Pakistan in England, Only T20 International, 2019
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Date & Time: 05 May 2019
RR: 9.05 | England beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
EOIN MORGAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. That is it from this one-off T20I then. The 5-match ODI series between these two teams kicks off on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1 pm local (1200 GMT). See yaa then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Hard luck for Pakistan. They tried hard but could not quite keep the pressure sustained. England ran a lot of twos and the fielders were found wanting. That affected the bowling as well with only three bowlers picking up wickets. Surprisingly, Sarfaraz did not employ Haris Sohail, whose left-arm spin is pretty effective.
Captain Morgan's form will be the key for England come the World Cup. He had been going through some patchy form but this knock will increase his confidence. His knock of 57 from 29 balls included 5 fours and 3 sixes and he got his form back.
Comfortable chase for England in the end. They lost Duckett early but Vince and Root got the hosts back on track. Then, Root and Morgan stitched a 65-run stand, which almost laid the platform for the win. And in the end, Denly's cameo 20 from 12 balls crushed any little hopes Pakistan had after Root's wicket.
Faheem Ashraf to bowl the final over. 3-0-35-0 so far. Pakistan need something special from him.
Nasser Hussain on air informs that if this match ends in a tie, there will be NO SUPER OVER. That is sad...
Shaheen Afridi is back on. 2-0-17-1 so far.
Joe Denly walks in at number 5, replacing Root.
FREE HIT TIME!
Faheem Ashraf returns. 2-0-26-0 so far.
Seems like Joe Root has an issue with his bat. Phillip Salt comes running in with 4 willows.
Hasan Ali returns. 1-0-7-0 so far.
Mohammad Hasnain to bowl out. 3-0-24-0 so far.
Faheem Ashraf into the attack. 1-0-10-0 so far.
Skipper Eoin Morgan walks in at number 4, replacing Vince.
Vince has been given out caught down the leg side! He looks a bit amused and immediately signals for the review. Sarfaraz and Imad looked very confident. Cannot quite hear anything in the replays. Is there a spike on the Snicko? Yes, there is! Vince is out of here!
Mohammad Hasnain returns. 1-0-7-0 so far.
Imad Wasim is back on. 1-0-7-0 so far.
Star of the Champions Trophy, 2017, is on to bowl. Great character, right in your face. He is... Hasan Ali.
Here is the man everyone is talking about. The latest sensation from Pakistan, Mohammad Hasnain. Bowled his fastest ball at 94 mph in the Pakistan Super League. Let's see how he fares here.
Joe Root walks in at number 3, replacing Duckett.
Shaheen Afridi into the attack now.
Faheem Ashraf to bowl from the other end.
The players are back out in the middle. James Vince and Ben Duckett (on debut) will open the innings for England. Spin to start off proceedings. Imad Wasim to Vince first up. Here we go...