England seal ODI series against Pakistan

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England's second-string side have beaten Pakistan by 52 runs in the second one-day international at Lord's to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Chasing 248 for victory in a match reduced to 47 overs a side after rain delayed the start, Pakistan were bowled out for 195 in 41 overs with all five England bowlers picking up wickets.

Pakistan failed to build partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals, with their top four batsmen combining for only 35 runs.

England's Saqib Mahmood - who picked up four wickets in the first ODI - was the pick of the bowlers once again with 2-21 off eight overs.

He had Pakistan skipper Babar Azam trapped LBW and Mohammad Rizwan caught behind while Lewis Gregory finished with 3-44.

Saud Shakeel was the lone warrior for Pakistan offering resistance with his maiden ODI fifty (56) while fast bowler Hasan Ali also scored a quick-fire 31 - which included 22 runs in one over - before he holed out to Craig Overton (2-39) in the deep.

Earlier, Ali took full advantage of the overcast conditions to claim his fourth five-for in ODIs (5-51) to earn a spot on the Lord's ODI honours board after Pakistan won the toss.

England had a horror start when Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley, who hit 50s in the first ODI, were both dismissed for ducks.

But opener Phil Salt (60) and James Vince (56) steadied the ship with a flurry of boundaries in their 97-run partnership.

Salt scored his maiden ODI half-century in 41 balls while Vince reached his 50 in 36 balls before they were bowled by Shakeel and Shadab Khan, respectively.

Ali dismissed captain Ben Stokes (22), John Simpson (17) and Overton -- England's third batsman out for a duck -- in quick succession.

But Gregory (40) and Brydon Carse (31) frustrated the tourists with a 69-run stand to post a competitive total.

England won the first ODI by nine wickets.

The third ODI will be played on Tuesday at Edgbaston.

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