Buttler Blitz Sets Up Series Win

Jos Buttler struck the fastest One-Day International century by an Englishman as England sealed a 3-1 series win over Pakistan. After suffering a 2-0 defeat in the test series, England have bounced back to win the one-day series.

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first, to follow the pattern in this series of you win the toss, you bat first. England openers Roy and Hales set about building a strong platform for England to attack from in the latter overs of the innings. Putting on an opening stand of 54 before Hales fell for 22. Roy was joined by vice-captain Root at the crease and they put on a partnership of 150 with Roy reaching his maiden one-day international ton before eventually falling for 102 and he was shortly followed by Root (71).

Buttler down on the England card to come at the fall of the fourth wicket, was promoted up the order as they looked to put the foot on the gas and pile the runs on. Buttler did just that, eventually finishing with 116 off 52 balls. Hitting fours and sixes all the way around the ground. He reached his third one-day century off just 46 balls. Smashing his own record for the fastest one-day ton by an Englishman. His previous record was 61 balls, coming against Sri Lanka in 2014. As Buttler smashed the Pakistan attack, his partners just stood at the other end, enjoying the show and nicking the odd single to get Buttler back on strike.

By the time Buttler had finished, England had set Pakistan a mere 356 to win the game and level the series at 2-2. Pakistan attack from the off and at one point looked like they might get close to the target but they lost wickets at regular intervals. They had several batsman getting themselves in and passing fifty before getting out.

England won the game by 84 runs as they bowled Pakistan out for 271 in the 41st over. The top-scorer for Pakistan was Shoaib Malik, as he 52 off 51 balls. David Willey took the first two wickets to fall and finished with figures of 3/24 of 6 overs. While spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid did the main damage, taking three wickets apiece. Ali finishing with 3/53 and Rashid 3/78.


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