Pakistan in England, 3 T20I Series, 2021
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Date & Time: 18 July 2021
RR: 7.75 | England beat Pakistan by 45 runs
That's the coverage from this game! England have leveled the series 1-1 and now we move onto the decider at Old Trafford which will begin on 20th July at 1830 local and (1730 GMT). But as you know, the build-up will begin much earlier. Do join us for that. Till then, adios and take care!
Moeen Ali, PLAYER OF THE MATCH, is down for a chat - He says that he grabbed the opportunity to bat up in the order. Adds that he was just trying to spin the ball and he is happy to get two wickets. Mentions that it was nice to get a partnership with Jos Buttler. Ends by saying that he is happy to win and is looking forward to the decider at Old Trafford.
Jos Buttler, the England skipper, is up for a chat- He says that the bowlers were fantastic today. Says that Matt Parkinson and Adil Rashid bowled well today. Mentions that he is happy to be back and happy to get the win. Ends by saying that the team will give it all going into the decider.
Babar Azam, the Pakistan skipper is up for a chat- He says that they gave too many runs. Perhaps 25-30 runs extra. Adds that they lost his wicket at a crucial time. States that they lost the momentum when he got out. Mentions that he is happy with the performance of the spinners but gave away too many runs. Says that he is geared up for the final T20I and hopes for an improvement in the side.
Spinners did a magnificent job for England! England bowlers were punished a bit at the start but Saqib Mohammad picked up the crucial wicket of Babar Azam right in the final over of the powerplay. After that, Adil Rashid came back into the attack and got rid of Sohaib Maqsood of a beauty who was looking to up the tempo. After Mohammad Rizwan got out, runs dried up completely for Pakistan. They struggled to keep the runs flowing. They were kept quiet throughout the middle overs. The Spin trio of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Matthew Parkison did exceedingly well to keep Pakistan on the back foot. The spinners never gave a chance to their batters to take the game away. The spinners shared 5 wickets between them out of the 9 wickets that fell. Saqib Mahmood in the 19th over scalped two wickets and that was enough for England to level the series 1-1.
Pakistan never looked in the game! 200 was always going to be an uphill task and Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam attacked the bowlers well at the start but Babar Azam got out in the final over of the Powerplay. Mohammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood tried to up the ante but Sohaib Maqsood fell early too. After that, they needed Mohammad Rizwan to stay at the crease but it was not to be. He got out as well and with that hopes in the dug-out camp started to fall apart. Wickets kept tumbling for them and none of the batters managed to stitch on a partnership which was very much needed with the required rate creeping up. None of the batters could stay out at the middle and play longer innings which was very crucial for them. A rather loose batting performance from them and they will now have to wait for the final T20I for the decider.
Mohammad Hasnain is the last batsman to walk out.
Haris Rauf is the new batsman in.
Saqib Mahmood to bowl the penultimate over. Pakistan need 56 in 12 balls.
Shaheen Afridi is the new batsman in.
Shadab Khan walks out to bat.
Review time! England have taken a review for LBW. Ultra Edge confirms that there is a spike as the ball passes the gloves. The on-field decision stays. England lose their review.
Azam Khan is the new man in.
Moeen Ali is back into the attack. Conceded 14 runs in his first over.
Who comes in next? It is Fakhar Zaman.
Matt Parkinson is into the attack.
Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in.
A TV umpire review for a stumping. Replay shows that Sohaib Maqsood is well out of his crease and he has to depart.
Adil Rashid is back into the attack. He went for 7 runs in his first over.
Spin from both the ends as Liam Livingstone is into the attack.
Moeen Ali is into the attack.
Who will walk out now? It is Sohaib Maqsood.
Saqib Mahmood is brought into the attack.
Tom Curran comes into the attack.
Chris Jordan to bowl from the other end.