Desk : England coasted to a 44-run win over Pakistan in a rain-affected first one-day international in Southampton, reports the BBC.
Superb death bowling after a rain break kept Pakistan to 260-6, despite 82 from Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed's 55.
Jason Roy made 65 and Joe Root 61 in a second-wicket stand of 89 before the weather intervened to reduce England's target to 252 from 48 overs.
Three balls after the restart, on 34.3 overs, more rain ended the match with England well ahead on the DLS method.
After a fluctuating, evenly contested Test series was drawn 2-2, this comfortable victory gives England a 10-8 lead in the 'Super Series', where points awarded for results across all three formats.
Not only does it give the hosts a ninth victory in 10 one-dayers against Pakistan, it also ends a run of five ODI defeats in Southampton.
The next game in the five-match series is at Lord's on Saturday.
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