Ton-up Imam lifts Pakistan to 358

Pakistan opener Imamul Haq came into form ahead of the World Cup with a century against England in the third one-day international at Bristol on Tuesday.

The left-hander watched wickets fall at the other end as Pakistan declined to 95 for three after losing the toss but kept his composure to complete a 97-ball hundred including 11 fours

It was the 23-year-old’s sixth hundred in 27 matches at this level and first against England, the top-ranked side in ODI cricket.

Imam, the nephew of Pakistan batting great and selection chief Inzamamul Haq, continued to take the attack to England after reaching three figures, driving David Willey for a straight six and next ball glancing the left-arm quick for four.

His innings was a boost for Pakistan just weeks away from the start of the World Cup in England.

Victory in Bristol would see Pakistan level this five-match series at 1-1 following England’s 12-run win in the second ODI at Southampton on Saturday — the opening fixture was a no-result washout.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Pakistan: 358 for 9 in 50 overs (Imamul 151, Haris 41, Sarfaraz 27, Asif 52, Imad 22; Woakes 4-67, Curran 2-74)