Pakistan were swept away by a belligerent performance from England in the 5-match ODI series last time they toured the country. Always unable to weather the storm of the English batsmen, Pakistan faced crushing defeat in 4 consecutive matches before ending the series with a solitary win.
Although the series certainly demoralized the team and jeopardized Azhar Ali’s captaincy, it was fondly remembered as perhaps Sarfaraz Ahmed’s most consistent run in white ball cricket. While all the other touring batsmen failed to make any impact, it was Sarfaraz who churned out exceptional knocks when his team was in trouble.
He ended up being the highest run-scorer across both sides, accumulating 300 runs at an average of 60 and strike rate of 91.7. The highlights of ODI form in that series was when he conjured up a majestic century after Pakistan’s top order was toppled for a score of 2/3.
His aggressive 90 off 73 deliveries capped off a win for Pakistan as they chased a total in excess of 300. One distinct feature of that series was that Sarfaraz opted to bat at the no.5 position, reaping immense rewards.