Pakistan in England, 3 T20I Series, 2020

England vs Pakistan - 2nd T20I

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date & Time: 30 August 2020

England 199/5

RR: 10.38 | England beat Pakistan by 5 wickets

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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.

19.1
4
S Afridi to D Malan, FOUR! That is it! Malan finishes the game with a boundary. Low full toss outside off, Malan finds the gap between cover and point and gets a boundary. ENGLAND WIN BY 5 WICKETS!

Lewis Gregory is in now! Malan will face though. Shaheen Afridi to bowl the final over. Scores are level already.

18.6
0
H Rauf to Sam Billings, OUT! Caught! Would you believe it? Just a run needed and Billings has found the fielder to perfection. Back of a length ball around off, Billings hits it uppishly straight to backward point. Fakhar Zaman there takes a simple catch.
18.5
4
H Rauf to Sam Billings, FOUR! Just one needed now. Length ball on off, Billings smashes it straight down the ground and gets a boundary.
18.4
4
H Rauf to Sam Billings, FOUR! Well read and executed. Back of a length ball outside off, Billings comes inside his stumps and paddles it to the fine leg region for a boundary.
18.3
1
H Rauf to D Malan, Fifty for David Malan. He has played a very good knock and will look to finish this off. Full on off, Malan plays it to cover and gets a single to reach his milestone.
18.2
1
H Rauf to Sam Billings, On the pads, Billings turns it to the leg side and gets a single.
18.1
1
H Rauf to D Malan, Full on off, Malan squeezes it to cover and gets a single.
17.6
1
S Khan to D Malan, Flighted on off, Malan milks it to cover for a run. 12 needed off 12. Shadab finishes with 3/34 from his 4.
17.5
1
S Khan to Sam Billings, Tossed up on off, Billings milks it to long off and gets a single to get off the mark.

Sam Billings is in.

17.4
0
S Khan to M Ali, OUT! Soft dismissal! Moeen departs and is there a twist in the tale? Moeen's poor run with the bat continues. Short and slow on middle and off, Moeen looks to pull but he is way too early in his shot. He ends up lobbing it straight to Babar Azam at short mid-wicket. 14 needed off 14.
17.3
1
S Khan to D Malan, Tossed up on middle, Malan reverse sweeps it in front of square on the off side and gets a single.
17.2
2
S Khan to D Malan, Floated on off, Malan hits it wide of long on and gets a couple.
17.1
1
S Khan to M Ali, Tossed up on off, Moeen lofts it over mid off. It falls in no man's land. Single taken.

Shadab Khan to bowl out. 3-0-28-2 so far. Can he do some magic?

16.6
0
H Rauf to D Malan, Play and a miss! Excellent over from Rauf. Shortish slower ball around off, Malan is early in his shot and misses out.

Moeen Ali is in.

16.5
0
H Rauf to E Morgan, OUT! CAUGHT! Wicket for Pakistan. Morgan departs. Can Pakistan force something here? A fuller ball on middle and leg, Morgan looks to slam it over deep square leg but fails to time it that well. He ends up giving a simple chance to Khushdil Shah, the sub there. He accepts the catch calmly to end a terrific knock from the England skipper. 18 more needed.
16.4
1
H Rauf to D Malan, Fuller and around middle, stroked to long on for a single.
16.3
0
H Rauf to D Malan, Dot again! Slower short ball outside off, Malan fails to read it and ends up leaving it alone. Appreciates with nod of his head.
16.2
0
H Rauf to D Malan, On the pads, Malan looks to pull but gets an inside edge on the pads.
16.1
4
H Rauf to D Malan, FOUR! And he is welcomed with a boundary. Excellent from England. Short and on middle, Malan rocks back and pulls it to the deep mid-wicket fence.

Haris Rauf returns now!

15.6
1
I Wasim to D Malan, On middle, turned towards square leg for a single. 23 needed in 24 balls.
15.5
4
I Wasim to D Malan, FOUR! Goes inside out now and bags another boundary. Malan wants to finish this real quick. Imad tosses it full and outside off, Morgan lifts it over extra cover to bag another boundary.
15.4
4
I Wasim to D Malan, FOUR! Slammed! Excellent shot from Malan. 100-run stand is up in just 57 balls. Short and wide outside off, Malan waits on the back foot and crunches it through point.
15.3
1
I Wasim to E Morgan, Tossed up outside off, Morgan runs it towards short third man for a quick single.
15.2
1
I Wasim to D Malan, Full and outside off, pushed to deep cover for a single.
15.1
0
I Wasim to D Malan, Shortish and around off, Malan mistimes it back to the bowler.

Imad Wasim returns. 2-0-19-0 from him so far.

14.6
4
S Afridi to E Morgan, BOTTOM EDGE AND FOUR! When things go your way, everything goes your way and when they don't nothing does. That is what is happening here. Morgan is enjoying the former while the latter is happening to Pakistan. Full toss outside off, Morgan looks to flat-bat it on the off side but he gets a bottom edge and the ball goes towards the third man fence. Hattrick of boundaries to end the over. A very expensive return for Shaheen. 20 off his over.
14.5
4
S Afridi to E Morgan, FOUR! Captain Morgan in cruise control here. Fuller ball on off, Morgan is playing with the field here as he lofts it over mid off effortlessly and gets a boundary.
14.4
4
S Afridi to E Morgan, FOUR! Another good shot! Good length ball around off, Morgan pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
14.3
0
S Afridi to E Morgan, Good length ball on middle and off, Morgan looks to play but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball goes to the off side and Morgan comes out for a run. Malan sends him back. Shaheen runs and tries to show his footballing skills but his kick misses the stumps.
14.2
6
S Afridi to E Morgan, SIX! Captain Morgan reaches his fifty in style. His 14th in this format and the England skipper is leading from the front here. He came in at a difficult time but he has steadied the and taking it to the shore. Low full toss on middle and off, Morgan gets under it and smokes it over the mid-wicket fence. He raises his bat as his teammates applaud his effort.
14.2
0
S Afridi to E Morgan, Wide! Close call. Shaheen bowls it wide outside off. It is very close to tramline. The umpire thinks it is on the wrong side and signals it as wide.
14.1
1
S Afridi to D Malan, Full and coming in with the angle on middle, Malan strokes it to mid off and gets a quick single.

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.

13.6
1
S Khan to D Malan, On the pads, Malan turns it to mid-wicket and keeps the strike. 12 from the over. 54 needed off 36.
13.6
0
S Khan to D Malan, WIDE! Quicker and down the leg side, Malan looks to flick but misses. Rizwan takes it and does well. He appeals but the umpire stretches both his arms to signal it as wide.
13.5
6
S Khan to D Malan, SIX! Malan joins his skipper in the party now. Tossed up on middle and off, Malan gets down on one knee and slogs it over the biggest boundary on the ground with minimum of fuss.
13.4
1
S Khan to E Morgan, Floated on middle, Eoin milks it to long on and rotates the strike.
13.3
1
S Khan to D Malan, Short and wide, Malan cuts but there is protection at deep point so just one.
13.2
1
S Khan to E Morgan, Slow and on middle and leg, Morgan sweeps it but the fielder at short fine leg dives to his right and saves a boundary. Keeps it down to one.
13.1
1
S Khan to D Malan, Googly on off, Malan tucks it with the spin towards mid-wicket for one.
12.6
4
H Rauf to E Morgan, FOUR! Excellent. That is the power of Morgan. Low full toss outside off, not easy to hit these. Morgan gets under it and hits it with ease over extra cover and gets a boundary. 66 needed off 42.
12.5
1
H Rauf to D Malan, On the leg stump, Malan whips it in front of square on the leg side and gets a single.
12.4
1
H Rauf to E Morgan, Full outside off, Morgan plays it to long on but not off the middle so just a run.
12.3
0
H Rauf to E Morgan, Fuller on off, Morgs plays it to cover.
12.2
6
H Rauf to E Morgan, SIX! Excellent work of the wrists from the skipper and he has found his groove here. Full on the pads, Morgan just picks it up and deposits it over the backward square leg fence for a biggie.
12.1
1
H Rauf to D Malan, Shortish on off, Malan pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
11.6
4
I Ahmed to E Morgan, FOUR! End of a very good over for England. They needed a big over and they have got just that. Short and wide outside off, captain Morgan cuts it through point and fetches the third boundary of the over. 18 off the over and this could be the over that once again turns the tide of this game.
11.5
1
I Ahmed to D Malan, On the pads, Malan flicks it to the leg side for a single.
11.4
2
I Ahmed to D Malan, Once again cuts but this time the fielder has a chance to clean it up and he does. Two taken.
11.3
4
I Ahmed to D Malan, FOUR! 11 off the first three balls of the over and the pressure that was building prior to this over is being released. Shorter outside off, Malan cuts it through point and gets a boundary.
11.2
1
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Now follows the maximum with a single towards mid-wicket.
11.1
6
I Ahmed to E Morgan, SIX! Maybe should have gone with Shadab, that must be the thought on Babar's mind now. Short and straight outside off, Morgan magnificently hits it straight over long off for a biggie.
10.6
0
H Rauf to D Malan, Good length ball on leg and middle, Malan looks to play it to long on but gets an inside edge onto his pads. He looks for a single but Morgan says no.
10.5
1
H Rauf to E Morgan, Very good bowling. Rauf bowls full and targets his leg. Morgan manages to play it to mid off and gets to the other end.
10.4
1
H Rauf to D Malan, Full on off, Malan squeezes it to sweeper cover and it is another single. England need boundaries here.
10.3
1
H Rauf to E Morgan, Yorker and slower on middle and leg, Morgan jams it to cover and rotates the strike.
10.2
1
H Rauf to D Malan, Length ball on middle, Malan works it towards backward square leg for one.
10.1
1
H Rauf to E Morgan, Rauf starts with a length ball around off, Morgan plays it to the off side and gets a single.

Bowling change! Haris Rauf is into the attack now.

9.6
1
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Shorter on off, Morgan punches it to the off side and keeps the strike. Good over from Iftikhar, just 6 off it.
9.5
1
I Ahmed to D Malan, Flighted on middle and turning in. Malan nudges it towards long on and gets to the other end.
9.4
1
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Slower through the air on middle, Morgan tucks it with the spin to the leg side and gets a single.
9.3
0
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Darted quicker on the stumps, Morgan blocks it.
9.2
2
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Flighted on off, Morgan strokes it through covers for a couple.
9.1
1
I Ahmed to D Malan, Floated on middle, Malan milks it to the right of the bowler for one.
8.6
4
S Khan to E Morgan, FOUR! Drilled! 14 from the over, a good one for England. Tossed up outside off, Morgan skips down the track and powers it over the bowler's head and into the long off fence.
8.5
1
S Khan to D Malan, On middle, nudged towards fine leg for a single.
8.4
0
S Khan to D Malan, Floated on middle, Malan punches it back to bowler. Was uppish but bounced well in front.
8.3
1
S Khan to E Morgan, Full and on the pads, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a run.
8.2
2
S Khan to E Morgan, Short and wide outside off, cut through point for a couple of runs.
8.1
6
S Khan to E Morgan, SIX! Slammed! Tossed up ball on middle and leg, Morgan gets in position and slogs him over deep square leg for a biggie.
7.6
1
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Floated on middle, flicked towards mid on for a single. 7 from it.
7.5
0
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Short and outside off, punched straight to the cover fielder.
7.4
1
I Ahmed to D Malan, Quicker one on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
7.3
4
I Ahmed to D Malan, FOUR! Nicely done! Tossed up ball outside off, Malan waits and then guides it past the short third man fielder. The fielder gives it a chase but comes second. Welcome boundary for England.
7.2
0
I Ahmed to D Malan, Tossed up ball on middle, defended.
7.1
1
I Ahmed to E Morgan, Fuller and around off, pushed towards the cover region for a single.
6.6
1
S Khan to E Morgan, Shortish and around off, Morgan punches it to long on for a single. Two wickets in the over from Shadab.
6.5
0
S Khan to E Morgan, NOT OUT! Morgan will be a relieved man. Impact is umpire's call. Floated around off, Morgan looks to defend it off his front foot but the ball turns and beats the inside edge. They all appeal but not out says the umpire. Shadab is confident and he makes sure Babar takes it upstairs. Time for the replays! No bat, confirms the Ultra Edge. Impact is umpire's call. So, Morgan stays and Pakistan too keep their review.

Review again! This time it is from Pakistan. Shadab thinks he has got another one.

6.4
0
S Khan to E Morgan, No hat-trick as this ball is calmly defended by the skipper.

Skipper Eoin Morgan to face the hat-trick ball.

6.3
0
S Khan to Tom Banton, OUT! Three reds it is and Pakistan have got another one. Shadab Khan is the man once again. Dangerous Tom Banton is back in the pavilion as well. Flatter and around off, Banton looks to sweep, like Bairstow. He fails to connect and gets hit in front of the stumps on the pad. Loud appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger. Banton gets to his partner and reviews it. Replays roll in and show three reds so Banton has to depart. The game has changed completely right now.

Is that another one for Pakistan? The umpire thinks so but Banton wants it checked upstairs.

Dawid Malan is in at 3.

6.2
0
S Khan to J Bairstow, OUT! CAUGHT! Shadab strikes in the first over! The good-looking stand has been broken. Tossed up ball around off, Bairstow looks to slog sweep but fails to time it He gets a top edge towards square leg. Imad Wasim calls for it, settles under it and takes it calmly. Good hand form Jonny comes to end. 130 needed in 82 balls.
6.1
1
S Khan to Tom Banton, Shortish around off to begin, pushed towards point for a single.

Bowling change! Shadab Khan is into the attack now.

5.6
2
M Amir to J Bairstow, Two more to end! Full and outside off, Bairstow lifts it over cover and gets two before the deep cover fielder can come across. 65 for 0 the end of the Powerplay. 133 more needed in 14 overs.
5.5
2
M Amir to J Bairstow, Short and outside off, Bairstow slams it through point. The fielder there, Shadab Khan, makes a half stop with a dive to save a couple of runs.

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.

5.4
1
M Amir to Tom Banton, On the pads, worked towards deep square leg for a single.
5.3
0
M Amir to Tom Banton, Deceives him with the slower one outside off this time.
5.2
1
M Amir to J Bairstow, Good length ball on middle, Bairstow taps it towards point and calls for a quick single.
5.1
6
M Amir to J Bairstow, SIX! Slammed! Good length ball angled in, Bairstow picks it nicely and hammers it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
4.6
0
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Appeal from Pakistan but not out given. Full ball on leg, Bairstow looks to flick but misses to get struck on the pads. They all appeal but not out says the umpire. No DRS again from Pakistan. Given leg bye.
4.5
2
S Afridi to J Bairstow, A couple of runs off the Free Hit. It looked like it will go all the way but fell well short and then stopped off the surface. Good length ball outside off, Bairstow clears his front leg and slams it over mid-wicket for two.
4.5
2
S Afridi to J Bairstow, NO BALL! High full toss it is. Bairstow doesn't time it well but clears mid on. Two taken. 50 up for England. Free Hit coming up.
4.4
1
S Afridi to Tom Banton, Length ball on middle, worked towards mid-wicket for an easy single.
4.3
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Back of a length on off, Bairstow pulls it but there is protection in the deep so just a single.
4.2
1
S Afridi to Tom Banton, Short and around off, Banton makes room outside off to launch it over the infield on the off side but mistimes it towards the cover region. A run taken.
4.1
1
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Full and outside off, Bairstow steers it towards cover-point. Only a single as the fielder there makes a good diving stop.

Change of ends of Afridi.

3.6
1
M Amir to J Bairstow, On middle and leg, JB turns it to the on side and keeps the strike. 153 needed off 96.
3.5
1
M Amir to Tom Banton, Good length ball on middle and leg, Banton tucks it to the leg side. Amir gets to the ball quickly and has a shy at the bowler's end as the batters take off for a single. The left-arm pacer misses it though.
3.4
1
M Amir to J Bairstow, On off, Bairstow plays it to point and gets a single.
3.3
0
M Amir to J Bairstow, Length ball on off, Bairstow cuts it but finds point.
3.2
6
M Amir to J Bairstow, SIX! 10 off the first two balls of the over. Length ball on the body, Bairstow picks it early and lofts it over square leg fence for a biggie.
3.1
4
M Amir to J Bairstow, FOUR! Tickled away. On the pads, Bairstow nicely tickles it away fine down the leg side for a boundary.

Mohammad Amir is on now!

2.6
2
I Wasim to Tom Banton, In the air but in no man's land. Flighted on off, Banton looks to drag his slog sweep but it comes off the upper half of his willow. It goes high in the air but falls away from the fielder running towards it from mid-wicket. Two taken.
2.5
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Now flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
2.4
4
I Wasim to J Bairstow, FPUR! Smart batting. Tossed up outside off, Bairstow reaches out and paddles it over short fine leg for a boundary.
2.3
1
I Wasim to Tom Banton, Flighted on middle, Banton plays it through mid on for a single.
2.2
2
I Wasim to Tom Banton, Floated on middle, Banton comes down the track and whips it wide of mid-wicket for a couple.
2.1
6
I Wasim to Tom Banton, SIX! WOW! Just wow! David Lloyd is amazed on air and so are we here at our cubical. Floated on off and middle, Banton gets into an early position to reverse sweep it. He connects it very well and sends it over the backward point fence.
1.6
1
S Afridi to Tom Banton, Full and on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
1.5
0
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Full and on middle, Bairstow looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pad. They all go up in appeal but the umpire says not out. No review from Pakistan. Probably inside edge. Yes, runs given.
1.4
4
S Afridi to J Bairstow, FOUR! Two in two! Just over the extra cover fielder. Another one which is not from the middle of the bat. Full and wide outside off, Jonny throws his bat at it and gets it off the toe end. Clears Hafeez at extra cover who leaps and tries to catch. The ball races to the fence again.
1.3
4
S Afridi to J Bairstow, FOUR! First boundary in the run chase! Not from the middle of the bat but England won't mind. Full and on middle, he flicks it over mid-wicket and the ball races to the fence, beating the chase from the fielder.
1.2
0
S Afridi to J Bairstow, Good length ball around off, Bairstow looks to drive through the off side but the ball takes the inner half and drops near the bowler.
1.1
1
S Afridi to Tom Banton, Good length ball around middle to begin, Banton looks to work it on the leg side but the ball takes the inner half and rolls towards square leg for a single.

Pace from the other end? Yes, Shaheen Afridi it is.

0.6
0
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Dot again! Excellent from Imad. Another quicker one on middle, Bairstow finds mid on. Just 3 from the opening over.
0.5
0
I Wasim to J Bairstow, A dot now! Quicker one on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket.
0.4
1
I Wasim to Tom Banton, Short and on middle, Banton comes down the track and works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
0.3
1
I Wasim to J Bairstow, Bairstow is up and running as well. Tossed up ball around middle, Jonny tucks it towards the leg side and calls for a quick run.
0.2
1
I Wasim to Tom Banton, England are underway! A flattr one on middle, Banton plays it to long on for a single to get off the mark.
0.1
0
I Wasim to Tom Banton, He starts with a shortish ball just outside off, Banton punches but finds the point fielder.

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.