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Root leads England to second consecutive win against Pakistan

ONDON: England beat Pakistan by four wickets in the second one-day international at Lord’s on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Joe Root made 89 and shared a third-wicket stand of 112 with captain Eoin Morgan (68) as England, set 252 to win, finished on 255 for six with 15 balls to spare.

Earlier wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed (105) became the first Pakistan batsman to score an ODI hundred at Lord’s after his side collapsed to two for three.

Imad Wasim (63 not out) helped Ahmed add 77 for the sixth wicket.

The series continues with a day/night match at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground on Tuesday.

Brief scores

Pakistan 251, 49.5 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 105, Imad Wasim 63 no; C Woakes 3-42, M Wood 3-46)

England 255-6, 47.3 overs (J Root 89, E Morgan 68)

Result: England won by four wickets

Series: England lead five-match series 2-0 – AFP