Stokes, Bairstow guide England to 4-0 ODI lead over Pakistan

LONDON: England's Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow struck half centuries to guide the hosts to a four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international in Leeds on Thursday as they went 4-0 ahead in the five-match series.

England, who amassed a world record ODI total of 444 for three when they won by 169 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, restricted Pakistan to 247 for eight in their 50 overs, before easing to a match-winning 252-6 with two overs remaining.

Pakistan's innings was anchored by Azhar Ali's 80 off 104 balls, while Imad Wasim was again impressive with an unbeaten 41-ball 57, however the tourists struggled to shake off the shackles that England had imposed on them.

Bairstow was then run out for 61 after trying to pinch a single off an Umar Gul delivery only for Azhar Ali's superb piece of fielding to leave him inches short of the crease and England needing 23 more runs for victory.

There was to be no collapse, however, and England comfortably reached their target with Moeen Ali (45 not out) thrashing two sixes off the bowling of Azhar Ali in the 48th over to guide the hosts over the line.