The International Cricket Council (ICC) have suspended England skipper Eoin Morgan from the fourth ODI against Pakistan. Meanwhile, the apex body found guilty of a slow-over rate in the third match of the series against on May 14 (Tuesday) where the host won by six wickets.
ICC suspend Morgan for slow-over rate
England were ruled to have been two overs behind the rate during their victory in Bristol. Eoin Morgan, having been found guilty of a similar offence against the Windies in February, has copped a one-match ban and been fined 40 per cent of his match fee. Moreover, his teammates have also been fined 20 per cent of their match fees. Morgan used just seven over from their spinners during Pakistan’s innings and took four hours to complete their 50 overs. However, suspension and demerit points from bilateral series are not carried over into global tournaments.
The sanction comes when England are in red-hot form with weeks to go for the ICC World Cup 2019. He will have to watch the fourth of the five-match ODI series from outside although his side have an unassailable 2-0 lead. England management will have to be vigilant about the slow-over rat as it can be costly in a high-voltage tournament like the World Cup.
Bairstow-Roy help England chase massive target
The host nation defeated Pakistan by six wickets in a high-scoring encounter at Bristol to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series on May 14 (Tuesday). The host chased 359 runs set by Pakistan with 31 balls to spare.
Chasing a mammoth target, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started on the fifth gear. It was raining fours and sixes in Bristol and both the openers launched a carnage against Pakistan bowlers. However, against the run of play, Faheem Ashraf finally ended the staggering stand of 159 in just over 17 overs getting the better of Roy (76). Soon after, Bairstow completed his century before getting out. Ben Stokes and Joe Root led the charge before Moeen Ali, and Eoin Morgan finished it off in style.
Previously, Imam-ul-Haq played an outstanding knock to power Pakistan to post 358 runs on the scoreboard. The visitors were struggling at one point reeling at 27 for two losing Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam within the first five overs. But Imam-ul-Haq combined well with the next three batters to help Pakistan post a mammoth target on the board.