England batsman Jonny Bairstow credits IPL experience after match-winning ton against Pakistan

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Jonny Bairstow's ton led England to an easy victory over Pakistan.

Jonny Bairstow reflected on his match-winning England century by admitting his Indian Premier League stint has taken his game to new heights.

Bairstow blasted his seventh one-day international ton – 128 from 93 balls – as England beat Pakistan by six wickets at Bristol to take a 2-0 series lead with two games to play.

The 29-year-old continues to impress after his recent spell for IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he scored 445 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.62.

“You’re able to learn different things from different coaches and different players,” said Bairstow, who opened the Sunrisers batting with Australian opener David Warner.

“It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas to potentially myself.

“I guess it’s method more than anything else.

“But learning from them, as well as the guys here, that can only be a good thing playing under pressure with expectation.”

Bairstow admitted he was furious with himself getting out with England closing in on an extraordinary victory, chasing down Pakistan’s 358 for nine.

The Yorkshireman angrily hit out at his stumps after he played on to Junaid Khan and some repair work was needed before the game could continue.

“I was cross because you want to see that through,” Bairstow said after England had achieved their second-highest successful ODI run chase.

“You want to be going on and getting 160 or 170, and potentially 200 and seeing your team through.

“That’s where we’re at as a group of players at the moment, having competition to go and get the 150s and 160s and beyond.

“We are backing ourselves and competition is healthy all the way through.

“That’s a good place to be and I was cross about it. But it shows how much I want to do well for this side.”

The only downside for England was that captain Eoin Morgan has risked a potential one-match ban for his side’s slow over rates.

England took nearly four hours to bowl their 50 overs, less than three months after they were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in Barbados.

Morgan was fined 20 per cent of his match fee from that game, his players received 10 per cent fines.

England knew that by committing another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months with Morgan as captain, that it would be deemed a second offence by the 32-year-old.

Morgan could now face a suspension, although it would not be a World Cup game with that tournament starting later this month.

Imam-ul-Haq’s 151 was the highest ODI score by a Pakistan player against England and the opener felt his side had a winning total.

“The score was enough, 360 was a really good total,” Imam said.

“We just lost a couple of catches that cost us and our bowlers did not stick to the plan.

“We came here in the Champions Trophy (in 2017) so we know what these wickets are like.

“We know England are going to come hard at us, and we have to bowl better and play better cricket to win.”

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Roy and Bairstow put on 159 and became England's most productive opening ODI partnership.

Jonny Bairstow’s century set up England’s second highest successful run chase as they claimed a six-wicket win over Pakistan and a 2-0 series lead in their One Day International series.

Pakistan had made 358 for nine on a welcoming Bristol pitch complete with small boundaries and a lightning-fast outfield.

It seemed an imposing target at the halfway stage, but nothing appears to faze this brutal England batting line-up and Bairstow resumed where Jos Buttler had left off at Southampton.

The Yorkshireman’s 128 from 93 balls steered England towards the fifth highest successful run chase in ODI history, and their second after the 364 scored to beat the West Indies in Barbados in February.

Buttler was rested after his weekend batting pyrotechnics had produced an unbeaten 110 from 55 balls – England’s second-fastest ODI hundred.

This time it was a different challenge after England, perhaps wishing to get some experience of chasing with the World Cup on the horizon, had won the toss and decided to bowl.

Roy and Bairstow had some early good fortune as Pakistan’s fielding failed to match their earlier efforts with the bat.

Bairstow, on four, gloved a pull off Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi failed to react quickly enough at short backward square.

Shaheen suffered further misery when Roy, on 21, hit Hasan straight to him at mid-off and he spilled the simplest of chances.

Those errors proved costly as Roy and Bairstow put on 159 and became England’s most productive opening ODI partnership into the bargain.

Their fourth 150 partnership was also the fastest one of such a nature, coming from 105 balls and eclipsing the 2008 record of New Zealand pair Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder.

Roy fell for 76 when he swatted Faheem Ashraf straight to Asif Ali at cover after hitting eight fours and four sixes in his 55-ball stay.

On his arrival after Roy’s departure, Joe Root was picked up by a pitch microphone asking umpire Paul Reiffel ‘How do you follow that?’

The answer was stand there and watch further carnage, as Bairstow completed his seventh ODI century and finished with 15 fours and five sixes before playing on to Junaid.

Ben Stokes was unluckily run out for 37 when Shaheen diverted Moeen Ali’s drive onto the stumps at the bowler’s end

But Moeen (46 not out) and captain Eoin Morgan (17 not out), who broke Paul Collingwood’s England record of ODI appearances by playing his 198th game, closed the victory out with 31 balls to spare.

Pakistan’s total was built around opener Imam-ul-Haq, whose majestic 151 was his sixth century in 27 ODI appearances.

The 23-year-old might cut an unusual figure at the crease as he bats in spectacles, but he only had eyes for a ball that he regularly sent to the boundary.

Imam carries the burden of being the nephew of Pakistan great and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, but there is no denying he is a fine player in his own right.

He struck 16 fours and a six and now possesses the highest ODI score by a Pakistan player against England.

Chris Woakes was the pick of the England bowlers and finished with figures of 4-67, his 11th four-wicket ODI haul.

Woakes found early movement to dismiss Fakhar Zaman – who had made 138 at Southampton – and Babar Azam and leave Pakistan 27 for two in the fifth over.

Pakistan recovered with two 50 partnerships, although Haris Sohail’s run-a-ball 41 could have been so much more.

Haris was punished for some awful running between the wickets, the nifty footwork of Tom Curran leaving him stranded when a little bit of urgency or a final dive would have saved him.

Sarfaraz Ahmed chipped in with 27 and Imam and Asif Ali, who made an ODI best of 52, put on 125 for the fifth wicket.

Woakes’ return briefly stunted Pakistan’s late push for runs until Hasan Ali provided further impetus with an unbeaten 18 from nine balls.

But England coasted home and now head to Trent Bridge on Friday 2-0 ahead with two games to play.

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England's Liam Plunkett.

England bowler Liam Plunkett has been exonerated of tampering with the ball during the second ODI against Pakistan.

A short clip from Saturday’s match at the Ageas Bowl attracted the attention of Twitter users, with the 34-year-old seen rubbing his fingers along the surface of the Kookaburra ball.

The player himself is understood to have raised the issue after becoming aware of it and was cleared by umpires Chris Gaffaney and Paul Reiffel, in accordance with match referee Richie Richardson.

A short ICC statement read: “The ICC has confirmed that the match officials are comfortable there was no attempt by Liam Plunkett to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over-by-over examinations of the ball throughout Saturday’s ODI clash in Southampton.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board declined to comment but is understood to be content that Plunkett has no case to answer.

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