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Pakistan sweep to nine-wicket Twenty20 win over England

• Pakistan, 139-1, beat England, 135-7, by 9 wickets
• Pakistan end tour with a flourish of fours and sixes

Pakistan’s goodwill tour of England ended in an avalanche of fours and sixes and with an emphatic nine-wicket victory in the solitary Twenty20 international as a packed out Old Trafford that was predominately decked out in the green of the visitors throbbed and crackled all night.

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Pakistan sweep to nine-wicket Twenty20 win over England

• Pakistan, 139-1, beat England, 135-7, by 9 wickets
• Pakistan end tour with a flourish of fours and sixes

Pakistan’s goodwill tour of England ended in an avalanche of fours and sixes and with an emphatic nine-wicket victory in the solitary Twenty20 international as a packed out Old Trafford that was predominately decked out in the green of the visitors throbbed and crackled all night.

Related: England v Pakistan: T20 international – as it happened

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England v Pakistan: T20 international – live!

8.44am BST

Daniel will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Ali Martin’s match preview:

Eoin Morgan will lead his side out in Manchester on Wednesday night for a one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan and what could yet prove to be the England captain’s final international of the year, should he decide the tour to Bangladesh is not for him for security reasons.

It was before the eight-wicket T20 win against Sri Lanka in July, shortly after the terrorist attack in Dhaka in which 20 hostages were killed, that Morgan first voiced some trepidation about the first leg of the winter , speaking of “quite a big concern” and adding: “We have always left the big decisions to the ECB.”

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Eoin Morgan still hesitant over Bangladesh but Chris Jordan committed

• England’s white-ball captain to decide on tour after T20 against Pakistan
• ‘If selected, I will definitely go,’ says Jordan, following Bairstow and Moeen

Eoin Morgan will lead his side out in Manchester on Wednesday night for a one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan and what could yet prove to be the England captain’s final international of the year, should he decide that the tour to Bangladesh is not for him because of security reasons.

It was before the eight-wicket T20 win against Sri Lanka in July, shortly after the terrorist attack in Dhaka in which 20 hostages were killed, that Morgan first voiced some trepidation about the first leg of the winter , speaking of “quite a big concern” and adding: “We have always left the big decisions to the ECB.”

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The best England ODI team ever? Until now it was a fight to be the worst | The Spin

Eoin Morgan’s dazzling one-day team have been lauded as the best ever from these shores, but on closer inspection it seems the competition for that title was perhaps a little limited

The best, the greatest, the swashbucklingest, the most front-leg-clearing, sightscreen-peppering, bat-swishing white-ball warriors England has ever produced. When it comes to talking about this breezy, fun, adrenal England 50-over team, it seems in the end we all turn into Don King.

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Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik avert whitewash by England

• Fifth ODI: England 302-9; Pakistan 304-6
• Pakistan win by four wickets; England win ODI series 4-1

The anticipated whitewash was denied England by a Pakistan side whose spirit after a long and taxing tour cannot be questioned. After Pakistan were set 303 for victory on a slate-grey, rather than Bible-black day in Wales, Sarfraz Ahmed, retaining the jauntiness that has been his ally all tour, combined with Shoaib Malik to overhaul the target. This was a performance of great resilience from tourists who have made many friends this summer.

Pakistan won by four wickets with 10 balls to spare. Sarfraz, forever improvising and hitting his first six in 1,000 balls of ODI cricket, ensured his side were always up with the rate. His 90 came from 73 balls. His partnership with Shoaib, whose 77 was, by a margin of 39 runs, his highest score in England in 35 innings in all the various formats, was worth a vital 163 runs.

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England v Pakistan: fifth one-day international – live!

10.56am BST

6th over: England 42-1 (Roy 15, Root 0) The bad news for Pakistan – and Hasan Ali, on for Umar Gul – is that Joe Root is now at the wicket. His first ball elicits an lbw appeal and costs four leg byes, but otherwise a single off the over is a decent effort.

“In 1997 I began preparing the project to circumvent the threat of Y2K, or the Millennium Bug (yes, it was real and did have adverse effects in cases personally known to me).But saying England have been undefeated: I know you mean in terms of the series but there was Pakistan’s press-up routine at Lord’s wasn’t there? You wouldn’t want to look back in 2035 and forget that.

10.54am BST

5th over: England 37-1 (Roy 14, Root 0) Gosh, Pakistan needed that.

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England v Pakistan: fifth one-day international – live!

10.56am BST

6th over: England 42-1 (Roy 15, Root 0) The bad news for Pakistan – and Hasan Ali, on for Umar Gul – is that Joe Root is now at the wicket. His first ball elicits an lbw appeal and costs four leg byes, but otherwise a single off the over is a decent effort.

“In 1997 I began preparing the project to circumvent the threat of Y2K, or the Millennium Bug (yes, it was real and did have adverse effects in cases personally known to me).But saying England have been undefeated: I know you mean in terms of the series but there was Pakistan’s press-up routine at Lord’s wasn’t there? You wouldn’t want to look back in 2035 and forget that.

10.54am BST

5th over: England 37-1 (Roy 14, Root 0) Gosh, Pakistan needed that.

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England face testing touring decisions for Bangladesh and India | Vic Marks

The selectors have a tricky task for the two winter series with some players still to confirm they will go to Bangladesh and an extra spinner for India yet to stand out

Just a few loose ends remain of the international summer. On Sunday there is the final one-day international in Cardiff and if England win – or tie – against Pakistan this will be the first time since 1998 that the 50-over team have been unbeaten in an English season – thanks to Liam Plunkett smashing the last ball of the first match against Sri Lanka for six back in June.

Then there is Wednesday’s T20 match at Old Trafford, which England are obviously eager to win since they have retained all their big guns. Whatever the opposition – and there is no doubt now about the limitations of Pakistan – England are a formidable white-ball side. But for a calamitous final over back in April in Kolkata they would be World T20 champions; now they are among the favourites for next year’s Champions Trophy.

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Jonny Bairstow admits he could miss out again despite England heroics

• Stand-in wicketkeeper stars in ODI victory over Pakistan at Headingley
• Bairstow could be replaced by Jos Buttler in next match

Jonny Bairstow discovered he was playing at Headingley only half an hour before the start of play but, despite his man-of-the-match showing in England’s four-wicket victory over Pakistan, he admitted he could easily drop out again come Sunday.

A tight hamstring and quad muscle reported by their first-choice wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler, during the pre-match warm-up for the fourth one-day international led to the Yorkshireman being parachuted into the side on his home ground at the last minute.

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Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali see England home to 4-0 lead

• Pakistan 247-8; England 252-6. England win by 4 wickets
• Hosts go 4-0 up in five-match series

After the three one-sided affairs between England and Pakistan that culminated in a blizzard of records being broken at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, the fourth instalment at a sold-out and boisterous Headingley two days later, while still ending up as a victory for the home side, at least produced a contest.

Jonny Bairstow, playing his first match of the series as a late replacement for the injured Jos Buttler, struck 61 from 83 balls that, along with a typically belligerent 69 from Ben Stokes, allowed Eoin Morgan’s side to chase down 248 under the beaming White Rose floodlights with 12 balls to spare.

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Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali see England home to 4-0 lead

• Pakistan 247-8; England 252-6. England win by 4 wickets
• Hosts go 4-0 up in five-match series

After the three one-sided affairs between England and Pakistan that culminated in a blizzard of records being broken at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, the fourth instalment at a sold-out and boisterous Headingley two days later, while still ending up as a victory for the home side, at least produced a contest.

Jonny Bairstow, playing his first match of the series as a late replacement for the injured Jos Buttler, struck 61 from 83 balls that, along with a typically belligerent 69 from Ben Stokes, allowed Eoin Morgan’s side to chase down 248 under the beaming White Rose floodlights with 12 balls to spare.

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England v Pakistan: fourth ODI – live!

Live updates from the fourth one-day international at HeadingleyEmail rob.smyth@theguardian.com with your thoughtsEngland run through bowling options with series wonCounty cricket live! Hampshire v Yorkshire and more 2.29pm BST 7th over: Pakistan 29-1…

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England resist urge to rest players in full-strength T20 squad for Pakistan

• Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood are all named in strong squad
• Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan miss out

England have resisted the urge to rest key players and have announced a full-strength squad for the one-off Twenty20 match against Pakistan at Old Trafford on 7 September.

Related: Alex Hales and England rewrite record books in thumping win over Pakistan

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Alex Hales and England rewrite record books in thumping win over Pakistan

• England make 444 for three – the highest ever ODI total – in 169-run victory
• Hales smashes 171 – the biggest score by an England batsman in an ODI
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In the Trent Bridge torture chamber the Pakistan bowlers were frazzled. Their chief tormentor was Alex Hales, who hit England’s highest ever score in ODI cricket, a majestic 171 surpassing Robin Smith’s unbeaten 167 at Edgbaston in 1993 against Australia, which was not enough to win the game.

Hales, however, ended up on the happier side here as England won by 169 runs.

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Alex Hales and England rewrite record books in thumping win over Pakistan

• England make 444 for three – the highest ever ODI total – in 169-run victory
• Hales smashes 171 – the biggest score by an England batsman in an ODI
View the full scorecard here

In the Trent Bridge torture chamber the Pakistan bowlers were frazzled. Their chief tormentor was Alex Hales, who hit England’s highest ever score in ODI cricket, a majestic 171 surpassing Robin Smith’s unbeaten 167 at Edgbaston in 1993 against Australia, which was not enough to win the game.

Hales, however, ended up on the happier side here as England won by 169 runs.

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England v Pakistan: third ODI – live!

1.32pm BST

Eoin Morgan has no hesitation in deciding that an unchanged England will bat first on a glorious looking sunny day. Morgan swashes away questions about Bangladesh – ‘we’ve still got 10 days’ – and just says ‘today is a day for playing cricket’. Azhar Ali says he would have batted first also on this pitch, though he reckons it will still be a decent enough surface to bat second on.

1.15pm BST

Bits and bobs: In other news, New Zealand are currently toiling at 69 for four in pursuit of an already unreachable-looking target of 400 in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion, though given that they were seven for four at one point, it could be even worse.

Alastair Cook has confirmed his place on the tour of Bangladesh, and Ian Bell has signed up for the Big Bash but hasn’t ruled out fluttering his eyelashes and beckoning an England return should he get back near his best.

Related: County cricket talking points: Yorkshire beat Notts to keep pressure on Middlesex

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England v Pakistan: third ODI – live!

1.32pm BST

Eoin Morgan has no hesitation in deciding that an unchanged England will bat first on a glorious looking sunny day. Morgan swashes away questions about Bangladesh – ‘we’ve still got 10 days’ – and just says ‘today is a day for playing cricket’. Azhar Ali says he would have batted first also on this pitch, though he reckons it will still be a decent enough surface to bat second on.

1.15pm BST

Bits and bobs: In other news, New Zealand are currently toiling at 69 for four in pursuit of an already unreachable-looking target of 400 in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion, though given that they were seven for four at one point, it could be even worse.

Alastair Cook has confirmed his place on the tour of Bangladesh, and Ian Bell has signed up for the Big Bash but hasn’t ruled out fluttering his eyelashes and beckoning an England return should he get back near his best.

Related: County cricket talking points: Yorkshire beat Notts to keep pressure on Middlesex

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Ben Stokes back with the ball as England look to seal Pakistan series

• England lead five-match ODI series 2-0
• Ben Stokes fit to bowl for first time since calf injury during second Test in July

England have the chance to win the ODI series and insure against any possibility of losing the not desperately coveted Super Series at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

It is a floodlit match and therefore Eoin Morgan may be tempted to bat first if he wins his first toss of the series, even though England have enjoyed two victories in which they have cantered past their target when batting second without having to break sweat or chew nails. On the evidence of the series to date the punters at Trent Bridge will welcome England batting first in the hope of a bit of swashbuckling from the batsmen. There has not been much of that so far.

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Ben Stokes: I’m fit and ready to bowl for England in third ODI if needed

All-rounder is uncomfortable in the field if there is no chance of bowling but can now give the captain, Eoin Morgan, more options with the ball against Pakistan

England’s two one-day victories against Pakistan have been so straightforward that even one of their most gung-ho cricketers is warning against any complacency throughout the rest of the series.

Related: Pakistan’s Ol’ Man Misbah cements his legend by just saying nuthin’ | Rob Smyth

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