England vs Pakistan – 3rd T20I Match Report

Pakistan cricket team is capable of making comebacks and in an effort to level the series, the team combined to complete the victory to draw the three-match T20I series against England.

In a series saving effort, the old guns and young blood both combined to take the game from England. The pairs of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez along with the pair of Shaheen Afridi and Haider Ali starred in securing the victory.

Having opted to field first for the second time, England started perfectly with Moeen Ali dislodging the bails of Fakhar Zaman of the first ball of the second over. Debutant Haider Ali, only 19, came to the crease who belted Ali for a second ball 6 over long-on. Captain, Babar Azam, once again played a handy knock before getting out for 21 by Tom Curran.

Out came the Professor, having scored runs from the previous match. Continuing his good form, Hafeez with his 20-year junior on the other end, bring up a 100-run century stand for 3rd wicket.

Haider Ali scored his maiden T20I 50 on debut, thus becoming the first Pakistani to score a 50 on debut, having smashed five 4s and two 6s. He was bowled with a deadly Yorker by Chris Jordan. Hafeez continued to do his job and, once again, took the team score to fighting 190/4 after scoring 86 not out. It was his 4th score of 50 in the last 5 completed T20I games.

Bowling card of England were quite expensive. Ali, Jordan, and Curran were among wicket-takers with Jordan the best of them taking a couple of wickets at an economy of 7.25.

England, much like Pakistan, started the innings with an early wicket of Jonny Bairstow. A perfect Yorker by Shaheen Afridi had sent Bairstow back to the dressing room for a third ball duck.

Dawid Malan could not capitalize on his previous form and was caught out by Imad Wasim. Tom Banton, who smashed 50 in the first game of the series, played well before running his captain, Eoin Morgan, out for just 10, and the next over Banton was trapped LBW by Haris Rauf. Score 69-4.

Then came Moeen Ali and Sam Billings to rescue the team. The pair added 57 runs before Billings was out by Wahab Riaz. Ali, who probably was playing to rescue his spot, played brilliantly keeping England hopes and the run-chase alive.

Scoring 50 of 25 balls, Ali dragged the score requiring 20 runs off the final two overs. Meanwhile, Lewis Gregory also played a helping hand smashing two 4s. Ali had earlier survived a stumping chance by Sarfaraz Ahmed when he was on 7.

Ali was out on the penultimate ball of the penultimate over by Riaz’ bouncer, who also took the wicket of Moeen Ali at the ICC World Cup 2019. England need 17 runs off the final over.

Rauf was the bowler. With 12 runs required from the last two balls, Tom Curran clubbed a huge six over extra-cover. With 6 needed off the last ball, a wide Yorker and Curran missed. Game over. Pakistan won the match by 5 runs.

Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz were the best bowlers for Pakistan picking up two wickets each.

Mohammad Hafeez was declared the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series for brilliant display of his batting.