Lewis Gregory featured with both bat and ball as England beat Pakistan by 52 runs in the second one-day international at Lord’s on Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in a three-match series.
Set 248 to dominate in a match diminished to 47 overs for every side by a downpour, Pakistan was excused for 195. Somerset pace-bowling all-rounder Gregory, in a second match at this level, hit with his first ball on Saturday en route to 3-44 as England won with six overs to save.
That followed the Somerset all-rounder’s significant 40 and remain of 69 with Brydon Carse (31), in a lady ODI innings for the two individuals from the eighth-wicket pair, after England had dropped to 160-7.
This was the principal ODI at Lord’s since England’s sensational 2019 World Cup last win over New Zealand. Such was the gathering climate among the almost 23,000 observers, the most at a cricket match in the UK since the Covid pandemic, there were even serenades of ‘Football’s getting back home from the typically controlled group at the home of cricket in front of England confronting Italy in Sunday’s European Championship soccer last at the close by Wembley Stadium.
Britain was set for a major aggregate while Phil Salt (60) and James Vince (56) were sharing a third-wicket association of 97 after Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley had both succumbed to ducks. From 118-2, be that as it may, England drooped to 160-7.
However, despite the fact that quick bowler Hasan Ali took 5-51, England had sizable amounts of runs. Their honorable recuperation was the sort of test substitute England chief Ben Stokes said his stopgap group, push together by a Covid emergency that precluded the initially chosen crew, had stayed away from when whipping Pakistan by nine wickets in Thursday’s series opener in Cardiff.
The cloudy conditions, with the floodlights on at a desolate home of cricket, would have made batting hard for some sides. Furthermore, they demonstrated trying for a Pakistan group skittled out for only 141 in Cardiff, with the sightseers drooping to 36-3 on Saturday.
Gregory struck in the second over when Imamul Haq was gotten behind. Saqib Mahmood, straight from a four-wicket pull in Wales, then, at that point had skipper Babar Azam, the world’s highest level ODI batsman, lbw for 19.
Also, when Craig Overton struck twice, bowling opener Fakhar Zaman for a curbed 10 off 45 balls before Sohaib Maqsood holed out to wicketkeeper John Simpson, Pakistan were 86-5. Ali hit three progressive balls from leg-spinner Matt Parkinson for six. However, when he holed out for an engaging 31, Pakistan was everything except beaten at 152-8.
By and by, center request batsman Saud Shakeel marked his second ODI with an honorable lady fifty off 70 balls including four fours. Prior, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Ali diminishing England to 21-2 inside five overs after Azam won the throw. Malan and Crawley, who had each made unbeaten fifties on Thursday, didn’t deal with a run between them.
Malan edged Ali to second slip while Crawley was bowled for a brilliant duck by left-arm Afridi’s amazing inswinger.
Sussex’s Salt, driving firmly, finished a 41-ball fifty, including 10 fours, with Vince arriving at the landmark in 36 balls before turn demonstrated their demise. Salt was bowled behind his legs clearing at left-arm Shakeel before Vince, attempting to spot to the third man, was beguiled by leg-spinner Shadab Khan’s googly.
Substitute commander Ben Stokes, one of England’s World Cup legends, was praised out to the center in his 100th ODI. In any case, he fell for 22 when he was bowled by Ali in the wake of pursuing the pitch. Gregory and Carse batted reasonably, nonetheless, with the previous hitting four fours out of 47 balls.
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Britain: Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes (capt), John Simpson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf