Pakistan in England, 3 T20I Series, 2021

England vs Pakistan - 3rd T20I

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date & Time: 20 July 2021

England 155/7

RR: 7.88 | England beat Pakistan by 3 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy c Fakhar Zaman & b Usman Qadirc Fakhar Zaman & b Usman Qadir6436121
Jos Buttler c Babar Azam (C) & b Shadab Khanc Babar Azam (C) & b Shadab Khan212230
Dawid Malan bowled Mohammad Hafeezbowled Mohammad Hafeez313320
Jonny Bairstow c Sohaib Maqsood & b Imad Wasimc Sohaib Maqsood & b Imad Wasim5800
Moeen Ali bowled Mohammad Hafeezbowled Mohammad Hafeez1300
Eoin Morgan c Shadab Khan & b Hasan Alic Shadab Khan & b Hasan Ali211212
Liam Livingstone c Sohaib Maqsood & b Mohammad Hafeezc Sohaib Maqsood & b Mohammad Hafeez6201
Chris Jordan not out not out 4200
David Willey not out not out 0000
Adil Rashid
Saqib Mahmood
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 1, w 1, nb 0)
Total 155 (7 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
67-1 (Jos Buttler,8), 92-2 (Jason Roy,10.5), 104-3 (Jonny Bairstow,13.2), 112-4 (Moeen Ali,15), 143-5 (Dawid Malan,18.4), 149-6 (Liam Livingstone,19), 151-7 (Eoin Morgan,19.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Imad Wasim4 0 25 1 6.25
Shaheen Afridi1 0 16 0 16.00
Hasan Ali3.4 0 28 1 8.24
Usman Qadir4 0 35 1 8.75
Shadab Khan3 0 22 1 7.33
Mohammad Hafeez4 0 28 3 7.00
Babar Azam 0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Rizwan 0 0 0 0 0
Sohaib Maqsood0 0 0 0 0
Fakhar Zaman0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Hasnain0 0 0 0 0

Problem of plenty for England? Is that good or is that bad? We shall let that be decided by you. This was a tour which England played without many of their key players, yet, won. They have plenty of players who did well for their audition of the T20 World Cup and the hosts will hope that they get a few more from the Indian series and of course, The Hundred. It kicks off on Wednesday evening and on Thursday, the Men play. Should be exciting. We have got loads of cricket coming up for you, with WI-Aus, Zim-Ban, Ire-SA, then WI-Pak, Eng-Ind and next, Ban-Aus! Keep counting the months and you will get series on the fly. Do not forget to check all of those out in our scores section. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Until the next time, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan, says that this type of a win means a lot to his side. Stresses that this was the worst wicket in the whole series and with the boundaries pushed back, batting was nowhere easy. But ends by saying that England would have learnt a lot from this game. Details that in the UAE, during the 2020 Indian T20 League, the ball did not turn much at all. But this time, the pitches will be slow and the batsmen need to understand that they need to forge partnerships before playing their shots. Confirms that England are close to finalizing a squad of 17-18 members at this stage for the World Cup. Thanks the crowd for coming in large numbers for supporting them.

Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam, admits that batting let the team down, citing 10-15 runs as the shortage mark. But praises his bowlers for fighting hard. Feels that had he stayed on with Rizwan and got a partnership going, they could have scored more runs. Reckons that the batsmen did not struggle but just played poor shots. Backs his boys to play spin well in the UAE during the T20 World Cup. Thanks the support from the crowd and adds that they will miss the support in their Caribbean tour which is coming up next. Stresses that before they tour West Indies, they will sit down and discuss what went wrong in this series. States that Mohammad Hafeez is definitely a part of their World Cup plans and will be utilized accordingly.

LIAM LIVINGSTONE HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES. Says that it feels nice to him to win the series on his home ground. Lauds his batters and bowlers for a good show. On his massive sixes, Livingstone says that he has been practicing in the last 2 years and it feels nice to see the hard work come through. On his useful off spin, Liam says that he bowls here in domestic games for Lancashire and was happy to do it for England in this game.

JASON ROY HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. On him backing his game plan, no matter what, Roy says that he was just looking to have some fun. Admits that it was difficult batting in those conditions and shyly agrees that he was lazy in his dismissal which triggered a collapse. Understands that on such pitches, you need to bat in a way which will avoid panic. Is sure that this kind of win will give them a huge amount of confidence, given that the T20 World Cup would be played in similar pitches in the UAE.

Earlier in the day, England read the conditions pretty well and choked Pakistan. The trio of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone did not allow Pakistan to score freely in the middle overs. And towards the end, when the ball started to reverse, England smartly kept Rizwan off strike and perhaps that stopped them from getting to 165-170. Again, fine margins in the game. Please do stay tuned for the presentation...

Both the teams played an innings which mirrored each other. It was Mohammad Rizwan for Pakistan, seemingly batting on a different track as compared to the rest, while it was Jason Roy fior England. Fakhar Zaman's 24 can be compared to Dawid Malan's 31 as neither batter got going. In the end, the difference was Morgan's cameo. Curiously, England always seemed to be comfortable till the spinners came on. They were 92/1 but then slipped to 112/4 in the span of 26 balls. Figure this out. Pakistan's spinners - 15-0-110-6. Pakistan's seamers - 4.4-0-44-1. Babar did have one over of Shadab remaining. In hindsight, he could have given that 18th over to Shadab.

A matter of small margins, did we say? Shall explain. With spin going so well for Pakistan, should Babar Azam have gone in with Hasan Ali in the 18th over? England needed 29 from 3 overs then. It came down to 16 in the last 2 with Morgan getting into his groove with 2 sixes in the over. It did cost Pakistan as in the end, there was hardly anything to choose between the two teams.

What a cracking match to end a fantastic tour. It has been played in fantastic spirit. Nothing asked, nothing given, it has been fair. England have just done enough to get across the line and it was a matter of small margins which has helped the home side win the T20I series 2-1.

Hasan Ali to Chris Jordan, ENGLAND SCRAPE THROUGH BY 3 WICKETS! Hasan Ali fires in a yorker, outside off, Chris Jordan backs away and looks to slash hard. He gets an under edge which just misses the stumps and goes towards fine leg. By the time the fielder can get to the ball, Jordan has returned for the second! He pumps his fists in ecstacy.
Hasan Ali to Chris Jordan, Smart batting! A length ball, around middle, Chris Jordan calmly flicks it behind square leg and runs back for the second! England need 2 from 3 balls now.

David Willey walks in at number 9, replacing his skipper, Eoin Morgan.

Hasan Ali to Eoin Morgan, OUT! CAUGHT! Morgan departs and Pakistan breathe again! A length ball, around middle, from around the wicket, Morgan shimmies down the track and looks to swing it to the leg side but the ball sticks onto the pitch. The shot is through early and the ball comes on late. It is miscued towards long on where Shadab Khan takes a sitter. Down to two new batters at the crease now. England need 4 from 4 balls!
Hasan Ali to Eoin Morgan, DROPPED! How costly is that going to be? A length ball, around middle, Eoin Morgan looks to swing it to the leg side but gets a massive top edge. It is near where short mid-wicket would have been but that place is vacant. The bowler himself runs after the ball, gets to it, but cannot hold on! Two runs taken. England need 4 from 5 balls.

Chris Jordan walks in at number 8, replacing Liam Livingstone. 6 to win. 5 gets a Super Over.

Mohammad Hafeez to Liam Livingstone, OUT! CAUGHT! 6 and gone for Livingstone. This was more of a free hit for Liam, as Morgan would have wanted strike for the next over. Hafeez realizes that too and tosses this slower through the air. Liam Livingstone is already through his almighty attempted slog and gets a top edge. Simple catch for Sohaib Maqsood at short third man. England need 6 from the final over. Mohammad Hafeez finishes with figures of 4-0-28-3!
Mohammad Hafeez to Liam Livingstone, SIX! FEROCIOUS! Oh hellooooooooooo! We have done this before - remember the name! Only this time, it is Liam Livingstone! Full, outside off, Livingstone gets down and mows a massive slog sweep over mid-wicket! England need 6 from 7 balls.

Liam Livingstone walks in at number 7, replacing Dawid Malan.

Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, OUT! BOWLED! The match is still alive! The arm ball, straight, Dawid Malan backs away and looks to power this through the off side. But the ball pitches, skids through, beats the bat and hits the leg stump! Pakistan supporters roar. England still need 12 from 8. Super Over, anyone?
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, MISFIELD! That will help England. Full, around middle, Malan comes down the track and hits it straight down to Shaheen Afridi at long on. Should have been just a single but Afridi fumbles and the hawk-like eyes of Morgan spot that, and he charges back for the second. Hafeez is not happy. England need 12 from 9 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez to Eoin Morgan, Full, around middle, slower through the air, Eoin Morgan looks to play the slog but is early into ths shot. Gets a thick outside edge which rolls to short third man. A run taken.
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan,  Full, outside off, Dawid Malan swings hard but gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies down to short third man. Morgan pushes Malan into the single.

Back to spin. Mohammad Hafeez to continue.

Hasan Ali to Eoin Morgan, SIX! CREAMED! Morgan has nailed this. Cutter from Hasan Ali and the over-the-wicket angle just makes it easier for Morgan. Till this point, Ali was bowling around the wicket. The ball is pitched up, around middle, Morgan walks across and skies this miles over mid-wicket! 13 from the over, could this be a game-changing gamble? England need 16 from 12 balls.
Hasan Ali to Eoin Morgan, Another dot. The cross-seam ball, around middle, EM looks to pull but misses.
Hasan Ali to Eoin Morgan, Down the leg side, the skipper walks down the leg side and Hasan follows him. Eoin misses his clip and the ball clips his trouser on its way to the keeper.
Hasan Ali to Eoin Morgan, Slower ball now, on a length, Morgan looks to swing to the leg side but gets a toe end of the bat, which bounces past the off stump towards the keeper. Mohammad Rizwan appeals for LBW in a bizarre fashion.
Hasan Ali to Eoin Morgan, SIX! JUST OVER! A bit too straight, as Hasan goes for the yorker, but does not get it right. It is right in the slot and Eoin Morgan flicks this uppishly. There is a man at deep square leg, Mohammad Hasnain, right at the ropes and he leaps but the ball just tips over!
Hasan Ali to Dawid Malan, A length ball, outside off, punched towards point for a single.

It is Hasan Ali. 2-0-9-0 so far. Watch out for the slower deliveries and the yorkers.

Mohammad Hafeez to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! That is an incredible shot. Fractionally short, outside off, Eoin Morgan backs away to the leg side and slices it through the covers, beating sweeper to his left! 10 from the over, England need 29 from 18 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, Around middle, Dawid backs away to the leg side and puches it down to long off for a run. England need 33 from 19 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, FOUR! Finds the boundary at last. Short, around middle, Malan rocks back and pulls it through square leg, beating deep backward square leg to his right.
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, Oh, straight to the fielder! Full, around middle, Dawid Malan backs away to the leg side and drives, but finds shotrt extra cover.
Mohammad Hafeez to Eoin Morgan, Tries the reverse sweep again, does Morgan and gets it towards short third man, for a run.
Mohammad Hafeez to Eoin Morgan, Full, outside off, Eoin Morgan looks to play the reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge.
Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, Full, around middle, Dawid Malan walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket. He turns blind for the second but then stops, looking at his skipper. But Morgan calls him through and they complete the second, Mohammad Rizwan is not happy with the fielder. 4 runs from the over, England need 39 from 24 balls!
Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, Full, around middle, spinning down, DM looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
Shadab Khan to Eoin Morgan, Around middle, Eoin Morgan works it to the leg side. Will just be a run.
Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, Fuller, around middle, Dawid works it through mid on for a single.
Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, Quicker one, the googly, outside off, Malan looks to cut but misses.
Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, Full, outside off, Dawid Malan drives it straight to short extra cover. England need 43 from 29 balls.

The skipper. Eoin Morgan. walks in, with his side in a bit of a hole here. Shadab Khan returns as well. 2-0-18-1 so far.

Mohammad Hafeez to Moeen Ali, OUT! BOWLED! The Professor strikes! Slower through the air, around middle, Moeen Ali comes down the track and plays a cross-batted slog. Misses and the ball goes beneath the bat to hit the timber! England under pressure now, need 43 from 30 balls!
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, Short, around off, Dawid punches it towards Mohammad Hasnain at sweeper cover for one.
Mohammad Hafeez to Moeen Ali, Around middle, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
Mohammad Hafeez to Moeen Ali, Full, around off, Moeen Ali pushs it straight to cover.
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, Around middle, Malan stabs it to the leg side for a quick single.
Mohammad Hafeez to Dawid Malan, Full, around middle, Dawid Malan pushes it back to the bowler.

Mohammad Hafeez is back on. 1-0-5-0 so far.