Pakistan’s opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan proved fatal as both thrashed the men with a 10-wicket win over England in the second T20I as they scored 200 runs in the final over.
Ready to chase down a mammoth target of 200 in the second T20I, Pakistan’s opening pair devastated the English bowling attack as they set up a stunning run chase for the men on the green.
The duo stood firm and accused the England bowlers of striking and brilliant running between the wickets and remained unbeaten chasing a perfect run to help their team win by 10 wickets.
Pakistan captain Babar, who had the 2022 Asia Cup, ended his struggling phase as he scored an astonishing century to script a perfect victory for his team. He scored 110 not out in just 66 balls with the help of 11 fours and five sixes.
Rizwan played an unbeaten 88 off 51 balls which included five fours and four sixes.
The England bowlers’ outing in the second T20I of the seven-match series was forgotten as none of the touring bowlers could open their account.
After this spectacular victory, Pakistan leveled the series 1-1 with five games remaining. The two sides will meet again on Friday at the same venue.
Batting first, the England batsmen displayed a combined effort and a quick half-century from their captain Moeen ended the Pakistan bowlers on a mammoth score of 199/5 in the allotted 20 overs.
England openers Alex Hales and Phil Salt gave the team a good start as the pair put on 42 runs for the first wicket in just five overs.
Right-arm pacer Shahnawaz Dahani struck back-to-back in the sixth over to reduce England to 48/2 after the powerplay. The right-arm pacer dismissed Hales and David Malan in his successive strikes. Hales scored 26 runs in 21 balls, while Malan got the golden duck.
After the slump, Salt joined hands with Ben Duckett and made sure to keep the run rate intact as the pair put on a brisk 53 runs for the third wicket.
The stands were dominantly dominated by Duckett, who dominated the Pakistan bowlers with blazing strikes, while Salt struggled to emulate his valor, and as a result, fell victim to Haris Rauf in the 12th over. He scored 30 runs in 27 balls, which included a four and a six.
Duckett’s stay at the crease was also brief as he was dismissed for 43 runs in 22 balls with the help of seven fours in the next over.
England captain Moeen and all-rounder Harry Brooke again stood by their side and put on a match-defining 59-run partnership for the fifth wicket, which gave England a massive victory.
Brooke, however, fell in the 17th over, as Haris cast him to end his surprising cameo, which saw him score an impressive 31 off just 19 balls, including one four and three sixes.
Moeen, on the other hand, remained unbeaten with a brilliant half-century as he scored 55 runs in just 23 balls with the help of four fours and as many sixes.
For Pakistan, Haris and Dahani took two wickets each, while Nawaz took one wicket.