Pakistan rebound from ODI humiliation to win first T20


A lightning-fast opening stand of 150 in 15 overs between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan arrange Pakistan’s 31-run win over England within the first Twenty20 on Friday at Trent Bridge.

Captain Azam hit 85 from 49 balls and Rizwan 63 from 41 in a Pakistan file whole of 232-6.

England misplaced 4 wickets within the first seven overs, and its hopes flickered thanks solely to Liam Livingstone with a career-best 103. But he was seventh man out within the seventeenth over and England was quickly all out for 201 with 4 balls left.

England’s senior stars returned from self-isolation however failed to copy the domination their second string achieved towards Pakistan within the one-day worldwide collection.

While England’s huge boys sat out the ODIs due to a coronavirus outbreak, a makeshift aspect of county gamers and fringe internationals overwhelmed Pakistan 3-0. With isolation over, solely 4 of the B aspect have been retained and none managed to contribute a lot.


Middle-order bat Livingstone, from the primary squad, shone together with his century in a dropping effort.

Pakistan rebounded from the ODI humiliation, and after being pressured to bat first. Babar and Rizwan acquired good assist from Sohaib Maqsood, 19 from 7, Fakhar Zaman, 26 from eight, and Mohamad Hafeez 24 from 10 as they simply eclipsed their earlier highest T20 rating of 205 in 2018 and final April.

England’s chase was undermined early when opener Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali have been out for 1s by 48-3.

Livingstone’s 42-ball century, the quickest by an Englishman in T20s, arrived together with his ninth six — greater than the remainder of the crew mixed — however he was out subsequent ball to a boundary catch by Shaheen Shah Afridi at 183-7 within the seventeenth over, and so went England.

Livingstone was one in every of 5 catches on the boundary, two of them taken by Afridi, who additionally contributed 3-30 together with a caught and bowled.

Shadab Khan additionally starred within the area with 3-52, a catch, and a direct-throw run out of Tom Curran.

The second T20 is on Sunday at Leeds.


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