While England have already won the three-match ODI series against Pakistan with the third match still in progress, they would not want to miss out on an opportunity to register a clean sweep against the Men in Green in the ongoing final ODI at Birmingham. However, even the visitors seem determined to not go down without a fight and after they were invited to bat first, they seemed to be comfortably on their way to a strong total.
While Pakistan had lost the first wicket early, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq were looking in sublime touch in the middle and looked set to bring up the 100 of their partnership. However, an absolute ripper from England spinner Matt Parkinson brought an end to the 92-run stand.
In the 5th ball of the 26th over, right-arm leg spinner Parkinson, bowling from over the wicket to the left-handed Imam, got one to pitch it wide outside the off stump, inviting the batter to have a push at it. As soon as the southpaw accepted the invitation, the ball spun a fair bit to find the gap between the bat and the pad and crashed into the stumps to bring an end to the Pakistan opener's 56-run knock.
Check out the dismissal here:
While the 24-year-old leggie has picked 5 wickets in 5 ODIs so far, he also has the same number of wickets in a couple of T20Is. The dismissal could be glimpse of the potential he has to excel at the highest level in the coming years.