 77b 4x4 0x6) SR: 72.72
Parkinson to Saud Shakeel, 2 runs

floated across, wide of off stump again, and he looks to sweep once more. Has to drag it a bit, and ends up hitting it in the air, but safely into no-man's land, two-thirds of the way to the wide long-on boundary

A fielder moves from the leg side to the point region.

Parkinson to Saud Shakeel, no run

flat one sliding on outside off, looks for the late dab but can't connect

Parkinson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run

quicker now, leg-sidish, helped along to deep backward square leg

Parkinson to Saud Shakeel, 1 run

steps out now, not quite to the pitch. Drags his drive off the inside half of the bat to long-on, just past the left hand of the bowler

Parkinson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run

floated across the left-hander, wide of off stump, reaches out and sweeps to deep square leg

end of over 398 runs
PAK: 187/8CRR: 4.79 RRR: 7.75
Saud Shakeel53 (73)
Shaheen Shah Afridi14 (27)
Craig Overton 9-2-39-2
Matt Parkinson 7-0-37-1
Overton to Saud Shakeel, no run

ooh. This 39-over-old ball is still doing so much. Back of a length, angling into the corridor, and it climbs steeply while straightening off the deck to beat Shakeel's defensive bat

Overton to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 leg bye

back of a length, angling down leg. Can't put the flick away but gets a healthy amount of thigh pad on it, into the backward square leg region

Faisal: "Young Man Saud Shakeel doing exactly what Misbah used to do for Pakistan in the past." -- Looks very organised too.

Overton to Saud Shakeel, 1 run

length ball close to off stump, lets it come on and pushes into the cover point region

Overton to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run

full, angling in towards off stump, clipped to the left of mid-on, and they have to hurry through for the single, with Shaheen diving to make his ground

Slip still in place for Shaheen.

Overton to Saud Shakeel, 1 run

back of a length, angling into the stumps, shuffles across and tucks it away to long leg

Overton to Saud Shakeel, FOUR runs

and Shakeel brings up fifty with a smart, though not entirely controlled shot. Short ball outside off, steep bounce, and he attempts the uppercut and gets a thick edge that ends up too fine for third man to cut off

Final powerplay begins. Five fielders are allowed outside the circle now.

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