It was pleasing to see England put up a solid, all-round display in the second one-day international at Abu Dhabi. Even if on a relatively innocuous surface early on, they did look more certain than the previous time around. There was proper planning, definite targets in mind and more importantly discipline, which helped England implement those plans. Moving ahead to the historic Sharjah Cricket Ground, England must look to replicate one of their best performances under Eoin Morgan, and ensure that they at least won't lose the series.
One thing that has cost England heavily time and again is their tendency to get complacent and being too ahead of themselves after a big win, which is equivalent of self-destructing. Thing is, once you start being a touch insouciant in conditions like these, you are never too focused on the game ahead, and the mind is somewhere else.
England may have got a big win, and put up a near-perfect performance, but they should remember that it's not the previous result that matters, what matters is your performance on the given day. Pakistan wouldn't simply sit back and let their guests grab another easy victory. They'll come hard, and more focused than ever. Just a little bit of fecklessness, and the Three Lions would be hunted down.
Better Batting in the Death Overs
Going well as England were when they reached the 40-over mark, 320 should have been a bare minimum from thereon. To be brutally honest, Pakistan gave a masterclass in death bowling, but the era we live in, you have got to have some answers to challenges as those.
Maybe some more innovation the next time around and thinking out of the box will help the cause. They don't necessarily need (or try) to clobber every single delivery - strike rotation, quick running between the wickets with the odd boundary does nicely.
Hales, Roy, Root, Morgan, Taylor, Buttler, Ali, Woakes, Rashid, Willey, Topley.