Arriving into the match on the back of two comprehensive defeats, Pakistan were desperately hoping for a change in their fortunes. However, what eventually transpired only managed to worsen the situation to unimaginable levels as England made merry on a batting beauty to break one record after another.
After the home side won the toss, Alex Hales sprung back to life and took center stage in front of a massive crowd with a blisteringly effective knock. Alongside the prolific Joe Root, the opener ripped Pakistan’s bowling attack to shreds even as the visitors made matters worse for themselves with sustained atrociousness on the field.
Even though the duo departed in quick succession, skipper Eoin Morgan joined hands with wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler to pile on the agony. Facing an improbable target, Sharjeel Khan attempted to return the favor with a quick fire start. But when his stay ended, Pakistan continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and handed over an unassailable series lead to the hosts.
Let us take a look at the most important statistics from the record-breaking encounter.
1 – England became the first team to post scores of 111, 222, 333 and 444 in ODI history. The number 111 and its multiples are affectionately referred as ‘Nelson’ in cricket parlance.
2 – Number of teams who have not conceded 400 or more runs in an ODI yet. With Pakistan removing themselves from the club, only England and Bangladesh still remain.
3 – Hundred-plus scores for Hales in his last seven innings. Aside from 112, 133* and 171, the right-hander’s other scores read 4,0, 7 and 14.
4 – Number of 125-plus scores by England batsmen in this calendar year which is their most. They had managed 3 such scores in 2012 and 2015.
4 – Number of 150-plus scores by all batsmen against Pakistan in ODIs. Hales joined Virat Kohli (183 in 2012) and Brian Lara who did it twice (156 in 2005 and 153 in 1993).
5 – Consecutive fifty-plus scores for Root in ODIs. He became the sixth England batsman to achieve this feat after Geoffrey Boycott, Graham Gooch, Alec Stewart, Jonathan Trott and Hales.
7 – Instances wherein a team had more than one 150-plus partnership in an ODI innings. This was England’s first such effort with six of those seven matches occurring since 2013.
11 – Games won by England in their last 12 ODIs against Pakistan. This was also their fourth consecutive bilateral series victory against them.
16 – Sixes hit by England in this match which is their most in an ODI. They had smashed 15 sixes against South Africa at Bloemfontein in 2016.
22 – Balls taken by Buttler to record his fifty which is the fastest by an England batsman. He moved past Paul Collingwood who had taken 24 deliveries against New Zealand at Napier in 2008 while Morgan also reaching his fifty in 24 deliveries in this match.
22 – Balls taken by Mohammad Amir to reach his second fifty in ODIs which is the joint-highest (alongside Abdur Razzaq) for a Pakistani batsman who is not named Shahid Afridi.
58 – Amir’s score in this match which is the highest by a number 11 in ODIs. No one had scored a fifty from this batting position before.
59 – Boundaries (43 fours and 16 sixes) smashed by England which is the joint-most in an ODI. Sri Lanka had also posted the same number of boundaries against Netherlands in 2006.
110 – Runs conceded by Wahab Riaz which is the second most by any bowler in an ODI after Australian seamer Mick Lewis had given away 113 runs against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006. Riaz also became the first Pakistani to go for more than 100 runs as well.
135 – Runs scored by England in their last 10 overs which is the most by them in a 50-over contest.
171 – Hales’ score in this match which is the highest ever individual score by an England batsman in ODIs. He overtook Robin Smith’s 167* against Australia at Edgbaston in 1993.
248 – Runs added by Hales and Root for the second-wicket which is the second highest for England after Andrew Strauss and Trott’s 250-run stand against Bangladesh in 2010.
280 – Deliveries needed for England for breaching the 400-mark which is the joint-quickest in ODI history alongside South Africa’s gargantuan effort against Australia at Johannesburg in 2006.
444 – England’s total which is the highest ever in ODIs. They went past Sri Lanka’s 443/9 against Netherlands in 2006. This was also the third-highest List-A total of all-time.
741 – The previous record for most runs by a pair of England batsmen for the second wicket in ODIs. Root and Hales have now more than 750 runs together which means that they eclipse Bell and Trott’s combination.