England despite playing a relatively inexperienced side outplayed Pakistan in all departments of the game and registered a clinical victory. Saqib Mahmood was the standout bowler for England as his fantastic performance of 4/42 helped Pakistan to be restricted for just 141 runs. David Malan & Zak Crawley's 120-run partnership for 2nd wicket helped the team cross the line comfortably with 9 wickets in hand.
Stats & numbers from Eng vs Pak 1st ODI :
34 - Ben Stokes on Thursday became the 34th captain to lead the England side.
5 - England team used 5 debutants for this ODI match against Pakistan. The last time England used 5 debutants for an ODI match was against Ireland on 8 May 2015.
3 - Babar Azam recorded his 3rd duck as captain in international cricket in 2021 alone. He also became the first Pakistan captain to record duck in all 3 formats (T20I, Tests and ODIs).
4 - Saqib Mahmood recorded his best bowling figures of 4/42 in his ODI career (playing just his 5th ODI match) and David Malan recorded his best ODI score of 68* while playing his 4th ODI match.
169 - England defeated Pakistan with 169 balls to spare. This is their largest victory against Pakistan in terms of balls left
Biggest margin of win for Pak vs Eng in ODIs (By balls remaining):
169 balls in Cardiff, 2021
168 balls in The Oval, 2003
114 balls in Birmingham, 2006
23 - Zak Crawley become the 23rd player to smash a 50-plus score for England in their ODI debut.
141 - Pakistan's 141 remains to be the 2nd lowest score against England while batting 1st in completed innings.
Pakistan lowest total while batting 1st against England in ODIs (Completed innings):
74 in Adelaide, 1992 WC
141 in Cardiff, 2021
148/9 in Cuttack, 1989