Summary – Pakistan chased down a target of 200 without breaking a sweat with three balls to spare.
Moeen Ali won the toss and opted to bat against Pakistan in the 2nd T20I against Pakistan in Karachi on Thursday. Both teams made 1 change each, with Mohammad Hasnain replacing Naseem Shah for Pakistan while Liam Dawson comes in place of Richard Gleeson in the Three Lions squad.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahan
England (Playing XI): Philip Salt(w), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali(c), Sam Curran, David Willey, Luke Wood, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid
Philip Salt and Hales were at the crease as openers of Pak Vs England 2nd T20I. Mohammad Hasnain opened the attack. The duo played well and chased 42 runs in 5 overs, but Dahani knocked over Alex Hales and Malan’s stumps one after another ball in a single over. That’s the big fish Pakistan wanted, and they’ll be mighty relieved to see these two wickets. The Dahani over has given Pakistan back the initiative after the England team was off to a steady start.
However, Brilliant batting by Duckett, Brook, and Moeen Ali took England to 199 runs. Now, Pakistan needs to chase 200 runs in 20 overs.
Now, Rizwan and Babar Azam are at the crease as the openers of the Pakistan inning. Willey opened the attack. With their steady partnership, the duo has taken Pakistan to 59 runs in the powerplay. In the 7th over, poor delivery from England resulted in a four as Rizwan swept for back-to-back fours.
Rizwan and Babar made their half-century in the 11th and 12th over, respectively, with their incredible batting and turned into a perfect partnership. England needed some sort of magic to break this partnership. These two effortlessly took the Men in Green towards 200. And they made it.
Azam hammered 110 off 66 balls to lead Pakistan to victory over England at the National Stadium in Karachi’s second T20I of the seven-match series.
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