Albeit that the English side had shown remarkable momentum in the last four ODIs, fans and foes expected Pakistan to make some sort of a face saving in the field at Headingly. Needless to say, along with the Pakistan side that got whitewashed by England, the hopes swept away too.
Owing to the tremendous bowling spell of Chris Woakes who sent five Pakistani batsmen pavilion for a total loss of 54 runs, the English side came out victories as Pakistan failed at 297 to chase the target of 352.
The Pakistani innings started off as a nightmare, when the scorecard stood at 6/3. A while later, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed – fulfilling the expectations – came down at number six and helped the team salvage some assurance.
Along with opener Babar Azam at his splendid 80 and Sarfaraz’s own 97, the Captain drove the team towards 193 before getting run out at Moin Ali’s ball. What followed after that was a resemblance to catastrophe.
England’s victory came on the back of combined effort from Captain Eoin Morgan (76) and Joe Root (84). In accordance to the recent form, the team also fielded well at Headingly; this undoubtedly makes them a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming World Cup.