Agency, 15 May : Jonny Bairstow smashed a sensational century as England coasted a chase of 359 to beat Pakistan by six wickets in the third one-day international in Bristol.
Bairstow clubbed 128 from 93 balls, supported by 76 from Jason Roy, Joe Root’s 43 and an unbeaten 46 by Moeen Ali.
It meant England completed their second-highest run-chase in ODIs, and best at home, with more than five overs to spare.
After England won a thrilling second game in Southampton on Saturday, Pakistan again played their part in the run-filled entertainment, with both sides taking advantage of the true pitch, short boundaries and lightning outfield.
Asked to bat first, the tourists piled on 358-9, led by Imam-ul-Haq’s composed 151.
But Pakistan had no answer to the Bairstow assault, England taking a 2-0 lead without rested trio Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer.
The home side can seal victory in the five-match series – their final one-day internationals before the World Cup begins on 30 May – at Trent Bridge on Friday.
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