England vs Pakistan 1st ODI: Persistent rain leads to a washout at The Oval

Persistent rain leads to first ODI between England and Pakistan at The Oval being washed out cricket

The rain had the last laugh as the first ODI was abandoned

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It was a frustrating day for everyone at The Oval as persistent rain led to the highly-anticipated first ODI between England and Pakistan being washed out.

The toss was delayed due to the rain and the match was initially cut down to 47 overs per side.

Eventually when the toss was held, England won and opted to bowl first, which worked in their favour as Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman was caught by Joe Root at second slip off the bowling of Jofra Archer for three runs.

Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam added 35 runs to the score before Azam was caught behind off the bowling of Liam Plunkett for 16.

Not long after, there was a rain delay and the match was further reduced to 41 overs per side.

However, just 14 balls later, the rain returned. While it did eventually relent, the outfield was deemed to wet and the umpires ultimately decided to bring the match to an end.

Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail had amassed an unbeaten 35-run stand before the match was called off.

Imam finished on 42, which came off 68 balls and included five boundaries, while Haris remained undefeated on 14, which came off 15 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Archer and Plunkett claimed one wicket each.

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