ICC World Cup 2019 is knocking at the door. And now most of the teams are taking the last stage preparation for the biggest and glorious cricket competitions. England and Pakistan are not so different. However, the upcoming season of ICC World Cup will take place in England and Wales. Team Pakistan wants to adjust the environment and so, they have planned to visit England before the World Cup. Now, ahead of the ICC World Cup, ECB and PCB have agreed to arrange a tournament between England and Pakistan and it is hosted at England. Since 27th April, the dual series has started but officially, it started on 5th May with the only T20I match. Now, they are playing the five matches ODI series and England needs one more victory against Pakistan to confirm the series.
On 8th May, the first ODI between England and Pakistan took place at the Oval, London. It was a day/ night match where England won the toss and decided to bowl first. SO, the Green Army came to bat and by losing two wickets in 19 overs, they scored 80 runs so far. Imam was on the crease with the highest 42 runs. In that time, the match was affected by rain and it prevented any further play. So, it was canceled.
However, the 2nd ODI between them took place on 11th May at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Team England came to open the innings and in 50 overs, they scored 373 runs. It was a big score to chase no doubt. Jos Buttler remained not out with 110 runs. he faced 55 balls only. They lost just three wickets in 50 overs. Later, Pakistan also played well but facing defeat by 12 runs only. Fakhar Zaman scored 138 runs highest for the team. The Green Army lost seven wickets in 50 overs.
The power @JasonRoy20! 💪
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 16, 2019
Now, on 14th May the 3rd ODI between them took place at County Ground, Bristol. Earlier, team England won the toss and let the Shaheens bat first. Pakistan played so well. In 50 overs they lost nine wickets but based on the performance of Imam, the scored 358 runs there.
That's a beauty @chriswoakes! 😍
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 14, 2019
Imam scored the highest 151 runs in the match. But it seemed England knew their ground far better. In just 44.5 overs, they chased the big score. Bairstow scored the highest 128 runs and the local team lost four wickets only. Now, there are two matches in hand and to confirm the series, local team England has to win one more match.