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Summary

  1. Stokes 69, Bairstow 61, Moeen 45*
  2. England lead 4-0 in five-match series
  3. Stokes & Bairstow add 103 for 5th wkt
  4. Irfan takes 2-26 before calf injury
  5. Pak: Azhar 80 (104); Rashid 3-47

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By Marc Higginson and Bibhash Dash

All times stated are UK

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So after another comfortable win for England, and another disappointing day for Pakistan we enter the final phase of the summer. Join us on Sunday for the final ODI. Till then, enjoy the view!

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Must be depressing for Pakistan to see the game taken away from them by two batsmen who didn't even feature in the pyrotechnics the other night. Impressive strength in depth!

Dominic, Acton

Super Series

Just to confirm, tonight's victory gives England an unassailable 16-8 lead in the Super Series. We have one ODI left to play in this leg of the Super Series, that's on Sunday in Cardiff, while we also have a T20 at Old Trafford on 7 September.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's been good from England. They didn't panic when they lost their wickets early on. Ben Stokes was magnificent and Jonny Bairstow has been phenomenal for two years now. He's a pleasure to watch play.

England's 'match-winning contributions'

Ben Stokes
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England captain Eoin Morgan: "We did a fantastic job with the ball. It was a great effort, and special mention to the spinners. Then the guys who came in, Chris Jordan and David Willey, did really well.

"One of our strengths is that we bat all the way down. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow made match-winning contributions.

"Jonny was outstanding, it was a man of the match performance and he's struggling to be a regular in this side which is good for us."

'Few more wickets'

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali: "It was a bit more of a competitive game. Again we were a few runs short. We didn't have good partnerships in between wickets. The wicket was turning but it was still a good pitch. But we lost wickets frequently.

"Irfan on his comeback game bowled well with the new ball. But his calves were cramping up. We would have loved for him to bowl a second and third spell. A few more wickets and the game could have been different.

"I couldn't really capitalise on my score. I feel in good form but I need to get on with more."

'My Grandma told me to shave'

Jonny Bairstow
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England's Jonny Bairstow, speaking to the BBC's Kevin Howells: "I'm pleased to get a go. It's unfortunate that Jos suffered an injury, and I got told 32 minutes before the start that I was playing so to contribute was nice. We were pleased at the halfway mark. We thought it was an attainable target and if we're honest, we cruised home. There was no panic at any point in that chase."

On shaving off his beard: "I got told off by my Mum, my Grandma had been on the phone."

And so finally, the moment that gave England its 4-0 series lead. Just when the game looked to be heading to a stupor involving singles and doubles, Moeen Ali came up with a couple of sixes to finish things off. The only gripe about that I guess is we didn't get to see what innovation Pakistan were going to employ to fill the one-over gap left by Irfan's injury. But I suppose we can't have it all.

Moeen hits Azhar for six to win game

Also, before we go into the match-winning moment, here is a look at a story titled "Mohammad Irfan and the Widest Wide". This was moments before the fast bowler walked off for the final time with his calf injury.

'The widest wide I think I've ever seen'

England looked in cruise control despite Bairstow's run out for 61 which came with the total on 225. That, in fact, was the last wicket to fall for the hosts.

Bairstow run out by Azhar for 61

Bairstow played the anchor role for a good chunk, but was not beyond smacking a few out of the park either. He got to his fifty after Ben Stokes sadly could not build on his 69 - caught fittingly off an attempted slog.

Bairstow hits Nawaz down the ground for six
Bairstow brings up second ODI fifty with four

Eoin Morgan struggled to get going and - almost mercifully - fell to a slip catch off Umar Gul. It allowed Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow to lead the charge for England. Stokes, in particular, using his belligerence to great effect.

Morgan edges Gul to first slip
Stokes hits Imad for six over long-on

Root would have loved to lead England home on local turf. Five fours and a six looked enough evidence for the same as well. But even before the skies starting changing into all the colours of the rainbow, England's number three was caught at fine leg off a mis-timed pull shot.

Root pulls Gul for six over mid-wicket
Root top-edges Hasan to Irfan at fine-leg

Well, you can't say Pakistan didn't give this a go, even if it was for short periods. Mohammad Irfan gave them a pretty good start, reducing the hosts to 36-2 by removing Jason Roy and Alex Hales. Suddenly, Pakistan looked odds-on for a dramatic comeback.

Roy edges Irfan to second slip
Hales edges Irfan to Sarfraz

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Adil Rashid is the man of the match for me. Headingley is never the easiest place to bowl spin, but I think he's looking the real deal now. He's putting lots of revs on the ball, delivering all his variations and he was rewarded with three wickets today.

Rashid traps Rizwan lbw

Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

Today, England showed how much adapability they have. In the last game, they had Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan come in and accelerate while here they navigated themselves out of choppy waters with a different style of batting through Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.

Stokes slog sweeps Nawaz for six

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Rachel T: Love this England team - can't beat finishing with a six!

Mark Savile: Finishing with a 6 is almost seems mandatory it's becoming that regular! And none much better than sixes from Moeen

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England have done it without Joe Root, which they haven't had to do for a while. Just the 30 for the new Don Bradman tonight.

Handshakes all round, Eoin Morgan walks out to greet his two batsmen, who took the Headingley applause. Lovely scenes for those of an England bearing. Under the lights, the futuristic media centre of the stadium looking down on England's win which came with two overs left. Pakistan troop off like they don't really care about losing this Super Series. The horror!

Alison Mitchell

BBC Test Match Special

What an emphatic way to win - Moeen finishes it in style.

England win by four wickets

Smash! Moeen Ali wraps it up with another glorious six. It's high and equally handsome, as he dances down the track to launch it.

After all the boredom, that's the way uh huh uh huh. We like it.

Moeen hits Azhar for six to win game

Eng 245-6

Need 3 to win

Field comes in, after Moeen takes another heave down the ground which only brings a single.

Eng 238-6

Crack! Moeen Ali you beauty. Earlier this summer that shot got him into trouble but tonight he shuffles down the track and carts Azhar Ali over long off for a huge six. Four needed to win.

Moeen Ali
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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England will want to finish it in this over before Sharjeel pulls off the biggest hustle in cricket history by bowling 95mph inswinging yorkers.

Eng 236-6

Target 248

Another dull-ish over finishes off, and Taylor Swift comes up at the end to tell us all to shake it off. Right, that's Hasan Ali's quota done with. He joins Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz and Umar Gul in finishing up. Pakistan, who you gonna call? 

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

I'm pretty sure the England team will not know about the predicament Pakistan are in.

Mind the gap

Eng 231-6

Apparently, Pakistan will be an over short from their list of established bowlers. We could see a very interesting move involving one of the likes of Babar Azam or maybe Sharjeel in the near future. Azhar Ali rolls his arm over to concede just three, which will be a relief for him. 

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

David Willey will be feeling nervous about this. Even though the game is nearly won, you don't want to be the man who uses up four or five deliveries and makes it tight.

Eng 227-6

Target 248

Suddenly, Pakistan have found an extra bit of pace in their movements. Like when you feel sleepy on a night out but find that second wind all thanks to a swig from a random glass. Just me? David Willey nearly gets caught out at slip trying to play at Umar Gul's wide-ish delivery but the ball falls short of the fielder, who is up in a flash to throw the ball back. Everyone in green is running about looking busy.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

He's gone by an inch or so. Could that be the spark that lightens this game back up?

Jonny Bairstow
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WICKET

Bairstow run out Azhar (Eng 225-6)

Even the dive didn't save Bairstow in the end, as he's out by mere inches. Bit of a jumpy end after all that general monotony. Bairstow pushed an Umar Gul delivery to mid-off and set off for the single. He tries to lunge himself in but can't quite make it in time as Azhar Ali's super piece of fielding does the trick.

Bairstow run out by Azhar for 61

Umpire review

Bairstow nudges a ball to mid-off and the direct hit comes in to the non-striker's end. We go upstairs.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

In England, this team are a match for anyone. But it's whether they can transfer this to pitches in Australia and India.

Eng 224-5

Need 24 from 36 balls

Azhar Ali is indeed into the attack, fresh from being mauled by Alex Hales. He's milked by the batsmen who know that they only need to knock the ball into gaps to win at a canter. 

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

Azhar Ali is warming up, and he has to bowl the overs that Mohammad Irfan didn't.

Eng 215-5

Target 248

If you've been a bit starved of some exciting, dashing, bish-bashing four-smashing, here's a look back at Bairstow's half-century moment from a short while ago. Notice the belligerence, the use of feet, the pace of the shot, and guffaw at Moeen's attempts to do a Matrix style duck.

You can tell the action is a bit dull in real time, can't you? Even my telly threatened to switch itself off in boredom. Umar Gul's latest over yields six.

Bairstow brings up second ODI fifty with four

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Peter Miller: Not sure what was funnier, that terrible wide or Micky Arthur's reaction to it.

Eng 211-5

England need 37 more to win

Imad takes over bowling duties for Pakistan. Mickey Arthur has had his grumpy face on for the last half hour I think. He appeared to turn the air blue after Irfan's wide and then went back to his mixture of frustration and concern. Woe betide the restaurant or room service that cooks his food below-par today. Also makes me wonder who's been signing off on Irfan coming back to the field every time. Is it a "meh, let's see what happens" approach?

Simon Mann

Test Match Special commentator

That is the widest wide I've ever seen.

Graeme Swann adds: It was delivered on off stump on the next pitch.