Alex Hales scores highest individual total for England of 171 © Getty Images
Alex Hales scores highest individual total for England of 171 © Getty Images

Hosts England played a historic innings, as they posted the highest team total with 444 runs, against visitors Pakistan, in the third of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday. Records galore on the day, as opener Alex Hales scores highest individual total for England, Jos Buttler scoring fastest half-century for England, while for Pakistan, it was sadness all-around, as Wahab Riaz posted the second worst bowling figures in the ODI, with none for 110. The big question now on everyone’s mind would be if Pakistan can make the match more historic by chasing it down. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2016, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

Earlier, England skipper Eoin Morgan won the coin toss, and had no hesitations in batting first on a track that looked flat, with no grass, and promised run feast, as he moved in with an unchanged squad, following the win from the last ODI at Lord’s, while for Pakistan, it was another loss in the coin toss, as skipper Azhar Ali too said that he would have loved to bat first. “We’ll come hard and try to get a few wickets early on,” he added, as he made just a change in the side, and that too a forced one, with Imad Wasim missing out due to knee injury, thus making way for Mohammad Nawaz.

England started their innings by pushing in their regular openers in the form of Jason Roy and Hales. However, they were off to a poor start, as it was Roy, who was the first victim of the game, as he fell for mere 15 in the sixth over, with just 33 runs on the board, as Hasan Ali made him caught behind by Sarfaraz Ahmed. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs England 2016, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

Nevertheless, his departure lead to the early arrival of the in-form batsman Joe Root, who along with Hales was off to a steady start, while Hales took an aggressive approach, not allowing the Pakistan bowlers to settle down thereafter, and instead go after them early on in the innings, as England brought up their opening 50 runs within eight overs of their innings, while the opening powerplay of the opening 10 overs saw 64 runs come up.

Both the batsmen brought up the 50-run stand for the second wicket in 55 deliveries, as Hales contributed 28, Root contributed 21, along with an extra, while Hales to brought up his half-century in 55 deliveries as well, including six boundaries and a six, as he continued the same aggressive approach. Meanwhile, England also brought up their 100 runs within 18 overs, while the 100-run stand for the second wicket came in 99 deliveries, with Hales contributing 58, Root contributing 36, and six extras as well. PAK vs ENG Live Streaming 3rd ODI 2016

England then marched on to bring up their 150 runs within 23 overs, while Hales eventually rode on to bring up his fourth ODI century in just 83 balls, including 11 boundaries and four sixes, along with Root, who also scored his 17th half-century in 58 balls, including three boundaries. Both the mean also brought up their 150-run stand for the second wicket with Hales contributing 93, Root contributing 54, along with six extras.

That led England to score their 200 runs in just 30 overs, while both the men again rode hard to complete their 200-run stand for the second wicket, as Hales contributed 129, Root contributed 65, along with six extras again. In due course, Hales also managed to reach his maiden 150 in just 110 deliveries, including 18 boundaries and four sixes, while England also brought up their 250 runs within 35 overs.

Highest ODI team totals
Team Score Overs Against Venue Date
England 444/3 50 Pakistan Trent Bridge August 30, 2016
Sri Lanka 443/9 50 Netherlands Amstelveen July 4, 2006
South Africa 439/2 50 West Indies New Wanderers January 18, 2015
South Africa 438/9 49.5 Australia New Wanderers March 12, 2006
South Africa 438/4 50 India Wankhede October 25, 2015
Australia 434/4 50 South Africa New Wanderers March 12, 2006
South Africa 418/5 50 Zimbabwe Potchefstroom September 20, 2006
India 418/5 50 West Indies Indore December 8, 2011
Australia 417/6 50 Afghanistan WACA March 4, 2015
India 414/7 50 Sri Lanka Rajkot December 15, 2009

In the 36th over, Pakistan had a review for a leg-before on Hales, but was turned down with the ball pitching outside leg, and subsequently losing their only review of the match. Meanwhile, Hales went on to become the English batsman with the highest individual score in ODIs, as he went past Robin Smith’s record of 167. However, it was at the score of 171 in the 37th over, he was given leg before off Hasan Ali, while he went for the review, as it was turned down, thus England too losing their only review of the match.

Just a couple of runs later in the next over, Root too fell for 85 to Mohammad Nawaz, as he was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed. That led to the arrival of a couple of new batsmen on the crease in the form of Buttler and Eoin Morgan, as England brought up their 300 runs within 40 overs, while England brought up 245 runs at the end of the second powerplay. However, it was Buttler and Morgan, who went after the Pakistan bowlers again, as they brought up the 50-run stand in just 23 deliveries, with Buttler contributing 40, Morgan contributing 10, along with a couple extras.

It also eventually saw Buttler scoring his 10th ODI half-century, and the fastest by an English batsmen, in just 22 deliveries, including three boundaries and six sixes, England also reached their 350-run mark in 43 overs, while the 100-run stand between the two also came up in just 43 deliveries, with Buttler contributing 55, Morgan contributing 42, along with three extras. England also eventually brought up their 400 runs, for the second time in the history, in 47 overs, while Morgan too reached his 35th ODI half-century in just 24 deliveries, including thee boundaries and four sixes.

Nevertheless, England managed to hit it all over the park, also in the final over, as they broke the long record of the highest team total of 443, held by Sri Lanka, for 10 years, as England went past it and registered a new record team total, just a run more to bring it to 444 runs, as Pakistan were left speechless, reeling them with a mammoth 445 to be chased down in order to make this match more historic.

Brief scores

England 444 for 3 in 50 overs (Alex Hales 171, Jos Buttler 90*, Hasan Ali 2 for 74) vs Pakistan.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)