Once again it was the same old story in the series, as Pakistan was found short of runs in the final ODI at Headingley. The brilliant fielding effort from England took the game away from Pakistan when they seemed to have found some sort of control in the chase after Woakes’ sensational opening spell. In the first innings Pakistan took wickets whenever England seemed to build a big partnership, but England’s ‘never-ending’ batting line up followed the norm of 350+ score of the series.
Pakistan’s consistent batsman had once again played a key role under pressure. His partnership with the Skipper Sarfaraz seemed to take the game away from England until he was dismissed. His characteristic knock at the top meant there was some fight back from Pakistan after their loss of 3 early wickets within the first three overs. He may not have seen his team home, but he proved to be a worthy pick in the fantasy cricket team.
At last, he had come up with an impactful innings for England in the series. He was the top scorer for England in the match. He sailed the sinking ship with his knock after the departure of openers in quick succession. He definitely lived up to the expectations of fantasy cricket players as he made 54 points in the match.
The England captain too hit a vital knock for the team in a tricky situation. His partnership with Root was the soul of England’s total on the board. His aggressive approach allowed Root to take his time to get into the innings. In the end, he proved to be more than worthy for all the fantasy cricket players.
His contributions down the order so far in the series is commendable. On Sunday he came up with a significant contribution when the team needed it the most. He played the aggressor role in the chase as the required rate crept up after each over. He seemed to turn the table on its head for Pakistan with his brisk knock but an unlucky runout meant he couldn’t finish the job, yet he did not disappoint his fans.
He came up with a match-winning spell after being rested in the previous game. His opening spell has put Pakistan under huge pressure as he dismissed 3 off Top 4 visitor’s batsmen in the opening three overs only. He didn’t stop there, he was also effective in the end overs to remove the lower order batsmen.
He failed to live up to the expectations of fantasy cricket players, as he got dismissed early in the chase without contributing much. The way he was dismissed caused more worry to the team than his early departure.
He failed to contribute any points in the match as he departed without scoring anything in the chase. In the first innings, he did not even pick a wicket, neither helping his team nor the fantasy cricket players.
We were moderately right with our predictions for this match. We missed on few top performing bowlers and batsmen in our best grand league team. We perceived it to be an even contest between both sides but it turned out to be a one sided affair, and that’s where we missed on crucial points.
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