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Proving its mettle in the 2nd of the five match series at Southampton Saturday, Pakistan goes to 3rd ODI Tuesday (today), its spirit sky high, and may prove tough opponent because of the poor image of England and its name blotted with ball tampering by fast bowler Liam Plunkett. Everything in the last encounter between them seems to have done and dusted for Pakistan as its bowling was shredded to piece as rivals piling up massive 373/3, with Jos Buttler hitting lavishly for his 50-ball hundred. But Pakistan turned out to be a tough nut to crack, which frankly was never expected keeping its One-day record and recent white wash at Australia’s and South Africa hands, plus the humiliation in New Zealand.

Seemingly everything was over for all practical purpose, firstly, because Pakistanis poor history in run chase, and secondly because some of our principle players either sick, on leave or out of touch. But to sheer and pleasant surprise to their countrymen, Sarfaraz squadron put up a gallant fight, unnerving powerful rivals and getting close indeed to almost winning position. Fakhr Zaman, hit up a brilliant 100, and half centuries from Babar Azam, Asif Ali, and unbeaten 41 from touring skipper, finally saw incredible 361 for 7 on board.

The loss of the 2nd ODI to England was merely on paper. It was Pakistan that deserved all the credits and accolades for the massive run-chase, breaking all previous records, and giving the crowd its money’s worth. It was a match that saw the toughes battle in recent years, something still unbelievable. But while Pakistan fought back bravely to serve warning for World Cup aspirants, England image stood tarnished with ugly incident wherein Liam Plunkett charged with ball tampering. Videos clearly showed him scratching the ball in the penultimate over when Pakistan needed 27 to win, but to utter horror of game lovers, ICC, the watchdog of international cricket, dismissing the allegation lightly. Could it categorized as racist for white man was let off, and same charge would have landed Pakistani with twists and turns, trials and tribulations, as we have been witnessing in the past, Mountains coming up of molehills.

Good luck for Pakistan googly master Shadab Khan, and opener and batting all rounder Hafeez ready to join the World Cup squad, but time has been unkind to pacer Mohammad Amir who is now facing chicken pox problem, and could well be out of the final contingent battle in recent years, something still unbelievable. But while Pakistan fought back bravely to serve warning for World Cup aspirants, England image stood tarnished with ugly incident wherein Liam Plunkett charged with ball tampering. Videos clearly showed him scratching the ball in the penultimate over when Pakistan needed 27 to win, but to utter horror of game lovers, ICC, the watchdog of international cricket, dismissing the allegation lightly. Could it categorized as racist for white man was let off, and same charge would have landed Pakistani with twists and turns, trials and tribulations, as we have been witnessing in the past, Mountains coming up of molehills. Good luck for Pakistan googly master Shadab Khan, and opener and batting all rounder Hafeez ready to join the World Cup squad, but time has been unkind to pacer Mohammad Amir who is now facing chicken pox problem, and could well be out of the final contingent.

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