Root credits England bowlers for win


Joe Root may have walked away with the man-of-the-match award but he praised England's bowlers for Saturday's four-wicket win at Lord's.

Root scored 89 from 108 balls as England took a 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day international series after chasing down Pakistan's 251.

England once again delivered with the bat thanks to Root and captain Eoin Morgan (68) but the former singled out the hosts' bowling attack after Mark Wood (3-46) and Chris Woakes (3-42) reduced Pakistan to 2-3 early in the innings.

Liam Plunkett (2-50) and Adil Rashid (1-51) were the other wicket-takers.

"Credit to the bowlers today - they were outstanding, especially first up. To set the tone like that was brilliant," Root said.

"You are always striving for perfection. Both times this series we have chased and known what we need to do and we have gone out and done it. Good teams find ways of winning."

After Sarfraz Ahmed (105) helped Pakistan post a competitive total, England then lost Jason Roy off just the second ball of the innings.

Alex Hales (14) also departed cheaply, but Root, Morgan and Ben Stokes (42 off 30 deliveries) lifted England to victory with 15 balls remaining.

"It was a clinical performance from the boys. It probably only did a bit for the first few overs but we made it count with early wickets. Mark Wood is bowling really well at the moment," Morgan added.

"It is great to get some runs and contribute to a win. It is important that we don't take the position we find ourselves for granted. We have important games on Tuesday and Thursday and we need to build on the progress we've made."

Despite suffering a second consecutive defeat, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said: "We bat deep and have good bowling options. The guys coming in are suited to the new style of one-day game. We can take a lot of positives from this game."