Pakistan vs England, 7th T20I Match: Malan’s Knock Helped England Win the Series
- Pakistan won the toss and asked England to bat first
- David Malan scored unbeaten 78 of just 47 balls
- Malan and Harry Brook had a partnership of 108 runs
- England set a target of 210 runs for Pakistan
- Pakistan’s Shan Masood scored 56 of 43 balls and helped his team stay in the run chase
- England won the match by 67 runs and series by 4-3.
It’s the series decider played at the Gaddaffi Stadium, Lahore. Babar Azam chose to toss and decided to field first in the seventh and final T20I. Both sides have won three games each in the series, which is evenly matched. Both teams have played out a truly fascinating series, and if past games are any indication, the decisive game will probably also be close.
England’s openers, Salt and Hales, once more got things going and provided the drive. But Pakistan stormed back, taking out both of the openers in the same over, including Salt, who once more appeared to be headed for a big strike. England lost both openers in the 5th over. Salt got run out whereas Hales got LBW out by Mohammad Hasnain.
Malan and Duckett tried to stabilize the England’s inning adding singles, doubles, and punishing the loose balls to the boundary. However, Rizwan’s through dismissed Duckett in the 11th over of the match. Duckett went to pavilion with 30 runs of 19 balls.
The 108-run partnership between Malan and Harry Brook helped England set a huge target of 210 runs for Pakistan. The host needed a good start from the openers but could get it. Babar Azam, the captain, was sent back to the pavilion in the first over, which did not give Pakistan the best start in their pursuit of 210.
Within the powerplay itself, England had the opposition by the scruff of their neck. After that failed powerplay, the middle order batters struggled to get extra-base hits because the bowlers maintained the field clean the entire innings. Shan Masood and Khushdil Shah had low strike rates, which made the home crowd agitated. Shan Masood scored his half century and got dismissed at 56 (43) while Khushdil could only add 27 of 25 balls in Pakistan’s inning.
Even at the midway point of Pakistan’s innings, the majority of spectators exited the stadium. Nothing to detract from the bowlers from England either. They all contributed with helpful spells, but Woakes and Willey stood out the most. Woakes took 3 wickets while Willey dismissed 2 Pakistani players in today’s match.
In this series between equally-powered teams, it’s England that clinched the series and final match. England won by 67 runs and seems confident to play in the upcoming T20 World cup.
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