Nottingham, Auguat 31: England crushed the Pakistan bowling during the third ODI to make the highest ever total score of in a 50 over match. England’s batsman Alex Hales decimated Pakistan’s bowling unit by smashing 171 from 122 balls to provide the platform for England to post the highest ever ODI total of 444 for 3 in its resounding 169-run win at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.
England, which won the first two ODIs with relative ease as well, took a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series in Nottingham after Pakistan was bowled out for 275 with 44 balls to spare. England surpassed the previous record of 443 for 9 set by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006. It was also the highest ODI total in a match between two Test nations, topping South Africa's 439 for 2 against West Indies in Johannesburg last year.
Morgan won the toss for the first time in the series and chose to bat on a pitch notorious for big scores, with the average run rate 7.1 per over in the last eight matches. The outstanding opener Hales eclipsed Robin Smith’s 167 not out against Australia at Edgbaston from 1993 with a thrill-a-minute 171 from 122 balls, carving 22 fours and four sixes in the afternoon sunshine.
Hales, who was bowled off a Wahab Riaz no-ball when 72 and dropped on 114 by Azhar Ali off Yasir Shah, belted 22 fours and four sixes. He was involved in a stand of 248 for the second wicket with Joe Root (85) after England won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track.
Records tumbled as Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan then smashed a torrent of sixes in explosive half centuries, as England battered hapless Pakistan with the most sixes (16) and the most boundaries (59) in ODI history.
On any other day, Morgan’s 27-ball blitz would’ve hogged the limelight, but Buttler went one better by smashing England’s fastest ODI half-century, off just 22 balls. He hit seven fours and as many sixes in all during his 51-ball knock. It seemed as if England would fall short of the highest ODI score but the last ball of the innings saw Buttler smash Hasan Ali over extra-cover for four to the delight of a capacity crowd.
Wahab, the left-arm fast bowler, finished with figures of 0 for 110 in his maximum 10 overs. It was the second-most expensive return in an ODI, behind Australian Mick Lewis's 0 for 113 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.
Chasing an improbable 445 to win and keep the series alive, Chris Woakes took three early wickets as Pakistan faltered and the Warwickshire all-rounder completed the victory by dismissing Mohammad Amir for 54, the highest ever score in ODI cricket by a number 11th batsman, going past Shoaib Akhtar's 43 against England at the 2003 World Cup in Cape Town.
The left-hander's fifty took just 22 balls and he reached the landmark with three successive well-struck sixes off Adil Rashid, the legspinner. Unfortunately for Pakistan, his heroics merely delayed the inevitable and served only to reduce the margin of defeat.
Pakistan, top of the Test rankings but a lowly ninth in the ODI table, let through a couple of early boundaries to set the tone for a desperately shoddy fielding display. Pakistan began brightly during its massive chase as Sharjeel Khan teed off from the get-go. The stylish left-hand opening batsman smashed 58 from 30 balls with 12 fours and a six but once he holed out off Chris Woakes (4 for 41), his side's slim chance of victory went with him.