England swept Pakistan 3-0 in their one-day international series after James Vince’s Century led the hosts to a three-wicket victory on Tuesday.
Vince’s first international hundred led England as they chased 332 at Edgbaston and overcame a 158 by Pakistani captain Babar Azam.
Vince’s 102 of 95 balls led a makeshift squad after England’s entire top ODI squad had to self-isolate after a COVID-19 outbreak just over a week ago the Sri Lanka series.
“I hadn’t given up on that moment, but this time last week I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Vince said.
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“I wasn’t sure it was coming. There was probably a realization that I wasn’t going to be on the team or be high in the pecking order, so I was delighted to have another opportunity.
Vince, 30, said scoring a hundred for his country “was one of my dreams growing up.”
“I don’t know when the next one will be or if there will be another one, but it was without a doubt one of the best days I have had,” he said.
England were 165-5 in the 24th before Vince shared a score of 129 with Lewis Gregory (77). Vince beat Haris Rauf (4-65) at the halfway point, and Gregory dominated a skier with 29 still required.
Craig Overton (18 not eliminated) and Brydon Carse (12 not eliminated) finished.
England chose to play first and Pakistan’s innings were built on Babar’s 179 partnership with Mohammed Rizwan, who scored 74 on 58 balls.
Babar hit triple digits in 104 balls, got there with two limits in three balls by shooting Carse (5-61) with authority, then in the middle of a compact shot.
Rizwan hit half a century on 42 balls and hit 158 on 139 balls.
England secured the long-awaited third wicket when Rizwan tackled a Carse leg-side bouncer but gave John Simpson a notch.
Carse picked up two more late wickets as the visitors rose to 309-5.
On the other side, Babar was on a career record 150 paces and survived a burnout attempt in the 48th.
Saqid Mahmood (3-60) finished his 10 overs with two wickets in as many balls.
Carse ultimately ended Babar’s entertaining stay, producing a rare miss at Dawid Malan.
The innings ended at 331-9, with six wickets falling over the last three overs.