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England vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I: England hit back to level series 1-1 at Headingley

England won the 2nd T20I, at Headingley, today by 45 runs to level the three match series 1-1.

Match Summary England vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I

England 200/10 (19.5 ov)

Pakistan 155/9 (20 ov)

Result - England won by 45 runs


Match report - Salim Parvez

England’s slow bowlers stun Pakistan

England beat Pakistan by 45 runs in the second match of the T20I series at Headingley, Leeds, to square the series at 1-1, with the last game to be played. Pakistan took a surprising option today to bowl first, given their victory a few days ago was achieved batting first and the great sunshine welcoming them at a venue staging its first ever T20I.

Imad Wasim, the smart slow left-armer gave Pakistan a huge early advantage by dismissing Jason Roy and completely out-of-sort Dawid Malan in his first two overs. It didn’t deter Jos Buttler and Moin Ali in smashing 38 overs in two overs to take the powerplay score to 66-2. It had started to look ominous for Pakistan and some of their bowling was below par and 200 plus total was there for England, as a bare minimum. The ‘fearless mind-set’ fostered by Eoin Morgan, has made England, one of the top T20I side in the world.

Leading England today, Buttler’s 59 was only off 39 balls and his dismissal in the 14th over was a great relief although Pakistan still had Liam Livingstone to deal with. England on 154-5 after 15 overs, wanted Livingstone till the end to aim for 220 perhaps. His straight hit off Haris Rauf went out of the ground and for many it was one of the longest sixes seen on a cricket field. It needed sharp work in the field by Azam Khan and Rauf to run him out and it allowed them to bowl out England for 200 in 19.5 overs. Shadab Khan was once again outstanding in the field, after a steady four-over spell and the ever-improving Mohammad Hasnain’s 3-51 too helped to keep England in check.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, now a formidable opening pair, got going from the first over and Pakistan at the end of the powerplay were well placed at 51-1 after six overs. Sohaib Maqsood, after a cameo, gifted his wicket away, stumped off Adil Rashid, bowling beautifully. England had not allowed too many boundaries and that kept the opposition to 80-2 after 10 overs and Rashid send back Rizwan too for 37 (29balls) and England were slowly taking control of this contest.

Moeen Ali accounted for both Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman, in the same over and Pakistan were losing their grip. Three English slow bowlers had bowled well against some brainless cricket from the tourists. Pakistan were asked to get 81 runs off the last five overs and it was well beyond them. Shadab’s unbeaten 36 off 22 balls failed to have any impact and it was a rather sorry looking side that failed to lift themselves in front of great crowd support from Yorkshire-based Pakistanis.

Playing XIs


England - Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(c)(wk), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, 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


Match Details

Start Time: 14:30

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Emerald Headingley, Leeds

Officials:Alexander Wharf, Martin Saggers, David Millns, Steve O'Shaughnessy, Wayne Noon


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