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Pakistan trounce England with nine-wicket victory

Wahab Riaz (left) celebrating the wicket of Eoin Morgan (right).
Wahab Riaz (left) celebrating the wicket of Eoin Morgan (right).
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Pakistan 139-1 (Latif 59no) beat
England 135-7 (Riaz 3-18) by nine wickets
Only Twenty20 International in Manchester

After a disciplined bowling performance from Pakistan restricted England to 135 for seven, fifties from Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif steered the visitors to a convincing nine-wicket victory in the only Twenty20 International between the two sides at Old Trafford.

England won the toss and elected to bat first. After a couple of quiet overs, Alex Hales (37) and Jason Roy (21) scored seven boundaries and a six combined to bring the 50-run opening stand at the end of the sixth over.

Imad Wasim (2-17) provided the initial breakthrough for Pakistan after he trapped Roy LBW in the seventh over and two overs later he castled Hales as well.

The wickets continued to tumble as Joe Root (6) steered a Hasan Ali (2-24) delivery to third man. At the half-way stage, England were 77 for three.

In the next five overs, England managed to score just 28 runs while losing the wickets of Jos Buttler (16) and Ben Stokes (4).

The late flourish England were hoping did not arrive and they were eventually restricted to 135 for seven with Wahab Riaz (3-18) being the pick of the bowlers.

Pakistan openers Khan (59) and Latif (59 not out) started the innings aggressively as they smashed 14 boundaries and a six between them to take the total to 73 for naught at the end of the powerplay. The onslaught from the opening pair also brought down the required-run-rate under five.

With a couple more sixes in the eighth over, Khan completed a 30-ball fifty and soon brought the 100-run stand with Latif in the 10th over.

Adil Rashid (1-29) deceived Khan in the 12th over after he was caught in the covers ending the 107-run opening stand which came in just 67 deliveries.

Just like his opening partner, Latif reached his half-century with a six as he along with Babar Azam (15 not out) ensured Pakistan reached the target with nine wickets in hand to win the lone T20I. Riaz was awarded the man of the match for his three-wicket haul.

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