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England heavily beaten in 1st ODI


England were well beaten in the first one-day international as Mohammad Hafeez’s unbeaten century led Pakistan to a six-wicket win in Abu Dhabi.Set only 217 to win, Pakistan were reduced to 41-3 by Reece Topley’s three wickets, only for Hafeez’s 102 not out to seal the win with 38 balls to spare.Earlier, England were reduced to 14-3, then looked well set when Eoin Morgan (76) and James Taylor (60) shared 133.But the tourists lost five wickets for 33 runs and were bowled out for 216.England’s one-day cricket during the home summer was much improved, but this defeat in the first of the four-match series was more in keeping with the performances of a dismal World Cup.As well as the failure with the bat, only Topley provided a constant threat with the ball.In contrast, Pakistan’s trio of pace bowlers and leg-spinner Yasir Shah were excellent, the hosts’ fielding was electric and Hafeez imperious.


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