England beats Pakistan by 6 wickets in the series opener at the National Stadium Karachi￼
England won the toss and elected to field first in the opening game of the seven-match series against Pakistan while Alex Hales and Harry Brook were the game changer for England who steal the game from Pakistan.
England had won the toss and elected to field first in the opening game of the seven-match series against Pakistan. Both Pakistan openers started the innings very well and were in good form.
Mohammad Rizwan was busy looking for singles and Babar Azam stroked his first ball through the covers; boundaries were taken out around the ground as they raised their ninth 50-plus opening stand for Pakistan. Moeen Ali was smoked over long-on as Rizwan went to a 32-ball fifty.
But, things started to turn out badly towards the center of the innings. First Babar was unstitched by Adil Rashid’s googly, finishing the partnership at 85 in the 10th over.
Haider Ali, playing his first T20I in quite a while, struggled to get going before holing out off Sam. Although Rizwan equaled Babar’s record as the quickest man to 2000 T20I runs, he was stumped off Moeen Ali when Pakistan was looking to him to kick on.
At the point when Masood, on his T20I debut at No. 4, top-edged a reverse sweep to the edge of the ring for 7 off seven balls, Pakistan had lost 4 for 35 off 35 balls.
Usually charged with the new ball in search of early swing, Wood was instead first to change, but conceded just 12 runs from his two overs in the powerplay.
At the point when he returned later in the innings, he created a delight to tidy up Mohammad Nawaz for his first international wicket, nipping the ball back beyond an extensive swing to straighten off stump.
Only four runs fell off the eighteenth over and although he began the 20th with a full toss that cruised for six, a succession of W-1-W-dot 1 meant England finished in a confident mood.
England chose a much-changed side, with Alex Hales back, Salt opening for the first time, and Duckett playing his second T20I three years on from the first. The only new cap was Wood, an unused member of the ODI squad in the Netherlands recently.
It had been 1291 days since Hales last batted in an England shirt, and a lot of water has streamed under the bridge during the mediating period.
A lot of runs have moved from Hales’ bat, as well, and he proceeded with that productive form in the shortest format with his first T20I fifty since July 2018 (1538 days prior, to be exact).
Hales only managed one boundary with the field out between the seventh and 14th overs, and on 28 from 22, he was dropped in the deep by Shan Masood looking to manufacture a slog-sweep off Qadir.
But the target was always in range and, with 52 needed from 36, Brook and Hales suddenly clicked into gear. Hales fell for 53 off 40 with 17 needed but an unbeaten 42 from Harry Brook, in his fifth T20I, saw England home with four balls to spare.
“Brilliant performance. We pulled the game back really well. A lot of praise to the bowlers, who set it up nicely for our batters. Those crucial wickets around the 10th over made a difference. It wasn’t an easy wicket for the new batters. Luke Wood and Adil Rashid were excellent.”says Moeen Ali.
Babar up now.
“The way we played the first Powerplay was great. After 10 overs, there was a swing of momentum, which you have to credit England for. We didn’t have enough big partnerships. Our batters need to step up.”