Buttler blasts century as England edge Pakistan in run-fest

Buttler blasts century as England edge Pakistan in run-fest

Buttler blasts century as England edge Pakistan in run-fest

England edged out Pakistan by 12 runs in the second one-day worldwide at Southampton, with Buttler's 50-ball century the epitome of improvised, aggressive stroke play.

Saturday's total was the 35th time since their miserable first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup that England, now top of the ODI rankings, had posted a total in excess of 300 - a feat they had achieved only 34 times in total prior to that tournament.

David Willey replaced possible World Cup choice Joffra Archer as England rotated resources and the Yorkshire paceman's tight death bowling helped see the hosts home, giving them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after a no-result in the opener due to rain.

Eoin Morgan lauded Jos Buttler for his "freakish" 55-ball knock that helped England to victory over Pakistan in the second one-day global.

Buttler's 110 not out featured nine sixes, including a straight drive off Hasan Ali that took him to three figures.

England skipper Eoin Morgan, who shared an unbeaten 162-run stand with Buttler, was all praise for the latter and said he was the difference between the two sides.

"When he plays innings like that, and they seem to be grouped closer and closer together, it means we're very fortunate to have him in our side".

"But he seems to have a gear that not many of us have. I certainly don't have it".

The West Indies great scored 6,721 runs in 187 ODIs including 11 hundreds at an average of 47, - a tally including a brilliant, match-winning 138 not out in the 1979 World Cup final against England at Lord's - with a strike-rate of 90.20.

Moeen Ali of England celebrates the dismissal of Imam ul-Haq as the hosts inch towards victory at the Rose Bowl.

Babar Azam and Asif Ali both added 51 runs apiece to the scoresheet, as they both gave Zaman good company at the crease.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, 41 not out at the finish, praised his side for the way they so almost reached a winning total.

The crucial breakthrough, though, came when Zaman was given out caught behind on review off Chris Woakes.

"I've just asked the bowlers the same thing and they didn't have an answer either". In total, Fakhar faced 106 balls including 12 fours and four sixes.

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