Pakistan in England, 3 T20I Series, 2021

England vs Pakistan - 2nd T20I

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Date & Time: 18 July 2021

Pakistan 155/9

RR: 7.75 | England beat Pakistan by 45 runs

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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.

19.6
0
Tom Curran to Mohammad Hasnain, That is it! Full and outside off, Mohammad Hasnain swings but misses. ENGLAND WIN BY 45 RUNS!
19.5
1
Tom Curran to Shadab Khan, Fires a yorker again on middle, Shadab Khan digs it out towards point for one.
19.4
0
Tom Curran to Shadab Khan, Full and on off, worked off the inside edge towards short finel eg.
19.3
0
Tom Curran to Shadab Khan, Fires a yorker on off, Shadab Khan squeezes it out to mid off.
19.2
0
Tom Curran to Shadab Khan, Full toss on off, Shadab Khan smacks it but straight down to deep mid-wicket who carries it on one bounce.
19.1
0
Tom Curran to Shadab Khan, Short and on off, Shadab Khan slashes it towards deep cover. He denies the single.

Mohammad Hasnain is the last batsman to walk out.

18.6
0
Saqib Mahmood to Haris Rauf, OUT! BOWLED! Stunning delivery! Fires a yorker angling on middle. Haris Rauf looks to dig it out on the leg side ut fails to connect any bat on it. The ball sneaks through and hits the stump. As Saqib Mahmood strides for his delivery, a bowling marker falls out of his pocket but Rauf is not distracted with it and he continues his walk back to the hut.
18.5
1
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, A length ball outside off. Shadab Khan works it to covers for a single.
18.4
6
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, SIX! Consolation runs! A low full toss, on middle. Shadab Khan lofts it over long on for a biggie.

Haris Rauf is the new batsman in.

18.3
0
Saqib Mahmood to Shaheen Afridi, OUT! CAUGHT! Saqib Mahmood gets his second wicket and the shorter ball does the trick again. A short ball on middle. Shaheen Afridi looks to pull but gets a leading edge, in the air and towards mid off where Chris Jordan takes a simple catch. England well in control of this match now.
18.2
1
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, Yorker on middle. Shadab Khan squeezes it out to mid off for a single.
18.1
0
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, A length ball outside off. Shadab Khan slashes it to deep cover for a single.
18.1
0
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, WIDE! A length ball way outside off. Shadab Khan swings and misses. Wided.

Saqib Mahmood to bowl the penultimate over. Pakistan need 56 in 12 balls.

17.6
2
Tom Curran to Shaheen Afridi, In the air...Safe! A short of a length ball on middle. Afridi miscues his pull towards long off. Chris Jordan from mid off runs across but the ball falls just ahead of him.
17.5
0
Tom Curran to Shaheen Afridi, A full ball, just around leg stump. Shaheen Afridi looks to go for the scoop but misses it.
17.4
0
Tom Curran to Shaheen Afridi, A length ball outside off. Shaheen Afridi swings and misses.
17.3
1
Tom Curran to Shadab Khan, Another length ball outside off. Shadab Khan pushes it to covers for a single.
17.2
0
Tom Curran to Shadab Khan, A length ball on off. Shadab Khan pushes it on the off side.

Shaheen Afridi is the new batsman in.

17.1
0
Tom Curran to Imad Wasim, OUT! CAUGHT! Another one bites the dust and Wasim departs after a quick 20! A slower short ball on middle. Wasim goes for the pull shot but mistimes it. Hits it straight in air and towards mid-wicket where Jason Roy takes a simple catch.
16.6
6
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, SIX! This time Shadab Khan connects it! A back of a length ball, outside off. Khan rocks back and slaps it over point for a flat six. 59 required in the last 3 overs.
16.5
0
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, A slower, short ball on middle. Shadab Khan looks to slash at it but misses.
16.4
0
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, SWING AND A MISS! A back of a length ball outside off. Shadab Khan looks to pull but misses.
16.3
1
Saqib Mahmood to Imad Wasim, A good length ball outside off. Wasim pushes it to covers for a single.
16.2
2
Saqib Mahmood to Imad Wasim, Brilliant fielding! A short ball on middle. Wasim pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket. Jonny Bairstow there, runs to his right, dives and saves a couple of runs for his team.
16.1
1
Saqib Mahmood to Shadab Khan, A back of a length ball on off. Shadab Khan slashes it towards covers for a single.
15.6
1
Adil Rashid to Shadab Khan, Short ball outside off. Shadab Khan cuts it to deep point for a single.
15.5
4
Adil Rashid to Shadab Khan, FOUR! Well played! Pitches it up, on off. Shadab Khan lofts it towards extra cover for a boundary.
15.4
4
Adil Rashid to Shadab Khan, FOUR! Good effort from Liam Livingstone in the deep but in vain! A full ball on middle. Shadab Khan heaves it to deep mid-wicket. Liam Livingstone in the deep, runs to his left, keeps eyes on the ball and flicks it back on the ground but during the process, he stepped over the ropes to flick it. So a boundary given.
15.3
1
Adil Rashid to Imad Wasim, Short ball on middle. Wasim pulls it to long on for a single.
15.2
1
Adil Rashid to Shadab Khan, Flatter ball outside off. Khan pushes it to sweeper cover for a single.
15.1
1
Adil Rashid to Imad Wasim, A full ball outside off. Wasim lofts it over covers for a single.
14.6
2
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, Loopy ball on off, Shadab Khan nudges it to deep mid-wicket. He calls for the second and runs back for it. Tom Curran fires a throw at the keeper's end. Buttler collects the ball and whips the bails off. Appeal for a possible run-out has been sent upstairs. Replay confirms that Shadab Khan made it on time.
14.5
6
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, SIX! Lovely shot! Short and on middle, Shadab Khan rocks back and pulls it over deep square leg for a maximum.
14.4
1
Moeen Ali to Imad Wasim, Tossed up on off, Wasim heaves it to long on for a run.
14.3
4
Moeen Ali to Imad Wasim, FOUR! Flatter delivery on leg, Imad Wasim moves in the line of the ball and slaps it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
14.2
1
Moeen Ali to Shadab Khan, On off, Shadab Khan taps it past point for a single.
14.1
1
Moeen Ali to Imad Wasim, Tossed up on off, Wasim chips it over mid off for a run.

Shadab Khan walks out to bat.

13.6
0
Matt Parkinson to Azam Khan, OUT! STUMPING! Pakistan are 6 down now and it is going from bad to worse for them. A tossed up ball, outside off. Azam Khan charges down the ground to go big on the off side but fails to connect any bat on it. Jos Buttler behind the stump has the easiest of work to do, clips the bails of and Azam has to walk back to the shed.
13.5
0
Matt Parkinson to Azam Khan, NOT OUT! Pitches it up, around off, spins back in. Azam Khan goes for the reverse sweep but seems to get some gloves on it. England appeal and the umpire turns it down. They go for the review. Ultra Edge shows a spike as the ball passes the batsman.

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.

13.4
1
Matt Parkinson to Imad Wasim, On middle, Wasim works it to long on for a single.
13.3
0
Matt Parkinson to Azam Khan, LEG BYE! FLatter ball angling down. Khan looks to sweep it but fails to get any bat on it. Gets hit on the pads. They take a leg bye as the ball rolls to the off side.
13.2
1
Matt Parkinson to Imad Wasim, A flatter ball, on off. Wasim comes down the ground and looks to heave it but gets an inside edge towards fine leg for a single.
13.1
6
Matt Parkinson to Imad Wasim, SIX! Much needed from Imad Wasim! A tossed up ball, outside off. Wasim stands tall and lofts it straight down the ground for a biggie.
12.6
1
Moeen Ali to Imad Wasim, Darted on the pads, Wasim nudges it to deep mid-wicket for one. 3 runs and two wickets from the over.
12.5
0
Moeen Ali to Imad Wasim, Loopy ball on off, Wasim tries to reverse sweep but misses.
12.4
0
Moeen Ali to Fakhar Zaman, OUT! BOWLED! Moeen Ali changing the game single-handedly. A loopy ball, quicker and outside off, spins away from the batter as well. Zaman steps down the ground and looks to push it but gets beaten comprehensively. The ball skids through and shatters the stumps. Half of the side back in the hut now.
12.3
1
Moeen Ali to Azam Khan, Tossed up around off, Azam Khan works it off the inner half of his blade to square leg for one.
12.2
1
Moeen Ali to Fakhar Zaman, Flatter ball around off, Zaman taps it towards point for a single.

Azam Khan is the new man in.

12.1
0
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT! TAKEN! Pakistan falling apart here! Tossed up delivery on middle, Mohammad Hafeez looks to take him on. He gets on one knee and slog sweeps it high up in the air towards deep square leg. Jonny Bairstow holds onto that one. Mohammad Hafeez walks back to the shed for a timid score. Spinners doing the trick for England.

Moeen Ali is back into the attack. Conceded 14 runs in his first over.

11.6
0
Matt Parkinson to Fakhar Zaman, Tossed up, on middle. Zaman flicks it to the leg side.
11.5
1
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Hafeez, DROPPED! Was a hard one to catch it! Tosses it up outside off, Hafeez looks to paddle sweep it but gets outer half of his bat, high in the air and towards square leg. Jonny Bairstow in the deep charges forward keeps his eyes on the ball but fails to collect it in the end. Single taken.
11.4
2
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Hafeez, Pitches it up on middle. Hafeez comes down the track and works it to long on for a couple of runs.
11.3
1
Matt Parkinson to Fakhar Zaman, Flatter on middle. Zaman flicks it to sqaure leg for a single.
11.2
2
Matt Parkinson to Fakhar Zaman, Darted on the pads, flicked to square leg for a couple of runs.
11.1
1
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Hafeez, A full ball, on off. Hafeez pushes it on the off side for a single.
10.6
0
Adil Rashid to Fakhar Zaman, Beauty of a delivery from Rashid! Bowls a floated ball, outside off, a googly as well. Zaman goes for the sweep but gets deceived by the spin and fails to connect to it.
10.5
0
Adil Rashid to Fakhar Zaman, Tossed up, on middle. Pushed to covers.
10.4
4
Adil Rashid to Fakhar Zaman, EDGY FOUR! Fakhar Zaman is off the mark but got lucky! Bowls a googly around off, Zaman looks to drive it towards covers but gets a thick outside edge. The ball races away past Malan at first slip to the third man fence.

Who comes in next? It is Fakhar Zaman.

10.3
0
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Low full toss on off, Mohammad Rizwan shimmies down the track and smashes it to the left of Adil Rashid. He watches the ball and puts out his left hand. The ball sticks into his hands which means Mohammad Rizwan has to depart. Good reflexes by Rashid. He gets rid of the big fish. England well on top.
10.2
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Hafeez, Full and on off, worked to mid on for one.
10.1
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated it up on middle, Rizwan sweeps it towards deep square leg with one hand for one.
9.6
0
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Hafeez, Loopy ball on off, Hafeez blocks it out. An excellent over from Matt Parkinson. Just 4 runs from the over. Pakistan need 121 more to win.
9.5
0
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Hafeez, Beautiful bowling! Tossed up outside off, spinning away. Hafeez looks to guide it to third man but chooses not to at the end moment.
9.4
2
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Hafeez, Pitches it up, on middle. Hafeez rocks back and flicks it in front of square leg for an easy couple of runs.
9.3
1
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full again on off, nudged down to mid-wicket for a single.
9.2
0
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Flighted delivery outside off, Rizwan went for the sweep but failed to connect.

Matt Parkinson is into the attack.

9.1
1
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Hafeez, Full and on off, pushed towards mid off for a run.
8.6
2
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Pitches it up, on middle. Rizwan sweeps it towards square leg. The fielder there in the deep runs to his left, dives and does well to keep it to two.
8.5
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Hafeez, On middle, Hafeez drills it to long on for one.
8.4
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter ball outside off. Rizwan steps across and tucks it to mid-wicket for a single. He is off the mark.
8.3
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Hafeez, Full ball outside off. Hafeez drives it straight to covers.
8.2
0
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Hafeez, Tossed up, on middle. Blocked out.

Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in.

8.1
0
Adil Rashid to Sohaib Maqsood, OUT! STUMPED! Tossed up nicely outside off, draws Sohaib Maqsood to play it off the front foot. The ball spins away and goes past his blade. Jos Buttler collects the ball and quickly whips the bails off. Sohaib Maqsood's feet are outside the crease and he has to walk back. England are not sure and they appeal. The umpire has taken it upstairs. Meanwhile, Sohaib Maqsood knows he is out and has already started walking back. The TV umpire confirms the same.

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.

7.6
2
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated it up on middle, Rizwan knocks it towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder there does very well to cut it off. He slides in and parries it to the covering fielder. Two runs taken.
7.5
1
Matt Parkinson to Sohaib Maqsood, Tossed up on off, Maqsood drops it in front of long off for a run.
7.4
1
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle, Rizwan prods and eases it down to long on for one.
7.3
1
Matt Parkinson to Sohaib Maqsood, Tossed up on middle, Sohaib Maqsood lofts it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
7.2
0
Matt Parkinson to Sohaib Maqsood, Quicker one on off, Maqsood looks to cut it late but misses.
7.1
1
Matt Parkinson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off, Rizwan pushes it towards covers for a run.

Spin from both the ends as Liam Livingstone is into the attack.

6.6
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, On middle, nudged to mid-wicket for a single.
6.5
1
Moeen Ali to Sohaib Maqsood, Short and on middle, Maqsood pulls it to square leg for a run.
6.4
4
Moeen Ali to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR! Edgy runs! Floated it up on off, Sohaib Maqsood looks to heave it again. The ball goes off the outside edge towards third man for a boundary.
6.3
6
Moeen Ali to Sohaib Maqsood, SIX! KABOOM! Tossed up on off, Sohaib Maqsood advances down the track and muscles it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
6.2
1
Moeen Ali to Mohammad Rizwan, Loopy ball on off, Mohammad Rizwan reverse sweeps it to third man for a single.
6.1
1
Moeen Ali to Sohaib Maqsood, Tossed up on middle, worked to mid-wicket for one.

 Moeen Ali is into the attack.

5.6
1
Saqib Mahmood to Sohaib Maqsood, Short ball on off, Maqsood guides it towards third man for a run. End of the Powerplay. Pakistan are 52/1.
5.5
0
Saqib Mahmood to Sohaib Maqsood, Back of a length around off, punched towards covers.

Who will walk out now? It is Sohaib Maqsood.

5.4
0
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, OUT! TAKEN! Extra bounce does the trick for England! A cross-seam delivery on off, the ball shoots up after hitting the deck. Babar Azam goes for the pull but mistimes it. The ball goes off the toe-end of his blade towards extra cover. Dawid Malan watches the ball, keeps his eyes on it and grabs it diving in front. Huge wicket for England and Saqib Mahmood.
5.3
4
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, FOUR! What do you bowl to this guy? Slightly overpitched on middle, Babar Azam lifts it over mid on for a boundary. 50 up for Pakistan as well.
5.3
0
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, WIDE! Down the leg side, Azam misses his flick. Wided.
5.2
2
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, Length ball on the pads, Azam helps it towards the fine leg region. Jonny Bairstow runs to his right to cut it off. Keeps it to two.
5.1
0
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, Back of a length on off, Azam pulls it towards mid-wicket.
4.6
1
Tom Curran to Babar Azam, A slower short ball outside off. Azam pulls it to mid on and runs across for a quick single.
4.5
0
Tom Curran to Babar Azam, Another short of a length ball outside off. Azam works it to mid on.
4.4
1
Tom Curran to Mohammad Rizwan, Another back of a length ball on off. Rizwan pulls it hard but straight in front of square leg for one.
4.3
4
Tom Curran to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Much needed boundary for Pakistan! A pacy short ball on middle. Rizwan pulls it but didn't come of the middle of the bat, but enough for the ball to race away to square leg fence.
4.2
1
Tom Curran to Babar Azam, A short of a length ball on middle. Azam pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
4.1
1
Tom Curran to Mohammad Rizwan, A length ball on middle. Rizwan tucks it to square leg for another single.
3.6
1
Saqib Mahmood to Mohammad Rizwan, Just six runs coming off the over! A length ball outside off. Rizwan taps it to third man for a single.
3.5
0
Saqib Mahmood to Mohammad Rizwan, This is good bowling from Saqib Mahmood, mixing his lengths well. This one is on a length on middle, Rizwan nudges to mid-wicket.
3.4
1
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, Full ball on middle. Azam flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
3.3
4
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, FOUR! Good shot! A short of a length ball on middle. Babar Azam pulls it just over mid off for a boundary.
3.2
0
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, On the pads. Azam nudges it to mid-wicket.
3.1
0
Saqib Mahmood to Babar Azam, A length ball, outside off. Azam defends it under his eyes back to the keeper.

Saqib Mahmood is brought into the attack.

2.6
1
Tom Curran to Babar Azam, On middle, eased down to long on for a single. 10 runs coming of it.
2.5
1
Tom Curran to Mohammad Rizwan, On the pads, flicked to mid-wicket for one.
2.4
1
Tom Curran to Babar Azam, In the air...Safe! A good length ball on middle. Azam looks to flick it but gets a top edge, in the air and in no-man's land towards mid-wicket. Single taken.
2.3
2
Tom Curran to Babar Azam, Length ball on middle. Azam tucks it wide of square leg for an easy couple of runs.
2.2
4
Tom Curran to Babar Azam, FOUR! Well played! A back of a length ball outside off. Babar Azam drags it across towards mid-wicket for a boundary.
2.1
1
Tom Curran to Mohammad Rizwan, Curran starts with a length ball on middle. Rizwan steps across and flicks it to square leg for a single.
1.6
1
Chris Jordan to Mohammad Rizwan, Just a single to end the over! A full ball angling on middle. Rizwan nudges it to long on for a single. 12 coming off the over.

Tom Curran comes into the attack.

1.6
0
Chris Jordan to Mohammad Rizwan, WIDE! A length ball angling down. Mohammad Rizwan looks to pull but misses. Wided.
1.5
0
Chris Jordan to Mohammad Rizwan, A full ball around off. Rizwan pushes it back to the bowler.
1.4
0
Chris Jordan to Mohammad Rizwan, BEATEN! A length ball, outside off, scrambled seam. Rizwan looks to push but misses it completely.
1.3
4
Chris Jordan to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! EDGY RUNS! A full ball, outside off. Rizwan looks to cut it away but gets a thick outside edge past short third man for four.
1.2
6
Chris Jordan to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! All the way! A full ball angling on the pads. Rizwan whips it all the way over square leg for a biggie.
1.1
0
Chris Jordan to Mohammad Rizwan, BEATEN! Good start! A good length ball outside off. Rizwan looks to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge.

Chris Jordan to bowl from the other end.

0.6
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated ball, on off. Rizwan wrists it to mid-wicket to end the over with a single.
0.5
1
Adil Rashid to Babar Azam, Loopy ball on middle. Azam nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a single. He is off the mark straightaway.
0.4
1
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.
0.3
4
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Pakistan and Mohammad Rizwan are underway! A googly way outside off. Rizwan gets on one knee and lofts it towards long on for a boundary.
0.2
0
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Pitches it up, on middle. Rizwan lunges forward to defend.
0.1
0
Adil Rashid to Mohammad Rizwan, Starts with a tossed up ball, around off. Pushed to covers.