Pakistan earn consolation win over England in final ODI

A crucial fourth-wicket partnership helped the tourists claim victory in the sides' fifth one-day international and avoid a 5-0 series defeat.

Pakistan earn consolation win over England in final ODI
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Pakistan beat England by four wickets to secure a consolation victory in the fifth and final one-day international in Cardiff on Sunday.

England still won the series 4-1 but Pakistan's success denied them a first home 5-0 ODI clean sweep and ended their dream of an unbeaten season in 50-over cricket.

Malik and Ahmed put together key partnership

Pakistan collapsed to 77 for three chasing 303 before a fourth-wicket partnership of 163 between Shoaib Malik (77) and Sarfraz Ahmed (90) turned the match in the Welsh capital their way.

Imad Wasim, born in the nearby south Wales city of Swansea, hit the winning runs when he struck a four off all-rounder Chris Jordan with 10 balls to spare as Pakistan finished on 304 for six.

Imad Wasim hit the winning runs for Pakistan.

Earlier, England made 302 for nine after being sent into bat. Jason Roy top-scored with 87 and Ben Stokes made a personal ODI high of 75, with Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali taking a format best of four for 60 and recalled left-arm quick Mohammad Amir three for 50.

Brief scores

England 302-9, 50 overs (J Roy 87, B Stokes 75; Hasan Ali 4-60, Mohammad Amir 3-50)

Pakistan 304-6, 48.2 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 90, Shoaib Malik 77)

Result: Pakistan won by four wickets

Series: England win five-match series 4-1