ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: ‘Shade of Shane Warne’ – that’s how cricket commentators and fans jumped in joy, watching England’s leg-spinner Matt Parkinson dismiss Imam-ul-Haq with arguably the biggest spinning ball of ODIs. The slow 72-kmph delivery bamboozled Imam as it took a turn that could only be seen in Warne’s venomous leg-spin to clean up the Pakistan batsman’s stumps.
You just can’t play that 🤯
Absolute magic 😍
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 13, 2021
While Babar Azam dominated with the bat, answering his critics in the process with a fantastic knock of 158, it was Matt Parkinson who stole the show with his outstanding piece of skill to castle Imam-ul-Haq. The once-in-a-career delivery took a giant turn of 12.1 degrees to beat Imam-ul-Haq and give England the breakthrough.
ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: Although Nathan Lyon’s 20.4 degrees turn on a cracked pitch is the biggest turn ever witnessed without yielding any wicket, on hard England pitches, his wrist spin delivery will be remembered for a long time and could end up becoming Matt Parkinson’s best-ever delivery.
As for the match itself, it was yet again an England dominance, albeit subdued. England continued their good form and registered a win in the third ODI to complete a whitewash of Pakistan to clinch the series 3-0. James Vince and Lewis Gregory put on a stellar partnership to cancel out Babar Azam’s magnificent century to chase down a record 331 at Edgbaston.
The ball from Parkinson to dismiss Imam-ul-Haq spun 12.1°
No ball bowled by an English spinner, in England, to take a wicket in ODI’s in the ball tracking era, has ever spun more. #ENGvPAK
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 13, 2021
ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: After repeated failures with the bat, the Pakistan top order stepped up to the task having been put into bat by Ben Stokes. While Fakhar Zaman was dismissed early, captain Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq stitched a vital partnership to get their team going. While Babar played the role of an anchor, Imam took responsibility and did most of the scoring in their 88-run stand, getting to his 10th ODI fifty.
ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: Just when it seemed like the left-hander would make it big, Matt Parkinson put in a spanner with a brilliant delivery, completely bamboozling Imam. The leg-spinner tossed up a delivery outside off which Imam tried to drive, only for the delivery to turn sharply and destroy his stumps. The amount of turn was devious, hitting the middle stump, complete beating the inside edge to have the Edgbaston crowd at the end of their seats.
ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: Matt Parkinson’s delivery will certainly be a ball of the decade contender and as per CricViz, it was the biggest turning ball in ODI cricket history. The delivery that dismissed Imam-ul-Haq, spun 12.1°, the most ever in the 50-over format. For context, Adil Rashid’s epic dismissal of Indian captain Virat Kohli in 2018, saw the ball turn just 5.7°, with Parkinson’s delivery more than double the spin angle.
Pakistan eventually managed to get 331/9 on the board, with captain Babar Azam scoring a stellar 158. In response, England were in troubled waters after being reduced to 165/5, but James Vince and Lewis Gregory put on a 129 run stand to pull them closer to the line. Vince scored his maiden ODI century six years after his debut, while Lewis Gregory also recorded his maiden ODI fifty. Things got tricky in the end after both Vince and Gregory were dismissed, but Craig Overton saw them over the line with two overs to spare.