Morgan delights in Sharjah victory


Captain Eoin Morgan hailed England's six-wicket triumph over Pakistan in Sharjah as "a huge step forward" and lavished praise on the match-winning partnership between James Taylor and Jos Buttler.

England's fifth-wicket pair shared an unbroken stand of 117 on Tuesday to ensure their side took full advantage of a dismal Pakistan batting collapse.

The designated hosts slumped from 132-2 to 208 all out amid a series of run-outs and loose strokes.

However, England were wobbling at 93-4 in reply before Taylor and Buttler contributed 67 and 49 respectively, ushering in victory with nine overs to spare.

Morgan's men now lead the four-match series 2-1 ahead of the final ODI in Dubai on Friday.

"The performance was hugely satisfying," said Morgan at the post-match presentation.

"The pitch turned a lot more than we expected it to and I thought the partnership between Buttler and Taylor was outstanding. It's a huge step forward for us."

Taylor marked his return to England's Test team at the beginning of the month with an innings of 76 in Sharjah, while this latest knock represented his second half-century in the ODI series.

"Every role we've given him in the team so far, he's excelled in - and tonight was no different," added Morgan.

"They [Taylor and Buttler] didn't allow the Pakistan bowlers to bowl as they would have liked. It was a magnificent win for us."