Eng v Pak T20Is: Buttler & Moeen powers Eng to series levelling win
England made a strong comeback to level the T20I series against Pakistan. Jos Buttler, leading from the front in absence of Morgan played a captains knock of 59 off 39 balls full of sublime hitting to put England on the road for a good score. England was asked to bat first and though Roy (10) went cheaply in the first over & Malan(1) continued his poor run, Buttler took control of the proceedings with Moeen Ali and both showcased dazzling strokeplay as England piled on the runs. After Moeen’s dismissal for a sparkling 36 off just 16 balls, first, match hero Liam Livingstone (38 off 23 balls) showed his prowess in this format with another knock full of brutal shots including a 6 that went out of the ground.
Quick cameos in the lower order took England to 200 all out in 20 overs. For Pakistan Imad (2/37) and Shaheen (1/28) bowled well. Though Hasnain and Rauf got 3 & 2 wickets respectively they were punished for runs. Eng v Pak T20Is: Buttler & Moeen powers Eng to series levelling win.
In reply, Pakistan started well and as long as Rizwan (37) and Babar (22) were batting they were able to main the asking rate but it all soon fell apart after Babar’s dismissal. However, the spinners were getting a lot of grip from the surface which made it difficult for the subsequent batters to score and Pakistan kept falling away.
Late efforts from Imad (20) and Shadab (36) only delayed the inevitable as Pakistan lost by 45 runs.
For England, the spinners Rashid (2/30), Moeen (2/32) and Parkinson (1/25) tormented the Pakistani batsmen while Mahmood (3/33) again got amongst the wickets.
Moeen for his allround show was the man of the match
Probably batting first on this surface was the way to go for Pakistan as it was a day game and the pitch was gripping and got difficult. Moreover, Pakistan won the first match batting first only under lesser pressure.
This England series-levelling win now sets up for a gripping final match on 20th July.
England won by 45 runs
ENG 200/10 (19.5 Ovs)
Buttler(c & wk) 59(39)
Mohammad Hasnain 3/51
Imad Wasim 2/37
PAK 155/9 (20 Ovs)
Shadab Khan 36(22)
Saqib Mahmood 3/33
Adil Rashid 2/30