Buttler blitz leads England to series win

The 84-run win, got on the back of a 52-ball 116 from Jos Buttler, provided a 3-1 series win for England.

Jos Buttler hit a six to get to his hundred, off the penultimate over of the England innings. It was the fastest hundred (46 balls) by an England player. England finished with 355.   -  Getty Images

Shoaib Malik's wicket, in the 33rd over, dimmed Pakistan's hopes of clinching the chase. They eventually fell short of England's total by 84 runs.   -  Getty Images

Sarfraz Ahmed looks at his bat after its handle broke. He scored 24.   -  AP

A blistering knock of116 off 52 balls from Jos Buttler was followed by a combined, effective effort from England’s bowlers to take their team to an 84-run >victory in the final One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan in Dubai. The win provided a 3-1 series win for England, the victories all convincing ones, in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, besides the one today.

After a healthy start by the top order, Buttler, out of form in Tests and ODIs till the penultimate game of this series, arrived to bat in the 36th over. He smashed eight sixes and effected 10 fours in his innings, dominating the last few overs. As he pointed out in the post-match presentation, this was a remarkable turnaround personally for him considering three weeks ago he was dropped from England’s side for the third match of the Test-leg of the ongoing tour. Opener Jason Roy also scored a century: 102, at a strike-rate of 87.

Fast bowler Anwar Ali and off-spinner Shoaib Malik leaked runs at more than eight an over in the 16 overs bowled by them.

Although Pakistan lost wickets in the first ten overs, the middle order stepped up to keep the required run-rate in check in their chase of 356 and keep their team afloat. Although wickets were being lost, they were well in the hunt till the 33rd over, when Shoaib Malik, who was stroking the ball sweetly in his rapid fifty, was out caught in the deep. That was the sixth wicket to fall, with 128 needed from just under 18 overs. Besides Malik, Babar Azam also scored a fifty, but in a line-up of plenty of starts, no one laid anchor to the chase.

For England, the spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took six of the eight wickets to fall.

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