Eoin Morgan’s England ran out winners in a closely-fought affair last time they played an ODI against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley in 2016.
The fixture, although not particularly high-scoring in comparison to recent matches, proved to be a thrilling encounter in front of a packed-out crowd. The supporters were treated to a spin masterclass from England duo Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who claimed five for 86 off their allocated 20 overs, ensuring that Pakistan could not push on to a big total.
The then Pakistan captain Azhar Ali crafted a fine 80 from number three before Imad Wasim, batting at number eight, smashed 57 not out off just 41 balls to add some impetus to their innings. The sub-continental team were only able to post 247 for eight off their 50 overs, which was thought to be a below-par total at the time.
In reply, their bowling attack started well, pegging England back with four wickets inside the first 15 overs. The game seemed evenly poised at that stage, but Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow combined with Ben Stokes for a fifth wicket partnership of 103 to put the Three Lions back in the box seat. Stokes bludgeoned 69 off 70 balls, including six fours and two sixes, before falling to the spin of Imad Wasim with the score on 175.
England still needed 23 runs to win when Bairstow was run-out, having compiled an important 61 from 83 balls with four fours and a six. Moeen Ali combined with White Rose all-rounder David Willey to get England over the line with two overs to spare; Ali finishing on 45 not out.
Pakistan came back to win the final game of the series at Cardiff, but England took the five-match encounter four – one. The match at Emerald Headingley was played in front of a sold-out crowd, producing a phenomenal atmosphere that will be remembered by all in attendance.
The Club’s official photographers, SWPix, took one of the great photos, with the sun setting over the Western Terrace as the fixture headed towards its conclusion…
Emerald Headingley will host the Fifth Royal London ODI between England and Pakistan on Sunday 19th May 2019. The fixture will be the last competitive game before they begin their World Cup campaigns and both sides will be looking to make a statement. Pakistan are the current holders of the Champions Trophy after winning it on British shores in 2017, whilst England are the current world number one side, which suggests we could be in for a fiercely competitive fixture.
Tickets for the game start from just £40 for adults and £20 for juniors allowing supporters to enjoying a family-fun day at reasonable prices. It will also be the first opportunity for supporters to sit in the brand new, state-of-the-art, Emerald Stand with incredible views from behind the bowler’s arm, and padded seating for extra comfort.