Chester-le-Street: England continued their dominance over Pakistan as they beat the visitors by 24 runs in the opening ODI match at Chester-le-Street.
England were asked to bat first and Steven Davies led the batting for the home side with a eye-catching 87 off 67 balls, his first international half century. He was well supported by Jonathan Trott(69). The duo helped England post a total of 274 for 6 in just 41 overs. The match was reduced to 41-over a side because of wet outfield and delay at start.
Spinner Saeed Ajmal was amongst the wickets for the visitors as he dismissed four English players giving away 58 runs in his quota of 9 overs. Paceman Shoaib Akhtar was very impressive especially in his first five-overs but he was unlucky to finish with a wicket.
Pakistan Vs England, 1st ODI - Scorecard
Chasing a daunting target of 275, the Pakistan side did put up a good fight with openers, Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez starting off well. Kamran hit a half century before he was dismissed by Swann. Mohammad Yousuf coming in at No 3 didn't last long as he was adjudged lbw off the bowling of Michael Yardy.
Umar Akmal coming in at No 5 and Fawad Alam did put up a valiant fight but their effort was not enough to take Pakistan home. James Anderson was the pick of bowlers for the home side as he picked up 2 wickets and gave away just 35 runs in his quota of 9 overs. He picked up the two important scalps of Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul.