Hales hits maiden ODI century in series-levelling England win

England's Alex Hales celebrates after reaching century during the second one day international match against Pakistan at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Hafsal Ahmed)

England's Alex Hales celebrates after reaching century during the second one day international match against Pakistan at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Hafsal Ahmed)

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Alex Hales’ maiden one-day international hundred carried England to a series-levelling victory over Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

England made it 1-1 with two to play thanks principally to Hales’ 109 out of 283-5

Hales shared century stands for the first two wickets with Jason Roy (54) and Joe Root (63), to give the tourists a perfect platform for the last 10 overs - in which a further 56 runs was below par.

But that mattered little as Pakistan’s chase never threatened on an increasingly sluggish used pitch, after David Willey quickly got rid of danger men Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez on the way to a career-best 3-25, while Chris Woakes (4-33) did more damage.

The hosts were eventually all out for 188 in 45.5 overs, despite a battling 64 from number seven Sarfraz Ahmed, handing England a 95-run success.

Hales hit seven fours and two sixes as he reached three-figures for the first time in this format, from 111 deliveries, at his 21st attempt.

Root’s half-century contained just three boundaries, and 33 singles, as he fed Hales the strike in a partnership of 114 in 21 overs.

When Hales went in the 39th, neatly stumped by Sarfraz after missing a sweep to give Iftikhar a maiden wicket on debut, the onus was on Root to kick on.

He and others could not quite manage it against Wahab and Mohammad Irfan’s reverse-swing and changes of pace, Root eventually bowled aiming a mow to leg.

England’s innings had ended with a comparative whimper, but Willey started Pakistan’s with a bang.

Willey swung the ball into Babar who, promoted to open in place of the dropped Bilal Asif, went lbw. In his next over, he accounted for dangerman Hafeez without scoring.

After Woakes then got both Iftikhar and Shoaib Malik mispulling, England’s victory was already all but assured.

Woakes had his 50th ODI wicket when Azhar Ali dragged on, before Adil Rashid got himself in the final column too.