Eng v Pak T20Is: Babar & Rizwan fashioned emphatic win to put Pak 1-0 ahead
A breathtaking opening partnership for the 1st wicket between Babar and Rizwan set up a great game for Pakistan after which their bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to strife mighty England despite a brutal century by Livingstone.
Pakistan was asked to bat first on a small ground at Trent Bridge something that suited them more as their batters played freely without target pressure. Rizwan and Babar came out all guns blazing and they were playing magnificent shots. Babar’s piercing cover drives and pulls were brilliant to watch and Rizwan who took off slightly late was playing fearlessly with sparkling strokes. They added 150 before Rizwan (63 off 41 balls) perished in the 15th over. Babar finally went for a sparkling 85 off only 49 balls which included 8 fours and 3 sixes.
There were some superb cameos in the middle order from Maqsood (19 off 7 balls), Hafeez (42 off 10 balls) and Fakkar (26 off 8 balls, 1 four & 3 sixes) which took Pakistan to a huge score of 232/6 in 20 overs much to the delight of the huge crowd of Pakistani supporters who assembled today to support the team vociferously. Eng v Pak T20Is: Babar & Rizwan fashioned emphatic win.
The England bowlers were smash all over the place with David Willey giving the least runs (1/39 in 4 overs).
233 target is always going to be formidable even on smaller grounds and Pakistani bowlers found a way to get regular wickets.
Jason Roy (32 off 13 balls) was firing on all cylinders but the rapid loss of wickets within power play of Malan, Bairstow and Moeen was a setback for the hosts. After Roy left it was a straight contest between Pakistan and Liam Livingstone who singlehandedly was demolishing the Pakistan bowlers with a breathtaking 103 off just 43 balls with 6 fours and 9 sixes as he looked in brutal form.
It was the fastest ever hundred by an England batsman in a T20I. He hit mighty sixes on the leg side and straight down the ground but Morgan (15) and the lower order could not give him enough support. Shaheen Afridi after a mediocre ODI series came on his own to get crucial wickets taking 3/30. Mohammed Hasnain (1/28 in 4 overs) bowled superbly with great economy in a day on which the bowlers were thrash. England 201 all out. Pakistan won by 32 runs to take the lead in the 3 match series.
Shaheen Afridi was awarded the man of the match though Livingstone was equally deserving of the award with his magnificent solo knock.
Pakistan won by 31 runs
PAK 232/6 (20 Ovs)
Babar Azam(c) 85(49)
Tom Curran 2/47
ENG 201/10 (19.2 Ovs)
Shaheen Afridi 3/30
Shadab Khan 3/52