England vs Pakistan, 1st T20I: Pakistan win runfest at Trent Bridge by 31 runs
Pakistan won the 1st T20I of the series by 31 runs, at Trent Bridge, today in a runfest which saw Liam Livingstone hit the fastest ever T20 hundred for England in just 42 balls.
Match Summary England vs Pakistan, 1st T20I
England 201/10 (19.2 ov)
Pakistan 232/6 (20 ov)
Result – Pakistan won by 31 runs
Match Report - Salim Parvez
Pakistan’s roaring T20I triumph
Stung by three ODI defeats, Pakistan came into their element with powerful showing in the opening T20I against England at Trent Bridge. Their 31-run win in a match played in great atmosphere which featured no less than 433 runs, including 27 sixes, will lift their spirits for the rest of the tour. Pakistan management gave Azam Khan, son of former Pakistan captain Moin Khan, his first taste of senior international cricket. Grossly overweight for this level of cricket, he ought to be replaced for the second game.
Trent Bridge is a high scoring venue and with the longest boundary at 73 meter and a quick outfield, that is not a surprise. England back at full strength for the three T20I series, opted to bowl first on a hot sunny evening. In the opening powerplay, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, took the score to 49-0 off 6 overs. By the half way mark, the pair had taken it to 80-0, without Rizwan being at his best. Babar was the first to the fifty off 35 balls with 9 dot balls and his sweep off wrist spinner Matt Parkinson, was the first six of Pakistan innings, in the 10th over. That particular over – 12th of the innings – was start of the acceleration and it cost England 18 runs. Rizwan departed after scoring 63 off 41 balls, in 150-run opening stand in 14.4 overs.
Sohaib Maqsood, after two consecutive sixes off Tom Curran was caught at the mid-wicket boundary. He could have done real damage. Babar’s 85 (49 balls, 8 fours, 3 sixes) was pure class and Pakistan was on course to 200 and beyond. Fakhar Zaman (25 off 8 balls) and Mohammad Hafeez (24 off 10 balls) were both innovative and the final total 232-6 was their highest T20I total, having taken 77 runs in the last 5 overs.
It is a high scoring ground but England had a real challenging total to chase. Jason Roy took three sixes in Imad Wasim’s over and they had galloped to 69 runs in the six-over powerplay but the loss of three wickets had hurt them. Showing little respect to Pakistan bowling, Liam Livingstone smashed the fastest fifty by an England player as he hit six sixes. It was simply brutal and took his team’s total to 120-4 off 10 overs and put England on course for a possible victory.
Pakistan with much improvement in both ground fielding and catching, did peg it back a bit and that left England still needing 99 runs off the last 8 overs and soon the asking rate went beyond 13 runs an over. Livingstone was still swinging the bat effectively and his hundred had come off just 42 balls and it was incredible hitting. His dismissal, caught at long-on, with six fours and nine sixes to his credit, was a match turning point. Shaheen Afridi had a superb evening and picked up 3-30 in 3.2 overs in addition to his three catches and was declared Player of the Match. Shadab Khan besides taking 3-52 under great pressure and added one catch in the deep and inflicted one run out.
England won the toss and decided to field, and Pakistan took full advantage scoring 232/5 in their 20 overs - Babar Azam top scored with 85.
Fall of wickets: 1-150 (Mohammad Rizwan - 14.4 ov), 2-169 (Sohaib Maqsood - 15.5 ov), 3-175 (Babar Azam - 16.2 ov), 4-221 (Mohammad Hafeez - 18.6 ov), 5-221 (Fakhar Zaman - 19.1 ov), 6-231 (Imad Wasim - 19.6 ov)
In reply, England fell short in an amazing run chase where Liam Livingstone hit the fastest ever T20 hundred in just 42 balls.
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Dawid Malan - 1.3 ov), 2-42 (Jonny Bairstow - 3.3 ov), 3-48 (Moeen Ali - 4.3 ov), 4-82 (Jason Roy - 6.4 ov), 5-133 (Eoin Morgan - 11.4 ov), 6-177 (Lewis Gregory - 16.1 ov), 7-183 (Liam Livingstone - 16.3 ov), 8-191 (Tom Curran - 17.3 ov), 9-201 (David Willey - 18.4 ov),10-201 (Matt Parkinson - 19.2 ov)
England - Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan(c), Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, David Willey, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson
Pakistan - Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
Start Time: 18:30
Toss: England won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Officials: Martin Saggers, David Millns, Alexander Wharf, Steve O'Shaughnessy, Wayne Noon
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