England beat Pakistan to take T20I series 4-3


Pakistan lost the T-20 series to England in the sev-enth and final match at the former’s home ground on Sunday.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. English batsmen launched an offense against Paki-stan bowlers and posted a 210-run target.

Pakistan made 142 runs in 20 overs and its 8 batsmen were backed to the pavilion. England won the match by 67 runs and the series by 4-3.

In the final match of the Twenty20 International series, Pakistan took a poor start to chase the English target of 210 and made only 33 runs in 5.1 overs with the loss of three wickets.

Both openers, Babar Azam and Rizwan went back in the first two overs when the total score was just 5 runs. And, the third wicket of Iftikhar Ahmed was gone on a total of 33 in the sixth over.

Rizwan was bold by Reece Topley, Babar Azam was caught by Harry Brook on the ball of Chris Woakes and Iftikhar was caught by Phil Salt on David Willey’s ball. Babar Azam took 4 runs in 4 balls while Rizwan was out at 1 on 4 balls. Iftikhar made 19 runs in 16 balls.

Earlier, England, after being invited to bat first by Babar Azam, have set a massive 210-run target for Pakistan to chase in the seventh and final T20 at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

Star of the show for England was Dawid Malan, who smashed an unbeaten 78 off 47 to power the tourists to 209-3. He was aided by Harry Brook in the second half of the innings. The right-handed batter contributed a 29-ball 46 and also remained not out.

Also coming to England’s aid were Pakistan fielders who generously dropped at least three catches. The biggest culprit was the skipper himself, who dropped two, with Mohammad Wasim grassing the third.

Speaking of Wasim, it was a night to forget for the pacer, who leaked 61 runs in his four overs and went wicketless. His final over was bled for 20 runs.—Agencies


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