England beat a gallant Pakistan to win a thriller
Superb batting by Jason Roy and a timely cameo from Eoin Morgan just about helped England to get past Pakistan in a thriller in the final T20I of the series at Manchester winning by 3 wickets.
Winning the toss and batting first, Pakistan started well in powerplay but lost wickets at regular intervals with Babar (11), Maqsood (13), Hafeez (1) unable to fire. Rizwan (76 not out off 57 balls) played another magnificent innings hitting 5 fours and 3 sixes and held the whole innings together. He played some superb shots on the on side but lacked solid support except for Fakkar Zaman (24) who looked good during his cameo but could not provide the thrust in the final overs. The England spinners Adil Rashid (4/35) and Moeen Ali (1/19) got good purchase from the spinning track in their 8 overs as Pakistan struggled to reach an average looking 154/6 in 20 overs which looked inadequate for the power-packed England batting.
England set off at a fast pace with Jason Roy looking in peerless touch. However, Buttler (21) could not get into his top gear and was dismissed at 67/1 at the 8th over mark. Roy after his breathtaking 64 off 36 balls was dismissed at 92/2 in the 11th over. However, England looked in control at that stage with 63 needed in 9 overs but it was from that stage that Pakistani bowlers tightened the noose and make the England batting struggle. England beat a gallant Pakistan to win a thriller.
Malan (31 off 33 balls ) was unable to change gears. The cheap dismissals of Bairstow and Moeen brought Pakistan right back into the game. Morgan (21 off 12 balls) started hitting out but both Malan and Livingstone(6) got out in the 19th over. Livingstone hit a mighty six but got out next ball as Hafeez showed great courage in bowling. The 19th over with Pakistan rightly going for pace-off after their slower bowlers Imad, Qadir and Shadab brought them back in the game.
More drama unfolded with 6 runs required in the final over and Morgan throwing his wicket with 4 balls left. However, Jordan with a couple with 2 balls to go ended the match in favour of England in a pulsating finish in Hasan Ali’s final over.
Pakistani bowlers tried their best to win the game trying to defend an inadequate target with superb efforts. From Imad Wasim (1/25), Usman Qadir (1/35), Shadab Khan (1/22) and above all Mohammed Hafeez (3/28) who bowled 15 overs between them.
Roy for his match-winning 64 was the player of the match as England won a closely fought series 2-1.
Pakistan will take a lot of heart from this 3 match series. They could have won this contest against the mighty England
with a slightly better batting performance.
England won by 3 wkts
PAK 154/6 (20 Ovs)
Fakhar Zaman 24(20)
Adil Rashid 4/35
Moeen Ali 1/19
ENG 155/7 (19.4 Ovs)
Imad Wasim 1/25