At Cardiff, September 4. Pakistan won by four wickets. Pakistan 2pts. Toss: Pakistan. One-day international debut: L. A. Dawson.
At 77 for three chasing 303, Pakistan looked set to become the first team to lose a one-day series 5-0 in England. But Sarfraz Ahmed produced a splendid 90 from 73 balls, and put on 163 with Shoaib Malik, a fourth-wicket record for Pakistan in this fixture. The pair came together after Wood had taken two wickets in three balls, bowling Babar Azam and having Azhar Ali caught behind on review. Shoaib, who in 34 previous international innings in the UK had not gone beyond 38, twice lofted Hampshire's debutant left-arm spinner Liam Dawson for six; Sarfraz whacked Woakes over midwicket, where he was caught one-handed by a spectator leaning over the boundary boards - earning him a trip to Australia. Dawson eventually removed both, though his two for 70 in eight overs was the most expensive analysis by an England one-day debutant. And when Bairstow ran out Mohammad Nawaz, Pakistan still needed 37. But Mohammad Rizwan and Imad Wasim, born in nearby Swansea where his father was working as an engineer, kept their cool to take Pakistan to their highest successful chase outside Asia, and only their second ODI win over England in 14 matches. Imad finished with 153 runs in the series without being dismissed. Earlier, Roy had again been in excellent touch before top-edging a pull off Mohammad Amir's clever slower-ball bouncer, while Stokes's format-best 75 ended when he scooped to short fine leg. That was one of four wickets for Hasan Ali, who ensured that England's threatening 258 for five in the 42nd over did not translate into a match-winning total. In overcast conditions favouring seam, Imad took a miserly one for 33 in ten overs with his left-arm darts; by the end of the game, Glamorgan fans were struggling to remember a better all-round performance by a Welsh-born cricketer all summer.
Man of the Match: Sarfraz Ahmed. Man of the Series: J. E. Root.