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Pakistan draw first blood in PD ODI series

England Physical Disability are 1-0 down with two matches remaining in their one-day international series with Pakistan after going down to a 33-run defeat in Dubai.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first under normal light, before the floodlights took effect and Husnain Alam starred with 95 in a total of 233 for nine.

Having impressed with the ball, Callum Flynn struck an excellent half century but a middle-order collapse had already undermined England’s cause and they must now respond in Thursday’s second match to avoid a repeat of their loss in the recent Twenty20 series.

The second over of the Pakistan innings saw opener Altaf Ahmed run out following a smart pick up and under-arm throw from square leg by Dan Reynaldo.

England’s bowlers kept it tight early on as Pakistan found it difficult to find big scoring shots, moving watchfully to 42 after 10 overs.

Following a slight acceleration through the next five, Matloob Qureshi could consider himself a little unfortunate as Alex Hammond dropped a well hit shot by Alam off of his own bowling - the deflection hitting the non strikers stumps with Qureshi out of his ground.

England Physical Disability fell to a 33-run defeat in the first of three one-day internationals against Pakistan at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in DubaiHusnain Alam was joined at the crease by the experienced Danish Ahmed and between them they compiled the highest partnership of the innings, 109, before Ahmed was caught at square leg by Matt Blamire for 50 off Jimmy Williams.

In the next over, Fred Bridges had Alam caught at midwicket five runs shy of three figures.

Two further wickets fell during the next set of six and England were experiencing a real purple patch as the rate slowed and Pakistan found themselves 183 for six.

The miserly bowling continued as the overs went by and Pakistan ended their innings nine down - Flynn finishing with 2-26 and Jimmy Williams 2-52, while Jordan Williams bowled Ameer Ahmed.

In reply, England started brightly, Alex Hammond and Gordon Laidlaw taking 48 from the eight-over power play.

But Hammond was well caught by Abdullah off Ameer for 23 and Laidlaw followed soon after, bowled by Abdullah Afridi for 22.

England’s middle order failed to spark in the wake of those departures as Wyles fell lbw for a duck for the third time on tour and Barton was run out attempting a second run.

Blamire also went to an lbw decision, as Rao Javed took the first of two scalps, and England had slumped to 101 for six.

The in-form Flynn kept the tourists’ hopes alive alongside captain Jimmy Williams, the former using his feet to tackle Pakistan’s spinners with aplomb to reach a maiden international half-century from 57 balls.

The partnership of 45, which was the second highest of the innings, ended when Flynn was stumped off Afridi when he misjudged the line to fall for 69.

Jimmy Williams continued trying to push the score along, however he ran out of overs as he finished 28 not out, with England 200 for nine.