England put up a brilliant performance to thrash Pakistan in the one-day series in UAE. Here’s a look at the top performers in the recently-concluded series.
Jos Buttler: He began the series with his place in the team under a cloud, but ended it as the man of the series. Buttler made 177 runs in the series at an average of 88.5 with one hundred, that sensational 116 not out from 52 balls in the final ODI at Dubai. Before that, Buttler had made a crucial 49 in the third game, which game him the confidence to do better as he headed into the final clash of the series. The innings at Dubai should definitely inspire him on to greater stuff.
Alex Hales: Like, Buttler the series was also crucial for the English opener, following his string of low scores in recent games. And while he wasn’t consistent against Pakistan as well, he did break a hoodoo by registering his maiden one-day hundred during the course of the series. Hales made 109 from 117 balls in the second ODI. The knock inspired England to a series-levelling win, and they did not look back from that point. Hales ended the series with 171 runs at an impressive average of 42.75.
Jason Ray: The other England opener also had a memorable run. He made 163 runs in four games with one hundred and a fifty at an average of 40.75. Ray made 102 in the final ODI, his maiden one-day century, which gave the platform for Buttler to launch into a massive assault. The hundred should give him a lot of confidence, something which he needed.
Chris Woakes: He was the surprise hero with the ball for England, claiming eight wickets in the series at an average of under 20, an economy rate of 4.60 and a strike rate of 25.8. Woakes claimed four wickets in an innings twice – 4 for 33 at Abu Dhabi and 4 for 40 at Sharjah.
Mohammad Hafeez: Even as Pakistan lost the series, Hafeez ended as the top run-scorer with 184 runs from the four games at an average of 61.33. Hafeez kicked off the series with an unbeaten hundred, which gave Pakistan the early lead. He got starts in the other games as well, making 45 at Sharjah and 37 at Dubai, but failed to convert the starts into big scores, which hurt Pakistan’s cause.
Mohammad Irfan: The lanky fast bowler was the second leading wicket-taker in the series with seven wickets. His picked his scalps at an average of 24.85, a strike rate of 31.7 and an economy rate of 4.70. His best figures in the series were 3 for 35 at Abu Dhabi.
David Willey: He also did well, claiming six wickets at an average of 24.50, a strike rate of 31 and an economy rate of 4.74. Willey’s best figures in an innings were 3 for 25 at Abu Dhabi. He will certainly look back at the series with fond memories.
--By A Cricket Statsman