Rain ruins the opening T20 #ENGvPAK
The explosive nature of T20 creates the excitement like no other international format. The first of three matches to be played at Emirates Old Trafford between England and Pakistan was no exception.
England 131 6
The tourists included both of their senior men – Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez – who incredibly featured in their country’s first ever T20, way back in 2006. When it came to pace bowling, Haris Rauf got in ahead of experienced Wahab Riaz. The England line-up featured no less than three players of Pakistan descent, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Saqib Mahmood.
The two B’s – Tom Banton and David Bairstow - walked out to bat on a dry surface after Pakistan captain Babar Azam had opted to bowl first. Shaheen Afridi had Banton missed at slip by Iftikhar Ahmed but was not deterred in bowling four yorkers in the second over. In the first power play England were restricted to 34-1 with only three boundaries. Haris with his bustling run up and good pace, forces the batsmen to innovate and take risk
Eoin Morgan, with a signature reverse sweep four off his first ball and Banton, after a quite time, unleashed three sixes, all over long-on off Shadab Khan and brought up his fifty off 33 balls. England score stood at 79-2 at the half way of their innings. There was a flurry of boundaries and Pakistan bowlers Smart use of feet brought him another six off Imad, followed by another over fine leg off Haris. Going for another big shot, he spooned to mid-off, having smashed 71 off 42 balls with four fours and five sixes.
Pakistan hit back by claiming four wickets in as many overs and England were wobbling a bit at 121-5 after 15 overs, still perhaps aiming for 180. The chirpy little wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan stumped Lewis and this was the second of his smart dismissals. Light drizzle had arrived in the 15th over but play continued for a little while until the players were forced to come off after 16.1 overs and England on 131-6. Heavy rain denied England any more batting and just after 9pm, the umpires decided to call off the match.
England - Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan - Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Start Time: 18:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Officials: Alexander Wharf, Michael Burns, Martin Saggers, David Millns, Wayne Noon
©Cricket World 2020