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Fakhar compiled a valiant ton in the second game

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England lose three

Root looked in excellent touch. He skipped down the track to thump Imad for a six. And also showed some swagger by flat-batting Faheem for a boundary. However, he tried to play one shot too many and was dismissed by Imad. England, though, just need over 5 runs per over.

Bairstow's exhilarating innings comes to end

Pakistan have picked up another wicket and it turns out to be the prized scalp of Bairstow. The explosive batsman cracked an imposing 93-ball 128 before he chopped Junaid Khan onto the stumps. Exhilarating. Audacious. Swagger.

Blazing ton

Bairstow's blitz. And the Yorkshireman has composed a believe-it-or-not 74-ball ton. Those short-arm punches and slogs over midwicket. Bairstow has touched elevated heights today.

Finally a wicket!!

Phew! Pakistan would be relieved. Faheem has finally ended the staggering stand of 159 in just over 17 overs. Roy charged down the track and tried to slap it through covers but it came via the splice. Asif Ali was perhaps taken aback by the lights but held on to the catch. Pakistan looked flat and were going through the motions and needed this wicket.

Meanwhile, Roy played as though he owned the ground. The way he stood tall to repeatedly hit through the line was majestic.

20 in one over

Roy and Bairstow are smashing Pakistan's bowlers to shreds. The young Shaheen has been smacked for 20 in a single over. Shaheen didn't help his cause by bowling length.

Carnage!

It is absolute carnage at Bristol. Raining fours and sixes. Roy and Bairstow are exploring all corners of the ground. Slogs, drives, punches, cuts... you name a shot, they have played it. It feels as if we are watching highlights package out there. Both batsmen have also completed fifties. England have reached 120 in just 14 overs!!

Blow on foot

Ouch! Imam has taken a blow on the left foot on the back of a forceful drive drilled by Roy. He is still hobbling after some attention from the physio. Bowlers are in some trouble these days as batsmen are clonking it hard. Remember, recently, James Anderson, the England spearhead, took a hard blow on his knee in a domestic one day game.

Quick start

As expected, Bairstow and Roy have started on an aggressive note. Roy showed swagger by charging down the track and tonking Afridi for a six over the bowler's head. Meanwhile, Pakistan haven't found any movement so far.

To make matters worse, Shaheen dropped a dolly off Hasan. Roy was the lucky batsman. To drop a catch on this belter??

Pakistan end up with mammoth 358

Imam ul Haq composed a splendid 151 while Asif Ali blazed his way to a 43-ball 52 to pilot Pakistan to a substantial 358/9.

The significance of Imam's innings can be capsulised by the point that Pakistan had found themselves in a spot of bother at 27 for 2. However, Imam blended crunching drives, flicks and pulls with clever rotation of strike to not just prop up Pakistan but also power them to a score well in excess of 300.

After Pakistan were inserted into bat, David Willey consistently found swing and Chris Woakes extracted seam movement to trouble Pakistan's openers. Woakes produced the initial breakthrough by dismissing the dangerous Fakhar Zaman with a delivery that slanted across him to produce the edge and for Joe Root to pouch the catch.

At that stage, Haris Sohail and Imam joined forces to resurrect Pakistan's innings. The duo looked to counterattack and played a flurry of shots, including drives, flicks and the occasional steer through point. The highlight of the stand was the free-flowing drive by Haris via mid off in the 14th over. Just when Haris looked set for a score of substance, he was run out on the back of some impressive footballs skills by Tom Curran. Imam and Haris attempted to pinch a single but Curran ran all the way towards the striker's end and kicked the ball onto the stumps.

Imam and Sarfraz Ahmed, though, kept the scorecard ticking over by sharing a stand of 67 for the third wicket. Once Liam Plunkett removed the Pakistan skipper, Asif took on the gauntlet of hitting the accelerator pedal. Asif and Imam thumped a string of shots to put England's bowlers under the pump. Imam also reached his sixth hundred in just his 27th ODI with a single off Willey.

Eventually, Woakes bent his back to dismiss Asif with a short ball. Curran followed it up by generating reverse swing to bring to an end Imam's impressive effort. After Imam's dismissal, Pakistan lost their way a touch, losing three wickets for 25 runs. Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi, the two lower order batsmen, however, cracked a few sixes in the last two overs to ensure the visitors wouldn't lose momentum. Meanwhile, England took close to 30 more minutes to finish their quota over 50 overs.

Asif on the charge

Asif Ali went one step further by tonking Tom Curran over midwicket for a sumptuous six. It came right off the screws!! Pakistan are on the charge.

Imam pushes the accelerator

Imam is now upping the ante. He tonked Willey over wide long on for an eye-catching six and then tucked one to the fine leg fence. He had a word or two to say to Willey. Asif Ali too is playing with fearlessness. Pakistan could end up with 340 plus.

Imam composes splendid century

One impressive hundred this from Imam ul Haq. Drives, pulls, flicks and clever rotation of strike. He is striking at over 100 as well. The southpaw looked heavenwards and kissed the willow. Arguably one of his best.

He has six ODI hundreds to his name in a short space of time.

Calm and collected Imam

Imam has completed his fifty. He has anchored the innings with a calm head on his shoulders so far. The southpaw, however, needs to convert his start into a big one.

Football skills on display!

Impressive exhibition of football skills from Curran, the bowler. Imam nudged A back of a length delivery down the pitch and Haris called across for a quick single. Curran, however, ran across quickly and kicked the ball onto the stumps at the striker's end. Haris found himself short of the crease. The southpaw looked in excellent touch and would be a disappointed man.

Haris in good nick

Haris is looking in fine touch in good conditions for batting. He flicked Plunkett through fine leg and proceeded to play a glorious, free-flowing drive via mid off. The 50-run stand between the duo is also up.

Timely boundaries

Pakistan, however, have continued to play shots. Imam cracked a couple of drives off Willey while Haris collected a couple of fours off Woakes. Despite losing early wickets, Pakistan's run rate is over six runs per over.

Woakes on a roll

Woakes has picked up his second scalp. Lovely length from the Warwickshire pacer. He got it to move off the seam as well to shatter the stumps. Azam was stuck on the crease and paid the price.

Massive scalp

Huge wicket for England. Woakes removed Fakhar with a delivery that was banged in on a short of a length and angled away to take the edge. The right line and right length from the Warwickshire pacer. Root juggled yet again in the slips before pouching it. Woakes got a hint of extra zip, on that occasions.

Meanwhile, Willey has found some swing under blue skies and with a white Kookaburra ball.

Toss and teams

England opt to bowl on a track that is set to remain flat over 100 overs. The hosts pick Denly and Tom Curran while Junaid Khan gets a chance for Pakistan.

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(w), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Joe Denly, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett

Build Up:

Going into the third ODI in Bristol, can the robust England batting line-up continue to reign supreme? What about the pacers? With Jofra Archer expected to be rested, rest of the pacers would be again trying to raise their game as they aim to retain World Cup places.

Jos Buttler, who showed his pyrotechnics with a magical ton in Southampton, is also set to be rested. Tom Curran and Denly could come into the playing XI. What about their opponents, Pakistan? Fakhar Zaman smacked a brilliant century in the 2nd game and it turned out to be a spirited effort from the Asian nation as they came close to chasing down a mammoth 374. On the flip side, Pakistan would be a tad worried about their bowling in the slog overs.

Something about the Bristol ground. It is a ground steeped in history with legends like Hammond and WG Grace turning out for the County. It is hard to forget Hammond's superb triple ton against Glamorgan's Mercer, Reed and Davies in 1934.

The pitch is generally a high-scoring one.

Toss and teams in a while...

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