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England beat Pakistan 4-1

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Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik shared a record stand to earn Pakistan a four-wicket win in the fifth one-day international, at Cardiff, and deny England an historic whitewash. 

Pakistan, set 303 to avoid the ignominy of a 5-0 series defeat, slipped to 77-3 in reply as Mark Wood removed Babar Azam (31) and Azhar Ali (33) in three balls only for Sarfraz (90) and Malik (77) to counter-attack with a 163-run partnership - the highest for Pakistan's fourth-wicket against England.

Debutant Liam Dawson revived England's hopes by removing both in quick succession but Mohammad Rizwan (34no) closed out the match, with Swansea-born Imad Wasim striking the winning boundary.

Despite the defeat, England's 4-1 series victory represents a remarkable turnaround in their white-ball fortunes only a little under 18 months after they crashed out of the 2015 World Cup to Bangladesh.

Their steady start was kept in check by the departure of Alex Hales (23 off 15) - deceived by a Mohammad Amir (3-50) cutter - and Joe Root (nine), bowled off the inside edge on the drive by Hasan Ali, who claimed career-best figures of 4-60.

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Jason Roy (87 off 89 balls) capitalised in particular on some short deliveries from Umar Gul and continued to pick off anything leg-side with ease after Eoin Morgan toe-ended a full toss back to Imad (1-33).

The Surrey opener brought up his fifth fifty in 30 ODIs with a reverse sweep just out of fine leg's reach, getting there off 49 balls, before nailing a sweep off Shoaib Malik to claim his eighth four.

Ben Stokes (75 off 76) rode his luck early on - surviving a tough stumping chance off the ever-probing Imad before the spinner unsuccessfully reviewed a 'not out' lbw decision, replays showing the ball pitching the smallest of fractions outside leg as the all-rounder tried to reverse sweep.

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Roy easily outscored his partner as Stokes scored 11 off his first 32 balls, dismissing Malik for two straight sixes before top-edging Amir's slower-ball bouncer to deep square.

Stokes stepped it up, striking two sixes down the ground off Nawaz in a fifth-wicket stand of 55 off 61 balls with Jonny Bairstow, who drove well in a 36-ball 33 before ballooning Umar Gul to backward point as he attempted to ramp.

There was hilarity in the England camp when Stokes inside-edged Gul into his box, the all-rounder rallying after a lengthy recovery spell to reach his 50 off 63 balls with four down ground off Imad.

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Shortly after tickling Nawaz for four to post his highest score in ODIs, Stokes' second successive fifty came to an end as he picked out fine leg off Hasan.

That was the first of four wickets to fall in the final 10 overs - a spell in which England added just 10 overs - as Amir and Hasan worked the middle of the pitch, mixing up their speed to great effect.

Pakistan needed a crackerjack start to their innings but lost dynamic opener Sharjeel Khan for just 10 when he drove Chris Woakes to mid-off.

Babar showed some rare touches, none more so than when he stroked Woakes through the off-side for four before dabbing the next delivery to the third man rope.

He and Azhar compiled a 54-run stand at just over six-an-over before both were undone by the extra pace of Wood - Babar bowled by a ball delivered from wider of the crease, Azhar tickling a short ball through to Bairstow who won the decision by insisting on a review.

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But - not for the first time - Sarfraz breathed new life into Pakistan's innings, sweeping Dawson's first ball for four and attacking the debutant with venom. As an audition for a place on this winter's tours to Bangladesh and India, an initial return for the Hampshire spinner of 0-41 off four overs was far from convincing.

Sarfraz posted his fifty off 44 balls, bringing up a 93-ball 100 stand up in the process with Malik, who also reached his half-century at a decent lick, off 49 deliveries.

England lost their review appealing unsuccessfully for lbw against Sarfraz and with Pakistan needing 65 runs off the final 13 overs with seven wickets in hand, an away win seemed odds-on.

Dawson's second spell shifted the momentum again, though, as Sarfraz attempted to hit against the spin and miscued to Hales at mid-on before Malik tried to hit a second successive six down the ground and picked out Roy pushed back at mid-off.

When Bairstow swooped to run out Nawaz at the striker's end with a direct hit, Pakistan had lost three wickets for 26 runs but England's hopes of an unbeaten summer in white-ball cricket were undone as Rizwan and Imad held their nerve.

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