Pakistan restrict England to 158

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2000, 0:10 [IST]
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Rawalpindi: Pakistan set themselves up for the kill by restricting England to 158 in 42.5 overs in the third and final One-day match on Monday. The Pakistan spin web had the English batsmen in a tail spin with the medium pacers providing the initial break throughs.The Pakistan spinners had the English batsman in a bind. After a steady start of 36 runs from 9.3 overs, England slipped considerably and lost more than half the side within 25 overs. While Abdur Razzaq and Wasim Akram claimed a wicket each, Saqlain Mushtaq and Shahid Afridi effectively applied the breaks on England batting.England lost former skipper and wicket-keeper Alec Stewart at the score of 36 and thereafter it was a regular procession.

Only Marcus Trescothick showed some fight as he played a short and sweet innings of 36 runs from 48 balls with five hits to the fence.Pakistan captain Moin Khan won the toss and decided to bowl first. The home side had to make a change as Saeed Anwar was indisposed with sore throat and fever. Imran Nazir replaced Anwar in the squad. The England team remained unchanged.England were resurrected in the middle by a 48-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Graham Thorpe and Mark Ealham.

But, once again lost wickets in a heap to be all out for 158 from 134 for seven. Graham Thorpe (39 runs, 71 balls, one four) was the top scorer for England. Off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq returned with best figures of five for 20 from eight overs as Pakistan took a firm grip on the match.The series is tied one-all with England winning the first match at Karachi by scoring over 300 runs, while Pakistan levelled the series with a fine win at Lahore.

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