Pakistan in England, Only T20 International, 2019

England vs Pakistan - One-off T20I

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date & Time: 05 May 2019

England 175/3

RR: 9.05 | England beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

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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.

19.2
6
F Ashraf to E Morgan, SIX! Game, set and match! Boy, Morgan is pumped up. He understands that this is the first game of a massive summer and this knock is so, so important. A length ball outside off, the skipper jumps down the track and flat-bats it down the ground, over long off! The fielder leaps but in vain! ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND 4 BALLS TO SPARE.
19.1
2
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Full and outside off, Morgan drives it through the covers for a couple. Excellent half century from Morgan, keeping his side ahead.

Faheem Ashraf to bowl the final over. 3-0-35-0 so far. Pakistan need something special from him.

18.6
0
S Afridi to Joe Denly, RUN OUT CHANCE, MISSED! Full and outside off, Denly drives it towards cover and sets off for a single. But Morgan does not respond. Denly has to return and is gone for all money but the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end.
18.5
1
S Afridi to E Morgan, Around middle, pushed down to long on for one more.
18.4
1
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Full on middle, hammered down to long on for one. He has played well, Denly. 20 from just 11 balls.
18.3
1
S Afridi to E Morgan, Outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
18.2
1
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Excellent yorker, but that is dug out for a single.
18.1
6
S Afridi to Joe Denly, SIX! Has that sealed the deal for England? 11 needed from 11 now. A length ball outside off, Denly just gets across and swings it cleanly over mid-wicket!
17.6
1
H Ali to Joe Denly, Has another heave and drags it down to long on for another single. 12 from the over.
17.5
4
H Ali to Joe Denly, INSIDE EDGE, FOUR! That is unlucky for the bowler. A length ball outside off, Denly jumps down the track, has a big heave but only manages a thick inside edge past the leg stump to the fine leg fence! 18 needed from 13 now.
17.4
1
H Ali to E Morgan, Outside off, pushed towards mid off for one more.
17.3
1
H Ali to Joe Denly, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
17.2
1
H Ali to E Morgan, Outside off, played through point for a single. 150 up for England. 24 needed from 16 balls.

Nasser Hussain on air informs that if this match ends in a tie, there will be NO SUPER OVER. That is sad...

17.1
4
H Ali to E Morgan, FOUR! Just over! Morgan has begun this over well. A length ball outside off, Eoin chips it over mid off, mistimes it, getting it off the bottom of the bat and just about clears mid off!
16.6
4
S Afridi to Joe Denly, FOUR! Great calmness from Denly. England needed that boundary. Denly needed that. Low full toss outside off, Joe comes forward and drives it wide of cover and mid off for a boundary! 29 needed from 18 balls now.
16.5
0
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Terrific yorker, outside off, dug out back to the bowler.
16.4
0
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Misfield but no run conceded. Full on middle, Denly chips it uppishly but it lands just short of short mid-wicket. Haris Sohail misfields and then returns a wild throw at the bowler's end but cover backs it up.
16.3
1
S Afridi to E Morgan, Outside off, punched through point for one.
16.3
0
S Afridi to E Morgan, WIDE. An attempted bouncer, around middle and leg, Morgan lets it pass. Way above his head.
16.2
1
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
16.1
1
S Afridi to E Morgan, Outside off, tapped towards point for a single.

Shaheen Afridi is back on. 2-0-17-1 so far.

15.6
1
H Ali to E Morgan, Heaves it to square leg for one. 15 from the over including the wicket of Root.
15.5
4
H Ali to E Morgan, MISFIELD, FOUR! Poor Haris Sohail. A short ball, Morgan pulls it through square leg. Sohail rushes across to his left from mid-wicket, gets to the ball with a dive but at the last moment, loses his trousers and slips and hence, misses the ball too. Embarrassing moment for the fielder and double tea-pot from the skipper.
15.4
1
H Ali to Joe Denly, Full on middle, chipped down to long on for a single.

Joe Denly walks in at number 5, replacing Root.

15.3
0
H Ali to Joe Root, OUT! Caught behind! Root's innings is over and there comes the Hasan fist pump celebration. Joe makes an early movement before the ball is bowled. He gets across to paddle but the ball is wide of off. Now, Root tries the reverse paddle but only toe-ends it to the keeper behind. Pakistan appeal but Root walks off. End of a fine knock and the threatening partnership has been broken. 43 needed from 27 balls now.
15.2
1
H Ali to E Morgan, Just a single on the Free Hit. Morgan powers this down to long on off a very full ball from outside off.

FREE HIT TIME!

15.2
6
H Ali to E Morgan, NO BALL, SIX! Bonus for England. Hasan oversteps and bowls a length ball down the leg side, Morgan just dispatches this via a pull over backward square leg!
15.1
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Yorker outside off, Root just about digs it out towards short fine leg for a single.
14.6
1
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Yorker around off, worked through mid-wicket for one more. Excellent comeback from Faheem after going for a boundary on the first ball.
14.5
1
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
14.4
1
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Cunning bowling. Root advances down the track and Ashraf bowls a high full toss. Joe is taken by surprise and just about heaves it towards long on. He asks for a no ball call from the umpire but the latter deems it fine as he was down the track. A single taken.
14.3
1
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Around middle, Morgan pushes it towards point for a run.
14.2
1
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Full and around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
14.1
4
F Ashraf to Joe Root, FOUR! Welcome back into the attack! Bowler under pressure. First delivery going for a boundary. A low full toss, outside off, Root gets across and paddles it over short fine leg for a boundary! 57 needed from 35 deliveries now.

Faheem Ashraf returns. 2-0-26-0 so far.

13.6
1
H Ali to Joe Root, A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
13.5
4
H Ali to Joe Root, FOUR! FABULOUS! The new bat has started well for Root! Overpitched outside off, Root backs away slightly and drives this beautifully, yet powerfully down the ground past mid off

Seems like Joe Root has an issue with his bat. Phillip Salt comes running in with 4 willows.

13.4
1
H Ali to E Morgan, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. Pressure building...
13.3
0
H Ali to E Morgan, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
13.2
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Comes down the track and tries to hit hard but it is a slower ball from Hasan and Root can only toe-end his heave towards long on. A run taken.
13.1
1
H Ali to E Morgan, Outside off, punched down to long on for a single.

Hasan Ali returns. 1-0-7-0 so far.

12.6
4
M Hasnain to Joe Root, FOUR! That is a brave shot. Full and around off, Root gets across and paddles it to the fine leg fence! 69 needed from 42 balls now.
12.5
0
M Hasnain to Joe Root, Terrific yorker, outside off, JR looks to dig it out but misses.
12.4
0
M Hasnain to Joe Root, ALMOST! Full and outside off, Joe swings hard but gets a massive inside edge. The ball hits the pads and almost deflects back onto the stumps! Misses the off pole by a whisker...
12.3
0
M Hasnain to Joe Root, Excellent yorker, around middle, dug out.
12.2
0
M Hasnain to E Morgan, Pitched outside leg, Morgan looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Hasnain appeals for LBW in vain. A leg bye taken, with the ball deflecting towards point.
12.1
1
M Hasnain to Joe Root, Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.

Mohammad Hasnain to bowl out. 3-0-24-0 so far.

11.6
2
F Ashraf to E Morgan, The batsman works it down the leg side. Two runs added to the total. 17 from the over, England needed that.
11.5
4
F Ashraf to E Morgan, FOUR! Morgan is teeing off here. Outside off, Morgan comes down the track and smashes it over cover for consecutive boundaries.
11.4
4
F Ashraf to E Morgan, FOUR! More runs. A short ball, around middle, pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary.
11.3
6
F Ashraf to E Morgan, SIX! In the air... catch missed! Miscommunication. A short ball, around middle, Moran comes down the track and heaves it high in the air. It is a short boundary down the ground but it is mistimed. Hasan Ali runs across to his right from long on while Shaheen Afridi runs back from mid off. Just at the precise moment, Hasan looks towards Shaheen, hesitates a bit and then goes for the catch. Misses it by inches as the ball drops behind the ropes.
11.2
0
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Outside off, Morgan flashes hard but misses.
11.1
0
F Ashraf to Joe Root, Down the leg side, Root walks across and looks to flick but misses. The ball hits his pads and then rolls across towards square leg. A leg bye taken.

Faheem Ashraf into the attack. 1-0-10-0 so far.

10.6
0
I Wasim to E Morgan, Looks to punch again, but mistimes it back to the bowler.
10.5
0
I Wasim to E Morgan, Outside off, punched straight to cover.
10.4
2
I Wasim to E Morgan, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
10.3
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a run.
10.2
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
10.1
4
I Wasim to Joe Root, FOUR! Full and outside off, Root gets down and reverse paddles it wide of the keeper towards third man!
9.6
4
M Hasnain to E Morgan, FOUR! Dropped short, Morgan pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
9.5
1
M Hasnain to Joe Root, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for one more.
9.4
2
M Hasnain to Joe Root, Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a brace.
9.3
0
M Hasnain to Joe Root, A short ball, outside off, Root is hurried into the pull and misses.
9.2
1
M Hasnain to E Morgan, The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
9.1
1
M Hasnain to Joe Root, Full and down the leg side, flicked fine for a single.

Skipper Eoin Morgan walks in at number 4, replacing Vince.

8.6
0
I Wasim to J Vince, OUT! Caught behind! Vince looks shocked, to be honest. Has the third umpire given this because he was sure? Or has he given it because the on-field umpire gave it so? Full and fired down the leg side, James looked to flick but missed. Sarfaraz appealed while Imad started to celebrate. The umpire waited for a while and then raised his finger! Vince looked confused, asked Root what was the decision as to why he has given out, took a while and then signalled the review. Now, onto the Snickometer. There seemed to be a small spike when the ball went past the bat. But at the same time, the bat was hitting the ground! Not sure if there was a nick. But the third umpire feels so. Promising innings cut short...

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!

8.5
2
I Wasim to J Vince, On middle, James flicks it through mid-wicket. Haris Sohail rushes to his right from long on and looks to throw but at the last moment, fumbles. Concedes the second and Sarfaraz is very angry.
8.4
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, Gets across and looks to paddle but misses. The ball goes off his pads towards square leg and a run is taken. Probably an inside edge.
8.3
1
I Wasim to J Vince, Comes down the track and pushes it down to long on for a run.
8.2
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
8.1
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, Comes down the track, looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Imad is the only one appealing for LBW and he does not get it. Hawk Eye shows the impact to be umpire's call, clipping the stumps on the 3-metre impact.
7.6
0
M Hasnain to J Vince, Outside off, played straight to point.
7.5
1
M Hasnain to Joe Root, On middle, punched down to long on for a run.
7.4
1
M Hasnain to J Vince, Works this through mid-wicket where Imad Wasim makes a nice diving stop, keeping the batsmen to a single.
7.3
4
M Hasnain to J Vince, FOUR! That made a beautiful sound off the bat. Short and wide outside off, Vince stands tall and punches this through the covers.
7.2
1
M Hasnain to Joe Root, A short ball, around middle and off, hurries Root on, he looks to pull but mistimes it towards fine leg. A run taken.
7.1
1
M Hasnain to J Vince, Outside off, played through point for a single.

Mohammad Hasnain returns. 1-0-7-0 so far.

6.6
0
I Wasim to Joe Root, Around off, skidded through, almost beat the bat but somehow it comes down and the ball is punched towards cover.
6.5
1
I Wasim to J Vince, Outside off, punched wide of cover for one more.
6.4
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, Takes a couple of steps but Imad spots that and changes his length and drops it short. Root can only punch it through the covers for another single.
6.3
1
I Wasim to J Vince, Jumps out of his crease and drives it down to long off for one.
6.2
1
I Wasim to Joe Root, Another one on the pads, flicked through square leg this time for a run.
6.1
1
I Wasim to J Vince, Fired down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

Imad Wasim is back on. 1-0-7-0 so far.

5.6
4
S Afridi to Joe Root, FOUR! Nicely done. With fine leg up, Afridi bowls it short. Root just helps it to the right of the diving short fine leg fielder. 48/1 in the Powerplay. Pakistan were 38/2 at this stage. 126 needed from 84 balls.
5.5
1
S Afridi to J Vince, Comes down the track and punches this wide of mid off for one.
5.4
1
S Afridi to Joe Root, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
5.3
2
S Afridi to Joe Root, Down the leg side, helped through the vast area at mid-wicket for a brace again.
5.2
2
S Afridi to Joe Root, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple.
5.1
0
S Afridi to Joe Root, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
4.6
4
H Ali to J Vince, FOUR! Fine shot. On a length outside off, Vince punches this on the up through point and finds the fence.
4.5
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Outside off, run down to third man for a single.
4.4
1
H Ali to J Vince, Good awareness from England. Short and outside off, Vince looks to pull but gets a bottom edge back onto the bowler. Hasan collects and has a shy at the striker's end and hits them but Vince is well in. However, the ball deflects towards mid-wicket and the batsmen now run.
4.3
0
H Ali to J Vince, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
4.2
1
H Ali to Joe Root, Outside off, short in length, Joe hops and punches it through point for a single.
4.1
0
H Ali to Joe Root, A length ball outside off, skids through, Root looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.

Star of the Champions Trophy, 2017, is on to bowl. Great character, right in your face. He is... Hasan Ali.

3.6
4
M Hasnain to J Vince, FOUR! ELEGANT! Full toss, put away nicely. Outside off, Vince just leans and drives it through the covers. The stand moves to 10 from 9 balls.
3.5
0
M Hasnain to J Vince, Slower ball again, outside off, fuller in length, driven straight to cover.
3.5
0
M Hasnain to J Vince, WIDE. Attempted slower ball bouncer, outside off, way too high and Vince lets it go. The 18-year old bowler is not happy with that call from the umpire.
3.4
0
M Hasnain to J Vince, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
3.3
1
M Hasnain to Joe Root, Cross-seamer again. Full and down the leg side, Root falls over but manages to flick it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
3.2
0
M Hasnain to Joe Root, Outside off, pushed towards point.
3.1
1
M Hasnain to J Vince, A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.

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.

2.6
1
S Afridi to J Vince, Full and around middle, pushed down the ground for a single.
2.5
1
S Afridi to Joe Root, On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
2.5
0
S Afridi to Joe Root, WIDE. Down the leg side, Root misses his flick.
2.4
0
S Afridi to Joe Root, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

Joe Root walks in at number 3, replacing Duckett.

2.3
0
S Afridi to Ben Duckett, OUT! Caught! Straight to the man. Pakistan needed an early wicket and they have got one. A length ball outside off, Duckett comes down the track and looks to hammer it wide of mid off. But he finds the fielder to perfection who has been placed at wide mid off precisely. Simple catch and Wasim holds on. Probably Duckett could have gone over.
2.2
0
S Afridi to Ben Duckett, A short ball, outside off, Duckett looks to pull but gets a bottom edge towards mid off.
2.1
4
S Afridi to Ben Duckett, FOUR! Bit of width to start off. Outside off, on a length, Duckett, with his fast hands, punches this wide of mid off. Joe Root in the dug out just mimicks that shot.

Shaheen Afridi into the attack now.

1.6
3
F Ashraf to Ben Duckett, Outside off, this is punched through the covers for three runs.
1.5
1
F Ashraf to J Vince, Short and outside off, pulled down to long on for one.
1.4
0
F Ashraf to J Vince, On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
1.3
6
F Ashraf to J Vince, SIX! CLUNK! First biggie of the run chase. A short ball, outside off, Vince pulls this with aplomb over mid-wicket for a flat hit!
1.2
0
F Ashraf to J Vince, Outside off again, watchfully defended.
1.1
0
F Ashraf to J Vince, Outside off, short in length, skids on, Vince looks to cut flat-footed but misses.

Faheem Ashraf to bowl from the other end.

0.6
3
I Wasim to J Vince, Poor piece of fielding. Full on middle, Vince flicks it through mid-wicket. One man runs back from mid-wicket and the other comes across to his left in the deep. That should only have been two but the batsmen return for the third. Sarfaraz is halfway down the track giving a stare to the fielder and asking for an explanation...
0.5
1
I Wasim to Ben Duckett, Full and down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for another single.
0.4
0
I Wasim to Ben Duckett, Full and outside off, driven towards cover where a good stop prevents runs.
0.3
1
I Wasim to J Vince, On middle, pushed down to long on for one more.
0.2
1
I Wasim to Ben Duckett, Outside off, pushed through mid off for a single.
0.1
1
I Wasim to J Vince, Full and fired down the leg side, Vince looks to flick but gets a bit of an inside edge onto his pads. A run taken to square leg.

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...