England vs Pakistan

Pakistan seal a thriller to level the series: 3rd T20I

Pakistan- 190/4 (Hafeez 86*, Jordan 2/29)
England- 185/8 (Moeen 61, Riaz 2-26)
Pakistan won by 5 runs

Pakistan has won the 3rd and final T20I game and also the last match of the series against the hosts England. The 100 runs partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Haider Ali in 1st innings was major highlights of the game. Pakistan batted exceptionally well throughout the series and their bowler also delivered at crucial moments when it mattered the most. After first game of the series was washed out, Pakistan played well but lost the second game of the series. They finish their England tour on ‘high’ after winning their first game throughout the tour.

In the first innings, Babar Azam, the no. 1 T20I batsman was looking good hitting couple of boundries before getting bowled by Tom Curran. After both openers getting out for cheap, Haider and Hafeez together made a exact 100 runs partnership between them. What’s more staggering is that, the age difference between these two batsman is almost two decades. Haider made 54 runs off 33 balls which included 5 fours and 2 sixes at strike rate of 163. While his senior counterpart scored brilliant 86 runs off just 52 balls which included 4 fours and 6 sixes at strike rate of 165.

After scoring a decent runs, they had to defend the target against the England team which still looked dangerous without Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Top Banton, the young English prospect once again proved his worth. He scored 46 runs off 31 balls which included 8 boundries. Apart from him, the middle order did not delivered as expected as Davis Malan and Morgan both got out early. Moeen Ali, coming to bat at no. 5 scored blasting 61 runs off 33 balls which included 4 fours and equal number of sixes. Sam Billings also scored a decent 26 but that did not help in the favour of hosts as required run rate was constantly drifting up.

In bowling, pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz were brilliant. Both took 2 wickets along with the good economy rate of 7 and 6.5 respectively. Hafeez was declared both Man of the Match as well as player of the series. He has been phenomenal throughout the series despite his age touching almost 40. The credit goes to England and Wales Cricket Board for successfully hosting the matches despite the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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