An excellent 200-run partnership between centurion Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan helped Pakistan to stage their T20 collection and inflict England’s first 10-wicket defeat within the format.
The vacationers had been very happy after posting 5 for 199 in Karachi. Captain Moeen Ali starred with 55 not out in 23 deliveries, however his facet had been comprehensively outclassed by Pakistan’s openers.
Babar made a mockery of questions over his scoring price on the Asia Cup, hammering 110 not out 66 balls, and Rizwan smashed an unbeaten 88 as they shared 9 sixes and 16 fours.
England will probably be involved in regards to the lack of incisiveness from their bowling assault, however the two probabilities they did generate in opposition to Rizwan had been squandered as Alex Hales dropped him on 23 and Phil Salt spurned a stumping on 32.
They had been made to pay by the 2 top-ranked batters in worldwide T20 cricket as Pakistan gained with three balls to spare.
England began effectively after profitable the toss, Salt and Hales pumping 42 off the primary 5 overs, together with one six apiece as they set the tone for a high-scoring night on the Nationwide Stadium.
Shahnawaz Dahani put a critical dent of their progress within the sixth over with two wickets in as many balls. Hales, contemporary from his comeback 50 on Tuesday, had his bails clipped by an in-cutter on 26 earlier than Dawid Malan was bowled spherical his legs for a golden duck.
The hat-trick ball was effectively directed by Dahani however effectively defended by Ben Duckett, a uncommon present of deference in an assertive knock of 43 in 22 balls.
He confirmed off his vary with a few deft scoops over the keeper, nailed his reverse sweeps and at one stage took 4 boundaries in eight balls.
Salt had slowed sufficient to make his dismissal by Haris Rauf solely a minor setback however when Duckett was bowled within the subsequent over, trying to flick Mohammad Nawaz over fine-leg, it felt extra vital.
However England went even tougher, Harry Brook making a helpful 31 earlier than paying the value for an ill-judged ramp and Moeen laying in some massive hits.
The skipper launched Usman Qadir for consecutive sixes and ended the innings with two extra as he powered his to a considerable complete.
Pakistan knew they’d rely closely on their elite opening duo, however they wore the burden calmly. Babar and Rizwan eased into their work, preserving tempo with a demanding asking price from off as they tore into 4 totally different bowlers in a chaotic powerplay.
Seamers David Willey, Sam Curran and Luke Wooden all took some blows however Liam Dawson was unlucky when he drew a skier from Rizwan, just for however Hales to juggle it at mid-off earlier than placing it down.
As if to underline the gravity of the miss, Rizwan launched the subsequent ball for six. Adil Rashid got here near bailing out Hales when his first supply ripped previous Rizwan’s exterior edge as he left his crease, however Salt’s glovework let him down.
Having scored 87 within the first half of the chase, Pakistan nonetheless wanted one other 113 within the second half however by no means regarded again as each batters sprinted to half-centuries.
Moeen introduced himself on for the 13th over and was flogged for 21, Babar swiping two massive sixes and Rizwan including one other. Two extra adopted as England’s banker, Rashid, didn’t stem the move.
Babar’s hitting turned increasingly constant and he overtook his accomplice to reached a second T20 hundred from simply 62 deliveries. Wooden shipped 17 from the penultimate over, permitting Babar to complete issues with three balls left.