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  1. England win by 84 runs, win series 3-1
  2. Pak 271 (Malik 51, Azam 51, Moeen 3-53)
  3. Eng 355-5 (Buttler 116*, Roy 102, Root 71)
  4. Buttler passes 100 from 46 balls (Eng record)

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt, James Gheerbrant and Tim Peach

All times stated are UK

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That's about it from us. Thank you all for your contributions today and throughout the series. 

England are next in action on Monday afternoon in a warm-up game against the UAE - we'll have commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, and then the three-match T20 series against Pakistan begins on Thursday afternoon. 

Coach's view

England coach Trevor Bayliss
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England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports: "I'm not sure if I've got the words for what I saw tonight from Jos Buttler - it wasn't just slogging, some of the shots were not in the coaching manual but he hit everything out of the middle.

"I thought our bowling was superb in the first three games, but tonight we were a bit short, we tried to do too much. 

"There are some very talented boys in the dressing room and it's exciting times for English cricket. Any win is a good win, and to win away from home, here in the UAE against Pakistan, is one hell of an effort. I think it will give the boys a lot of confidence going forward. Winning is a habit and we want to develop it."

Player reaction

England celebrate winning
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More from Jos Buttler on Sky Sports:"Jason Roy has played really well in the last two series and he really took the responsibility when he got past 50. I think we'll see him kick on into one hell of a player. 

"It's great being a young group and having talent, but we do need to win and we've come here and done it and the confidence it gives us, you can't underestimate it."

A reminder that you can download apodcast of the Test Match Special intervalfeaturing that interview with ICC chief exec David Richrdson, plus a review of the series. 

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Player reaction

Jos Buttler

More from Jos Buttler on Sky Sports: "I feel elated. It was a fantastic day. I don't really understand how it can turn around so fast - I was thinking of retiring two weeks ago! I think the format change came at the right time for me, to free me up - everyone's said I've been a bit more relaxed with the white ball around. 

"It was Morgs's decision to promote me - he gave me the chance to chance my arm. In the last few overs, you try to never get too one-dimensional - there's a lot of shots that are 100% premeditated, but you have to have another option if the ball doesn't go where it wants to go."

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#bbccricket Why don't they add a 'best looking player of the series' or 'workhouse player of the match' just to top off the other awards?

I'll take a 'supporter of the match' award please. To go #bbccricket

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"We talked about what is possible looking at these one-day scores - it's good to have an Englishman capable of doing that."

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"If a man came down from Mars and witnessed this presentation - you've got men in fantastic, flamboyant Arab dress, and two spacemen - he'd ask, what is this strange event that you've all been watching?"

Man of the series

Jos Buttler is named man of the series. He says: "It was really satisfying for me, and for us to win the series with this group of guys was fantastic. 

"It was one of those days - it's amazing how cricket turns round. Only a few weeks ago I had a bad Test on this ground and got dropped from that side.

"Jason Roy played fantastically well, and we had a fantastic platform to accelerate from at the end. To get to a hundred was a really satisfying moment and one I'll remember for a long time."

"Two big innings were missing there"

Azhar Ali leaves the pitch

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has spoken very honestly at the end of each game this series, and he's critical of his side once again. 

"Somebody has to score a big hundred chasing 350, but two big innings were missing there. Everyone had a good start, going along with the run rate, but the big innings were missing. 

"The series is a big loss - we played some bad cricket, we should have done a lot better. Credit to Buttler, but we could have done a lot better in the last few overs"

Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan: "It was an outstanding performance from the boys. It wasn't the easiest to bat on up front - Jos Buttler was outstanding, but he was set up by Jason Roy and Joe Root.

"The series has been a huge learning curve, but the best thing is that the performances have been shared around. Our top six have all contributed.

"Our spinners were brilliant today - they're learning as they go along, which is very important. We've got a lot of character in the dressing room."

More awards

Quite how you work out who gets the 'Trusted player of the series' award, I'm not sure. But it goes to Chris Woakes

And man of the series... well it's another big cheque for Jos Buttler. 

Awards time

There are as many awards to give out as a liberal school's sports day. Shoaib Malik gets 'most colourful innings'. By which I think they mean 'third most colourful innings'. 

Because Jason Roy gets 'outstanding performance of the match', by which they mean 'second most outstanding performance of the match'. 

Because Jos Buttler gets man of the match. 

The stats

Plenty of points of note in a remarkable match

  • Buttler is only the third batsman to score two ODI hundreds coming in to bat after the 25th over of the innings. De Villiers (five) and Virat Kohli (two) are the others
  • Buttler's strike-rate of 223.07 is the highest for any England batsman in an innings of 50 or more
  • His eight sixes is the most by an England batsman in an ODI innings, beating the seven of Andrew Flintoff against West Indies in 2004
  • England have scored six ODI centuries in 73 balls or fewer in last 18 months (only one in 33 years before that)
  • Fastest ODI century against Pakistan (beating Sanath Jayasuriya's 48-ball ton for Sri Lanka in 1996)
  • First England player to score 100 runs in overs 41-50 of an ODI (also achieved by AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma)
  • Highest ODI team total at Dubai (beating South Africa's 317-5 in November 2010). It is also England's highest score outside of England

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Nick Blyth: Seriously exciting where this England ODI team could be in four years' time at next World Cup. Well done lads!

If England had played like this in February - with this personnel - they could have got to the World Cup final

Stokes celebrates England win

Great work from the lads throughout the series,Pakistan are a tough team to beat in there home conditions #beeeeeer #jaegerrrrr

Review of the day

Jos Buttler
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Jos Buttler hit England's fastest one-day international century to lead them to an 84-run win over Pakistan in Sharjah and a 3-1 series victory.

Buttler reached three figures in 46 balls, beating the 61-ball hundred he made against Sri Lanka in May 2014.

The wicketkeeper hit 10 fours and eight sixes in his 116 not out from 52 balls as England posted 355-5.

Pakistan briefly threatened a thrilling chase, but were bowled out for 217, with Moeen Ali taking 3-54.

If you're just joining us, you've missed two centuries, a broken record, and an England series win.... 

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Thomas Measures: Great win for England. Really think Andrew Stauss has done a wonderful job so far. The ODI team really staring to look strong.

Richie O'Hara Beamand: Fantastic series win, some real positives from this team, really developing nicely, excellent result!

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"England have shown real progress. From a batting perspective, you looked at that top six or seven and everyone has cashed in. We're seeing signs of a team that is really growing and improving in all conditions."

Close of play scorecard

Pakistan 271 all out (40.4 overs) - England win by 84 runs, win series 3-1

Fall of wickets: 45-1 (Shehzad 13), 64-2 (Azhar 44), 129-3 (Hafeez 37), 176-4 (Azam 51), 194-5 (Rizwan 11), 228-6 (Malik 52), 249-7 (Sarfraz 24), 259-8 (Riaz 1), 271-9 (Yasir 5), 271 all out (Anwar 24). Not out: Irfan 0.

Bowling figures: Willey 6-0-34-2, Topley 7-0-58-1, Woakes 8-1-46-0, Moeen 9.4-0-53-3, Rashid 10-0-78-3.

England 355-5 (50 overs) - Buttler 116*, Roy 102, Root 71

England won toss

Full scorecard

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"To win the series is a seriously good performance, because England were horribly outplayed in the first match. The way England have come back is very heartening."


England celebrate taking the final wicket
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Yup, it carried to Rashid. 

England win the series 3-1. Morgan calls the players in for a huddle to celebrate. It's been a good comeback after the heavy defeat in the first ODI. 

Jos Buttler will be Man of the Match for England's fastest ever ODI hundred. There can't be many England players who, like Roy, score their maiden ODI hundred in a victory, and miss out on the award. 

Umpire review

England think they've won it... but Anwar's cut carry to Rashid? The umpires are having a look... 

Pak 271-9 (Anwar 24, Irfan 0)

England need one wicket to win the series 3-1

Woakes hits Irfan on the upper arm with a bouncer that would have been chin music for most cricketers. He stubbornly hangs on, aware that he has no shots to play, but refusing to get out. There are smiles on the faces of the England fielders. 

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"We have to give credit to the guys who have prepared the pitch. The wicket has had true bounce and allowed batters to express themselves."

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"What a good game it has been. We've seen some terrific batting. Pakistan have kept up with the run rate, that hasn't been their problem, but they've lost wickets all the way through."


Yasir c Woakes b Ali 5 (Pak 271-9)

All over bar the Irfan. Yasir skies one chasing after it, and it's an easy catch for Woakes in the deep. 

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"Willey's a tough nut. He'll wince a little bit but he's going to wander back and carry on with the game."

Pak 270-8 (Yasir 5, Anwar 23)

Current run rate 7.10, required 7.16

Willey has hurt his hand diving in for a steepling catch. He covered around 40 yards as Anwar skied one. The Northants/Yorkshire all-rounder could only get there in time to get one finger on his left (bowling) hand under the ball as it landed. It looked like that hurt. It would have been an incredible catch. 

Woakes finishes the over by beating Yasir's outside edge. I think the way to describe Yasir is 'portly'. His tucked-in green shirt doesn't help his figure much.   

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Max Baggins-Craig: What a superb display from England, slow starter, but well worth it.

Fearny: What is the world coming to? Not only are England winning an ODI, but winning the series away from home!

Pak 266-8 (Yasir 3, Anwar 21)

Need 90 more from 78 balls

Once again Pakistan get a boundary off the last delivery, but they'll need a lot more than that in the 12 remaning overs if they're to get close. 

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JoElle: A run a ball is not easy when you burned up half your wickets.

Stuart Mitchell: This ODI is becoming a classic, especially if Pakistan can get close, two brilliant catches by Hales make up for the dolly.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"He hit it quite nicely but straight back at Moeen for the simplest of reverse-handed catches."


Riaz c & b Moeen 1 (Pak 259-8)

Wahab Riaz leaves the field after he is dismissed
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One of the problems of the situation Pakistan find themselves in is that they have to take risks, and Riaz goes to drive Moeen through extra cover, mis-times it, and ends up smashing it back towards the sternum of the bowler. Moeen had a bit more time than he thought to clutch it, but he was very relieved to find that it had stuck into his hands. 

England two wickets away from a 3-1 series win...

Pak 259-7

Pakistan need 98 off 84 balls

Much like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Pakistan are still going for this. 13 runs and a wicket in the over. 

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"This one of those occasions where the regulations help the fielding side. If those regulations hadn't been in force, Willey would have been on the boundary and Sarfraz would have taken one. He almost got too close to the ball, he couldn't really get underneath it."


Sarfraz Ahmed c Willey b Rashid 9 (Pak 249-7)

Adil Rashid celebrates wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed
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Surely that's it for Pakistan now? Sarfraz comes down the pitch and hits Rashid straight to Willey at mid-on. Willey does well to hold on. 

Here comes the man for the crisis... Wahab Riaz.