England vs Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq taken to hospital after being hit by a Mark Wood short ball
The Pakistan think tank had their hearts in their mouths after Imam-Ul-Haq walked off the field with an elbow injury during the series-deciding 4th ODI against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday. Imam was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays but to everyone’s relief, he returned to bat towards the end of the Pakistan innings, signalling that there was no fracture.
Imam was hit flush on his left elbow by an 89 MPH delivery from Mark Wood, which rose from a length during the fourth over of the match after England’s stand-in captain Jos Buttler invited Pakistan to bat first. Imam was batting on 3.
The ball struck Imam’s left elbow after he missed an attempted pull shot. The young left-hander appeared to be in a lot of pain and immediately hit the grounds after the impact. The physios rushed in and he was advised to retire hurt as Babar Azam walked in to bat.
Pakistan coach Micky Arthur understandably had his hand on his head seeing Imam walk off the field as the opener is one of Pakistan’s mainstays going into the World Cup. Imam struck a sparkling century in a losing cause in the previous ODI in Bristol.
Meanwhile, Jason Roy hit a superb century and Ben Stokes carried them home as they beat Pakistan by three wickets at Trent Bridge on Friday, surviving a middle-order wobble to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
Babar Azam’s century helped Pakistan reach a respectable 340-7 in their 50 overs, yet once again a decent total proved inadequate for the tourists as England wrapped up victory after a tense finale with three balls to spare.
Having hunted down a 359-run target with ease in Bristol in the third ODI, England steadily chipped away at Pakistan’s total with Roy leading the charge, bringing up his eighth ODI century in 75 balls.
At that point, the hosts looked set for another routine win on a ground where they had twice scored more than 400 in the last three years.
Yet when Roy departed for 114 with England on 201-2 their momentum ground to a halt as they lost three further wickets for another 15 runs with Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali departing for ducks.
All-rounder Stokes rode to the rescue, however, smacking 71 not out off 64 balls, assisted by 31 from Tom Curran, who had earlier claimed 4-75 with the ball.
((With agency inputs))