Root leads England to easy one-day win over Pakistan

Sarfraz century lifts Pakistan to 251

Joe Root's composed 89 led England to an easy four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international at Lord's on Saturday.

Pakistan recovered from a dreadful start, thanks to a century by Sarfraz Ahmed, to post a respectable total of 251 before Root and captain Eoin Morgan shared a third-wicket stand of 112 to lay the platform for the hosts to go 2-0 up in the series.

England opener Jason Roy fell to the second ball of the innings, bowled by Mohammad Amir, but Root looked in complete control from the start while Morgan made a busy 68 including nine fours.

Ben Stokes chipped in with 42 and although England lost wickets at regular intervals, they reached their target with more than two overs to spare.

Pakistan slumped to two for three after winning the toss, Chris Woakes taking two wickets and Mark Wood one in a fiery opening burst by the England pace attack.

Babar Azam and Sarfraz steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket alliance of 64 before Azam was bowled by Liam Plunkett for 30.

Sarfraz played sensibly in the circumstances and found another reliable partner in Imad Wasim as the wicket-keeper hit six fours on the way to a second one-day international century before he was out for 105.

Wasim finished unbeaten on 63. Wood and Woakes took three wickets each.

The third game in the five-match series is in Nottingham on Tuesday.

England innings

Half centuries by Joe Root (89) and skipper Eoin Morgan (68) saw England coast to a four-wicket win over Pakistan to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Chasing a target of 252, a 112-run partnership between the duo sealed victory for England.

Root departs with victory in sight. Eng 240-6, 44.4 overs.

Joe Root c Shoaib Malik b Wahab Riaz 89 (108b 5x4)

Buttler is beaten by a sharp throw from Shah. Eng 219-5, 40.5 overs.

Jos Buttler run out 4 (5b)

Hasan gets a breakthrough but is it too little too late for Pakistan. Eng 203-4, 37.5 overs.

Ben Stokes b Hasan Ali 42 (30b 6x4 1x6)

Imad finally gets a breakthrough castling Morgan. Eng 147-3, 30.2 overs.

Eoin Morgan b Imad Wasim 68 (80b 9x4)

Skipper Morgan and Root have completed half centuries as they march towards victory.

England are cruising towards the target without any qualms being 120-2 at the halfway stage chasing 252.

Imad has struck in his first over as Hales plays all over attempting a sweep. Eng 35-2, 8.5 overs.

Alex Hales b Imad Wasim 14 (24b 2x4)

Root gets into stride cracking two consecutive boundaries off Hasan through the covers. Eng 11-1, 2 overs.

Amir has struck with his second delivery as Roy is bowled off an inside edge. Great start for Pakistan. Eng 0-1, 0.2 overs.

J Roy b Mohammad Amir 0 (2b)

Pakistan innings

A magnificent century from Sarfraz Ahmed (105) helped Pakistan recover from a disastrous start to make 251.

Sarfraz walked in when Pakistan had lost their top three batsmen for just two runs after three overs.

The wicket keeper batsman shared in three half century partnerships with Azam (30), Malik (28) and Imad (63 not out) to revive their innings.

Sarfraz hit just six boundaries in his 130-ball knock, his second ODI century becoming the first Pakistan wicket keeper batsman to hit a century in England.

Imad took charge after Sarfraz departing opening his shoulders to hammer five boundaries and a six off Plunkett during his breezy unbeaten knock.

Wood and Woakes claimed three wickets apiece and Plunkett two for 50.

Pakistan are all out for 251 in 49.5 overs.

Mohammad Amir run out 6 (5b 1x4)

Yasir departs for a duck, Pak 238-9, 48.3 overs.

Yasir Shah c Roy b Wood 0 (1b)

Plunkett takes a brilliant catch to dismiss Wahab. Pak 236-8, 48 overs.

Wahab Riaz c Plunkett b Woakes 6 (5b 1x4)

Another one goes down as Root hangs on to a skier from Ali despite colliding with Rashid. Pak 223-7, 46 overs.

Hasan Ali c Root b Plunkett 0 (5b)

Big over for Pakistan as Wasim races to only his second ODI half century smashing an extraordinary six over third man followed by two boundaries off Plunkett.

Sarfraz perishes attempting to slog sweep Rashid but failing to clear the man on the midwicket boundary. Pak 202-6, 42.5 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed c Hales b Rashid 105 (130b 6x4)

Pakistan successfully overturn a decision as Sarfraz survives after being adjudged leg before off Plunkett. Pak 198-5, 42 overs.

Sarfraz flicks Plunkett to fine leg for a boundary to complete his second ODI century and get on the honours board at Lord's.

Imad pulls a short ball from Woaks through mid on for his first boundary. Pak 177-5, 39 overs.

Sarfraz continues to bat positively using his feet to give Moeen the charge and pick up another boundary. Pak 152-5, 34 overs.

Wood strikes as Malik is undone by a short pitched delivery. Pak 125-5, 26.2 overs.

Shoaib Malik c Buttler b Wood 28 (35b 1x4 1x6)

Malik hoists the second ball from Moeen for a straight six.

Sarfraz dances down the track to loft Rashid to long on for a boundary to bring up the 100 of the innings followed by a single to complete his fifth ODI half century. Pak 101-4, 21 overs.

Plunkett breaks the partnership as Babar is bowled off his pads via an inside edge. Pak 68-4, 13.4 overs.

Babar Azam b Plunkett 30 (33b 5x4)

Babar cracks two consecutive boundaries off Woakes as Pakistan recover from a disastrous start to make 46-3 after 10 overs.

Sarfraz hits the first boundary of the match driving Wood through point while Babar punches one through the covers. Pak 12-3, 5 overs.

Disastrous start for Pakistan as Woakes bowls a beauty to induce a nick behind from Azhar to claim his 50th wicket. Pak 2-3, 3.1 overs.

Azhar Ali c Buttler b Woakes 0 (3b)

Wood strikes a deadly blow knocking the off stump of Sharjeel who plays inside the line. Pak 2-2, 2.2 overs.

Sharjeel Khan b Wood 0 (2b)

Aslam is adjudged caught behind after much deliberation by the TV umpire with replays suggesting he may have gloved a delivery from Woakes as England successfully overturn the original not out verdict. Pak 2-1, 1.4 overs.

Sami Aslam c Buttler b Woakes 1 (10b)

Pakistan have won the toss and will bat in the second one-day international against England at Lord's on Saturday.

The tourists have made three changes from the side which lost the opening match at Southampton by 44 runs.

Hafeez, Nawaz and Gul are out, while Aslam, Yasir and Hasan Ali play.

England: J Roy, A Hales, J Root, E Morgan, B Stokes, J Buttler, M Ali, C Woakes, A Rashid, L Plunkett, M Wood

Pakistan: Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir

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