Pakistan in England, 3 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time: 30 August 2020
RR: 10.38 | England beat Pakistan by 5 wickets
That's all from this game then! And guess what! Not a single drop of rain to force any stoppage in the game. That has to be an achievement, isn't it. England 1-0 up. One more to go, that is going to be played on this venue as well. However, rain might have some say in that game which will be played on Tuesday, 1st September 2020. It will begin at 1800 local (1700 GMT). Join us for the game. Until then, it is goodbye!
The winning skipper, Eoin Morgan, is also the Player of the Match. Tells that he has been batting well and hopes he will play a few more knocks like these. Says that it was a good game overall. Feels both the teams have not played T20s for a while and maybe they were a bit rusty. On bowling in the Powerplay, Morgan says that it is tough, especially when there are two set batters. Praises the performance of Malan. On the upcoming T20 World Cup, Morgan says that they have not found all their men for the tournament but hopes they will do so in time.
The Losing skipper, Babar Azam, says that they got a very good score in the first innings. Feels they made a few errors with the ball also credits the stand between Morgan and Malan. Says that he has learned a lot from this game and would look to apply the learnings in the next game.
A few good performances in the game! First up, Babar Azam, a fine half-century and then Hafeez's half ton that took Pakistan towards a massive total. Apart from Rashid, none of the England bowlers looked threatening. And then, Bairstow provided the breezy start and Morgan and Malan with superb hands took England home. Who's your pick for the Player of the Match? Stay tuned to find out.
There was hardly any support off the surface for the bowlers in the first innings and that was evident in the second as well. Mohammad Amir's hamstring injury didn't help Pakistan's cause at all. None of the bowlers could deliver in the Powerplay. They got two wickets in two balls, courtesy a superb Shadab Khan over but that was it. He didn't get any support from the other end eventually Morgan and Malan went berserk to force the bowlers on the back foot. After Morgan's dismissal, Shadab and Rauf did manage to get a couple of wickets but they came a little too late.
Like Pakistan, the English openers, Bairstow and Banton started superbly. It was Bairstow who was the catalyst during their 66-run stand. He fell to Shadab Khan for a well-made 44 in just 24 deliveries. Banton fell on the next ball and Pakistan would've sensed an opportunity. However, captain, Morgan, walked out with real intent. He got an able partner in the form of Dawid Malan. The duo just didn't give an inch away and smashed the Pakistani bowlers all over the park during their superb 112-run stand. Morgan fell on 66 but he had taken the side very close to the victory. Malan, eventually, with his unbeaten half-century took England home easily.
Job done then, with 5 balls left. A thorough professional run chase from England. A little cameo from Billings that made sure there was no drama in the end. He fell too but Malan finished it in style. England go 1-0 up in the 3-game series with 1 game left.
Lewis Gregory is in now! Malan will face though. Shaheen Afridi to bowl the final over. Scores are level already.
Sam Billings is in.
Shadab Khan to bowl out. 3-0-28-2 so far. Can he do some magic?
Moeen Ali is in.
Haris Rauf returns now!
Imad Wasim returns. 2-0-19-0 from him so far.
A bit of conference going on! Pakistan wants to figure out if Amir can bowl right now. He is off for a moment. So, the umpires and skipper has a word. It is Shaheen Afridi who will bowl the next over.
Bowling change! Haris Rauf is into the attack now.
Review again! This time it is from Pakistan. Shadab thinks he has got another one.
Skipper Eoin Morgan to face the hat-trick ball.
Is that another one for Pakistan? The umpire thinks so but Banton wants it checked upstairs.
Dawid Malan is in at 3.
Bowling change! Shadab Khan is into the attack now.
The Pakistani physio is out to check Amir who is struggling with hamstring. Not a good sign if you're Pakistan fan. He is their most experienced bowler and Pakistan will need him in their defense of this total. He is ready to continue though.
Change of ends of Afridi.
Mohammad Amir is on now!
Pace from the other end? Yes, Shaheen Afridi it is.
We are back for the run chase! Jonny Bairstow and Tom Banton stride out to open the innings for Pakistan. The Pakistani players are out in the middle as well. They will start with the spinner as Imad Wasim is ready to roll his arms. Banton to face first up. Here he comes.