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Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow stroll England to 4-wicket win over Pakistan

After being down 72/4, England got a solid partnership from Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow with the pair putting together 103 runs.

England, England cricket, Pakistan, Pakistan cricket, England vs Pakistan, England Pakistan ODI, England Pakistan series, England Pakistan cricket, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news Ben Stokes scored nearly a run-a-ball 69 from 70 balls to take England to victory. (Source: Reuters)

Resolute half-centuries by Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow led England to a four-wicket victory against Pakistan and a 4-0 lead in the five-match one-day international series on Thursday.

Stokes stroked a nearly run-a-ball 69 and Bairstow, included at the last minute in place of the injured Jos Buttler, made 61 as England chased down Pakistan’s 247-8 with two overs to spare.

Moeen Ali, 45 not out, hitting a winning six as England posted 252-6 at Headingley.

Pakistan’s top order struggled against spinners Adil Rashid, who took 3-47, and Moeen, 2-39, before captain Azhar Ali’s 80 and Imad Wasim’s quickfire late unbeaten 57 off 41 balls gave the visitors a competitive total.

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Bairstow and Stokes combined in a 103-run stand for the fifth wicket after Mohammad Irfan snared both openers, and the dismissals of Joe Root (30) and captain Eoin Morgan (11) left their team struggling at 72-4 in the 15th over.

The last match of the series will be at Cardiff on Sunday.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 02:59:51 am
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