Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has slammed Pakistan for their “pathetic” performance in the first ODI of the three-match series against Ben Stokes-led side. The visitors lost the series opener by 9 wickets at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
After being asked to bat first, the Men in Green got off to a poor start as they were reduced to 17/3 inside four overs. The Pakistan batsmen failed to score heavily against England’s bowling attack, barring Fakhar Zaman, who managed to score 47 runs off 67 balls.
The Babar Azam-led team was bowled out for a below-par score of 141 runs in just 35.2 overs.
In reply, the hosts chased down the target without much fuss. All thanks to Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley who took the Pakistan bowlers to the cleaners.
While Malan played a brilliant innings of 68 runs off 69 balls, Crawley scored unbeaten 58.
Following England’s comfortable win in the first ODI, Vaughan took to his official Twitter handle and lashed out at Pakistan’s poor performance against what was England’s second-string squad.
“For England, to rock up only yesterday as a team and perform like they did tells us so much about the culture of the white ball team, very, very impressive. For Pakistan they were PATHETIC. It’s the only way to describe a performance like that,” the 46-year-old tweeted.
Earlier, he had slammed India after they lost to New Zealand in the finale of the World Test Championship in Southampton.