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England v Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed & Shoaib Malik seal Cardiff win

England missed the chance for a series whitewash as Pakistan earned a consolation four-wicket win in the fifth one-day international in Cardiff. Chasing 303, Pakistan slipped to 77-3 before Sarfraz Ahmed (90) and Shoaib Malik (77) shared 163.

Despite a late wobble, the tourists got home with 10 balls to spare. England’s 302-9 came via 87 from Jason Roy and Ben Stokes’ 75, but they took only 42 runs off the last eight overs in a slide of five wickets for 64.

They were stifled by some impressive pace bowling from Hasan Ali, who took 4-60, and Mohammad Amir (3-50). Eoin Morgan’s men also gifted wickets as a result of their desire to attack whatever the situation – a new approach to one-day cricket that has brought a dramatic improvement and spectacular results since the 2015 World Cup, including the record-breaking total of 444-3 in the third ODI.

England end the series as 4-1 winners, missing out on a first 5-0 home whitewash, and complete their summer with a T20 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.(BBC,2016)