Ton-up Imam takes attack to England

Bristol (United Kingdom) (AFP) –


Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq came into form ahead of the World Cup with a century against England in the third one-day international at Bristol on Tuesday.

The left-hander watched wickets fall at the other end as Pakistan declined to 95 for three after losing the toss but kept his composure to complete a 97-ball hundred including 11 fours

It was the 23-year-old's sixth hundred in 27 matches at this level and first against England, the top-ranked side in ODI cricket.

Imam, the nephew of Pakistan batting great and selection chief Inzamam-ul-Haq, continued to take the attack to England after reaching three figures, driving David Willey for a straight six and next ball glancing the left-arm quick for four.

His innings was a boost for Pakistan just weeks away from the start of the World Cup in England.

Victory in Bristol would see Pakistan level this five-match series at 1-1 following England's 12-run win in the second ODI at Southampton on Saturday -- the opening fixture was a no-result washout.