<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jonathan-bairstow/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jonny Bairstow</a>'s commanding hundred was the centrepiece of World Cup hosts <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">England</a>'s six-wicket win over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pakistan</a> in the third one-day international at Bristol on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p>England generally prefer batting first but captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/eoin-morgan/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eoin Morgan</a> decided to give them experience of chasing just weeks away from the World Cup by opting to field first after winning the toss. <p></p> <p></p>Bairstow's 128 in a score of 359/4 -- England's second highest winning total batting second in an ODI -- helped put the home side 2-0 up with two to play in a five-match series. <p></p> <p></p>Test captain Joe Root made 43 as Pakistan became increasingly ragged in the field, England winning with 31 balls -- or more than five overs -- to spare. Moeen Ali was 46 not out, with Morgan unbeaten on 17. <p></p> <p></p>(<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/pakistan-in-england-2019-200940/live-scores/england-vs-pakistan-live-cricket-score-3rd-odi-match-187171-full-scorecard.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>FULL SCORECARD: ENGLAND vs PAKISTAN, 3rd ODI</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p>The only downside for Morgan on Tuesday was that he risked being suspended for a slow over-rate -- England took four hours to bowl 50 overs. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/imam-ul-haq" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Imam-ul-Haq</a>'s excellent career-best 151 saw Pakistan to 358/9. That left England with a seemingly challenging target, particularly as they had rested Jos Buttler following his match-winning 110 not out in the second ODI at Southampton on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>But Bairstow and opening partner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jason-roy/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jason Roy</a>, who made 76 after Shaheen Shah Afridi dropped an easy chance to catch him at mid-off on 21, shared a blistering stand of 159 inside 18 overs. <p></p> <p></p>The pair took advantage of a good pitch, short boundaries, fast outfield and an inexperienced Pakistan attack -- Mohammad Amir was again ruled out with chicken pox -- to repeatedly send the ball soaring over the ropes. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_843919" align="alignnone" width="1000"]<img class="size-full wp-image-843919" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Imam-ul-Haq-151-Bristol.jpg" alt="Imam-ul-Haq 151 vs England" width="1000" height="667" /> Imam-ul-Haq scored 151, his sixth hundred in 27 ODIs and first against England. AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>"I was really pleased with that hundred," Bairstow told Sky Sports. "Coming back into English conditions after playing in the IPL (Indian Premier League) was a big change and it's nice to hit the ground running." <p></p> <p></p>Morgan added: "Roy and Bairstow were absolutely outstanding and really did set the platform." <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile Pakistan captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sarfraz-ahmed-2/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sarfraz Ahmed</a> took some consolation from his side's batting display. <p></p> <p></p>"The way we put runs on the board, I was very confident," he said. "But the bowling wasn't quite up to the mark." <p></p> <p></p>Roy set the tone for England's reply with a huge straight six off Afridi and flat-batted medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf's first ball straight back over the bowler's head for another. He eventually sliced Faheem to Asif Ali at cover-point, having hit eight fours and four sixes. <p></p> <p></p>Bairstow, dropped on 86 when Faheem could not hold a tough caught and bowled chance off a fierce drive, was severe on anything short and went to his seventh ODI hundred off 74 balls, including 12 fours and three sixes. He eventually fell when he bottom-edged a pull off Junaid Khan into his stumps, with England well on their way at 234 for two in the 29th over. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chris-woakes/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Chris Woakes</a> bolstered his chances of being included in England's final 15-man World Cup squad with four wickets for 67 runs in 10 overs. <p></p> <p></p>The Warwickshire paceman reduced Pakistan to 27/2, a full-length ball having Fakhar Zaman - fresh from a hundred at Southampton -- edging to Root at second slip before a sharp off-cutter bowled Babar Azam. But left-handed opener Imam went to his sixth hundred in 27 ODIs -- and first against England -- off 97 balls. <p></p> <p></p>The 23-year-old nephew of Pakistan great and selection chief Inzamam-ul-Haq, upped his tempo by driving left-arm quick David Willey for six. Imam surpassed his previous ODI best of 128 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo last year before he was bowled, giving himself room, by Curran. <p></p> <p></p>The 23-year-old's innings was the highest individual score by a Pakistan batsman against England in an ODI, surpassing the 138 made by Fakhar at Southampton.