England thump Pakistan by 6 wickets to lead ODI series 2-1

SHARJAH: Seamer Chris Woakes grabbed four wickets while James Tylor notched an unbeaten half-century to anchor England’s six-wicket win over Pakistan in the third day-night international in Sharjah on Tuesday.

Woakes’s 4-40 skittled Pakistan out for a below-par 208 in 49.5 overs before Taylor scored 67 for his seventh fifty to help England to the target in 41 overs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Pakistan have one last chance to avoid their ninth series loss out of 11 in the United Arab Emirates (since 2009) when they play the final ODI in Dubai on Friday.

Pakistan won the first match by six wickets while England won the second by 95 runs — both in Abu Dhabi.

England were outstanding in all three departments as they bundled Pakistan out on a flat pitch for a low total and then rode an unbroken 117-run stand for the fifth wicket between Taylor and Jos Buttler (49 not out).

Taylor smashed two boundaries off lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan and then clobbered a flat six to reach his fifty off 51 balls. In all he hit six boundaries and two sixes off 69 balls.

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