ABU DHABI: After being comprehensively beaten in the first day-night international, England on Friday made an impressive comeback defeating Pakistan by a massive margin of 95 runs in the second match of the four-match series.
Alex Hales scored 109 in England’s 283-5 before Pakistan were dismissed for 188 in 45.5 overs here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Wicket keeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed (64) remained top scorer for Pakistan.
Earlier, opener Alex Hales smashed his maiden one-day hundred with 109 while Joe Root (63) and Jason Roy (54) also contributed to the team’s total.
The right-hander scored 109 off 117 balls studded with seven boundaries and three sixes after England won the toss and decided to bat.
Hales added 102 for the first wicket with Jason Roy (54) and another 114 for the second with Joe Root (63) as England were seeking to level the four-match series after losing the first game.
England were off to a confident start on a pitch used for the second match in a row, as Roy and Hales lifted the tempo after the first ten overs.
Roy smashed two boundaries off paceman Wahab Riaz to bring up his third one-day fifty off 53 balls but four runs later miscued a drive and was caught by Shoaib Malik off Riaz who finished with 3-43.
Hales continued in his aggressive style, improving on his previous best of 67 made against New Zealand at Nottingham earlier this year, clobbering two sixes off leg-spinner Yasir Shah.
He successfully challenged Pakistani umpire Shozab Raza´s decision of caught behind off Riaz when 48 and paddle swept debutant Iftikhar Ahmed for two to reach the three-figure mark off 111 balls.
He was finally stumped off Iftikhar by Sarfraz Ahmed in the 39th over.
Root added 40 for the third wicket with Eoin Morgan (29) before Riaz returned for his second spell to hit Root´s leg stump with a slower one. Root hit three boundaries off 77 balls.
Jos Butler was cleaned up by Riaz for 11 as England managed just 27 runs in the last five overs.
Pakistan made two changes from the line-up of the first game, bringing in Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar for the now retired Younis Khan and Bilal Asif.
England remained unchanged.
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