Solid batting from skipper Eoin Morgan (57 not out), Joe Root (47) and James Vince (36) saw England chase down Pakistan’s 173-6 with four balls to spare.
After their 50-over victory over Ireland on Friday, this has proved to be a successful start to England’s summer, one which features the ODI World Cup and the Ashes.
England have never lost a T20 international at Cardiff and that record was protected with a composed all-round display on a greenish Sophia Gardens strip.
Jofra Archer also gave another tantalising glimpse of his rich talents by taking 2-29 in the Pakistan innings.
In responding to Pakistan’s total, Ben Duckett fell early on his return to England colours for the first time since November 2016.
Duckett departed for nine when he drove Shaheen Afridi straight to Imad Wasim at mid-off, but Vince and Root played some sumptuous strokes to keep up with the rate.
Vince had made 36 from 27 balls when umpire Alex Wharf felt he had feathered a delivery from Wasim down the leg side.
The decision was upheld on review, with replays indicating the faintest of edges into the gloves of wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Morgan took 14 runs off three successive balls from Faheem Ashraf as England pressed home their advantage.
And, even when Root fell to another Sarfaraz catch, there was no sign of England letting victory slip.
Pakistan had earlier got out of a batting hole – after paceman David Willey nearly fell down one.
Babar Azam (65) and Haris Sohail (50) rescued Pakistan from a perilous 31-2 with some clean striking, but the innings will be remembered for an extraordinary incident at the start of the third over.
Willey was just about to reach the delivery crease when the ground gave way beneath him and a huge hole appeared in the Sophia Gardens turf.
Ground staff were able to repair the damage, apparently the result of a pitch box popping up, but Willey was fortunate to escape serious injury.
Ben Foakes failed to run out Fakhar Zaman early on after the Pakistan opener had been involved in a mix-up between the wickets with Babar, but England then enjoyed some success.
Fakhar failed to make the most of his lifeline as he drove Tom Curran into the covers and Morgan took an excellent catch above his head.
England were well on top as Archer impressed on his T20 international debut. The Barbardos-born paceman produced some wonderful variation, mixing slower balls with real snorters, and removed Imam-ul-Haq for seven.
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West Indies batsmen John Campbell and Shai Hope smashed the record for the highest partnership for the opening wicket in one-day internationals with a remarkable stand of 365 against Ireland in Dublin.
The efforts of Campbell and Hope exceeded the previous best of 304 set by Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in July last year.
Hope was first to his century while Campbell quickly followed to three figures – his first in international cricket – as the pair batted for all but 16 balls of the tourists’ 50 overs.
They were both out in the 48th over, Campbell the first to go on 179 when he top-edged Barry McCarthy to mid-off while Hope departed three balls later for 170 after slamming to deep square-leg.
Ireland had given England’s batting order problems on Friday but were powerless against the Windies, who finished on 381-3 at the start of the tri-series competition also involving Bangladesh.
The total is the second highest ODI score in the Windies’ history, having made 389 in a losing cause against England earlier this year.
Pakistan begin their tour of England with a one-off T20 on Sunday followed by a five-match ODI series. Whatever any side does from now is geared towards getting their team combination right for the main event which begins at the end of this month – the World Cup – and England and Pakistan are no different.
The 15-member squads for the showpiece event are already out. But those are by no means the final squads as teams can change it until the 23rd of this month without needing approval from the ICC. For both England and Pakistan, the upcoming white-ball clashes will be an opportunity to see who among those outside the 15-member World Cup squad can squeeze into it after the bilateral engagements and who among those already picked can be dispensed with.
Both sides have a player who is a potential match-winner and gamechanger, coming into the World Cup mix around the same time – at the beginning of the year. Barbadian quick Jofra Archer had been threatening to break into England’s team the moment he became eligible after the qualification period was reduced from seven years to three earlier this year. Archer wasn’t made to wait long, making his ODI debut against Ireland on Friday.
Pakistan have put their faith in teenage quick Mohammad Hasnain after the 19-year-old clocked 151kph during the Pakistan Super League at the start of the year and impressed everyone with his pace and hostility. Both quicks offer a lot but will still need to perform well in the coming weeks and also stave off competition within the team as they aim to be regular members of the squad at the World Cup.
The 24-year-old is easily the fastest bowler in the England squad. He was not selected for the World Cup despite widely being regarded as a shoe-in. England players like Chris Woakes, David Willey and Mark Wood had stated it was unfair for a player to simply walk into a squad that had worked together for four years to become No1.
But Archer offers what no other player in the team does – 150kph pace throughout 10 overs and the ability to bowl pinpoint yorkers on demand at the death. The right-arm quick showed his class during the IPL while playing for Rajasthan Royals, picking up 11 wickets from 11 games and going at an economy of just 6.7 after bowling 43 overs.
If Archer has a memorable series against Pakistan, he could take up the spot of almost any England seam bowler simply because of what he brings to the table. And yes, he is no mug with the bat either.
He is just 19. And like Archer, he is a 6 foot-plus quick who can crank it up past 150 clicks. And surprisingly in a country like Pakistan famous for churning out super fast quicks by the dozens, Hasnain is the only bowler in the scheme of things who can claim to do so on a consistent basis.
Hasnain made a lasting impression while bowling for eventual champions Quetta Gladiators in the PSL, consistently clocking over 90mph and picking up 12 wickets from seven games. What worked in his favour was that his franchise skipper was Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
The young tearwary quick made the World Cup cut despite having played just three ODIs till date. But he will still have to show that he has what it takes to warrant a place in the World Cup Playing XI as Pakistan decided to omit a proven match-winner like Mohammad Amir from the 15-member squad and asked the left-arm ace to prove his match readiness during the England series. If Hasnain can do what he is capable of against England, he will almost certainly start the World Cup.
Archer is 24 and Hasnain 19. Both have next to no international experience under their belts. Yet, both can be the X-factor their respective teams covet.