The latest cricket news is coming from Pakistan, where England vs. Pakistan T20I series is currently being played. Three games are already played and today is the fourth game to be played in Karachi, with the score reading 2-1 in favor of the visitors. Pakistan has fluctuated in the series, but their bowling has been the main problem. In the last two games, the relatively inexperienced attack has given up 420 runs, and Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan’s absence is highly noticeable. Today may be the perfect day to make some changes because they have a few choices on the bench they can attempt. The nicest element of England’s outstanding batting thus far is that every top-order batter has contributed in one way or another. Mark Wood’s return provided a significant boost in the previous match.
For both teams, there are not many changes. Olly Stone received his first cap from England today. Mark Wood has replaced by the Stone, Alex Hales replaced Dawid Malan, and Sam Curran was replaced similarly by David Willey. Mohammad Wasim Jr. received the pricey Shahnawaz Dahani, while Asif Ali replaced Haider Ali.
In today’s match, England won the toss and opted to field. Pakistan’s openers set a foundation for the team with their 50+ runs partnership. Rizwan and Babar were engaged in a 50+ stand once more. Liam Dawson dismissed Babar at a score of 36 in 28 balls. The pair laid the groundwork but could not accelerate when necessary. Rizwan batted till the 20th over but struggled in the latter stages of his innings. He was sent to the pavilion by Topley at a score of 88 in 67 balls. If not for Asif Ali’s two sixes, the final total would have been significantly lower. England did a fantastic job of reading the situation and has kept Pakistan to a manageable total. Pakistan’s batting performance disappointed them. They never discovered the extra gear needed to go past the 180-degree threshold.
Pakistan needed early wickets to stop this aggressive England batting since they appeared to be approximately 10-15 runs below par. They got the early wicket when Nawaz dismissed Philip Salt on the fourth delivery of the first over and Alex Hales and Will Jacks in the second over. England’s batters kept losing their wickets on different intervals, putting pressure on the tail-enders.
England was 14/3 and then it reached 130/7. Duckett-Brook-Moeen completed the first repair, but with just three wickets remaining and 37 runs needed off 21 deliveries, it appeared that England’s season was gone. However, the players of this generation in England don’t believe in giving up without a fight, and Dawson, one of their seasoned domestic stars, attended the event. Hasnain was completely demolished by the all-rounder in the 18th over, which resulted in a massive 24 runs. After hitting Rauf for a boundary in the following over as well, you could have believed the game was finally finished with only five needed off of ten balls. As the expert death bowler that he is, Rauf stormed back, dismissing Dawson and Stone in quick succession to force the outcome of this match. In the final over, only four runs were required, therefore controlling one’s nerves was crucial. It was Pakistan who will celebrate tonight.
Technically speaking, it’s not the must-win territory, but now Pakistan has the chance to comeback in the series as the score is now 2-2. In desperate circumstances, the home audience will root for their team to win or tie the series. Let’s see what the figure would look like at the end of the series.
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