James Vince’s century in 3rd ODI helped England to sweep Pakistan

Vince’s first international ton helped England chase down 332, defeating Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s 158.

After James Vince’s century guided England to a three-wicket victory over Pakistan in their one-day international series on Tuesday, the hosts completed a 3-0 sweep of Pakistan.

Vince’s first international century helped England chase down 332 at Edgbaston, defeating Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s 158. Vince’s 102 from 95 balls led a makeshift side after England’s entire first-choice ODI team was forced to isolate after a COVID-19 breakout following the Sri Lanka series, over a week ago.

“I hadn’t given up on this moment, but this time last week I didn’t expect it at all,” Vince said after the match.

The 30-year-old Vince said scoring a hundred for his country “was one of my dreams growing up.”

In the 24th over, England were 165-5 before Vince and Lewis Gregory (77) had a 129-run stand. Gregory top-edged a skier and Vince chipped Haris Rauf (4-65) to mid-off when 29 runs were still required. Craig Overton (18 not out) and Brydon Carse (12 not out) finished the innings in England’s favour.

England elected to bowl first, and Babar’s 179-run partnership with Mohammed Rizwan (74 off 58 balls) provided the foundation of Pakistan’s innings. Babar touched three figures in 104 balls, pulling Carse (5-61) with authority and then playing a crisp cut shot for two boundaries in three balls.

Rizwan got his half-century in 42 balls. When Rizwan went after a leg-side bouncer from Carse, he feathered a nick through to John Simpson, England finally got their third wicket.

Carse picked up two more late wickets as the visitors progressed to 309-5. Babar, on the other hand, was on a career-best 150 not out when he was run out in the 48th over. Carse finally put an end to Babar’s exciting stay by hitting Dawid Malan with a rare mis-hit. Six wickets fell in the last three overs, bringing the total to 331-9.

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