A nervy England beat a battling Pakistan by three wickets, and with simply two balls to spare, in a nail-biting thriller at Old Trafford on Tuesday (July 20) that sealed a 2-1 T20 series win. Pakistan, who received the toss and opted to bat in entrance of a loud 20,000-strong crowd on a sluggish wicket, had set England a goal of 155 at Old Trafford with opener Mohammad Rizwan high scoring with 76 not out. England have been cruising however the lack of Jason Roy, caught by Fakhar Zaman on 64, on the midway level led to a nail-biting and breathless end because the Pakistan spinners went to work and wickets fell.
Liam Livingstone got here in to bat within the penultimate over, smashing his first ball for a mighty six and was then caught off the following, leaving England needing six runs from the ultimate over. Eoin Morgan went with 4 runs nonetheless required however Chris Jordan and David Willey did what was wanted.
The white-ball match was the final dwelling T20 for Morgan’s England facet earlier than the World Cup within the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October. “It means a huge amount,” mentioned Morgan of the win. “The model by which we play naturally, and the sport which we’re greatest at, I believe that is the worst doable wicket that we are able to really apply it on.
“So it’s a very proud day for us. On a spinning, slow wicket we’ve managed to win a game against a very good side.”
Pakistan had received the opener in Nottingham and England the second encounter in Leeds. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid took 4 wickets for England, three from his first 10 balls and beginning with captain Babar Azam stumped by Jos Buttler for 11 off a googly within the sixth.
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Pakistan have been 42-1 and Rashid then bagged a fast double as Sohaib Maqsood lofted the ball straight to Jason Roy for 67-2 and Mohammad Hafeez’s excessive shot was simply plucked by Jonny Bairstow for 69-3.
His fourth wicket got here within the seventeenth when Shadab Khan skied a shot to the leg facet and was caught by Lancashire native Livingstone, leaving Rashid to full his stint with figures of 4-35. Moeen Ali had Fakhar (24) out lbw on assessment and shone within the night sunshine with figures of 1-19 from his 4 overs and no boundaries conceded.
Imad Wasim was run out by Bairstow to go away Pakistan on 129-6, paying the value for a jog fairly than a dash. England reached 60 with out loss in reply however Buttler (21) swung excessive within the eighth, with Shadab bowling, and was caught by Babar as Pakistan breathed a sigh of aid.
Roy chalked up his half century within the tenth as England reached the half-way level at 83-1, in contrast to Pakistan’s 73-3 on the identical stage, however then all of it went wobbly. Bairstow went cheaply for 5, caught by Maqsood, and England wanted 51 from 40 balls with Ali coming to the crease earlier than going for one, bowled clear by the center stump by Hafeez.
(with Reuters inputs)
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