England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler perfectly executed an extraordinary piece of skill to dismiss Sarfraz Ahmed during the fifth and final ODI against England at Headingly on Sunday. The Pakistan skipper thought he had done enough to beat the field with a deft late cut and had set off for the run. Buttler however had other plans as he used his footballing skills to perfection to stop the ball with his boot before picking it up and dislodging the bails to find Sarfraz short of his crease.
It all happened on the fifth ball of the 32nd over of the Pakistan innings when Moeen Ali dropped it short just outside off and Sarfraz looked to play the dab fine towards the third man region for a boundary. Sarfraz felt that he had just about managed to beat the keeper as he took a couple of steps forward to take the run. Buttler however was equal to the task as he first stuck his leg out to stop the ball before picking it up and whipping off the bails in a flash to send Sarfraz packing three runs shy of what would have been a well deserved century.
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Pakistan’s slim hopes of securing a maiden win the series faded with the wicket of their skipper with the visitors still needing 159 runs to win the match in 18.1 overs. Pakistan were eventually bundled out for 297 with more than 3 overs to spare, falling 54 runs short of the mammoth 352 run target set by the hosts in their first innings. England on the other hand managed to complete a 4-0 thrashing over Pakistan, sending a massive warning to their World Cup opponents just days before the start of the tournament which commences from May 30.