Eng v Pak: Sarfraz, Shoaib help Pakistan avoid whitewash

Pakistan defeated England by four wickets in the fifth One-Day International in Cardiff after Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik helped chase a challenging target of 303. With this result, the series ended 4-1 in favour of England.

Sarfraz Ahmed, batting at No. 5, scored 90 off 73 balls and put on 163 in quick time with Shoaib Malik.   -  Reuters

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik shared a fluent partnership of 163 to lead the tourist to a consolation four-wicket win over England in the fifth and final One-Day International in Cardiff on Sunday.

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The host, put into bat, mustered a respectable 302 for nine from 50 overs but its bowling lacked penetration and Pakistan reached the victory target with 10 balls to spare.

England, which won the series 4-1, never produced the explosive power that has characterised its recent one-day batting. Jason Roy made 87 off 89 balls and Ben Stokes 75 off 76 but it lost wickets at regular intervals, Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali completing figures of 4 for 60.

England fast bowler Mark Wood took two wickets in one over to reduce the touring side to 77 for three before Sarfraz and Shoaib assumed control.

They attacked England spinner Liam Dawson on his ODI debut and Sarfraz struck an excellent 90 off 73 balls before skying Dawson to Alex Hales on the boundary. The experienced Shoaib also fell to a catch in the deep off Dawson for 77 but Mohammad Rizwan's unbeaten 34 guided Pakistan home.

The sides, which drew 2-2 in the Test series, meet in a one-off Twenty20 international in Manchester on Wednesday.