Pakistan wins 5th ODI against England to avoid whitewash
Sarfraz Ahmed scored 90 before holding out to spinner Liam Dawson. Photograph: (Getty)
Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik strung a crucial fourth-wicket partnership in Cardiff to help Pakistan avoid a whitewash against England in the 5-match ODI series.
Ahmed's 90 and Malik's 77 came when Pakistan, chasing England's score of 303, were reeling at 77 for the loss of three wickets.
Earlier, England, who scored 444 runs in the previous match, looked due for another mammoth score when they reached 244 for five off 40 overs.
But Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir choked the slog overs, allowing England to score just 58 more in the last ten overs.
England were at a healthy stage till the 40th over thanks to Jason Roy's 87 and Ben Stokes 75, which was incidentally his highest score in an ODI.
"I'm really happy the team performed as it's been a tough series," said Ahmed, who was adjudged the man of the match.
A relieved Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said his team wanted to finish on a high.
England skipper Eoin Morgan, meanwhile, had no qualms in tinkering with his squad, referring to the selection of spinner Liam Dawson in the squad.