Cricket Prediction : With a 52-run victory over Pakistan, England wins the ODI series.

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(Reuters) – LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) – The second one-day international between England and Pakistan was won by England’s second-string team by 52 runs at Lord’s on Saturday, giving England an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan were bowled out for 195 in 41 overs as all five England bowlers took up wickets in a contest shortened to 47 overs a side after weather delayed the start.

Pakistan’s top four batters combined for only 35 runs as they struggled to form partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Saqib Mahmood of England, who took four wickets in the first ODI, was the pick of the bowlers again, with Babar Azam trapped leg before and Mohammad Rizwan caught behind, while Lewis Gregory finished with 3-44.

With his maiden ODI fifty (56) and a quick-fire 31 — including 22 runs in one over — Pakistan’s lone warrior offered fight. Fast bowler Hasan Ali also hit a quick-fire 31 before holeing out to Craig Overton in the deep.

Pakistan had won the toss and decided to bowl first, and Ali took advantage of the gloomy circumstances to take his fourth five-for in ODIs (5-51) and win a place on the Lord’s ODI honours board.

Before being dismissed by Shakeel and Shadab Khan, Salt completed his maiden ODI half-century in 41 balls while Vince reached his fifty in 36 balls.

In rapid order, Ali removed captain Ben Stokes (22), John Simpson (17), and Overton (England’s third batter for a duck), but Gregory (40) and Brydon Carse (31) thwarted the tourists with a 69-run partnership to produce a competitive score.

The inaugural One-Day International was won by England by nine wickets. The third One-Day International will be played at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

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